The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is an Arab kingdom in Western Asia. Jordan has borders with Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Israel, and Palestine. It is strategically located at the crossroads of Asia, Africa, and Europe.
Jordan is a greatly hospitable country with a population of 9.5 million residents. Since 1948, Jordan has been a new life hope for the refugees around the country. Jordan is not an oil-rich country like other Arab states, however, it has large investments in other sectors such as mining, manufacturing, construction, and tourism.
Jordan tourism has faced several problems since 1967. After the independence in 1948, Jordan’s tourism started to grow. However, when Jordan lost the West Bank in 1967, tourism sector collapsed in the country until it reemerged in the 1980s. In 1990 during the Gulf War, tourism sector devolved with the other sectors of Jordan economy. After the Gulf War, tourism of Jordan gained it strength back and started to develop rapidly.
Tourism is one of the most important sectors in Jordan. Jordan’s major tourist attractions are Petra (UNESCO World Heritage), Jordan River, Mount Nebo, Madaba, medieval mosques and churches and natural locations like Wadi Rum. On the other hand, health tourism, education tourism, pop-culture tourism and shopping tourism are the important tourism fields in Jordan.
Medical Tourism in Jordan
Jordan is known for its developed health services. It has a large availability of specialist doctors and medical advisors in all fields of medical science. High technology in the hospitals of Jordan makes diagnosability easier. Low cost of treatment compared to many European and neighboring countries and touristic hotel services as well as transportation services make Jordan a medical tourism center. Along with the high technology in medical science, natural sources such as the Dead Sea, Jordanian Hamma, and Ma’in Hot Springs serve people high mineral black mud and hot water in order to treat skin diseases, muscle, joint and bone aches.
Education Tourism in Jordan
140.000 Global students around the world study in Jordan’s reputable 10 public, 18 private universities, 52 community colleges and 50 vocational training centers. Number of the foreign students grows 9% annually. The kingdom’s top public universities are ranked among the best in the region. Their places are going upward in international rankings as well. UNESCO ranks Jordanian educational system as number 18th among 94 nations for ensuring gender equality in education. On the other hand, medical education in Jordan is one of the most regarded in the Middle East. Many students from the Middle East region study medicine in Jordan. According to World Bank, Jordan is the top medical service provider in the region and among the top five in the world.
Pop Culture Tourism
It is a tourism field that emerges from pop culture phenomena such as books, films, and music. According to researchers, people have an emotional attachment to the characters they see on TV or film, they want to go to the places connected to these characters, that’s why the pop culture tourism is popular nowadays.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade movie was filmed in Al Khazneh, millions of movie fans go to Al Khazneh to see the places where the movie was filmed.
Shopping Tourism in Jordan
Shopping in Jordan is a unique experience. There are different kinds of shopping centers such ass Abdoun Mall, Amman Mall, Mecca Mall, Barakeh Mall, Sweifieh Avenue, Istiklal Mall, City Mall, Taj Mall and the Zara Shopping Center. You can find latest clothing and accessories in designer boutiques. In the Gold Souq located in the downtown area of Amman, you can find a very large variety of gold and silver work. There are also a large number of shops selling traditional handicrafts such as boxes done in marquetry, hand filled bottles of sand, woolen rugs, woven pillows, pottery glass, wall hangings, metal works and sand made bottles.
Jordan is a country full of culture, traditions, great food, and amazing attractions. It has wonderful people, beautiful sites, and a rich history. Jordan may be small in regards to geography, but in attractiveness it is huge. In Jordan, you find yourself on a journey with warm and welcoming people, through a place to discover.