Sudan welcomes recognition of its Red Sea natural site as a world heritage

Recognition of the first Sudanese natural site as the World Heritage is a historical achievement of the country, Sudan’s Minister of Education and Chair of the National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, Dr. Souad Abdulrazig, said.

Speaking to journalists on the occasion of inscribing Sanganeb Atoll and Dungonab Bay in the Red Sea as a natural world heritage, the minister proposed to increase the role of the National Commission in developing Sudan’s tourism industry.

Abdulrazig thanked the Khartoum office of UNESCO for assistance during the process and called for more support as she gave tribute to all stakeholders, “who were involved in the hard work being done during the last several years”, and appreciated the political and diplomatic support of different Arab and African countries.

The recognition of the natural site as a world heritage in Sudan was announced at the 40th World Heritage Committee meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, on 17 July 2016. The area is inhabited by 225 different species of fish, of which 17 % are found only in Sudan.

Another value of the site, according to Prof. El-Haj Abu Gabra, head of UNESCO Chair in Marine Biology and Oceanography, is the purity and depth of the water.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Tourism, Antiquities and Wildlife, Dr. Mohammed Abu Zaid Mustafa, noted the tourist importance of this achievement and its economic value for the country, saying that his ministry together with other line institutions will take all efforts to develop the tourist infrastructure around Sanganeb Atoll and Dungonab Bay in order to ensure the high protection and preservation of the area.