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32nd International Arab Youth Congress Celebrated in Petra
18th July 2012
Opening Ceremony in Petra July 13, 2012
July 18, 2012 Amman, JordanThe International Arab Youth Congress (IAYC) under the Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein and the National Center for Culture and Arts in cooperation with the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority celebrated the opening of the 32nd congress on July 13th in the ancient red-rose city of Petra.


Some 2,000 people attended the evening ceremony including many from Wadi Mousa and neighboring villages.  The event marked the Silver Jubilee of the National Center for Culture and Arts and the Bicentennial Anniversary of the rediscovery of Petra by Swiss explorer Johann Burckhardt. 

A highlight of the ceremony was the first-ever presentation of the winners of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak’s International Award of Arab Youth, launched last year in Abu Dhabi under the auspices of the Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation.

The Arab Youth Award, presented for the first time in Jordan, seeks to recognize the achievements of Arab youth globally who are involved in building their homelands and communities and contributing to achieving sustainable development socially, economically, and environmentally.


Mustafa Al Hireshawi from Iraq won the top prize of $20,000 for the "Arab Youth Globally Influential Award".  He was recognized for his efforts to design a computer software program used by educational institutions in Iraq, for participating in various conferences tacking issues related to the environment and to peace building, and for being the youngest speaker at the TEDX conference in the US.   
There were six awards in a second category entitled "Arab Youth Excellence Award" and NCCA student Sultan Shawabkeh of Jordan won the $10,000 arts award for his contribution to the community as an actor/playwright and for his efforts to encourage youth to participate in theater. 
  HM Queen Noor with award winners July 13, 2012
Youth delegations from 17 countries took part in the opening celebration including students from the UAE , Pakistan, Tunisia, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Iraq, Oman, Palestine , Qatar, Kuwait , Lebanon, Libya, Egypt, Holland, Yemen and Jordan.


The guests of honor to this year's congress included renowned Egyptian artist Dr. Nour El-Sherif and Jordanian singer Ms. Zain Awad who performed a song about Petra. 


Another major event held during the six day congress included a memorable evening in which each delegation presented a performance representing their national heritage and culture in addition to a dance performed by the Petra Traditional Folklore Troupe.


The closing ceremony was held in Amman and included a presentation of the outcome of the workshops in drama, music and song, dance, poetry along with musical performances by Jordanian singers Rami Shafik and Ehab Murad. 
The delegates presented their recommendations in regards to “New Media and Development”, the theme of this year's congress, to be sent to the Arab League, the UN and to UNICEF.
The International Arab Youth Congress (IAYC) previously known as the International Arab Children Congress (IACC) was initiated by Her Majesty Queen Noor 32 years ago following the 1980 Arab Summit in Amman in order to nurture new generations of young Arab leaders to work together with respect, tolerance, and understanding. 
The congress brings together young people from around the world to study and debate regional and global challenges.
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