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5 Must-Sees in Jordan, 2020’s Most Welcoming Country in the World

Jordanian actor Saba Mubarak in Amman. Photographed by Maximilian Scherer for Vogue Arabia

A rocky desert nation in the northern Arabian Peninsula has been heralded as one of the finest tourism offerings on the planet by one of the world’s most respected tourism guide books. Jordan just got named the World’s Most Welcoming place by Lonely Planet. An Arab nation on the east bank of the Jordan River, Jordan is a land of many nature reserves and ancient monuments dating back to 300 BC. Today, the land bears traces of its historic civilisations, Middle Eastern antiquity and is renowned for its hospitality. Seeped in rich Bedouin traditions of sharing food and drink with its visitors and guests – Jordan has over the years rightfully earned its title. On this occasion, we take a trip through Jordan’s most loved places:

Explore the ancient city of Petra

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Petra is the top draw in Jordan and for good reason. The sandstone city was built in the third-century BC by the Nabateans, ancient Arab people who inhabited the region. Today Petra needs no introduction, with its ancient monuments and bountiful nature reserves, it is rightfully a world heritage site that simply must not be missed.

Float in the Dead Sea

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The Dead Sea is unique in its high salt content making it the “heaviest sea in the world.”  Book a hotel right on the beach so you can read your favorite book or the newspaper while floating in the water.

Walk around the Roman ruins in Jerash

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A day trip from Amman, Jerash is the most well-preserved ancient Roman city outside of Italy. Dating back 6500 years, it is a historical monument of epic importance – for those who love to time-travel on their vacations.

Discover the magic of Wadi Rum

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Wadi Rum is a spectacular desert valley made up of narrow gorges, stone arches and steep cliffs. The local Bedouins are known to have inhabited this land for nearly 12,000 years. Lawrence of Arabia is so linked to Wadi Rum, that the beautiful rock formation known as the Seven Pillars of Wisdom was named after his autobiography.

Spend a night in a Bedouin Camp

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Among the countless adventures to be had in Wadi Rum – sleeping in a Bedouin camp is one of the most exciting. Take a jeep tour deep into the desert and later a camel safari to fulfil your own Arabian Nights fantasies.

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