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UN Makes Mockery of Iranian Heritage: Yazd's Windcatchers have become Arabic Invention!


News Category: Cultural Disaster

 08 November 2005



(CHN) -- Recent Arab fabrication that the Yazd's windcatchers are of an alleged Arab Heritage, now is being cherished by UN too.


UN has named the Dubai International Award for Best Practices to improve the living Environment as the Arabic Windcatcher!

Previous to this UN mockery of Iranian heritage, Mohammad Ansari, an Iranian living in Dubai in a letter to CHN expressed his concerns and stated “the Arab people of Dubai have started spreading a false history, that windcatcher or Barjeel is a symbol of Arab’s Heritage and history. 


However, the history of Windcatchers in Dubai starts when the first group of Iranians from Bastakiyans (residents of one of the villages of Hormozgan province) migrated to Dubai. They have built their own quarter in Dubai and named it Bastakiya. The architectural style of Bastakiya is purely Iranian, and it was inspired by Persian Heritage of the ancient city of Yazd. 


Windcatcher is used frequently by Bastakiyans and this quarter in Dubai became an Opened Museum for tourists.”

Since 1996 Dubai Municipality with the cooperation of UN, has awarded a prize each year called “Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment”. As it shows from its name, this prize is awarded to a groups that have tried their best to improve the quality of living. This year’s prize is in the form of an Iranian windcatcher which will be awarded as a symbol of Dubai city!

Less than a year ago, National Geographic called the historical waterway of Persian Gulf as the “Arabian Gulf” and now the Arabs have set a new step to adopt another Iranian identity as their own.

A windcatcher or Baadgir in the Persian language is a traditional Persian architectural structure that has been used for many centuries to create natural ventilation in buildings. So effective has been the windcatcher in the Iranian architecture that it has been routinely used as a refrigerating device for ages.

Many traditional water reservoirs are built with catchers that are capable of storing water at near-freezing temperature for months in summer. Furthermore, Persian houses in central Iran were designed to make use of an ingenious system of windcatchers that creates unusually cool temperatures in the lower levels of the building. Thick massive walls were designed to keep the sun’s heat out in the summertime while retaining the internal heat in the winters. It is not known who invented the windcatcher first, but it still can be seen in many countries today.





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