By Khetam Malkawi
AMMAN – Voting for the Dead Sea to be one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature is a “duty” that all Jordanians should contribute to, members of the public interviewed by The Jordan Times said on Thursday.
“I voted for the Dead Sea without even asking how I am going to benefit personally if it wins,” said Duaa Tayseer. “It is our responsibility as Jordanians to put the Dead Sea on the natural wonders list.”
She noted that all members of her family voted both on the New7Wonders website and via SMS. Firs Hadi agreed with Tayseer, but remarked that the campaign urging people to vote for the Dead Sea was not as extensive as the one launched for Petra when it was elected for inclusion on the list of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.
“I voted for the Dead Sea as I believe it’s a duty to do so. However, I only heard about this competition two weeks ago and I think the campaign should have been promoted more strongly through the media or at least the use of billboards,” Hadi told The Jordan Times over the phone yesterday.
Others said they believe that if the Dead Sea wins a spot on the list, this will attract more tourists to the Kingdom.