Petra Jordan, Lawrence and Peace in Troubled Waters
Accepting an offer from the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT) to visit Petra Jordan and Azraq Refugee Camp, Mark Bibby Jackson encounters a country with a rich history…
While much of the Middle East is blessed with oil, Jordan is a country lacking in the most valuable resource. Perhaps this partially explains why the country has taken a leading role in peacemaking efforts within the region. The advent of the Syrian crisis has just served to emphasise Jordan’s traditional role in taking in refugees from other countries.
However, Jordan is also playing an important role in promoting tourism in the region.
The jewel – or rather rock – in the crown is Petra, which literally means rock in Greek. Nothing will quite compare you with the majestic beauty of this hidden valley with its numerous temples.
Further south in the country, Wadi Rum is a major tourist attraction if only for its links with Lawrence of Arabia. Sleep out under the stars and dream you are Peter O’Toole or Omar Sharif.
The third major tourist draw is the Dead Sea with its mystical curative waters. This is the place to take a mud bath.
Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea, Jordan is a country full of amazing holiday experiences, but it is the warmth of its people that will live with you for ever.