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Dance like a Jordanian

Hail Folklore Group (Dabke)

Jordan-"Hail" Folklore for Culture and Arts presents a variety of Innovative arts that are extremely relevant to Jordanian place and privacy.


 The Dabke is the traditional folk dance of Jordan, going back generations. It can be danced by men, women, or both, with different steps and different rhythms.
 However, it is also a dance of solidarity and a way of expressing nationalism and the age-old presence of art and culture in a positive way.
When the Dabke dance was first created it was mainly danced by people of the villages and towns of Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, and some quasi-Bedouin tribes that were living in nearby territories.

The Director of the group Dr. Suhair Al Tal chose (Hail); which means (cardamom) in English; as a group name inspired by the Jordan environment components, Cardamom is added for flavor and fragrance of the coffee, and her desire was to deliver the Jordanian heritage by her team to the audience, celebrate the joy and Jordanian folklore and deliver it to the world.

The band, founded in 2003 is not like any traditional heritage band, but has an ambition of delivering the Jordanian heritage as part of home pride and history.

The band toured in several Arab and international festivals, including Tunisia, Egypt, Italy, France, Korea and Turkey. It consists of thirty young men and women, and is considered today as one of the most famous show bands, locally and regionally, where they are well-known for artistic and cultural skills.

 

 

 

 


 

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Jordan Luxury Tours

Jordan Luxury Tours

Jordan Direct Tours can offer you some of the most luxurious tours in Jordan, where no effort is spared to make you feel that you are embarking on a special tour at a luxury level that is not afforded to most people, all at very reasonable prices. Experiences such as  Champagne breakfasts while ballooning over the desert of Wadi Rum, or spending the night deep in the desert in your own private 1001 Arabian nights camp; tours led by experts in Archaeology or a private dinner with breath-taking backdrops in some of the world’s most spectacular ruins are all specialties afforded to clients who book our luxury tours.
Jordan also has an excellent luxury hotel structure that caters to high end luxury tours, as most of the leading chains of the world are represented there. Jdtours simply redefines luxury tours in Jordan 

 

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Jordan Tailor made tours

Jordan Tailor made tours

Jordan Direct Tours is Jordan’s leading provider of tailor made tours. We have had an experience spanning over 15 years with this kind of Jordan specialty travel with an excellent reputation and  thousands of satisfied clients. Our clients typically approach us with an idea of the experiences and sites they are interested in, and our tour consultants then prepare itineraries that contain recommendations which fit clients’ expectations. No two itineraries are ever the same! The itinerary expresses our clients’ thoughts and our suggested options truly make the Jordan itinerary tailor made par excellence. Life is too short for mediocre experiences, come experience the difference that Jordan Direct offers.

 

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Jordan Travel Agency

Jordan Travel Agency

Jordan Direct Tours is a local travel agency that was established in the year 2000. During the past fifteen years it has grown considerably and is currently one of the top travel agencies in Jordan. The rise of our travel agency is attributed to many factors; dedication by our staff towards our clients, good organisation, excellent products and a corporate philosophy where everyone goes out of their way to insure that our clients not only enjoy their trip to Jordan for themselves, but encourage their friends and families to use our travel agency for their future travel to Jordan.

We believe our country has one of the best tourism products in the world. Sites like the ancient city of Petra are unique, as is the Dead Sea and Wadi Rum, Jordan would be worth a visit if it had only one of these attractions, not three world class sites that are only a few hours’ drive apart

 

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Jordan Private Tours

Jordan Private Tours

The main specialisation of jdtours is private, tailor made tours in Jordan. We were one of the first local companies that started this line of service, offering our clients tours of Jordan that are designed to their exact specifications, by giving them the freedom to have tours tailored to their liking, while immersing themselves in the culture and history of Jordan. This tours model allows our travellers to truly live and experience special immersive experiences that would not be possible had they travelled on their own or as part of a tour group.
Apart from being completely customisable, clients on our private tours are accompanied by our professional drivers, who have a lot of general knowledge about Jordan, its history and culture. As locals, our drivers know everything about the out of the way gems, meaning that our clients are exposed to the authentic side of Jordan, which only a local would be familiar with.
By embarking on a private tour, you’ll be able to cover much more ground than going on your own; you will not get lost, your visits will be facilitated and our drivers will try to pick the best local guides at each site for you. You will also have someone who is used to handling our notoriously disorganised traffic, and navigate through crazy driving habits so you won’t have to. Our Jordan private tours are a revelation for those who have never tried it before.

