View of Pharaoh Island n the town of Taba in South Sinai, Egypt (Hala Safwat)
Egypt will submit a special application to the World Heritage Committee (WHC) to list Pharaoh Island in the town of Taba in South Sinai, as a World Heritage Site next September, Yasmin El-Shazly, General Supervisor of the International Organizations Department at the Ministry of Antiquities, stated.
The Pharaoh Island includes of a fortress built by the Ayyubid Prince Salaheddin to protect the Islamic Empire from the Crusades.
El-Shazly denies recent reports published in media about the Egypt's failure to submit the files during the annual meeting of the WHC, which opened on Monday in Istabul, instead asserting that the prescheduled date for the delivery of the application is in September.
El-Shazli added that the International Organizations Department is working hard on the preparation of other files to be submitted to the WHC in order to list other Egyptian sites, like those in Alexandria - Kom El-Dekka, the Roman Theater, the Pompey Pillar, and underwater antiquities – as well as those in the Ptolemaic temples – Dendera, Kom-Ombo and Edfu – on the on the WHC's list.
On Monday, the annual ten-day meeting of the WHC was inaugurated.
Ahmed Ebeid, General Supervisor of the Technical Office of the Minister of Antiquities and member of the Egyptian delegation explained that this session, with the participation of delegations from various countries around the world, is considered the most important global gathering that will discuss matters of cultural heritage topics related to registered sites on the World Heritage List (WHL).
He noted that there are seven Egyptian sites currently registered as World Heritage Sites including Deir Abu Mena, Historic Cairo, Saint Catherine, Memphis, Nubia, ancient Thebes and Wadi Al-Hittan in Fayoum.
Ebeid said that during the current session, the group will discuss adding the Deir Abu Mena Monastry as an endangered sites with the WHC.