On the 17 of July 2016, the 40th session of the World Heritage Committee in Istanbul inscribed the Sudanese National Parks Sanganeb and Dungonab Bay on the World Heritage list. This is first Natural Heritage site recognized by the WHC in Sudan.
Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay - Mukkawar Island Marine National Park (Sudan) – The property consists of two separate areas: Sanganeb is an isolated, coral reef structure in the central Red Sea and the only atoll, 25 km off the shoreline of Sudan. The second element of the property is made up of Dungonab Bay and Mukkawar Island, situated 125 km north of Port Sudan. It includes a highly diverse system of coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds, beaches and islets. The site provides a habitat for populations of seabirds, marine mammals, fish, sharks, turtles and manta rays. Dungonab Bay also has a globally significant population of dugongs.