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EVALUATING THE STATUS OF UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN EGYPT

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Abstract:

The UNESCO seeks to encourage the identification and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity; where its World Heritage Center provided a World Heritage List.

The event that aroused particular international concern was the decision to build the Aswan Dam in Egypt, which would have flooded the valley containing the Abu Simbel temples.

Despite Egypt's ancient civilization and natural and cultural heritage treasure, only seven historical sites have been listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List and only one of them is listed in the List of World Heritage in Danger.

This study is using the descriptive evaluative method, aiming to explore the status of Egypt's heritage sites regarding the World Heritage Sites; particularly those in Danger and to discuss the importance of including heritage sites within the World Heritage List.

Study findings conclude the necessity of making a regional survey in Egypt due to the lack of strong data base that lists all heritage sites and particularly those in Danger in order to include them in the World Heritage List for preservation and as part of the country's sustainable tourism strategy.

Keywords: Egypt; UNESCO World Heritage List; cultural and heritage sites; sustainable tourism

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5848/APBJ.2012.00005

Publication date: January 1, 2012

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  • The International Journal of Management Cases (IJMC) developed in 2002 from its predecessor The Journal of Management Cases, and present case studies across a broad range of management disciplines. The IJMC is the official journal of the CIRCLE Research Centre. CIRCLE (Centre for International Research Consumers, Locations and their Environments) is a virtual research group spreading over 70 universities.
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