 

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Bethany Beyond the Jordan is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Bethany beyond the Jordan, or Jordan's Baptism Site is now on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List, making it the fifth site in the Kingdom to be included in the list, joining Petra, Quseir Amra, Um Al Rassas and the desert of Wadi Rum.
With this addition, the site is now confirmed as the official place where Jesus Christ is believed to have been baptized by John the Baptist.

The decision was made on Friday during a World Heritage Committee meeting in Bonn, where the panel met to examine proposals to inscribe 37 sites. Out of these candidates, The World Heritage Committee ap[proved three new cultural sites to the World Heritage List. These sites are the Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalú and Monreale in Italy; Baptism Site or Bethany Beyond the Jordan (Al-Maghtas) in Jordan and Rock Art in the Hail Region of Saudi Arabia.

Minister of Tourism Nayef Fayez gave a statement where he affirmed that Jordan managed to implement all requirements needed to add the Baptism Site on this list, adding that continuous care is required to maintain the site in this list in the future. He added that after the site had been recognized for its religious importance since the late 1990s, now it is recognized as a heritage site, which adds more to its significance.

In a statement posted on its website, UNESCO said the Baptism Site, 40km west of Amman, is classified among mixed natural and cultural sites.
A statement issued by The Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) takes utmost pride in the voting which resulted in having the Baptism Site of Lord Jesus Christ added to the World Heritage sites.   Fr. Rif’at Bader, director of CCSM said that he appreciated the efforts undertaken by His Majesty King Abdullah II Bin Al Hussein; Prince Ghazi Bin Mohammad, chairman of the board of trustees of the Baptism Site; the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities; and the Jordan Tourism Board in order to have the site recognized for its historical, religious and cultural importance.
The statement notes that this is the right time to preserve this world heritage with the support of the global human family, which consequently necessitates concerted efforts aimed at protecting and promoting the Site.
The Baptism site was discovered by the Jordanian archaeologist, Dr. Mohammad Waheeb, who used the bible to dig around the approximate site. He was hampered by land mines that used to be planted in this area before the peace treaty with Israel. Nowadays, the Baptism Site is visited by thousands of visitors.  Pope John Paul II visited the site in 2000, Pope Benedict in 2009 and Pope Francis in 2014.
Bethany Beyond the Jordan is rightfully regarded as one of the holiest places in the world, since it is the place from where the Christian faith started its message of love and peace for all the human family, making Jordan a part of the holy land.

 

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Things To Know Before You Visit Petra

“Traveling is the best form of education.”

Here are some of the things you need to keep in mind before you take up a trip to Petra!

1. Best Time- Petra is relatively hot during the summer, meaning that you are better off visiting in the early morning or later in the afternoon if at all possible during the hottest days of the year (July and August).  During spring (March-May) or autumn (September-November), temperatures are pleasant day long, hovering around the 18-25 degrees Celsius.

2. Time Duration- Though you can comfortably see Petra in a day or two, some visitors are interested in an in depth experience, and may spend up to four days exploring the Nabatean City and the areas around it.

3. Costs- A one-day visitor pass to Petra costs 90JD. Whereas for someone who stays for more than one day in Jordan needs to get an “overnight visitor pass” which costs  50JD. Jordanian citizens, residents, students and Arab nationals pay 1JD. For kids under 12 years of age you do not require to pay anything.

4. Places of Interest in Petra- The Treasury is a famous and a must-visit place. It is a rock-cut temple that’s very famous as it was showcased in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Next you can go to the Monastery with its large, intricately carved façade and views looking out over the surrounding valleys are stunning.

