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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.

http://www.visitjordan.com/

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:

1. The Jordan Visitor's Guide
2. The Eco and Nature Brochure
3. The History and Culture Brochure
4. The Leisure and Wellness Brochure
5. The Fun and Adventure Brochure
6. The Biblical Jordan Brochure

For real time updates and information about Jordan follow Jordan Tourism Board's account on twitter: @visitJordan

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dianaham
Saturday, July 17, 2010

To Your Highness Queen Rania al Abdullah,
as a Jordanian citizen i would like to be honest with you. i have a degree in psychology i earned my degree in Lebanon , and my husband has a degree in computer engineering, but we are both working in Saudi Arabia. i just wonder and it hurts me.. WHY ARE WE HERE ? why dont we have the chance to work in Amman and have a life in Amman, i am missing on a lot with my family , i am a educated woman with an educated family and my husband as well. we are both in our 20's and again we are not in Jordan. i only wanted to tell you what i feel because living in Saudi Arabia for a Jordanian girl is hard and my dream is to go back and live in Amman and have a good job both for me and my husband. thank you Queen Rania you are a real Queen for you people..

Zulianse
Monday, June 28, 2010

Dear Queen Rania

I'm a great admirer of you and therefore I would be very happy if you could send me a hand-written picture of you. (perhaps sign with: "to Sergio"?).
I would be very pleased if you could fulfil my wish. Many thanks in advance for your kindness.
I wish you all the best for the 2010 and the future.

Yours sincerely,
Sergio Zulian

PS. Please write on the letter:"postage will be paid by the receiver"

My Address:
Zulian Sergio Sonnenhaldenstr.21 CH-9403 Goldach / SG
Switzerland

annaf
Sunday, June 6, 2010

To Your Highness Queen Rania al Abdullah

I would like to add my voice to some of my fellow travelers found here. Every year I go to Italy to see my family and from there I visit other countries.

This year, in April, I visited Jordan, it was the kind of experience that requires a large number of adjectives, I was amazed that in such a small state I could be in the desert and 10 minutes later in a green beautiful valley, the incredible geological erosion left me breathless.
Throughout the country your project for the poor and others shine in the sun
like stars in a dark sky.

I had the opportunity to visit Amman so pretty and clean, Mount Nebo, Wadi Rum, how fantastic!!! Jerash, and the magic of Petra. Here I have to stop for a moment because I was in a state of grace, little is known about the Nabateian, but they left us the mistery of their civilization and culture for all to see and wonder.
It was in Petra that as a tourist my travel companions and I experienced something hard to accept, the disruption caused by the carriages running back and forth in an area that should be devoted to meditation. Later, on the other side of Petra, I was exposed to the mistreatment of little donkeys forced to climb 800 steps, sliding down out of control endangering anyone climbing up or down.

At this point Your Highness I would like to appeal to you for the cessation of such business. I realize that many people make a living by running the horses and donkeys, but allow me to suggest that an alternative to these quiet beasts of burden could be the machines that we see in airports. They are reasonably quiet, will not leave excrement with subsequent odors, will not endanger anyone, and will preserve Petra for generations to come.
Our guide was clearly in love with his country and we have seen Jordan through his eyes and his heart, the heart of a poet, we felt Jordan from the very first day, it was a joy!

Your Majesty thank you so much for listening and may God guide you and keep you in the palm of His hand.

Hussain
Wednesday, June 2, 2010

ma`am rania i am new member of yours humantrain website from india hyderabad,andhhra pradesh.my name is Hussain. ma`am i request you to do something for indian childrens for their future. i used to work as NGO but due to lack of money i stoped my work. respected ma`am please help me to help the needy childrens and i promice i never ever misuse ur funds

yours obedently

suzanIbrawesh
Friday, May 28, 2010

your majesty

I don't know if this the suitable corner to asking about how can volunteers join madrastee initiative in Jerusalem .I am ICDL trainer and I desire to participate by my experience and .So how can I involve??? (suzan_australia@yahoo.com)

strike_a_light
Thursday, May 20, 2010

Your Majesty,
It fills my heart with sorrow when I hear about the increasing number of murders in my beloved country Jordan.you know i hear people saying getting a jordanian to smile is more difficult than extracting the wisdom teeth.In other words,we are portrayed as too serious and may be a grim nation.I think it is so vital to teach our children how to smile,how to paint a smile and live life fully and happily whatever the challenges are.I ,also,believe that The Ministry of Eucation should consider Anger Management when it comes to Curricula and teaching plans.I highly appreciate your valuable efforts to enhance education,you are really the enlightment angel at large,opening the portals of knowledge to students,May Allah give you all the vigour and zest to accomplish your humane missions

mariita
Monday, May 17, 2010

Queen Rania dear, I give my support to all children in the world and especially education, which is why my email is: mariaeliza_28_11@hotmail.com
Queen is only for you, I maria elisa, I can help on what you want and need
hands to work for a better future .....!!

