Rally from Germany to Jordan: Fun, adventure, charity and unique travel experience

An invitation was mailed to me to attend the closing ceremony of the Allgau Orient Rallye at Crown Plaza Resort at the Dead Sea in Jordan.

Rally from Germany to Jordan: Fun, adventure, charity and unique travel experience

An invitation was mailed to me to attend the closing ceremony of the Allgau Orient Rallye at Crown Plaza Resort at the Dead Sea in Jordan.

In the Arabic language (All) means family, so All Othman, means Othman family. So I thought when I received the invitation that a family called AllGau was running a rally, but when I checked the invitation carefully and saw that the closing ceremony was under the patronage of HRH Crown Prince of Jordan Hussien Bin Abdullah and that there will be a lavish cocktail reception at Crown Plaza Dead Sea, I decided to go and see what’s going on.

Twenty minutes from my home, I reached Crown Plaza Resort where hundreds of old cars covered with dust and labels were there in the parking area. I made my way to the ballroom where I met German people, which lead me to find out that Allgau is a region in Germany at the Baden area, and the Allgau Orient Rallye is an idea created by two persons back in 2006. Wilfried Gehr from Germany and his Jordanian partner Sakher Al Fayez had the idea to invite people looking for fun, adventure, and charity to join a rally for 20 days that would cross over 12 countries. This year’s rally started on May 3, 2014 from Germany and reached Jordan on May 22 by way of a road way crossing Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Albania, Bulgaria, Turkey, and then with a boat to Israel, with the final stage happening in the Jordan desert, ending with the closing ceremony at the Dead Sea.

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There are few rules for this Allgau Orient Rallye, one of them being that only vehicles that are 20 years old are allowed to participate, and participants can stay in their cars, in tents, or in hotels, but it must not cost more than 11.11 euro per night. The use of navigation systems to discover a route is prohibited, and the rally is not meant to be a race, but an event in which drivers follow the rules of the road of the respective countries. The idea is to have fun, gain some understanding of different cultures, and to achieve humanitarian and charitable aims.

During the closing ceremony, speakers pointed out what support that Allgau Rallye has given to local communities in Turkey, Israel, and Jordan, and the winners were announced. Winner receive a wooden camel as a reward for their participation. Following this was a lavish cocktail dinner offered at the huge pool of the Crown Plaza Dead Sea complete with music and fun.

During the ceremony, I met with Ms. Karin Huebner, one of the participants, and she explained to me the fun they had during their 6,750-kilometer crossing over 12 countries and meeting with locals. I also met with Mr. Matthias, another participant, who informed me that on their way while in Albania, the engine of their car shut down, and they had to buy another car that needed to have its engine changed. This cost them 500 euro plus another 120 euro to the 3 people who worked on the car for more than 12 hours. He mentioned how funny he thought it was that the people at the country border told him “you are late 6 minutes.”

HRH Prince Hussain Bin Abdullah provided huge support for the event, and the 600 rally participants were quite happy with the organization of the rally and with Jordan’s hospitality. I am sure that all the participants would make wonderful ambassadors to promote Jordan and its attractions to promote Jordan and its attractions.

This is really a new type of travel and tourism – travel combined with fun, adventure, and charity.

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