Jordan emerges as regional centre for eco-tourism
The Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) is attracting Arab travellers this summer with the offer of cool breezes, five-star hotels, luxurious spas, beautiful scenery together with a wealth of cultural, art and musical events.
“Tourists to Jordan also have the choice of indulging in Jordan’s rich heritage of eco-tourism. The Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) was formed and working closely in partnership with the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN), to protect Jordan’s Gulf of Aqaba in the north-eastern arm of the Red Sea as well as the Wadi Rum protected area,” said Mazen Homoud, managing director of JTB, at the ATM.
“The Gulf of Aqaba is renowned worldwide as a visitor’s paradise, overflowing with wildlife and adventure, hosting about 110 species of soft corals, 120 species of hard corals and over 1,000 species of fish.”
“ASEZA’s zone has recently grown to bring in an area we term as the golden triangle, stretching from the Red Sea coast line through the Wadi Rum protected area (also in the Southern territories of Jordan). Wadi Rum is a nature lover’s dream, paradise even,” commented Nader Al Dahabi, chief commissioner of Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority. “We are working with the RSCN we to preserve Wadi Rum as it holds plants both rare and endemic to its ecosystem.”
Jordan today boasts seven well established protected areas covering over 1,200 sq km comprising some of the finest natural landscapes in the region with a whole host of wild plants, animals and other natural resources.