mariita
Monday, May 17, 2010

dear Queen Rania All Abdullah

oh your majesty, Jordan-Amman is a land to discover, is full of charm and I think it's great that you have the honor of creating this page for all the world's children and education
I leave with honor
regards
good night

elisa maria solis rock = D

..... To work ....!!!

aunglinmyanmar
Saturday, May 8, 2010

Dear Queen Rania ,your Majesty ,
First of all ,let me introduce myself .I from Myanmar which is located in southeast Asia .I found about you that facebook and very impressive of your contribution for the social affairs. Actually , I am Buddhism and way of thinking may different with your country.But, when I learn your activities, I respect very much to your way of thinking and contributing of social affair. And then ,I interest very much middle east such as Egypt and I am very interesting about your country as well. let me study also your activities which can be useful for our country .I am also intend to do social contributing future. If ,I have any comment also at the future ,please let me put here . Thank you very much for your attention .
Andrew AungLin :aunglinmyanmar@gmail.com

Claudia75
Monday, May 3, 2010

Dear Queen Rania, Your Majesty,
First of all let me congratulate you for the excellent and noble work you are striving to do in your country, bringing education and decent housing for the population. It is so important to get an education, in order to open up our minds and be able to prepare a better future for all of us.
I have just come back from a lovely trip to your wonderful country: I didn't imagine to find so much to see, so many landscapes in such a small country, so much human warmth...Your people are extremely friendly, educated and warm, it was one of the best holidays of my life and will cherish this experience forever.
I would like to draw your attention to a problem that occurs in your well-renowed tourist pearl, Petra: the use of carts with horses and donkeys. I totally agree with the fact that people with motor disabilities should be able to visit the site, but to my astonishment I have seen only young people riding those carts from the entrance until the Khasneh. It is only 2 kms and the carts go very fast, so much that pedestrians have to squeeze on the sides to avoid accidents within the siq!!
Also: I have also seen ill-treated donkeys, beaten by their owners, riding up and down the 800 steps towards the top of the mountain...once again, very bad for the animals and very dangerous for those who are walking the steep road, it is full of dung and one needs to be careful not to bump literally against the donkeys! Once again, it is not compulsory to walk all the way up there, if one cannot go on foot, pity but I'd rather not see the sight of those poor donkeys and also wouldn't take the risk myself to ride a donkey on those slippery steps!
We had the best guide I have ever had in all my life, and he was the one who told us to write to you, since you are so close to the people's needs and really do care about your country. I hope you will manage to make a difference also in this matter, in the same way you are making a difference with your wonderful projects.
I wish you a healthy and long life, thank you for everything you do and good luck with all your projects.
Claudia Marchini
Italy

saramarks
Sunday, May 2, 2010

I visited Jordan two years ago along with a few other countries in the Middle East. Out of all the countries I have visited around the world, Jordan is one of my favourites. So much so, I am now investigating working and living in Jordan.
Sara, Australia.

