Before arriving in Jordan one of the only things we knew about this wonderful country was of their world renowned consort, Queen Rania. As wife of King Abdullah II of Jordan, Queen Rania has become a global figure and advocate for education and modernisation in the Middle East.
Queen Rania is intelligent and savvy, having worked at Apple and Citibank and uses social media and press appearances to champion the important issues facing Jordanian society. Queen Rania is an avid user of Facebook and has over 1m followers on Twitter (@QueenRania). The Queen moves in some seriously influential circles having recently; appeared on the Oprah Show, met Michelle Obama, founded the 1Goal education programme with FIFA and Gordon Brown and appeared in a video with the Black Eyed Pears. With a YouTube channel and her own range of children’s books promoting cultural understanding as well as four children, this is an impressive lady and seen as one of the most powerful women in the world.
Queen Rania is passionate about her country and about promoting Jordan as a tourist destination. Our sponsor of this trip, BMI recently interviewed Queen Rania for their Voyager magazine and here are her travel tips for visiting Jordan:
Rania’s Travel Tips
ADVENTURE SEEKERS would probably love mountain-climbing and hand-gliding over the Mars-scape of Wadi Rum’s desert. Only an hour away, they can strap on their hiking boots and explore the endless trails around our ancient, stone-carved, red-rose ancient city of Petra. You can rest your carbon footprints at one of our many sustainable natural parks, like Feynan Eco Lodge, after you’ve trekked through the prehistoric Great Rift Valley in Dana Reserve. If you’re into literary classics, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom by TE Lawrence is unbeatable and beautifully written, if sometimes factually flawed. Many of his campaigns during World War I took place here in Jordan; his face is even etched into a rock in Wadi Rum.
THE REST-AND-RELAXATION TOURISTS should put their feet up at the Dead Sea, where we have the region’s largest spa to accompany the mineral-rich mud and salt waters that rejuvenate your spirits.
If you fancy a dip in less salty seas, then Aqaba is a great place to cool off from the desert heat, either lounging on our beaches or on the decks of a sail boat. Most weekends and holidays we try to get away as a family to our home there. We can breathe in the fresh Red Sea air, listen to the waves beat on the shore and let any stress drift out with the tide.
Jordan is also famous for its RELIGIOUS TOURISM: we’re proud keepers of many religious sites, including the baptism site of Jesus, Mount Nebo, where Moses saw the Holy Land; and even Lot’s Cave.
But wherever you go, I can guarantee you’ll be welcomed. Jordanians are famed for our hospitality and generosity. Feel free to accept a cup of tea and chat with the locals: it’s the best way to get to know our beautiful country.
Read the full BMI interview here.