Just a short three and a half hours away from Dubai is Jordan. This is my first trip to Jordan and I’m here with five other foodies on a culinary trip organised by Movenpick. Our trip is over four days and we will spend time in Petra, Wadi Rum, The Dead Sea and Salt.
Jordan has been on my ‘list of places to visit’ for a while. The short flight time means that you can pack in a lot in a long weekend trip. Jordan is bordered by Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Israel, Palestine and the Dead Sea and despite what you might think, given it’s proximity to all these countries, it’s a really safe place to visit in the Middle East.
We fly into the capital of Amman and are immediately whisked off on a drive to Petra driving through beautiful scenery. It’s immediately obvious that the climate is different than Dubai, we see very little sand, and instead lots and lots of greenery and we are told that Jordan produces about 95% of their own fruit & vegetables which is music to our ears as just about everyone on the trip are not only passionate foodies, but regular visitors to the Farmers Markets here in Dubai.
Jordan is rich in history and over the next few days we learn about the Nabatean Kingdom, The Roman Empire, the Ottoman Empire, a Great Arab Revolt against the Ottomans and then partition of the Ottoman Empire by the British and French. There’s a lot to learn and a lot to see.
This is the story about making Bitter Orange Marmalade with Chef Jihad at Movenpick Hotel Resort in the Dead Sea.