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H.R.H. Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, president, Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, announced that Al-Ahsa Oasis has been inscribed a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The formal adoption took place during a June 29 World Heritage Committee meeting.

Al-Ahsa Oasis has become the fifth Saudi site on this list, preceded by Al-Hijr Archaeological Site (Madain Salih), At-Turaif District in ad-Dir'iyah, Historic Jeddah, the Gate to Makkah and Rock Art in the Hail Region of Saudi Arabia.

Al-Ahsa Oasis is one of the biggest palm oases in the world that is surrounded by sands. It includes 1.5 million palms that produce dates while the area has shown signs of human inhabitation dating back to the fifth millennium BC.