In Jordan’s desert, ancient rock art finds modern defenders; Taylor Luck; CSM

A project to safeguard ancient inscriptions and drawings in a desert valley is helping local Bedouins to draw connections to the past.

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One millionth tourist this year arrives in Petra – and she is on her honeymoon; National

The number marks a new record for the Unesco world heritage site in Jordan…

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Jordan travel: The world’s greatest rock show; Sam Rkaina; Daily Express

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Brussels reports on EU-Jordan relations; New Europe

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the European Union’s presence in Jordan. On that occasion, the European Commission published on 25 October a report on the EU-Jordan partnership. The report notes the excellent cooperation and highlights progress in key areas defined in the EU-Jordan Partnership…

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How the sound of one man’s call to prayer in Petra is educating tourists from around the world; Melinda Healy; The National

Melinda Healy was left in awe after a guide surprised tourists with a unique spiritual experience…

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Italian architect seeks to unravel ‘mystery’ of Qasr Amra; Saeb Rawashdeh; Jordan Times

The desert castle Qasr Amra (or Qusayr Amra), located 25 kilometres west of Azraq, is one of the most important monuments in Jordan and in the whole world, said an Italian architect.“It bears the only preserved large wall-painting cycle dating back to the Umayyad period [first half of the 8th century AD],” noted Giorgio Sobrà who is in charge of the restoration of the castle.

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Scholar calls for systematic awareness programmes to preserve heritage; Saeb Rawashdeh; Jordan Times

International agreements to protect and promote intangible cultural heritage (ICH) have only recently become an incentive for Jordan, according to a Jordanian expert In the past there was still inadequate awareness on the safeguarding of ICH among parts of the leadership at central and local levels, as well as among stakeholders themselves, said Professor Hani Hayajneh, the dean of Yarmouk University.

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7 top reasons why you should explore Jordan this year; Luxury Lifestyle Magazine

Some people might think Jordan is something of an out-of-bounds travel destination. The jewel of Middle-East does not get the coverage it deserves in mainstream…

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Project digs into ancient agricultural practices in Umm Al Rassas; Saeb Rawashdeh; Jordan Times

Umm Al Rassas is a UNESCO World Heritage site, located about 75 kilometres south of Amman, famous for its 16 Byzantine churches. In the late third century AD, the place was known under the name Kastron Mefaa, being the military camp of a cavalry unit, which protected the neighbouring villages from bedouin raids. Due to population growth in the fifth and sixth centuries, the place became the civilian, double-walled town of Mefaa.

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Babylon added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites; CNN

It was a metropolis in ancient Mesopotamia that became one of the most important sites in the ancient world. Now Babylon, in Iraq, is officially a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Go around the world in 80 days as part of Airbnb’s new adventures; Andrea Smith; Lonely Planet

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The Nabataeans–An Early, Pre-Islamic Arab Kingdom Once Lost in Time; John Mason; Arab America

Long before the rise of Islam in the 7th century AD, an Arab power arose in the 4th century BC. Known as the Nabataean Kingdom, is formed from an Arab, Bedouin tribal base, much as the Islamic empire did almost a millennium later. In time, the Kingdom became a client state of the Roman Empire and thereafter declined in importance to the point where it almost disappeared from the map. It became so hidden in its geographic and economic isolation that it was virtually forgotten, becoming home to just…

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Middle East: an overview of UNESCO World Heritage Sites; KAWA

The Al-Hijr site in Saudi Arabia As an ancient city carved out of sandstone, Al-Hijr extends over an area of 15 km² in northwest Saudi Arabia. This is a magnificent site, left as a legacy by the Nabataean civilization, with a multitude of tombs, wells and monuments richly decorated. As you walk through them, you …

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A Guide to Petra: One of New Seven Wonders of the World; Team Out Of Town; Out of Town Blog

The Ultimate first-timer’s travel guide to Petra, Jordan

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Petra, a desert dream; Tom Stieghorst; Travel Weekly

Glimpsing the Treasury building at the end of mile-long hike down a narrow slot canyon — bright in the sun against the shadow of the cliff walls — has something of the quality of a mirage.

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In the Crosshairs: Ancient Rock Art Under Fire; Lisa Mol, Charlotte Brassey, Lucy Clarke, Kaelin Groom & Rachel King; Eos

Jordan’s petroglyphs are riddled with bullet holes from historic target practice and battles. A multidisciplinary forensics team went to Wadi Rum to assess the damage.

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Get lost in the historical beauty of Petra, Jordan; Jennifer Cox; Suburban

Petra, also known as the “Red Rose City,” is undoubtedly Jordan’s most popular tourist site. A stunning historical marvel built into the face of red rocks more than 2000 years…

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Jordan Travel: 5 Adventures You Can’t Miss; Morgan Tilton; GearJunkie

Jordan is booming with adventure, indoors and out. From Petra to Wadi Rum, this guide outlines bike tours, ancient archaeological visits, and nights under the stars.

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Let Disney’s new movie releases inspire your next travel adventure; Sasha Brady; Lonely Planet

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Petra – One of the 7 New Wonders of the World; Novinite.com – Sofia News Agency

One of the seven new wonders of the world, the city of secrets, Petra, has become particularly popular since the release of one of Indiana Jones’ series and has since attracted millions of tourists from around the world. Petra (Arabic: البتراء, Al-Batrāʾ; Ancient Greek: Πέτρα), originally known to the Nabataeans as Raqmu, is a historical and archaeological city in southern Jordan.

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