More on Ummid: International l National Regional l Politics Sports Religion l History l Culture l Education



Eminent satire and humour writer Yusuf Nazim dies at 91

Jamia teachers’ body, rights group reject NHRC report

NHRC clean chit to Delhi police in Batla House encounter

Longest 21st century solar eclipse seen at various places

Ex-Arthur road prison chief, officials face HC heat

Govt. on track to implement Sachar recommendations

Probe ordered against AMU V-C

SC asks Centre to file its opinion on homosexual offence

Muslim MPs finally at work


SSC topper presented her prize money to another student: However these stories kept Aaliya Iqbal on edge and when she received the cheque of five thousand rupees as prize money and found Nasreen among the gathering......Read Full

A door opens for Muslim girls


Muslim MPs finally at work- Right from Sachar Report and its implementation to Hajj Subsidy and misuse of Waqf properties, they raised them all in the Parliament: Notwithstanding the fact that....Read Full

Jamia Millia VC row: Why Prof Mushirul Hasan being opposed 2nd term: When you are in power no body will raise a finger at you. But when you are out of power or going to be out... Read Full

NAM Summit called for a new world order: The 118-member Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), currently meeting in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, has called for a new world order.....Read Full

Israeli soldiers reveal Military used reckless force in Gaza: About 30 Israelis who served in Israel's offensive on militants in Gaza six months ago say the army pushed them to use....Read Full


Aid, Madrasa Board not acceptable to Maharashtra Ulema - Government’s proposal to modernise the Madrasas finds no takers: State Government’s attempt to modernize the Madrasas and equip....Read Full

Salman Khurshid on an announcement spree. But Muslims not impressed - 'Announcements sans action would be meaningless', they observe: The statements made by Minority Affairs Minister Salman.....Read Full



Hijab no barrier for Sara to run the school she founded twenty years ago: ......Islamic attire covering herself from head to toes in a Burqa, Sara Deshmukh clearly stands as an answer to the Western World. Is Sarko around?...Read Full

First Lady MPSC of Malegaon devotes herself to poor people: The First Lady Pediatrician and First Lady MPSC of Malegaon, Dr. Bibi Fatema has now been  appointed as Medical Officer at Malegaon General Hospital that....Read Full




Lebanon's Jeita Grotto, UAE's Bu Tinah Shoals among finalis

Arab countries among 'New 7 Wonder' finalists

Thursday, July 23, 2009 08:37:05 PM, Courtney C. Radsch

Dead Sea in Jordan

Ibn Batuta on IMAX: The legendary journeys of the 14th century Muslim traveler Ibn Batuta were monumental to say the least. In 1325 he set out on the Hajj pilgrimage from his native Tangier. After performing his Hajj he.....Read Full

Historic Jama Masjid a step away from new look

Dubai: The Dead Sea, Lebanon’s Jeita Grotto and the United Arab Emirates’ Bu Tinah Shoals were among 28 world-famous natural landmarks named as finalists Tuesday in a global poll to pick seven new Wonders of Nature.

The finalists were selected from among more than 440 participants vying for a spot among the seven wonders, which will be chosen in 2011 based on internet and phone polls.


“This is an extraordinary achievement and the eyes of the planet will be upon Bu Tinah Shoals and the Emirates for the next two years,” said Bernard Weber, founder and president of New7Wonders.

The Dead Sea’s chance of being in the finalists was in doubt after the Palestinian Authority refused to form the required Official Supporting Committee in protest over the participation of an Israeli Settler Council in Israel’s official committee. The contest rules state that each country in which a landmark is located must form a committee.


“There was a little bit of a race to get all three countries in the region to get together but the power of nature got everyone to get together,” Tia B. Viering, head of communications for New7Wonders, told Al Arabiya.

The Amazon rain forest, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the United States’ Grand Canyon and Indonesia’s Komodo park were among the other finalists announced Tuesday by the organization led by the Swiss adventurer Weber.


Dead Sea Controversy

“It’s an honor to be nominated,” Liane Carrastoso, the Jordanian Tourism Board’s communication officer, told Al Arabiya.

“Right now we’re just crossing our fingers and just hoping it becomes one of the natural wonders of the world because being recognized like that will bring tourism to Jordan,” she said.

Petra, an ancient Nabatean city cut into the rocks of a mountain basin in Western Jordan, was chosen as one of the new seven wonders of the world in 2007. It has experienced a 300 percent growth in tourism since it was first announced as a finalist in that contest, said Carrastoso, adding that she hoped the Dead Sea would enjoy similar success.


In 2007, the kingdom’s nations airline, Royal Jordanian, registered the highest monthly total of passengers in its 44 year history.

“It opens a whole new realm of tourism,” she explained, since the Dead Sea is more of an attraction for the “spa-going person” rather than the archeological tourist.


Lebanon's comeback

Jeita Grotto in Lebanon, whose capital Beirut topped the New York Times’ list of top vacation spots earlier this year, comprises two limestone caves bejeweled with some of the world’s largest stalactites and stalagmites hanging over an underground river

"This is a moment every Lebanese should be proud of," Nabil Haddad, who heads Jeita's national support committee, said. "The Jeita Grotto is a medal of honor for Lebanon and has placed Lebanon on the global tourism map again."

The New Seven Wonders of the World contest drew 100 million votes to choose seven new man-made wonders to replace the largely destroyed ones from antiquity.

“We’re well on track to having one billion votes in this campaign,” Viering told Al Arabiya.

A panel of experts chose the finalists from the 77 nominees that gained the most votes in an early round of polling, said Viering. People can vote for the final seven by internet or phone, with the winners to be announced in 2011.










  Bookmark and Share

Home | Top of the Page

Your Ad Here

  Comment on this article

E-mail Address:
Write here...

Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) Who devised a Secure World

France's Encounter with Pharaoh Ramesses

In 1905 more than 100 years from today, when Iqbal was a lecturer at the Government College, Lahore he was invited by his student Lala Hardayal to preside over a function. Instead of making a speech, Iqbal sang....Read Full

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad - Preacher of the Peace and Harmony

Saudi King calls for Interfaith Dialogue: The Saudi king has made an impassioned plea for dialogue among Muslims, Christians and Jews — the first such proposal from a nation with no diplomatic ties to Israel and a ban on non-Muslim religious services and...Read Full

Introducing Islam




Taliban’s Jizya is Extortion, Nothing to Do with Islam: Indian Muslim religious leaders have unanimously condemned in strongest terms the Pakistani Taliban’s kidnapping, extortion of huge amounts....Read Full

Our terror, their terror: Doval’s response was that the term ‘Hindu terror’ worried him. There were, he said, two dimensions to any battle against terror. The first was law and order. You should treat all terrorists as murderers regardless of their....Read Full

Fascism and Terrorism: Two Sides of the same coin: “It seems that the fascist forces with a clear anti-Muslim agenda have infiltrated the security forces. Since the Indian... Read Full


The storm sweeping south Asia: “Afghanistan has been known over the years as the graveyard of empires” stated  General  David H. Patraeus, head of the US Central Command, in an attempt to.....Read Full

The Hidden Face of the Terrorism Exposed At last: A nation under the siege, innocent lives are at stake and the basic structure of the country in itself is at risk...Read Full

Terrorist vs Terrorism

Victims of Terror

 Home | Contact Us | Disclaimer | Terms of Use | About Us | Feedback

Ummid Business: Advertise with us | Careers | Link Exchange is part of Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and condition mentioned.