Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project

Aqaba Tourism and Hospitality Unit promotes opportunities for Jordanian youth


A Tourism and Hospitality Employment Unit was established by the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD) in partnership with the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) and with support from USAID BEST. The aim of the unit is to promote job and training opportunities in tourism and hospitality to Jordanian youth, with an emphasis on encouraging women to join the field.

Ibtisam Al Jarhi is a 24-year-old resident of Aqaba who found work in the tourism sector thanks to the Tourism and Hospitality Employment Unit at the Princess Basma center in Aqaba. Click here to hear her talk about her experience.

Ghadeer Mukatash is a 23-year-old resident of Aqaba, who received training thanks to the tourism employment unit at the Princess Basma center in Aqaba. Fatima Hinawi is the Director of the Princess Basma center in Aqaba, leading efforts to link youth in the south of Jordan with opportunities in the hospitality and tourism sectors. Click here to learn more about the work of the tourism employment unit.

Zaid Al Masri is a 23-year-old who found work as an accountant at the Days Inn Hotel in Aqaba after  applying at a job fair held by the Princess Basma Center’s tourism employment unit. The first in his family to work in the tourism sector, Zaid’s experience with the employment unit can be heard here.