WEF Dead Sea closure may disrupt weekend get-away plans


Published: 2017-05-14 11:18

Last Updated: 2024-06-18 22:40

The Dead Sea is one of Jordan's most popular city escapes.
The Dead Sea is one of Jordan's most popular city escapes.

Jordan-side holidaymakers planning a mini escape to the Dead Sea this weekend, your plans might already be dead in the water!

The Dead Sea, located 45 minutes away from the Jordanian capital, Amman, might see less life this weekend as the top tourist destination's hotels will be off limits to those not participating in the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

The government announced on Sunday that the two-way road between the Grand East Hotel (Parking Stop B) and the Crowne Plaza Hotel will be sealed off from the public from Thursday 18 May-Sunday 21 May. Tourists and locals wishing to get their dose of salt, sun and mud scrub before Ramadan will have to reschedule their trips or book at those hotels not affected by the short closure.

The forum is expected to discuss ways of supporting a Kingdom considered to be shouldering the refugee burden, according to organisers of the WEF. A senior official source also added that working towards peace and stability will be on the agenda as well.