5. Places to Eat & Drink - There are restaurants on site, and you’ll receive a free map with your ticket so you can locate them. The only recommended restaurant inside Petra is the Basin Restaurant.

6. Things to Pack - Bring in sturdy shoes to walk around all day in comfort. Also bring a hat, sunglasses and sunblock. Also make sure you have a ready supply of water.

7. Is Petra Safe? - Petra and the whole of Jordan are safe. The biggest threat that can overcome your trip is dehydration from not drinking enough water.

So here are some of the things that you should know before visiting Petra. You can also book yourself with a reputable tour and travel company that offers tours to Petra  at cost-effective prices.

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Music festivals in Jordan

 

Jordan has been one of the leading countries in the region in celebrating the music of the Arab youth and the classical Arab music. If you will be visiting Jordan during this summer, make sure you do not miss some of the important cultural festivals.

 

Amman usually holds most of the music festivals like Al Balad Music Festival which is a platform for artists from all over the Arab region to share their music with the people. During the month of Ramadan, you will be exposed to a different part of the Jordanian culture with the Citadel Nights. In these nights, Amman welcomes visitors from all over the world to celebrate the Arab culture. Visitors of the Citadel Nights will not only enjoy the authentic Arab music, but also the Arabic cuisine and the amazing souks. But the highlight the of this festival could be the panoramic views of old Amman.

 

Less than an hour drive from Amman, one of the most preserved ancient cities holds one of the oldest festivals in the region; Jerash Festival of culture and Arts. This festivals has been running every year for more than 20 years now, hosting Araba and International artists, singers, and bands on its ancient theatres, bringing a new spirit to the old city of Jerash. Preparations for this unique festival already started and the opening will be by the end of July.

 

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Jordanian Food, part of your Jordanian Discovery!

Food is an important part of your Jordanian travel experience. The cuisine is varied and if you are open to trying local food, the country can match your palate.

If you want to enjoy Jordanian food, a liking for chickpeas may help, as it is a common ingredient in many dishes. They can be prepared in a dozen different ways, all delicious.

Bread in Jordan is delectable and present at every meal. You will find a variety of Arabian bread types, the most common of which is a pita-style bread. Enjoy vegetarian or meat based dishes with fresh pita rounds. Shraak is a very thin, whole-wheat bread perfect to eat with hummus or fool.

One of the experiences that you may wish to undertake is visiting one of the well-known, road side restaurants, where you can enjoy a traditional breakfast with local Jordanians.. Expect a stack of bread, and a several dishes including freshly fried falafel, hummus and fool. Just feast on the tasty morsels accompanied by the compulsory glass of sweet tea..

If you are fond of desserts, taste knafeh. It is warm, filling cheese and noodles desert, and you may fall in love. Its taste is different from any of the western style deserts that you may be used to.

No Jordanian food list is complete without Mensaf, the national dish of Jordan. It is a lamb dish cooked in a broth with fermented, dried yogurt. When topped with rice, almonds and spice, the result is wow! The chunks of lamb are so tender that they will just melt into the mouth.

Maqluba is a specialty where meat, fried vegetables and rice are layered and cooked in a pot and then turned over onto a platter. Served with yogurt, the dish is best shared with a group of friends.

If you like simple unfussy food, Jordan is your perfect match. Whether you have chosen Wadi Rum, Dead Sea or Petra tours, your culinary experience will be part of it. Apart from the world class sites, the food may just as well make your experience an unforgettable one!

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Petra- The Rose Red City- Worth A Visit!

 

 

The ruins of Petra remain perhaps the most magnificent of their kind on Earth. The stunning surroundings, structures and carvings of Petra make it enchanting and overwhelming. It is also known as the Rose Red City in Jordan and is situated in the middle of the desert that went unnoticed for many centuries. You can only use one way to get in or out. The path goes through the giant rock mountain that stretches for almost a kilometer.

