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Shrine of Dirre Sheik Hussein on course for inscription on the World Heritage List

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The Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council said efforts are underway for the inclusion of the historic Shrine of Dirre Sheik Hussein on UNESCO list of World Heritages. Sheik Mohammed-Amin Jemal, the President of the Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council revealed that parallel to the efforts of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Council in partnership with universities and other stakeholders is working to ensure that the shrine joins the UNESCO list. Sheik Mohammed-Amin added, "the shrine is home to rich values with continental as well as international significance," while also noting that the global recognition will be yet another added value at courting tourists to Ethiopia. Named after the Islamic Saint Sheik Nur Hussein, one of the Nine Islamic venerated saints, the Shrine of Dirre Sheik Hussein is located in the South Eastern part of Ethiopia. Each year, tens of thousands of people from all around the country and close to 100 thousand followers of the religion from Somalia, Somaliland, Djibouti and Yemen mark a gathering at the Holy site.

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