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Jordan Rally Proves More Festive as a Racing Show

It was an nice, exciting, thrilling, exhilarting rally filled with trapidation as drivers from the worldover manouvered through Jordan’s tracks and stages around Jeresh right down to the Dead Sea. It was a family gathering atmosphere on Friday 15th April at the Dead Sea and the Jordan Rally Service Park opposite the hotels area.
International teams, hundreds of them with large conveys ascended on the Dead Sea from all over Europe and the Middle East to attend and compete in the traditional Jordan Rally which is part of the FIA World Chamionship Rally that took place in Jordan between 14-16 April, 2011 and which resulted in the victory of French driver Sebastian Oger, and his co-driver Sebastian Loeb and entries from such countries as Finland, Portugal and Mexico.
Petra Events, part of the Petra Travel and Tourism Company, was responsible for some of transport and reservation logistics of the rally teams who stayed in the Dead Sea Spa Hotel, Holiday Inn, Kempinski and Movenpick. It had a full team at the Dead Sea ready to deal with possible quarries of guests staying at the hotel.
It was a great car racing event in Jordan that have become a tradition in the Kingdom first started in the early 1980s when the present monarch HM King Abdullah, himself used to participate in the annual racing activity as part of Jordan’s racing teams. This is not to say anything about the late HM King Hussein, who himself was a car racing enthusiast, and actively encouraged the sporting tradition in the Kingdom.
International visitors came from everywhere including Sweden, Portugal, Spain and France, not to say anything about Arab visitors especially from Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, who have a great feeling for this international sport.
The Jordan Rally was symmatrically held with the Middle East Rally Championship that also proved a great force with great drivers including Khaled Al Qassimi from the United Arab Emirates.
Chairman of the Jordan Motor Sport HM Prince Faisal later said he was proud because the rally was being held in Jordan for the second time consequetively and the third since 2008, and thanked everyone for making the staging race a great success.
Observors say the WRC race is particularly exciting because it is held in turrains and condititions that require stamina, concentration, power and determination in roads that require great attention.
In the “Service Park”, the atmosphere was festive. There were 10 tables, including those selling handicrafts, tatooing, and the well-known brand java u selling light drinks, coffee and sweets. Things moved and tettered to the blast of music organized by a DJ especially brought in for the event.
It was a sight to remember with much mingling between the car support teams and tourists who flocked from all over the country and beyond. It was not only a great racing event but a touristic one as well.

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