 

Inside the city you will find a mixture of artistic engineering that is amazing even in today’s technological advancement. The striking feature of this city is that most of the structures are carved and not built, and that is a fact that will take your breath away. The main structures built some 2000 years ago are larger than life, with towering columns that will dwarf anyone standing next to them. There are caves that are carved from sheer rock faces, a theater carved in stone and much more. When you take a walk through the path leading to Petra, it reveals an elaborate water delivery system that brought water into the heart of Petra.

 

Petra site is about 2000 years old. It was unknown to the western world until it was discovered in 1812 by a Swiss explorer named Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. It is a UNESCO world heritage site since 1985 and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. You will certainly have a unique experience when you visit this city that has been mentioned in the Dead Sea Scrolls as the city of Rekem. Petra is a fantastic achievement of ancient human civilization in Jordan.

If you are interested in Petra tours you must keep a few things in mind. Jordan requires a visa to get into the country; however citizens of most countries can get their visa upon arrival at the airport. Once you get there, stop at the foreign currency exchange counter and get some Jordanian Dinars as the visa counters do not accept foreign currencies. You can visit Petra with the help of our professional drivers. Plan to spend at least 2 days in the city as it is not possible to see it all in one day. There are several hotels in the town surrounding Petra and we can book the hotel that meets your requirements at preferential rates.

 

 

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Best Time To Visit Jordan

When is the best time to visit Jordan?

 

For such a small country, Jordan has an extraordinary range of climates, in which summers are hot , and winters can be cold and windy, but the good thing about Jordan is no matter how hot it gets in summer, it’s still quite bearable compared to neighbouring Gulf countries, and humidity is rare in Amman and the highlands which are almost always cool with fresh nights.  Even winters tend to be relatively dry with a lot of warm areas that visitors can still enjoy.

The climate in Jordan is conditioned partly by altitude. You have the higher central and northern areas, where it can be quite cold in winter especially during December to February, but relatively cool during the summer, while the low lying areas such as the Gulf of Aqaba and the Jordan valley, are hot and humid during summer, particularly during July and August, but generally pleasant in winter.

Summer

During the peak summer months, it can get hot and is often rainless, not only in the Jordan valley and Dead Sea area, but also in the desert (including Wadi Rum), yet you need to realise that the heat in the desert is dry, so it’s a bit easier to deal with, but as in travelling to any other hot country in the summer time, a hat, protective clothes, sunscreen and staying hydrated is not to be forgotten. Summer nights tend to be a bit chilly at times, so keep a light jacket or pashmina on you.

Winter

When travelling in winter to Jordan, make sure to bring plenty of warm clothes and a waterproof jacket can be of great value. On average, Jordan only gets 30 days of rain a year in the highlands, but rain showers tend to be sharp and short. Occasional Snowfall in Amman can take place during the months of January and February, but is often short and melts away pretty quickly. Even Petra can get the occasional fall, and the desert can be cold especially during the night time, but this varies from season to season and from year to year.

Aqaba on the other hand, is a nice exception, where on average, the maximum daytime temperature is around 20°C  in January, and is quite popular with Europeans visiting from northern, deep frozen countries, where it gives them the chance to escape the harsh winter, enjoy the Gulf and soak up in the sun.

Spring and autumn, the best months to visit

When it comes to the best months to visit Jordan, March till the end of June, and September to November are probably the most suitable. In springtime, you can even enjoy the wild flowers in bloom.

Ramadan

Travellers to Jordan should be aware if they are visiting during the holy month of Ramadan. During this month, visitors should not eat, smoke or drink in public. As Muslims fast during this period, starting from the crack of dawn, up to sunset. A lot of companies and businesses operate during limited hours; working hours are decreased to six hours a day. Most tourist restaurants are also open during day, the advantage of travelling during Ramadan is that there are fewer crowds in all the major tourist sites, and hotel occupancy is relatively low, so visitors usually have better offers at this time.

Eid Al Fitr (which comes after Ramadan), and Eid al Adha holidays are to be noted, as travelling during those times, where the exact dates vary each year, is a fun time to visit, but make sure to book your accommodation and transportation ahead in time, especially when planning on visiting Aqaba and the Dead Sea, where locals head to during those holidays.

