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CNN names Jordan ‘dream destination’ to visit in 2022

By JT - Jan 05,2022 - Last updated at Jan 05,2022

A view of Jordan’s first ever hot air balloon festival, held at the start of October 2021, in Wadi Rum (JT file photo)

AMMAN — Jordan was placed on the CNN’s list of 2022 best destinations to visit.

According to the CNN’s annual list of “dream destinations”, Jordan was the only Arab destination on the 2022 dream vacation wish list.

The list featured the rose-red city of Petra, Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea, Jerash and Umm Qais, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. 

“A few years ago, Jordan's spectacular rock-carved ancient city of Petra was in danger of becoming a victim of its own success as the tourism industry threatened its delicate structures and lured Bedouin locals away from their traditional ways. Years of regional unrest followed by the pandemic mean Petra is now crying out for crowds,” according to the CNN website.

“Visitors will surely return to this gem, but there are opportunities to explore Jordan more sustainably. Other archaeological treasures, like the ruins of Jerash and Umm Qais deserve to be seen,” the website added. 

“There's also the vast expanse of the Wadi Rum desert, best enjoyed with Bedouin guides who can share their knowledge of working in harmony with the epic landscape. A side trip for a salty float in the Dead Sea is also still worth it, not least to observe another delicate ecosystem under assault from modern life, this time rampant water extraction,” the CNN added. 

Jordan was named alongside Antigua and Barbuda; Bissagos Islands, Guinea-Bissau; Cape Breton, Nova Scotia; Chile; Colombo; Dijon, France; Disko Bay, Greenland; Gabon National Parks; Lahti, Finland; and Australia's Munga-Thirri-Simpson Desert.

The list also included Naples, Italy; Ollantaytambo, Peru; Orkney Island, the United Kingdom; Oslo Beach, South Africa; St Eustatius, the Netherlands; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Valencia, Spain; and the US' Yellowstone National Park.

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