Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project

Jordan Riders Rally 2017 Kicks Off on 27 April

3 Apr 2017

AMMAN (April 3, 2017) –Under the patronage of HRH Prince Faisal bin Hussein, the 2017 Jordan Riders Rally kicks off at the end of this month, taking place between the 27th and 29th of April. Up to 700 motorcycle riders are expected to take part in the rally, with500 of those anticipated to be foreign participants coming from the region and beyond. The event is organized by the Jordan Riders group and the Royal Motorcycle Club of Jordan (RMCJ) and sponsored by Zain, Manasweer, Hala and Bliss FM, and others. The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (MoTA) and the Jordan Tourism Board are supporting the event. USAID is also supporting it, as part of a grant to RMCJ under its USAID Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project (BEST) to facilitate its work in promoting Jordan as a motorcycle tourism destination regionally.

According to H.E. Issa Gammo, MoTA Secretary General,“The sport of motorcycling is becoming increasingly significant to tourism and travel. It is a type of adventure tourism, and Jordan has become well known for adventure, along with its historical, educational, medical, faith-based, heritage, cultural and environmental tourism offering. According to international reports, Jordan’s adventure tourism offering is internationally competitive.” He added, “The ministry will continue supporting and promoting this activity and will do everything needed to ensure its success.”

Rally Director,Mustafa Shaaban, said, “We’re really looking forward to our biggest rally yet. The feedback from last year was tremendously positive; participants from the Gulf region and nearby were overjoyed with the landscapes and scenery along the routes and many couldn’t wait to return. That is reflected in the number of participants travelling to Jordan in a few weeks for the rally.”

RMCJ Chairman, Soud Soror,explained, “RMCJ is proud to have been a part of the success of last year’s rally and the jump in number of foreign participants is a great indication of the fantastic potential that Jordan has for motorcycle tourism. We have stunning routes and scenery, excellent support from the tourism police for maximum road safety and great cooperation from customs. We look forward to working with the concerned authorities on the motorcycle rental regulations to help boost this growing sport even more.”

Zain Director of Corporate Communications Tareq Bitar said, “We at Zain are thrilled to support such an event that is among the most known sporting and touristic events in Jordan. We are keen to be present at activities such as this that help promote tourism to Jordan and contribute to creating awareness in the community. Our support for this event is part of Zain’s partnership with Jordan Riders group as the exclusive and official telecom sponsor.”

The Intercontinental Hotel in Amman will serve as the rally base, with riders moving out in four groups on Friday and Saturday morning for a 200km ride each day past several cities and towns, across diverse landscapes and past ancient and natural attractions. Registration day on the 27thof April is open to the public and motorcycle enthusiasts to meet the riders at the Intercontinental parking area.

This year's routecovers the central areas of Jordan on day one, moving along the airport road, past Jiza and along the scenic backroads of the Madaba governorate to Um Ar-Rassas then returning via Al Hidan and Mount Nebo. The day ends withan evening ride, organized by the Jordan Riders group for the first time.

The ride ends at Hashemite square in downtown Amman with a celebration event at the Roman Theater. The second day takes riders to the verdant north of Jordan, along winding roads through Jubeiha, past Jarash, to the King Talal Dam and Dibeen areas and returning through UmRummana. The rally concludes with a closing ceremony that includes a performance by popular Jordanian singer Omar Al Abdallat.

As every year, the Jordan Riders and RMCJ have coordinated with customs and border controls to facilitate riders coming from abroad and exempt vehicle entry fees for them. This is good news for the majority of the participants who will be riding into Jordan to take part and Jordanian customs are ready to give them a warm welcome at the borders.