So whether you prefer travelling during winter or summer, want to enjoy the Middle eastern sun or favour the cool breeze, head to Jordan,  an all seasons destination, where each time of year guarantees you a different experience.

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Queen Alia Airport's (QAIA) New Terminal

Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) new terminal update

 

Jordan has been witnessing economic growth over the past few years, and being a regional hub for passengers and airlines from all around the world, significant steps have been taken to restructure the transportation sector -especially its civil aviation industry- to meet the rapid increase of travellers to Jordan.

The Jordanian government has set out to fulfil the rapidly evolving demands of this vibrant and dynamic nation. Work on a new terminal in the already busy Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) has already started, and is expected upon completion to increase passenger capacity to 9 million annually in phase one, and 12 million in phase two. All works are scheduled for completion by the end of 2012.

Airport International Group (AIG) has been chosen to implement the rehabilitation and expansion work. AIG is a Jordanian consortium of companies, with gathered regional investors and international experts, such as: Invest AD, Noor Financial Investment, Edgo Group, J&P (Overseas) Ltd, Aeroports de Paris Management and J&P-Avax SA.

AIG’s vision is for Queen Alia International Airport is for it to become the airport choice in the region, and to help in building strong global connections for Jordan.
The landscape at the airport is quickly transforming, with various works already completed. In June 2012, almost 85% of the new terminal was completed. Visitors to the airport can already see the new terminal emerging amidst QAIA’s existing two terminal facilities.
The stand-out design of the new terminal is in its roof; inspired by Bedouin tents, which is composed of 127 concrete domes, each weighing up to 600 tones! The master mind behind this distinctive architectural form is Sir Norman Foster.
Commercial zones within the existing terminals have also undergone investment and upgrading. Food and beverage outlets, newsstands, banking, retail shops and pharmacy services have gone through a makeover.

The airport will have  two lounges; the Royal Jordanian Crown lounge, accessible by Crown Class passengers and any passengers traveling on first or business class out of or to Queen Alia International Airport, and The Four Seasons lounge will be located in Terminal 1. The airport is served by public transportation, as well as taxis, which cost on average 20 JD for the trip to Amman.

The airport expansion plan should be able to handle nearly three times as many passengers as its current capacity from a large number of destinations and airlines from and to countries all over the world. Airlines that fly to Amman Queen Alia Airport include :

Air ArabiaAir Arabia Egypt, Air France, AlitaliaArmavia, Austrian Airlines, Bahrain Air, British Airways, Cyprus Airways, EasyJet, EgyptAir, Emirates, Etihad Airways , FlyDubai, Iraqi Airways, Gulf AirJazeera Airways, Kuwait Airways, Libyan Airlines, Lufthansa, Middle East Airlines, Nas_Air, Neos, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Royal Falcon, Saudia, Sudan Airways, TAROM, Turkish Airlines, UM Airlines, Yemenia and of course the kingdom’s own airline Royal Jordanian, Jordan’s national carrier established since 1963 with 59 destinations worldwide, which offers its passengers  world class services and a sophisticated online booking system.

Airport International Group (AIG) strongly believes in the co-relationship with the society and community of which the company is part of, and they participate in several funds and campaigns, such as an anti-smoking campaign, where they sponsored an event implementation of the Government’s Public Health Law, which prohibits smoking in public places. AIG also contributed to the Union Education Fund, which is offered to the children of those who work in the transport sector. They also arranged for a blood donation day where a significant number of blood units were donated by its employees.

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Eco-adventure in Wadi Feynan Jordan

If you happen to travel to Jordan, why not enrich your holiday with some nature friendly eco-adventure, and stay at the Feynan Ecolodge right in the heart of Wadi Feynan? It is rated one of the top fifty Eco-lodges in the world by National Geographic Adventure Magazine. It was built in 2005 by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) deep in the Arabah's remote landscape.

