This year Professor Talal Akasheh has received the prestigious Rolex award for his work on documentation and preservation of the various monuments of Petra. Professor Akasheh is a chemist who became interested in Petra when he worked at Yarmouk University. He later moved to the Hashemite University, but maintained his interest in cultural heritage and its preservation. There, he established the Queen Rania Institute of Tourism and Heritage.
Anyway, the Rolex awards website details the substantial work and significant contribution the Professor Akasheh made towards sustainable development and management of Petra. Clearly, this work is of significant practical importance to Jordan, and the international recognition of this effort is well deserved. Congratulations to Talal and to Jordan.