Jordan acclaims Madaba as Capital of Arab Tourism

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AMMAN — Deputizing His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Nayef Al-Fayez, sponsored the official celebration of the city of Madaba winning the 2022 Capital of Arab Tourism. اضافة اعلان

The celebration, which took place on the shoreline of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, comes three weeks after the Kingdom celebrated its second largest city of Irbid as the Capital of Arab Culture for this year.

Al-Ghad News said the president of the Arab Tourism Organization in the Arab League, Cabinet ministers, and members of both houses of parliament attended.

Fayez said that in spite of the circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the ministry _ under the directives of His Majesty King Abdullah _ was able to revive tourism activity, driving it to prosper again and contribute to the national economy.

He said the figures show that by yearend, income from tourism will exceed JD2.9 billion.

He said figures in the first half of the year in terms of the number of visitors exceeded 1.9 million. He said the ministry was awaiting figures for the income generated from tourism, which he predicted would exceed JD1.5 billion in the first half of 2022.

“Madaba today, which embraces many archaeological sites, is rightly one of the most important governorates on the Jordanian, Arab and international tourism map, as it is privileged with its location and the diversity of its climate and terrain,” he said. That, he added, made Madaba a center for stability for many civilizations.

He emphasized that celebrating Madaba as the capital of Arab tourism will have a clear impact on the development of the tourism sector in the country as a whole, as it will contribute to attracting projects in various fields, primarily to invest in the unique natural, cultural and heritage resources in the city and the surrounding areas.

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