Almost three hours away from Amman, passing by the Dead Sea, and a number of villages, you stop at the reception area for the Wadi Feynan Eco Lodge. A number of trucks owned by the local Bedouin tribes in Feynan will by available to transport you there. A 4X4 vehicle is needed to go through the rough roads leading to the lodge, but the twenty minute ride is quite enjoyable, especially if you hop at the back and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Be sure to cover your mouth with a scarf or a Hatta and wear your shades as no one enjoys sand in their face!

As you pass by a few Bedouin tents, you will notice that a whole community is living in that area, and what makes it interesting is that the lodge prides itself on hiring its friendly and well-informed staff from the village itself in a successful attempt of giving back to the community.

The lodge itself is so cozy, and the staff’s attention to detail is grand. The rooms have a distinctive design; creating an extraordinary Arabesque atmosphere. Being an environmentally friendly hotel, the use of electricity throughout the lodge is limited to a minimum.  Electricity is only available in the bathrooms; the rest is all candle lit. The RSCN have also installed solar panels on the roof for hot water which is available 24/7.

A number of activities can be enjoyed at the lodge. Adventure and hike lovers will particularly appreciate the list of hikes provided. They take place at scheduled timings accompanied by a local, well oriented, English speaking guide. Whether it’s a sunset, sunrise, historical copper mines or just a mountain bike tour, they are all equally informative and entertaining.

The sunset and sunrise hikes are both nice ways for you to enjoy the stunning views of the area, where diverse shades of mountains and valleys stand before you, so make sure you have your camera on you, or you will miss the perfect opportunity to take that postcard snap shot. They are also widely educational; as the guide explains the many types of plants and wildlife while discovering diverse flora and fauna at the only reserve in Jordan to boast four different bio-geographical zones, and learning how they are used by the locals in medical remedies, and serve as a part of their food régime. Refreshing, hot, herbal tea brewed on wood fire and snacks in the form of Arboud Bedouin bread are made on the spot during the hikes. This Bedouin Shepherd’s delicacy bread is made by mixing water, flour with a dash of salt, and burying it under hot wood ashes after kneading it into a big flat piece, usually made in preparation ahead of a long trip into the wilderness.


The ancient copper mines are a different story, as you are transformed back in time with the help of the detailed explanations and storytelling of the guide.  Archaeologists believe this land to be one of the oldest places of continuous human activity in Jordan, inhabited during the Stone and Bronze Ages and later populated by the Romans and Byzantines. The presence of the ancient Romans is attested to by the well-preserved aqueduct, a mill and water storage facilities, while that of early Christendom is confirmed by the monastery, church and cemetery.

Those who are intrigued by the Jordanian Bedouin culture can pick out different activities, from learning how to make and apply genuine Bedouin Kohl (black eyeliner), to watching the way they weave wool and make it into fabric for their tents, or experience what they call ‘Ta’leelah’ where you are hosted by one of the local Bedouin families and get the chance of listening to their stories and poetry. A lesson in roasting and making authentic Jordanian Arabic coffee and herbal tea is a nice touch too.
The whole idea behind this; is interacting with the locals. Spending time with those warm hearted, sparkling eyed Bedouin people is an experience you will never forget. It will leave you thinking how materialistic we have become! The simple way they live with minimum possessions makes you envy their happiness and contentment, and you realize how education has nothing to do with internet access, as you will be astonished on how well informed and educated they are!

The night time is where the whole lodge is entirely transformed; it becomes this dot of soft light in this huge valley. All the corridors are lit by candles; a huge chandelier stands out with sparkling soft lights. All the rooms are also candle lit by the friendly staff at sunset, and if it’s a bit chilly outside you will be surprised when you slip into your bed late at night and find a warm water bottle they place under your sheets to warm up the bed for you. Amazing!

Night entertainment consists of low key selection of board games, a good pick of books and novels to be enjoyed by the fireplace. Make sure to ask about star gazing. The high tech telescope setup by the knowledgeable staff, gives you the opportunity to witness stars sparkle so bright, and enjoy an endless canvas of the sky.

The food is a totally different experience, as you will indulge in an all vegetarian buffet, with a variety of mouthwatering dishes both Jordanian and international for all three meals. Such a healthy and detoxifying experience will leave you not only full; but also energized and pumping for all those long hikes and walks.
Make sure to pass by this unique place and help give back to the community and Mother Nature.



