By Andy Sambidge
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are rumoured to favour Mideast country for holiday
The Middle East's Jordan is rumoured to be high on the list of preferred honeymoon destinations for Prince William and his new bride.
The newly-wed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were due to set off on their honeymoon to a mystery location on Saturday but St James's Palace announced they were not going to leave immediately and were staying in the UK for the weekend.
The newlyweds “have chosen not to depart for a honeymoon immediately,” St James’s Palace said. “Instead, after spending the weekend privately in the United Kingdom, the Duke will return to work.”
The couple's destination has been a closely guarded secret but the UK's Sunday Telegraph reported that Jordan is their favoured destination.
UK bookmaker Paddy Power said it has Mustique as the favourite, followed by Jordan, the Seychelles and Australia.
It said the couple were understood to be considering several options for their honeymoon break, but the Middle East country was their preferred foreign destination.
Jordan would have great nostalgic appeal for Kate as her family spent two years there when she was a child, the paper said.
It added that there were reports that the couple have booked a tailor made private tour of southern Jordan, including a visit to the ancient city of Petra.For all the latest lifestyle news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
With all the unrest in the Middle East, I can't see Jordan being a honeymoon destination for the Royals.
Me neither, they would be safer to visit UAE
Kate is so beautiful just like Diana was when she wed Charles. Lets hope that William will not follow his dad's path and shatter what was the wedding of the century.
I think Jordan is superbly safe and has the flavour of huge memories for the bride.
Welcome to Jordan, land of ancient cultures and traditions.
Petra is a must to visit and DEAD sea will live again in anticipation of the visit.
@ Jenny & Asif, Jordan is far from being a situation like Syria or Yemen. Stop listening to overblown situations about Jordan in the western media. While they have been protests, they are very small scale and far from being a threat to anything in Jordan.
The UAE is a nice place to visit as tourist but it doesn't even come close to Jordan's opportunities and offerings especially from a romantic honeymoon. From great diving in the red sea, to magnificant campings in Wadi rum, and fantastic eco lodges (Feynan Lodge was voted top 50 in the world) and nature reserves in the desert or the beautiful mountains up north. Let's not forget the dead sea or Petra!
I miss my time living there as a westerner there (just moved to Saudi Arabia) and having just came back from a quick visit of some jordanian friends, it's far cry from being unstable like other parts of the middle east.
May we move on now with marriages and honeymoons???
The UK economy is facing all the woes, with no leadership in sight to get UK out of the woods. Entire UK was shut for a week on account of royal marriage, argument offered was that the economy is going to earn millions by way of "pleasure spending" esp. on drinking pubs. UK ought to be focusing on recovery of economy rather then specutlating on honeymoon destinations, Kate's gown, ring, cookies etc etc.
God bless the newly weds !!! , missed Lady Diana on this occassion. The event got world wide publicity for the fact the Dee's son was getting married, people still remember and love her.
How age old famous imperalist treachery took her away.
One hardly noticed the "father" in the entire ceremony standing somewhere besides the "horsewoman".
Good Choice knowing Jordan is an Oasis of peace and security...Lots of remarkable places and fantastic weather along with welcoming people...It will be time to remember for the couple
"The UAE is a nice place to visit as tourist but it doesn't even come close to Jordan's opportunities and offerings especially from a romantic honeymoon."
The UAE will never be a romantic place for a honeymoon, you cannot show affection towards your new wife in public.
Now that is an honour for us Jordanians.........DjMoe (Dubai)
All the ME Countries are great for Holidays, but Jordan is Unique, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth, next is where Jesus was baptized, then u have the biggest ever build and restored Roman City of Jerash.
Now if you want romance, you have the Wadi Rum, beside the Rose City of Petra which was elected amongst the Seven Miracles of the World.
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