OCA West Asia Regional Forum kicks off in Jordan 2006-05-03  MAIGOC

  The OCA West Asia Regional Forum 2006 kicks off its two-day schedule in Aqaba Jordon on May 4, of which the participants include Manuel Silvério, the Vice-president of OCA and Chairman of the Board of Directors of MAIGOC.

  Together with Manuel Silvério are NOC representatives of Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, UAE and Yemen.

  Aqaba is a beautiful coastal city lying in the south of Jordan above the Red Sea. Together with the adjacent Ancient City of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the Wadi Rum Desert, it is a tourist attraction featuring unique cultures. To make known the treasuries to the participants of the forum, the organizer Jordan Olympic Committee elaborates a visit tour as an appetizer of the sport-related meeting.

  A tour was made on May 3 to the 2000-year-old Ancient City of Petra. Petra was built up by the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people, among the red rose rocks. As an important part of the Maritime Silk Road in the ancient time, it is now impressing tourists around the globe with its refined culture, massive architecture and ingenious complex of dams and water channels. The city had been buried and lost for more than 1000 years before it was found in 1812. Enter only through a narrow crevice in the rock, the legacy stuns the visitors with the ruins of imposing treasury, the theater seating 3000 people, palace, temple, monastery, houses, tombs and market, reconstructing a prosperous city in imagination.