Maria Rosaria Magnotta
Friday, April 30, 2010

Gentilissima Rania , sono una turista italiana di nome Maria che ha appena terminato un bellissimo viaggio nel suo paese.Ho visto molto del suo lavoro è sono felice che una donna sia riuscita ad operare tanto E CON TANTO BUON SENSO .Come in ogni parte del mondo, ancora molte situazioni richiedono il suo intervento per migliorare le condizioni di parte del suo popolo, ma io credo nelle donne e credo che lei stia facendo veramente un ottimo lavoro.Mi sono sentita molto vicina alla popolazione ,per il problema della distribuzione dell'acqua. nel mio piccolo ho cercato di sprecare meno acqua possibile ,sebbene a noi turisti non sia mai venuta meno ,ma da donna, so cosa comporta non poter disporre di un bene così prezioso . Il mio viaggio mi ha regalato molto in relazioni umane e in emozioni e così ho pensato di dare ,nel mio piccolo e con assoluta umiltà ,un piccolo contributo costruttivo che spero le sarà in qualche modo utile . Mi permetto quindi di scriverle perchè credo che dal dialogo e dall'osservazione costruttiva di tutti si possa veramente costruire qualcosa che migliori la vita di chi non è stato molto fortunato...uomini o animali che siano . BELLISSIMO il suo progetto per una casa per i poveri ... spero che sempre più persone possano usufruire di quelle casette che la nostra splendida e preparatissima guida, ci ha fatto notare e che noi poi si cercava in ogni luogo come segnale di un paese in movimento è attento alle politiche sociali dei più deboli .. Notevole il dispendio di energie per creare in ogni dove una scuola .Da insegnante non posso che rallegrarmi con lei per aver voluto una scuola come progetto in ogni luogo ,dove vi fossero bambini ..Bellissime e dolcissime le donne di ogni ceto sociale che ho incontrato in questo viaggio ..con cui sono riuscia a comunicare anche senza conoscere perfettamente ,come loro ,l'inglese ...le sue suddite hanno scusato questa mia lacuna con un sorriso , un abbraccio sincero ... e un sorriso.Ma purtroppo ho notato anche alcune situazioni che da animalista convinta vorrei segnalarle sopratutto nel sito archeologico che è vanto ed emblema del suo paese Petra .. credo che sia un disagio che molti turisti si siano trovati a vivere ... un povero animale, nel mio caso un asinello , preso a sassate o maltrattato con estrema brutalità perchè si rifiutava di poratre il carico , notevole direi io di un turista...Non scuso il turista che pur avendo la possibilità di camminare approffitava del povero animale ..anzi lo ritengo peggiore del noleggiatore di asinelli .. ritengo però occorra che qualcuno aiuti quei poveri animali e ho pensato di approffitare di questo spazio per esporre la mia opignone. sempre nel sito di Petra Abbiamo rischiato più volte di essere travolti dai calessi che correvano in modo sprositato, oltre al reale pericolo avvertito da tutti i turisti che si apprestavano alla salita o discesa degli 800 gradini costituito dagli asinelli che arrancavao per gli scivolosi e a volte inesistenti gradini ...So di non essere ne la prima ne l'ultima che le segnala tutto questo , so che lei è una donna attenta e disponibile così le chiedo cortesemente di volgere la sua opera anche verso questa situazione .LA RINGRAZIO PER LA CORTESE ATTENZIONE le porgo i miei più sentiti saluti con la speranza di poter tornare al più presto nel suo splendido paese ... Maria

Margo
Thursday, April 29, 2010

Your Magesty Queen Rania of Jordan,
I've been in Jordan in March 2010. It's amazing country with rich history. I've interested in your coutry and royal family. I always read news about your visitings to different country. So today i've seen TV Show "Good morning America" in FaceBook, where you were telling about your new book “The Sandwich Swap”. In my opinion it is really wonderful story. I have a couple of questions about it. In what languages it'll be translate? And will the book publish in Russia, if it will be, than when?
Respectfully, Margarita.
15 years old, Russion Federation, Moscow.
kot-margot@yandex.ru

laurie blum
Thursday, April 29, 2010

Dear Queen Rania, Your Majesty, I am happy to meet you! I am an artist and my paintings have been on exhibition at the United Nations, Hafez Tomb, Hart Senate Building, Capitol Hill, DC, National Arts Club and other places. It brings back the ancient art of the Silk Road. I would love to bring my work to Jordan, here is a link on Frontline:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tehranbureau/2010/03/conference-...
please see my Inner Garden Gallery at www.laurieblum.com

Selket
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Jordon is a beautiful country, I hope someday to visit.

Bitar4
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Your Majesty, The great Queen Rania Al Abdullah,
With Honor and Pleasure to Join and share ideas for better future of our hope our Boys and people.
Your majesty,
I have been observing and following how great and enthusiasm Queen being approaching our life from different points and angles trying to improve and develop better and Prosperous future for here People and Others, with proud ,,, You are the Queen of Brains, of mercy and all ,,,,
I would deeply appreciate and thanks to have your Kind Understanding for our need to have the Opportunity for My son to study medicine in Jordan , assuring your majesty that he is studying in American school system in Dubai with always having the rank 1 in his class as well the school , excellent English commands , Brilliant and ambition toward better future and life , passed the SAT and Tofel . Hope and sure with your Kind support and encouragement in this hard and harsh life to be able and achieve the dream,,
I wish you and all prosperous and health life.
With all due respect and best regards.

hallimos
Saturday, April 24, 2010

Absolutely loved Wadi Rum and Petra, but please take care of the horses at Petra. They don't seem to be treated very well.

hallimos
Saturday, April 24, 2010

Absolutely loved Wadi Rum and Petra and more, but please focus on the horses health at Petra. They need more attention!

arnage
Friday, April 23, 2010

I would like to visit this wonderful area someday, becose is my dream.

YURIANA
Saturday, March 27, 2010

i LIKE SO MUCH PETRA..I AM LIVING PALENQUE, CHIS. MEX. IT´S WONDERFUL

Matar
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Through the history of Jordan, only brave hearts did build Jordan. And for sure, Jordan is full of such amazing places worth visiting.

adigaHakouz
Monday, March 22, 2010

i love jordan ^_^

abu il debs
Thursday, March 18, 2010

We need to move ahead..

no pain, no gain

shirley