Oprah Winfrey Visits Jordan and Calls Petra a Must-See Destination

Mar 23, 2023 11:00:00 AM

Leen Hajjar

Renowned television personality Oprah Winfrey visited Jordan this past week along with her dear friend and CBS reporter, Gayle King.

On Sunday, Oprah posted on her Instagram account several photos from her trip to the kingdom with the caption stating, "Visited Jordan this week and there was so much to see and experience!"

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(Photo credit: Oprah Winfrey Instagram)

She continued by expressing her amazement with the history of Petra, Jordan’s ancient Nabatean city and one of the seven wonders of the world. The magical city had Oprah mesmerized and in her Instagram post, she encouraged people to visit the incredible destination, saying it’s a "must-see" place. 

Oprah was also seen exploring Jordan’s port city of Aqaba, located south of the kingdom as well as Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the sacred site where Jesus Christ is believed to have been baptized by John the Baptist in the River Jordan.

For Oprah Daily, Oprah and Gayle discuss their Jordanian experiences and share that they hope to motivate people to do something they have always wanted to do in the year 2023, with Oprah revealing that she has always wanted to see Petra. You can watch their full conversation here.

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(Photo credit: Oprah Winfrey Instagram)

In addition to Oprah and Gayle, there have been other celebrity sightings in Jordan this past week, including American actor Rob Lowe and actress Salma Hayek. Salma posted pictures of herself in Jordan's beautiful Wadi Rum desert on her Instagram account with the following caption, "Inhaling the magic of Jordan." Rob was seen enjoying a meal and celebrating his birthday at one of Jordan's most famous Arabic restaurants in Amman, Fakhr Al Din

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(Photo credit: Salma Hayek Instagram)



Leen Hajjar

Written by Leen Hajjar

Leen Hajjar, born and raised in Amman, is JTBNA's blog editor. A recent graduate from Villanova University with a master's degree in Communication, Leen focuses on media analysis, specifically mainstream media’s portrayal of Arabs and the Middle East. Her previous experience as a writer for Al Arabiya English, inspired stories that shed light on the diverse and positive attributes of the Arab world, aiming to provide a more comprehensive representation of the region and its people.

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