Adventure tourism is gaining momentum in Jordan, which expects to remain one of the most dynamic and innovative travel industry sectors in the future. Jordan is said to have a comparative advantage in this sector, based on several assets such as moderate year-round climate; a base of cultural attractions such as Petra, Jerash and easily accessible natural environments which remain largely unexplored.
The Jordan Rift Valley includes the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth at 410m below sea level. Jordan’s Dead Sea coast is one of the most popular natural and spiritual landscapes in the world. The salt content of the water is 31.5 per cent, making the water so buoyant that it is impossible to sink. The resorts in Aqaba at Red Sea front are remain warm, balmy, and enticing for divers and other water sports enthusiasts. Aqaba offers a full range of facilities for speed boating, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, fishing, swimming, water skiing, wind surfing, or simply loafing and sunning in the warm waters of the Red Sea.
The purple mountains surrounding Aqaba beckon hikers who seek new adventures, and unconquered terrain. Adventurers can climb the mountains in Wadi Rum to conquer granite cliffs that retain the inscriptions of local climbers who were there 5,000 years ago and more. Wadi Mujib Reserve, established in 1987 and located at the eastern shore of the Dead Sea, covers an area of 220 sq km. This area is houses mountains, cliffs and gorge and is home to various animals and plants.
Travellers can also board a helicopter or a hot air balloon and rise to mountain-tops in Wadi Rum or around Petra, from where they can trek back down to earth. Gliding and private plane rentals are also available in Jordan, only from Marka Airport in Amman.
The Royal Aero Sports Club, founded by King Abdullah II in 1997, promotes aero sports in Jordan and enhances the experience of tourists visiting Aqaba and Wadi Rum. Flights are scheduled in the early morning for optimal flying conditions. Travellers can discover Aqaba or Wadi Rum, Lawrences’ springs, the 7 Pillars of Wisdom, or follow the ancient incense route from the comfort of a two-seat aircraft. One can also fly above the rock formations of Wadi Rum in an open aircraft.