Desert Matters is an initiative that supports the socio-economic and environmental well-being of the communities in Israel, Jordan, Palestine, and Egypt on all sides of Wadi Araba/Arava Valley.
The project creates a network for eco-tourism practitioners on both sides and serves as a joint platform that connects Jordanians, Israelis, Palestinians, and Egyptians through the process of creating eco-tourism packages together, using additional support from professional business development and tourism training and support sessions.
In 2013, a group of individuals met for several sessions and visits on both sides of the valley, which resulted in a core partnership. During the years we have been meeting, this group of tourism professionals from local communities, and created together cross-border tour packages for tourists.
We have prepared – for the tourist for whom the “Desert Matters” – a selection of packages that are designed and operated by local communities. You will visit the local communities, meet the people, use their services, and enjoy their hospitality.
In these packages, we have collected some best “Off the Beaten Track” sites for you! These will offer you a unique, quiet, special visit within one of the most visited regions in the Middle East. These packages include some sites that only the locals know of…
OUR VISION & GOALS
Desert Matters is an entrepreneurial project between 4 countries, making it possible for all decisions and developments to be freely made by those participating in the project.
The joint meetings and seminars we shared allowed us to create a new cross-border web of connections, and to develop a vision for the establishment of a partnership in the lowest valley on earth.
Our goal is to provide an economic alternative income for all our colleagues, eco-tourism local-communities entrepreneurs, and to improve the diversity of available options for both the communities and tourists today in the Arava Valley/Wadi Araba.
Our goal is to provide an economic alternative income for the Israeli and Jordanian eco-tourism local-communities entrepreneurs and to improve the diversity of available options for both the communities and tourists today in the Arava Valley/Wadi Araba.