1/ 5/2017: Queen Rania visited Dana Village, taking part in a portion of the Thru Hike program organized by the Jordan Trail Association (JTA). Her Majesty’s visit comes in support of local tourism initiatives that aim to improve the livelihood of local communities and encourage eco-tourism.
The Queen then joined a National Geographic writer, and Tony Howard and Di Taylor, Authors of three outdoors books on Jordan and the first to conceive of the idea of the Jordan Trail, along with other internationally renowned writers and Jordanian volunteers for a walk towards the village.
At the village, she stopped by Dana Shop and the Mini Souq where she watched local women bake traditional “shrak” bread using a “saj” oven. She also took part in conversations with local community members about the touristic programs that help bolster their economic opportunities. Her Majesty then met with some JTA staff members, attendees from the local community, volunteers, and hikers who have previously crossed the Jordan Trail.
At the meeting, the Queen commended all ideas contributing to the creation of exceptional local innovations like the Jordan Trail. She 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. (Source: Petra)