How to Travel Sustainably and Ethically in Jordan

Three man-made blue lagoons with a total area of 750000 m², and comprising a constellation of 17 white sand beaches are spread over the Ayla community.

Offering world-class amenities in a glorious picture-perfect setting, Golf Hills is home to Jordan’s first 18-hole golf course. The district offers a contemporary Ayla Golf Club and Academy, extraordinary guest accommodations, as well as beautifully designed residential apartments, townhouses and villas.

 

As part of Ayla’s mission to help create a prosperous community that embraces its natural assets, the company strives to develop the golf course to become one of the most environmentally friendly in the world. At the district, every detail conspires to provide its residents and guests with a spectacular experience. With over 12km² of rolling greens, the lush landscape features three green pockets with panoramic views of the area, paved courtyards reminiscent of a traditional Arabic medina, playgrounds, sundecks, and swimming pools – including an infinity pool overlooking the golf course.

The Avenue district is Ayla’s interpretation of downtown living on the coast of the Red Sea.
This pedestrian-friendly boulevard boasts designer brand local and international names in fashion and lifestyle.


Our walk-friendly roads will guide you through the cosmopolitan Avenue district, taking you from the modern residences and apartments to the vast shopping and dining areas, which lead into historic Aqaba.

Offering the perfect blend of land and sea – from luxurious waterfront residences, to a world-class marina, to the Marina Village’s unique boutiques and restaurants – the district’s pulse of the Ayla community. Encompassing modern luxury and historic beauty, the Marina District comprises 17,000 m² of commercial space, three hotels with approximately 700 rooms, as well as 582 residential apartments and private villas.

 

The district is also home to Aqaba’s largest marina with almost 300 berths, fitting boats up to 40m long with a draft up to 4m, and providing exceptional facilities and services that adhere to international standards. With its pedestrian friendly roads, yearlong activities catering to adults and children, biking lanes, world-class amenities, and a bustling nightlife, the district offers its residents and visitors the opportunity to get lost in the magnificent coastal allure of the Red Sea.

Dazzling entertainment venues, organic designs, and culture, unite at Ayla’s Creek District – creating an urban-spirited community bustling with extraordinary energy. The district is home to an exquisite beach club as well as a collection of contemporary riverfront residences that combine the perks of urban and coastal living. The district’s waterfront includes 420 townhouses and 72 apartments.

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How to Travel Sustainably and Ethically in Jordan

How to Travel Sustainably and Ethically in Jordan

 

With the way we treat our planet moving ever more into the spotlight, the sustainable travel market has grown exponentially as responsible travellers strive to make greener choices. It may sometimes seem like the actions of one person might not make that much difference, but little drops of water can form a mighty ocean of change. So, when it comes to green travel in the beautiful country of Jordan, where can you start? A few simple changes can make a huge difference to how your travel will impact the planet, affect the local people, and turn you into a champion for change. Here are a few of our top green travel tips for Jordan.

 

  1. Respect the culture

Travelling to Jordan isn’t just about ticking sites of interest off your to-do list, it’s about embracing the fascinating local culture, so be sure to treat the people right. Remember that sacred ceremonies and holy sites hold great significance for local communities, so dress appropriately to demonstrate respect and ask before snapping that photograph. Learning a few words of the language shows you’re taking an interest in communicating with people - even if all you can manage is ‘hello’, ‘thank you’, and ‘bathroom’, a little effort can go a long way.

 

 

  1. Choose eco-friendly accommodation

Contrary to some misconceptions, you don’t necessarily have to sacrifice your creature comforts and live like a wild man of the hills to make your mark as a green traveller. All that’s required is to research your accommodation to make sure you choose a hotel, hostel or lodge that endeavours to preserve and protect the local environment. Check that you can reuse towels and sheets instead of changing and washing them every day, find out about recycling policies, and look into whether alternative energy sources like solar or wind power are used.

 

Why not treat yourself to a five-star stay at Jordan’s best luxury destination Ayla to see how eco-friendly design is done? From beautiful man-made lagoons that attract a rich diversity of fauna to an 18-hole championship golf course dubbed one of the most eco-friendly golfing greens in the world, Ayla proves it is possible for luxury and sustainability to travel hand-in-hand.

 

 

 

 

  1. Support the local economy

Responsible travel puts the needs of local people ahead of the needs of travellers, so give your money to locally-owned businesses rather than buying your souvenirs last minute from the airport. Experiences like the famous Souk by the Sea in Aqaba offers access to more than 50 local artisans and craftsmen as well as locally-sourced food that cuts your carbon footprint down to size.

 

 

  1. Develop green habits

While we all know to recycle whenever possible, invest in reusable water bottles, and choose earth-friendly transport options, hopping on that flight in the first place can cause some serious green guilt. Try to book direct flights where you can as the takeoff and landing creates most of a plane’s carbon emissions or donate to a carbon offset program to help fund renewable energy projects and balance the impact out.

 

 

 

 

  1. Respect the destination

With hundreds of thousands of tourists exploring the world every single year, it’s essential to practice ethical tourism in order to protect these beautiful sites. Top green tips for exploring Jordan include sticking to designated hiking trails, keeping your hands off the coral when diving, and choosing a reef-friendly sunscreen to keep the marine life safe. Choose tour companies that can tell you how they give back to the community and what measures they take to protect the local fauna and flora or simply opt for a local guide to ensure your money’s doing the most for the local economy.

 

 

With research, thought and the right approach, you can make your travels more sustainable. Here’s to a world we can all continue to enjoy for decades and decades to come.

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