Cultural Importance

The Arabian Oryx has acquired a prominent fame to the inhabitants of the ArabianPeninsula, due to the typical physical features which God endowed this desert animal.Often flirting Arab poets have been mesmerized by the beauty and the breadth of the Arabian Oryx eyes, and its bright color as the crystal, as well as its agility so they began to sing and describe their beloved and mistresses through these aesthetic characteristics which qualified the Arabian Oryx where it obtains a bountiful part in Arabic poetry.

Moreover, The Arab poets not only admired by the Arabian Oryx physical beauty,but it is extended to diagnosing its conducts and habits. The Oryx has been inthe past and before the advent of modern technology one of the hardest accessiblepreys dueto its strength and courage characterized by overcoming all its pursuers. The Arabian Oryx was found in the sculptures of some antiquities of the Arabian Peninsula (For example, in Al Hili Archaeological Park in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates) as signof the importance and the value of this desert animal withinthe past successive civilizations on the Arabian Peninsula.

There are several given synonymous names to the Arabian Oryx by the inhabitants of the Arabian Peninsula, including Al Wadhihi (The Clear), this name is taken fromthe clarity of its vision, even from a far distance ; also called antelopes. The Arabian Oryx is also called locally in the Sultanate of Oman and the United Arab Emirates under the name of Bin Solaa or Alsolaey. The beautiful and literary value havepermitted to the Arabian Oryx to become a national icon and a marketing slogan for many governmental as well as private institutions in the countries of the Arabian eninsula.

Conservation sites

Conservation sites
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