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Dubai food court named UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Dubai food court named UNESCO World Heritage Site

Food court in Mall of the Emirates likened to ‘modern day Roman Forum’

There were scenes of unbridled joy at the Mall of the Emirates food court yesterday

DUBAI: The United Nation’s cultural arm is set to bestow World Heritage Site status on one of the UAE’s most treasured landmarks.

Following its annual session that concluded yesterday, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee declared that the famed Food Court in Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates, for long considered an important public space and meeting hub, will join the Acropolis, Petra and Angkor Watt in the list of sites protected by the organisation across the world.

“The Mall of the Emirates Food Court is the teeming heart of the city,” said UNESCO’s Middle East representative Malik Burger at the announcement. “It’s the nucleus at the centre of it all, a place where people from all walks of life come to congregate, to dine and to work.”

Burger claimed that the importance of the Food Court could not be underestimated, and likened it to ‘modern day Roman Forum’.

“Only here will you find confused Russian tourists rubbing shoulders with bewildered Keralan expats, where a lonely European businessman might share a wobbly table with a group of overweight Saudi children.”

The news has prompted several other food courts from across Dubai to apply for heritage status with UNESCO, but experts predict the next landmark to be given the nod will be Trade Centre Roundabout.



  1. burger_saudi212

    May 31, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    I’d prefer OBESICO, would be easier for us to remeber.

  2. amrita

    June 2, 2012 at 9:52 am

    So what’s next? The Metro will follow soon on the list, i guess ….

    The people in Petra will be turning in their graves!

  3. ray

    June 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    You must be joking……an insult to the whole global heritage thing….although I suppose having lived in Dubai myself, it’s about the most cultural thing in the city……..

  4. Mina El-Ektrik

    August 15, 2012 at 8:53 am

    umm, Ray, Amrita, it is satire. You know, as in joke….

  5. Batman

    September 5, 2012 at 9:41 am

    You guys make me laugh and for the people that take these articles seriously you make me laugh more than the article. keep it up!

  6. Superman

    March 12, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Don’t you read the comments after almost every article? It’s funny that there are still people out there who think of this as being a legit news source! HAHAHAHA XD

  7. Leila

    February 18, 2015 at 8:59 am

    I am sure there is a rich history of previous civilisations just under the sand, why not let the Israelis dig around a bit in the UAE, they are bound to find something.

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