Arab News reports on the efforts by the government of Saudi Arabia to have the ancient rock art found in north-central part of the country registered with UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The art has been remarked upon since its rediscovery in the 19th C. and is protected by Saudi law. The protection, however, only goes as far as enforcement efforts. In seeking UNESCO designation, greater moral weight (and perhaps some money) will accrue to explore, analyze, and protect the sites.
Efforts on to register Hail rock arts with UNESCO
RIYADH: ARAB NEWS
The Kingdom has started efforts to register the ancient rock paintings of Jubbah and Al-Shuwaymas in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) Prince Sultan bin Salman made the announcement in a recent meeting of the Consultative Committee for Antiquities and Museums at the SCTA headquarters in Riyadh.
Prince Sultan said the royal approval has been granted for the efforts to register the rock paintings of Jubbah and Al-Shuwaymas in Hail province in the World heritage sites.
The Jubbah site lies on an ancient lakebed stretching eastward from the sandstone mountain of Jabal Umm Sanaman (Two Camel-Hump Mountain).
Visiting Hail in 1879, Lady Anne Blunt, granddaughter of Lord Byron, said: “Jubbah is one of the most curious places in the world and to my mind one of the most beautiful.”