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A horse race in the Jordanian desert

Several celebrities, including former Miss France Camille Cerf and Jordanian Princess Jalilah Bint Ali, embarked on a horse race through the Jordanian desert Wadi Rum. 

It looks like a real Hollywood set, but it is indeed in the heart of the Middle East that this horse race took place, bringing together 133 amateur riders from 16 countries to ride some 200km between the desert of Wadi Rum, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the ancient city of Petra, in Jordan. 

After India, Morocco and Oman, it is in Jordan that the collective “Gallops of Jordan” organized this equestrian race in a sumptuous setting, with several personalities from Europe, America and Asia. 

 

 

The return of tourism after the crisis

 

In Jordan, the tourism sector represents more than 10% of the GDP. The Covid-19 crisis has shaken the tourism field and the tourism professionals, as Mohamed Saleem, Jordanian tourist guide, testifies: “the fact that this race could take place is a first step towards the recovery of tourism,” he confides to AFP. “I hope that such races will attract the attention of tourists and bring them back to Jordan,” he added.

The participants did not hesitate to share the pictures of their spectacular ride in the desert of Wadi Rum, which would almost make you forget that it is indeed a competition!

 

 

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Indeed, a race needs a winner, and two French amateur teams won the first two places, followed by the Royal Cavalry from Oman.