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JORDAN BALLOON RALLY SALUTES HIS MAJESTY KING HUSSEIN

 JORDAN BALLOON RALLY SALUTES HIS MAJESTY KING HUSSEIN
 NEW YORK, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- A giant hot air balloon rally over


the dramatic Wadi Rum desert of Jordan and its rose-red "Hidden City" of Petra will salute the 57th birthday and 40th year on the throne of His Majesty King Hussein.
 The Royal Jordanian Balloon Rally starts on the King's birthday, Nov. 14, and continues to Nov. 17. More than 50 expert balloonists from around the world will participate, including champions from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Russia, Sweden, Spain, Italy, India, Hong Kong, Holland, Germany, France, Belgium, Brazil, Austria and Australia.
 The rally is being organized by The Virgin Airship and Balloon Co. of the United Kingdom, the largest operator of hot air balloons in the world. Sponsors are Royal Jordanian Airline and the Jordan Ministry of Tourism. King Hussein founded the airline 29 years ago.
 The Wadi Rum is an expanse of reddish-orange sand desert bordered by jagged cliffs and hills. Lawrence of Arabia won fame here earlier this century assisting Arab independence fighters in their struggle against the Ottoman Turks. Bedouins and camel caravans can still be seen here.
 Petra was carved from sandstone cliffs in the desert some 2,800 years ago. Temples, homes, theaters and monuments etched into the sandstone hills surrounding the desert town are among the Middle East's most renowned sights. Its zenith came in the 2nd Century B.C. under the Romans as a trading center. Then it slipped into obscurity until early in the 19th Century when a Swiss explorer re-discovered it.
 For further information, contact Royal Jordanian toll-free in the USA at 1-800-524-6066 (in New York City, call 212-949-0050, extension 460).
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 /CONTACT: Bill Connors of Royal Jordanian Airlines, 212-949-0060, ext. 230/ CO: Royal Jordanian Airline ST: New York IN: AIR SU:


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