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Amman International Marathon 2012

The Amman International Marathon (AIM)’s 4th edition is to be held this year on Friday the 19th of October 2012.


This non-profit initiative has been launched in Jordan in October 2009 and this year it runs in the fall season in view of the favourable climate conditions and the scheduled calendar of other international marathons.


The main goals and objectives of AIM is to promote athleticism, especially among the youth and to create a new generation of roadrunners and wheelchair racers in Jordan, plus giving amateurs the chance to improve, and the professionals the chance to compete. Also on their mission and vision is building a sustainable brand image for the AIM, and positioning the Amman International Brand as an annual activity, attracting participants from around the world, plus building a well-known reputable marathon in the Middle East and South Africa as one of the biggest sport events in the region. Healthy living training programs are to be included also.


What’s also good about the AIM is that you have the opportunity to run the race while actively making a positive difference in the community by Running for Charity and supporting humanitarian and charitable causes in Jordan. Every kilometre you run makes a major difference; for when you participate in the Run for Charity 20% of the ticket value will be donated to the benefit of the NGO of your choice by simply registering under the name of your chosen NGO. In 2009 thirty three NGOs and charity societies participated in the ATM and profited from the fundraising options.


AIM is accredited by the IAAF (International Athletics Federation) and has several categories and race routes taking place right in the heart of Amman:

  • The 42.195 KM route (Marathon).
  • The 10 KM (Fun Run).
  • The 4 KM (Kids Run), this one is made to encourage our children to run in the race and enjoy this sport activity.

 

The main gathering point for all runners will be Al Hussein Sports City, Gate number 3. The finishing point is at the Roman Amphitheater. Prizes vary according to the race route.

Participants should bear in mind that marathon training is a tough job, and it requires devotion prior to training, and giving it a 100% in order to be in tip top shape before the race.

 

These tips can help with your training plan:

 

  • Work on finding the perfect Stride for you.

The right running technique can really help you go the distance. Think like: it needs to be not too short, not too long, but just right!

 

  • Invest in that Perfect Fit pair of sneakers.

When it comes to choosing a pair of running sneakers, saving a buck is out of the question! So whether you decide to go with The Barefoot Trend or not, getting fitted at a pro running store is a must if you are serious about completing a full marathon.

 

  • Prevent Blisters & Protect your feet.

Finding that perfect fit pair of running shoes isn’t the end of your shopping spree! Don’t forget the importance of selecting the right double lined socks.

 

  • Running is NOT the only option!

While practising running is vital in prepping for a marathon, it shouldn’t be the Only thing you do while training. Swimming, cycling, Pilates, yoga and weight training are all great options for cross-training workouts.

 

  • Your Bones will require Extra TLC.

Don’t forget to up your Calcium intake during training; as it’s essential especially for female runners. Low body-fat and excessive strain on the athlete’s body might cause bone density problems. So taking Calcium supplements is a must.

 

  • Heels are a big No-No!

Ladies I’m sorry to say this; as high heels may help your gams look Sky High, but they aren’t doing your legs any favour, especially during your training, as they place strain on your shin and calf muscles.

 

  • More O2 & Less pollution.

Training for a marathon could be a good opportunity for you to explore Jordan’s beautiful nature and outdoors. The good air quality is highly beneficial. So if you live in an urban area, don’t even think about running on the road, as the air pollution generated by vehicles won’t do you any good.

 

  • ICE, ICE baby!

When it comes to relieving inflammations, even if you don’t have a specific wound, icing your shins for 5-10 minutes is great as a preventative measure.

 

  • Hydration in Moderation.

Wait, I’m not talking about post training but rather during. Try not to liquidate your stomach with too much water and energy drinks as they will leave you feeling bloated and heavy.



For more information on the Amman International Marathon you can call the AIM offices (Tel :  +962 6 5662999, +962 79 7608022 , +962 79 8813014) or online Registration Form.


Bear in mind the dead line for registration in October 26th 2012.

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