Meeting at the Department of Antiquities to discuss pursuing potential UNESCO World Heritage Site status for the Old City of Salt

Amman, 27 August 2014

The Director of the Department of Antiquities (DoA) Dr. Munther Jamhawi, the Mayor of greater Salt, Eng. Khalid Al Khashman and UNESCO Representative in Amman, Dr. Costanza Farina, met in late August to discuss the potential for the Old City of Salt to be entered onto the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Dr. Jamhawi expressed his appreciation to UNESCO office in Amman and communicated the DoA’s willingness to provide full support throughout this application process, offering technical and scientific expertise in an effort to encourage successful results.

During the meeting, Dr. Farina explained UNESCO Amman’s intent to provide technical support for the preparation of the preliminary work plan and the roadmap in the formulation of the file. UNESCO Amman committed to providing international experts and the funding of the first mission to facilitate this process in the hopes of a successful outcome.

Salt Mayor Eng. Al Khashman highlighted the positive impact that UNESCO World Heritage Site status would attract for the future of the Old City of Salt. Eng. Al Khashman conveyed that this nomination would produce significant economic and social benefits for the entire municipality, encouraging an increase in tourism.