FAQs

How can I obtain/use photos of World Heritage sites?

The UNESCO World Heritage Centre is not a photobank.

The photos that appear on the World Heritage website, in the photo galleries for each World Heritage site, were generously donated by photographers to help raise awareness of the importance of the World Heritage Convention. They are for educational use, but not for commercial distribution.

Therefore, these photos are not part of the public domain and are protected by international copyright laws. They cannot be used for commercial purposes.

For many World Heritage sites, it is possible to find images free of charge on photography websites.

Has tourism in the Kingdom been affected by the popular heritage?

The people of the country are loaded with memory of their parents, grandparents – hearing to their stories, learning about their trades, the traditional crafts and mythology. While talking and discussing about the journeys and discoveries of their ancestors, they are naturally enthused for tourism.  Additionally, the emotional attachment to their artifacts and tools play a decisive role in promoting a unique patterns of tourism in the Kingdom. The positive imagery maintained for the local folk traditions, which is called the popular heritage, acts as an intangible heritage, which is offset by the tangible architectural heritage. The Commission has made strenuous efforts in organizing the first International Conference of the Architectural Heritage in Islamic countries in May 2010, which works as a better reference to highlight this point.

What is World Heritage?

World Heritage is the designation for places on Earth that are of outstanding universal value to humanity and as such, have been inscribed on the World Heritage List to be protected for future generations to appreciate and enjoy. Places as diverse and unique as the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Galápagos Islands in Ecuador, the Taj Mahal in India, the Grand Canyon in the USA, or the Acropolis in Greece are examples of the 1007 natural and cultural places inscribed on the World Heritage List to date.