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The Tourism Sector in Jordan Posted by on Jun 30, 2021 in CoronaVirus, Travel & Geography, Vocabulary

Have you traveled to Jordan or is Jordan on your list of countries to visit? Are you familiar with any of the famous tourist sites المواقع السياحية in Jordan? In this post, I thought we’d talk about the tourism sector قطاع السياحة in Jordan; its economic importance أهميتها الاقتصادية, how the coronavirus has affected the tourism sector, and its current situation وضعها الحالي. We’ll watch a clip describing the top ten tourist sites in Jordan and another clip by Al-Jazeera about the effects the coronavirus has had on tourism in Jordan. We’ll learn Arabic vocabulary related to tourism السياحة and answer questions in Arabic about these two clips. We’ll then look at the latest Covid-19 update when it comes to traveling to Jordan at this time. 

Let’s begin with getting to know the top 10 places to visit in Jordan. 

Image provided by Yasmine K.

🎇أجمل 10 مواقع سياحية في الأردن🎇

Can you put the following places in order according to the clip?

وادي رم

البحر الميت

الشونة

حمامات معين

قلعة عجلون

أم قيس

البتراء

العاصمة عمان

العقبة

وادي الموجب

ما هي أول ثلاثة أماكن تريد أن تزورها ولماذا؟

What are the top three places you’d like to visit and why?

In the recent years Pre-Covid-19, Jordan’s tourism industry مجال السياحة had grown steadily to become one of the most important sectors for the country’s employment التوظيف and GDP.

Let’s watch the following clip by Al-Jazeera about the effects the coronavirus has had on  قطاع السياحة. 

🎇الأردن.. قطاع السياحة يعاني من تداعيات جائحة كورونا🎇

Listen for the following words in the clip. 

جائحة كورونا

أغلق

سائح

الهدايا التذكارية

الحركة السياحية

Which of the following three statements best summarizes the gist of the clip?

.كانت البتراء أكثر المواقع السياحية تأثراً بجائحة كورونا

.تحذر الحكومة الأردنية الناس من زيارة المواقع السياحية في الأردن

.تأثير جائحة كورونا على قطاع السياحة في الأردن

Jordan Tourism Board is the main site showing the most recent updates in terms of travel to Jordan. Can you spot the English equivalents of the following Arabic words in the first three paragraphs of the page? 

🎇http://international.visitjordan.com/page/31/Covid-19Update

معايير الصحة والسلامة

تلقيح

مسافرين

حظر التجول

فحص كورونا

Of course, Jordan is only one of many Arab countries affected by the coronavirus in terms of tourism. Hopefully, soon, more people will be able to travel and tour countries such as Jordan. Remember, if you are looking for a place to practice your Arabic, experience Arab culture, and see some memorable places, Jordan should definitely be on your list. 

Till next week, happy Arabic learning! ☺

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About the Author: yasmine

MarHaba! I am half Jordanian of Circassian descent and half American. I have a Master's in Second Language Teaching and I teach Arabic as a foreign language here in the US, both MSA and Levantine Arabic. I hope to help you become more familiar and interested in the Arabic language and culture.