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When people come to Jordan, they find a country that is safe, warm, and welcoming, a people who embrace modernity and revere their traditions, and a culture that is rich, diverse, and peace-loving. This Jordan is my Jordan.
Over the years, I’ve been pleased to see our country blossom and grow into everyone’s Jordan. Many of my friends, seasoned travelers, believe there’s nothing left that can surprise them, but then they come here and we prove them wrong. Before they leave, they tell me that Jordan is more than just ‘a place to visit’, it’s ‘a place to experience’.
They’re right. Visitors are discovering the out-of-the-way places tour buses don’t go, eating in cafes that aren’t decorated with Michelin stars, and chatting to village shopkeepers over some Arabic coffee. Our vision’s a sustainable one. It’s about developing Jordan in a way that protects and promotes what’s precious to us, while providing jobs for our people, and an authentic cultural experience for our guests.
So, no matter how long you’re here for, what kind of trip you’re on, or even what mood you’re in, you can still find your niche. We have five star hotels, great restaurants, shopping malls, and spas, as well as souks, traditional coffee houses, authentic cuisine, and old-style hammams (bath houses). Not to mention World Heritage sites, Roman ruins, the largest spa in the region, prized nature reserves, and the oxygen-rich Dead Sea!
Our number one attraction is the rose-red, Nabatean city of Petra, carved out of stone cliffs made famous by Indiana Jones. Hidden within mountain gorges, this once-lost city has survived earthquakes and the passage of time; its geological history is etched in the walls, its secrets lie buried below ancient roads.
Near Petra, Dana Reserve is a stunning geological wonder; it looks like something from prehistoric times! Local Bedouin guides take you through gorges that abound with birds, animals, and flowers. Several hours trek down the Great Rift Valley, you’ll find Feynan Eco-Lodge, where climate-conscious guests can rest their carbon footprints.
Jordan is also host to many sacred religious sites. Here, you can see where Jesus was baptized, walk in Moses’ footsteps, visit his burial place at Mount Nebo, and enter Lot’s cave. And, nearby, is one of the most therapeutic stretches of water in the world: the Dead Sea. There’s always laughter on the shore as people slather on the mineral-rich mud.
If you’re an adrenalin junkie, Jordan’s adventure tourism is scaling new heights. In Wadi Rum, you can hot air balloon, fly microlites, ride 4x4 sand-dune buggies or Arabian horses, and rock climb Jabal Rum, the highest peak in the area. And in the evening, cook your dinner in the sand with local Bedouins, then sleep under the stars. If you want to cool down, you can take a dip in the Red Sea, diving coral reefs and old wrecks.
There’s no place like it, so, come, see my Jordan; I know you’ll enjoy making it your own.
More of Queen Rania's thoughts about her beautiful country:
1. Condé Nast Traveler “World Savers Awards"
2. The Greenest Queen: A Royal Initiative Transforms Jordan
3. Queen Rania Celebrates with famous friends in the beauty of Jordan
4. Queen Rania discusses her new book "The Sandwich Swap" with Oprah
Learn more about Jordan through the following Jordan Tourism Board's comprehensive brochures:
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