Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project

Jordan Riders Rally 2017 Kicks Off Today; Riders from the Region to Take Part

27 Apr 2017

Under the patronage of HRH Prince Faisal bin Hussein, the 2017 Jordan Riders Rally kicks off today. Up to 700 motorcycle ridersaretaking part in the rally, including500 participants from Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Palestine, Lebanon, UAE and Egypt, in addition to local and international participation. Interest in the rally has steadily increased over the four years since its inception, particularly from Gulf countries. The number of women who take parthas also grown.The rally is sponsored by Zain, the official and exclusive telecom sponsor, in addition to Manaseer Group, Hala and Bliss FM, and others. The USAID Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project (BEST) is supporting the event.

Tomorrow the riders will explore the central areas of Jordan, travelling on the airport road, past Jiza and along the scenic backroads of the Madaba governorate to Um Ar-Rassas and then returning via Al Hidan and Mount Nebo. The day ends with an evening ride to the Citadel. On Saturday the riders go north, passing a number of scenic areas, including Jarash, King Talal Dam and Dibeen, returning through Um Rummana. The rally concludes with a closing ceremony and a performance by popular Jordanian singer Omar Al Abdallat.

According to Rally Director, Mustafa Shaaban,“Participation this year is the highest it’s been yet andtheJordan Riders Group has coordinated with all relevant entities to ensure that the riders have a safe and enjoyable experience.” He added,“This is not just a sporting event; it also helps promote Jordan’s tourism appeal as the routes we select encompass many of the country’s unique sites and tourism attractions.”

The rally is organized by the Jordan Riders group and the Royal Motorcycle Club of Jordan (RMCJ). The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (MoTA) and the Jordan Tourism Board are supporting the event. USAID BEST is supporting the rally as part of a grant to RMCJ to facilitate its work in promoting Jordan as a motorcycle tourism destination regionally.

As every year, the Jordan Riders and RMCJ have coordinated with customs and border controls as well as tourism police and the Public Security Directorate.