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Seven: A heavenly number?

By Awni Kawar It could be bliss or else jinx, but no matter how you configure it, the number 7 has its euphoric appeal. God's Creation of The Universe took seven days in all (according to all monotheistic religions); the ancient Egyptians considered the number 7 as a symbol of perfection; there are seven deadly sins, seven colors in a rainbow and seven dwarfs. Thousands of couples are hoping for luck by getting hitched on 7.7.2007.Jordanians highly regard this date as the day when their dream of having the ancient Red-Rose City of Petra nominated as one of the new 7 wonders of the world, could become true. On that date, all seven finalist cities will be announced during a special festive day in Lisbon, Portugal. Petra competes with 20 other ancient & new sites such as Giza Pyramids, Great Wall of China, Eiffel Tower in Paris, and-Opera House in Sydney.Our hopes of victory come from worldwide votes since online voting requires 6 other votes to be included in addition to one's favorite site. Having Petra nominated as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World will mean that Petra will enter into the international tourism map and will gain massive worldwide exposure.Let's hope that Petra will make it to the final list so that tourism in Jordan would-boom again in line with our National Tourism Strategy to double up the number of tourist arrivals to Jordan.-nSeven: A heavenly number?

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Publication:The Star (Amman, Jordan)
Date:Jul 7, 2007
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