The third season of International Jordan Riders Rally, which enjoys the the patronage of his Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein and is in partnership with the Royal Motorcycle Club of Jordan (RMCJ) attended by participants from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), is referred to as big success in terms of increased number of participants. The recent two-day event organized by the Jordan Riders Group amassed a fifty percent increase in the number of international attendees (over three hundred riders from twenty-three countries) compared to 2015.
The event had for the participants, two different days of riding, covering around two hundred kilometers each day, with the first day route focused around central Jordan whilst the following day the route took in the northern area which they enjoyed thoroughly. The event is something Jordan is looking forward in a bid to promote tourism, the Jordan Riders Motorcycle Rally purposely choose a stunning location close to the Dead Sea for the event’s base or headquarters and starting point, a region renowned as a spa destination and is at the lowest point on the planet.
With motorcycle tourism being the idea behind the event, the RMCJ recognises that not only does Jordan offer great hospitality, a buzzing capital city in Amman, and world-class attractions such as the UN World Heritage sites of Petra and Wadi Rum, but also provides the perfect routes and landscape for motorcycle tourism. The USAID (US-Aid partnerships to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing the security and prosperity)- Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project (BEST) is supporting the RMCJ over the next year to implement a number of its initiatives in order that they can reach their goals. RMCJ will be working with its partners to launch a road safety awareness campaign to educate vehicle drivers on how to interact with motorcyclists on the streets of Jordan.
The Deputy Chairman of the RMCJ board, Mr. Raja Gargour, speaking about the event, said: “The Royal Motorcycle Club of Jordan is seeking to promote Jordan as the motorcycle tourism capital of the region through a number of initiatives, the centerpiece of which is the Jordan Riders Rally.”
Further about the event and plan, he said, “These activities have the potential to attract thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts all year round, and particularly from the MENA region due to the sports’ popularity, bringing their families and friends, and boosting tourism at the many destinations and attractions they will visit.”
Speaking about the event, Damiano Zamana, FIM Director for Touring & Leisure Commission added: “It was important for the FIM to attend such a well-organised event and to see how Touring motorcycling is active in the Middle-East. The Jordan Federation hosted a high-quality event and the FIM is delighted with its plans to expand motorcycle tourism in the region.”
The statement means that Motorcycle tourism has got a new destination in Jordan.