Published: 2023-03-16 21:15
Last Updated: 2023-03-28 17:58
The Jordanian city of Aqaba made it onto Time magazine's "World's Greatest Places of 2023" list, which was published on their official website Thursday.
Aqaba is one of the top "50 extraordinary destinations to explore" this year, chosen by the magazine.
Landscapes were described as "otherworldly" and "extraordinarily dramatic."
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah shared the article on Twitter saying, "Find out why Aqaba, Jordan is on TIME’s 2023 list of the World's Greatest Places."
Find out why Aqaba, Jordan is on TIME’s 2023 list of the World's Greatest Places https://t.co/wDFhwLJgBI— Rania Al Abdullah (@QueenRania) March 16, 2023
"It’s not just the dunes that are bringing new visitors to Aqaba this year; it’s the sea. In the Gulf of Aqaba, Aqaba Marine Park aims to preserve its marine biosphere, which includes coral reefs and 19 dive sites, as well as an underwater walking experience or glass-bottom boats for those looking to stay dry," the article read.
"The Port of Aqaba anticipates a 25 percent increase in passenger ships for 2023, including an inaugural visit from luxury cruise line Windstar. From the mega ships of MSC Cruises to superyacht Emerald Azzurra, sailing the Middle East demands a part of call at the tip of the Red Sea where four countries meet," it added.
According to Time magazine, they " solicited nominations of places from our international network of correspondents and contributors, with an eye toward those offering new and exciting experiences," to compile the final list.