Jordan Hot Air Balloon Festival: A lifetime experience from above

(Photos: Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority)
AMMAN — Jordan’s first hot air balloon festival is set to kick off on October 1 in Wadi Rum, offering adventurers the chance to take soaring tours of the Kingdom’s golden dunes. اضافة اعلان

The festival follows the vision of His Majesty King Abdullah and HRH Crown Prince Hussein and has been established to revive the Kingdom’s tourism sector, which was hard hit during the pandemic. 

(Photos: Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority)

Hussein Qudah, director of the festival, told Jordan News that the festival will be an annual affair, taking place in the Golden Triangle, which is considered “a COVID-19-free zone”.  

The festival will be attended by groups from countries like the Netherlands, France, Spain, Belgium, and the UK.

The Jordan Hot Air Balloon Festival (JHABF) promises a thrilling experience, filled with breathtaking scenery and unforgettable moments. 

Visitors get to wake up before dawn and set out to designated launch sites, where they can watch as the balloons are brought to life. 

Giant, hot bursts of flame slowly inflate the brightly colored nylon, strung to baskets. 

How does it work? Well, imagine this: The basket opens. You step into it and the pilot prepares the burner. Before you know it, the balloon is floating, steadily. The thrill is overwhelming.

Slowly, your surroundings start to look different, and you realize that you are staring from above. With the wind driving the direction of a hot air balloon, each ride is different and every stretch in the sky provides a distinct view.

(Photos: Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority)

The hot air balloons soar — safely — at varying heights, gradually rotating to give you a full, picturesque view. As the sun’s first rays peak over the scarlet sand dunes, the hot air balloons continue to drift upward slowly, revealing the undulating landscapes of Wadi Rum.

Other activities will be offered at the site, including camel rides, 4x4 and safari rides, helicopter tours, and special packages with trips to Aqaba or Petra.
The first Jordan Hot Air Balloon Festival will last five days, beginning on October 1 and ending on October 5. 

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