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Egypt's Tentative List of World Heritage Sites
The World Heritage Committee requested each State Party to submit to it an inventory of the cultural and natural properties situated within its territory, which it considered suitable for inclusion and it intends to nominate for inscription to the World Heritage List during the following five to ten years. The purpose of these inventories, also known as Tentative Lists, is to enable the Committee to evaluate within the widest possible context the "outstanding universal value" of each property nominated to the List.

In accordance with the recommendations of the 12th General Assembly of States Parties (October 1999) concerning Tentative Lists, the General Assembly invited:
  • all States Parties to prepare or re-examine their tentative lists in the light of the methodology developed and regional and thematic definitions by focusing on categories of heritage which are still under-represented on the List;

  • the States Parties that already have a substantial number of sites inscribed on the World Heritage List to initiate and encourage bilateral and multilateral co-operation with States Parties whose heritage is still under-represented in the List within the framework of the preparation of tentative lists, nominations and training programmes, and to give priority to the re-examination of their tentative lists within the framework of regional consultations and to the preparation of periodic reports;

  • the States Parties whose heritage is still under-represented on the List to give priority to the preparation of tentative lists and nominations;

  • the advisory bodies to pursue their programmes of thematic studies and the classification of the themes into sub-themes, on the basis of the tentative lists prepared by States Parties and the recommendations of the regional experts meetings;

  • the Secretariat of the Convention to support in particular the efforts of States Parties whose heritage is still under-represented on the List in the preparation of their tentative lists and nominations.
At the 28th Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, held in Suzhou, China on 28th June 7th July 2004 Egypt submitted the following sites for the Tentative Lists of States Parties in conformity with the Operational Guidelines:

Number Site Cultural Heritage Natural Heritage
1 Abydos, city of pilgrimage of the Pharaohs  
2 Alexandria, ancient remains and the new library 
3 Bird Migration Routes 
4 Dahab, Sinai
5 Dahshur archaeological area  
6 Desert Wadis 
7 El Faiyum: Kom Aushim (Karanis), Dimai (Soknopain Neos), Qasr Qarun (Dionysias), Batn Ihrit (Theadelphia), Byahmu to Medinet el Faiyum... 
8 El-Gendi Fortress 
9 Gebel Qatrani Area, Lake Qarun Nature Reserve
10 Great Desert Landscapes 
11 Historic quarters and monuments of Rosetta/Rachid 
12 Minya  
13 Mountain Chains 
14 Necropolises of Middle Egypt, from the Middle Kingdom to the Roman Period 
15 Nuweiba, Fortress of El-Ghuri, Sinai 
16 North Sinai archaeological Sites Zone 
17 Oasis of Faiyum, hydraulic remains and ancient cultural landscapes
18 Pharaon Island 
19 Pharaonic temples in Upper Egypt from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods 
20 Roda Island Nilometer in Cairo 
21 Ras Mohammed 'National Park' 
22 Rutho Monastery 
23 Siwa archaeological area 
24 Southern and Smaller Oases, the Western Desert 
25 Temple of Hathor built by Ramesses III (#) 
26 Temple of Hathor at Serabit el-Khadim, Sinai (#) 
27 The An-Nakhl fortress, a stage on the pilgrimage route to Mecca 
28 The monasteries of the Arabian Desert and Wadi Natrun 
29 The Northern Oases, the Western Desert (#) 
30 The St. Catherine Area, South Sinai (*) 
31 Two citadels in Sinai from the Saladin period (Al-Gundi and Phataoh's island) 
32 Wadi Feiran, Southern Sinai

* = Already on the World Heritage List; # = Also known by another name