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This short documentary trailer, vividly depicts the long term effects of the uncontrolled tourism industry developed around the ancient City of Petra in Jordan, rising awareness of its imminent ruination, while bringing hope that measures will be taken before it is too late. The vast, lost city of Petra, ’half as old as time’, was carved into the sheer red-rose rock faces by the Nabateans, Aramaic-speaking Semites who settled there more than 3000 years ago. They turned the city into an important junction centre for the caravans carrying silk and spices from China, India and Southern Arabia to Egypt, Syria, Greece and ancient Rome. For centuries, Petra fell into the mists of legend, its existence being a guarded secret known only to the local Bedouins and Arab tradesman. Today this wonderland of temples, caves, tombs and elaborate buildings, is one of the world's most famous archaeological sites. After being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, the City of Petra become one of the major tourist attractions of the Middle East. The latest facts and data are based on the information provided by the local Park Authorities, business people and journalists from the national newspaper, The Jordan Times.

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Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Middle East
Subcategory Detail:Jordan
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