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Opening Ceremony of International Arab Children Congress to be held in famous Rose Red City of Petra
6th March 2012

This year celebrates the 32nd annual International Arab Children Congress (IACC) held under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein from July 12-18th, 2012 in Jordan.


Around 200 young people are invited to participate in the annual thematic event which utilizes creative activities to tackle important global issues.  This year's suggested theme will revolve around new media in relation to social change, economic development, global cultural interaction, freedom of speech and ethics in social media.


The official opening ceremony will take place on July 13th in the famous rose red city of Petra, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the rediscovery of the famous city by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt in 1812. 


Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage site is Jordan's most visited tourist attraction.  The archeological wonder gained fame in modern pop culture after the film "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" starring Harrison Ford was released in 1989, featuring scenes of the Treasury.


New this year are two new initiatives; the International Arab Children Award and the International Arab Children Network.  The winners of the award that was launched by

Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak at the IACC in Abu Dhabi last year will be announced at the opening ceremony of this year's congress.  


All of the activities, with the exception of the opening ceremony in Petra and an interactive discussion between delegates and guests of honor, will be hosted by the National Center for Culture and Arts (NCCA) in Amman.


The IACC is an initiative launched by Her Majesty Queen Noor following the 1980 Arab Summit in Amman to nurture generations of young Arab leaders who can work together on global issues with respect, tolerance, and understanding.


In 2004 the congress started hosting children from the international community  based on the recommendation of the Arab delegations to enhance cross-cultural dialogue/building among youth.

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