Tourism is an important sector of the Jordanian economy, contributing between 10 percent and 12 percent to the country's Gross National Product (GNP) in 2009. In addition to the country's political stability, Jordan’s geography profiles it as an attractive tourist destination. Jordan's major tourist attractions include numerous ancient places, unique desert castles and well-preserved nature spots, in addition to its cultural and religious sites.
Jordan’s Main Attractions:
Described by UNESCO as "One of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage", the rose red city of Petra is a wonder to be experienced firsthand.
The captivating city of Petra is recognized worldwide for its splendor and beauty, and although much has been written about Petra, nothing really prepares one for such an amazing experience. The phrase, "seeing is believing" holds true for Petra.
Designated in 1985 as a World heritage Site, and voted in 2007 as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Petra is an archeological site located in the Governorate of Ma'an, lying on the slope of Mount Hor, in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Wadi Araba; the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba.
Petra was built by the Nabataeans as their capital city around 100 BC.
Located 48 km north of the capital Amman, this ancient Roman city which is nestled in a quiet valley among the mountains of Gilead, embodies the grandeur of Imperial Rome in being one of the largest and most well preserved sites of Roman architecture in the World outside Italy. To this day, Jerash’s paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, striking theaters, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates remain in exceptional condition.
Ma’in Hot Springs (Hammamat Ma’in)
Located 30 km southwest of Madaba at 264 meters below sea level, are the exceptionally beautiful hot springs of Hammamat Ma’in. The springs flow through the precipitous desert cliffs of the Wadi Zarqa Ma'in dousing them with two waterfalls of steaming water.
A quick trip from Aqaba, Wadi Rum offers a truly unique and adventurous experience. Visitors would be amazed by the surroundings amidst the stupendous cliffs, canyons and seemingly endless orange sands.
The Dead Sea
Situated in the Jordan Valley just 55 km southeast of Amman, the Dead Sea is one of the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes in the world. It is the lowest body of water on earth, the lowest point on earth at 410 meters below sea level, and the world's richest source of natural salts.
The Dead Sea contains more than 35 different minerals that are essential for skin care. These minerals include Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, Bromine, Sulphur, and Iodine, and are also responsible for relieving pain caused by arthritis, rheumatism, psoriasis, eczema, headache and foot-ache.
Located in the south of the Kingdom, the seaside resort of Aqaba provides the perfect location for rest and relaxation on the shores of the Red Sea. Additionally, it offers some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling experiences with some of the most fascinating and best-preserved coral reef in the world.