If you have been trying to think of the best place to go for a holiday, something that mixes adventure and relaxation with a bit of history then look no further than Jordan. Jordan is placed right in the heart of the Middle East, but unlike some of its neighbours it’s retained a peaceful, welcoming and safe atmosphere and is a hot tourist country for those looking to come enjoy Middle Eastern hospitality alongside some truly awe inspiring sights. Read ahead to learn why you should visit Jordan now!
Desert Tours – Wadi Rum
Undoubtedly, Jordan has some of the most beautiful deserts around, and Wadi Rum is one of the best. Vast stretches of open sand and sky, dotted with some of the most impressive rock formations make Wadi Rum, in the south of Jordan one of the most visited areas of the country. Add to it the fact this area has been inhabited since neolithic times, with some rock paintings and carvings in the cliff faces to showcase this fact and you have one of the best experiences in Jordan. Join a tour out here to Bedouin camps and enjoy a night under the vast sky of stars and authentic entertainment and food by your Bedouin hosts.
Petra, The Treasury and Other Desert Treats
Petra is another of the most visited locations in Jordan, north of Wadi Rum, but south of Amman. This beautiful town and the historic Treasury – the famed carving in the sheer rock face – are two absolute must sees in Jordan and will leave you breathless at their beauty and make your imagination run wild.
The region around Ajlun, and the Desert Castles is equally breathtaking, including a castle built by Saladin as well as nature reserves and other historic archaeological sites of interest.
The Dead Sea and Biblical History
Regardless of your faith or your belief in the history surrounding the Bible and Jesus, the Dead Sea and its affiliated locations of Jesus’ Baptism at Bethany beyond the Jordan (modern day Bethabara) is a location near to Amman which is the believed site of Jesus’ Baptism by John the Baptist. A beautiful setting of a rich pool of water, and lovely desert surroundings, this makes a lovely place to visit, regardless of your faith.
So there you have a couple of great reasons to visit Jordan and take advantage of this historic and beautiful Middle Eastern country. Pack your bags and book that ticket – Jordan awaits!
If you’re thinking about heading off to somewhere a bit unusual and different to your usual vacation destination, but you aren’t quite sure where to go, why not check out the gateway to the east in the form of the unique desert city of Dubai. Dubai is one of the hugest hubs of travel in the world, acting almost literally as the gateway between east and west – with London being only around 4 hours west and India/Bangkok being about 4-5 the other way. Dubai in itself though is a hub of activity and makes for an interesting holiday alone!
Getting There, Getting Around
Regardless of how you’re getting here, chances are you will be flying into the Dubai International Airport, although you can also enter via the neighbouring Sharjah Airport in Abu Dhabi. Dubai is well-serviced by a modern metro system which can be one of the most affordable ways to get around the city. There is also an extensive local bus network, trams and also a monorail, but despite all this Dubai remains a primarily car based city, and in truth you will undoubtedly see some of the worlds best and most beautiful high end cars here due in part to the money that can be and is made in Dubai. Buses are available if you’re interested in visiting the other areas of the UAE such as Oman and Abu Dhabi.
What To See/Do
It can be easy to think of Dubai as just a huge mix of glass and sand, but nothing could be further from the truth. It has some amazing high end shopping and dining options along with the Burj Khalifa building – the highest in the world. Hotels and shopping adorn the crown of Dubai, and the observation deck at the Burj Khalifa needs to be seen to be believed. Check out the network of souk markets strewn throughout the city which mix modern shopping with old world traditional markets, and visit the district of Old Dubai to see how the city looked before it was injected with the money it has today. Save up your pennies and spend a night being pampered in luxury at the Burj al-Arab hotel, the only (although self-proclaimed) seven star hotel in the world. You can stay for a night or just come for afternoon tea or a meal, either way, do not miss this piece of pure luxury in the lap of the Middle East.
Things to See Around Dubai
You can book a few different tours around the city itself, perhaps a boat trip along the Dubai Water Canal or take a stroll down to the Dubai Marina, both fantastic opportunities to get out and around Dubai in a different way. There’s also Ski Dubai – an indoor ski slope for those who miss the white stuff while they’re in Dubai as well as a number of great sand safaris and even Wild Wadi – a great adventure park for the whole family.
Likewise there is always the beach as well as the exclusive Palm Islands – the artificial island that were created off the coast of Dubai in the shape of palm trees where many of the worlds rich and famous have homes or property. There is ultimately something to do for everyone in Dubai.
So there you have a quick run down of everything there is to see and do in Dubai, proving that it’s not just a city of sand and skyscrapers. Come on over to Dubai, even if it’s just a stop off on your way to somewhere else. You will be left in awe at Dubai, and plan to come back again. We promise!