Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan visited Dana Village in Tafileh yesterday calling it a “must visit.”
She also posted on her Twitter account, “Loved touring Dana Village in Tafileh earlier today, as part of the Jordan Trail Association’s Thru Hike – Best of luck to all involved!”
While there, the Queen took part in a portion of the Thru Hike programme; this is organised by the Jordan Trail Association. She was there to show her support for local tourism initiatives which work to improve the lives of those in local communities and eco-tourism.
Her trip also included a stop at the Dana Shop and the Mini Souq to witness the local women baking what is the traditional shrak bread in a saj oven.
She also spoke to local community members regarding boosting their economic opportunities through tourism. Her Majesty also met members of the staff of the Jordan Trail Foundation, volunteers and hikers who had hiked the trail in the past.
According to the press release from Her Majesty’s Press Office, “At the meeting, the Queen commended all ideas contributing to the creation of exceptional local innovations like the Jordan Trail.
“She also stressed the vital role that the Jordan Trail plays in promoting tourism and giving participants a distinct view of Jordan and its local communities while creating income-generating developmental opportunities.”
The Jordan Trail Association was established in 2015. Its goal has always been to develop and maintain the Jordan Trail which contains “650-kilometre path stretching from Um Qais in the north of Jordan to Aqaba in the south. It requires a total of forty continuous days of walking to be completed.”
It also works to give support to economic opportunities and their development in the villages along the trail.
The Thru Hike began on 31 March this year and is due to be completed on 13 May. The Jordan Trail Association hopes that the Thru Hike will become a yearly public event.