RIYADH: UNESCO on Wednesday officially recognized Camel Heda and Saudi Khawlani coffee as part of this year's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The decision was taken by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the United Nations meeting annually in Morocco.
The oral tradition of Camel Hadda, in which herders interact with their animals, was the subject of a joint application for registration led by the kingdom in collaboration with Oman and the UAE.
As part of communication, camels are said to open their mouths to feed, kneel to climb, and guide themselves to safety during sandstorms.
The Heritage Commission, the Ministry of Culture, the National Committee for Education, Science and Culture, the Permanent Saudi Delegation to UNESCO, the Culinary Authority, and the Saudi Society for the Protection of Heritage all contributed to the registration of Saudi Khawlani Coffee.
One of the most expensive and famous varieties of coffee in the world, Khawlani coffee has been grown in the south of the empire for more than eight centuries. It is associated with the traditions, poetry and music of the regional people.
Majlis, Arabic coffee, Najdi Arda dance, flute, falconry, Assyrian cat, palm trees, sadu weaving craft, Arabic calligraphy, and Saudi Arabia are now all added to the list of 11 cultural elements that Saudi Arabia has registered with UNESCO Is.
The registration is a component of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030, which aims to preserve the country's rich heritage for future generations, both domestically and overseas.