Tunis, Tunisia – (African Boulevard News) – Ancient ruins, whitewashed villages, mosques, churches, and synagogues: the heritage of the tourist island of Djerba in southern Tunisia was included on UNESCO’s world list on Monday, the organization announced.
Djerba, an island renowned for its rich cultural and historical significance, is a popular tourist destination that attracts visitors from around the world. The inclusion of Djerba on UNESCO’s world heritage list is a significant recognition of its outstanding universal value.
The decision to add Djerba to the prestigious list was made during the 47th session of the World Heritage Committee, held virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The committee praised Djerba for its unique blend of cultures, acknowledging it as a place where various civilizations have coexisted for centuries.
“Djerba is a jewel of cultural diversity,” stated Marie-Claude Aoun, the representative of Tunisia to UNESCO. “The island’s architecture, traditions, and harmonious coexistence of different religious communities truly make it a remarkable site.”
The UNESCO recognition will undoubtedly boost tourism in Djerba, providing an opportunity for the island to showcase its historical landmarks, cultural festivals, and vibrant traditional crafts. It will also contribute to the preservation and conservation efforts of its architectural and archaeological sites.
Local authorities and residents welcomed the news with joy and enthusiasm. Habib Mebazaa, Mayor of Djerba, expressed his gratitude, saying, “This recognition is the fruit of the collective efforts of our community. Our island has so much to offer, and with this international recognition, we hope to attract even more visitors to experience the magic of Djerba.”
Tourism is a vital sector for Tunisia’s economy, and the UNESCO designation is expected to have a positive impact on the country’s tourism industry, providing a much-needed boost after the challenging period caused by the global pandemic.
The inclusion of Djerba in UNESCO’s world heritage list comes at a time when Tunisia is striving to revive its tourism sector. The country has been implementing various measures to ensure the safety and well-being of tourists, including stringent health protocols and the promotion of sustainable tourism practices.
With its rich history, stunning architecture, and warm hospitality, Djerba is poised to become an even more popular destination for travelers seeking an authentic cultural experience.
As Djerba celebrates its inclusion on UNESCO’s world heritage list, it has become a beacon of hope, showcasing the resilience and beauty of Tunisia’s cultural heritage to the world.
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