Bezness in Jordan

As if the bezness practices only exist in Tunesia, Egypt, Turkey and Marocco….

Jordan should be added to that list. It has been going on for years and on a large scale too.
In particular the region around Petra. Women who travel to see its major tourist attraction, the archeological park Petra, or go on any other trip near or around Petra are targets of the “bedouins” and their bezness. Especially in Wadi Musa, a town very near Petra. This place practically relies on the money-flow coming from female tourists. It supports the local economy, more so, now tourism has seen a downfall of 60% due to the unrest in the Mid East.
The government, who is very aware of the bezness, prefer to do nothing. At least they should be the ones to warn female tourists. But they chose to ignore it. They will send you an apology letter of 4 lines, telling you that it was simply a “rip off, but it is not a violation of the tourist law”. Your replies will remain unanswered.
So that leaves us female tourists, to warn other female tourists. Google for “scammers of Wadi Musa” and you will find plenty of stories.
Luckily, my observance and common sense saw right through these shababs.
Be aware, when you visit Petra, Wadi Musa or even the bedouin village of Uhm Sayhoun: do not let your guard down for a single second, do not fall for their charms, their cheesy romantic words, their “kind and sweet” family….because once they have you on the end of their fishing line, that is when it will start, the cunning and callous lies. All of them simply love you soooooo much…. because sooner or later you will be financially supporting them. And they are extremely clever at getting from you what they want.



4 Responses to Bezness in Jordan

  • Ingezonden bericht says:


    Bezness…ik kende het begrip niet, maar het speelt zich op grote schaal ook af in en rondom het archeologische park “Petra”, Wadi Musa in Jordanie. Zelf ben ik er net niet ingetrapt. Net niet.
    Ik heb het dan ook van dichtbij kunnen observeren en heb het onlangs schriftelijk gemeld aan de autoriteiten van Jordanie. Wacht nog steeds op antwoord. De autoriteiten bedekken het met woestijnzand.
    Iedereen weet het, niemand praat erover.
    Een aantal vrouwen heeft de beznessers van Petra/Wadi Musa te kijk gezet op deze website:
    Aan de schandpaal. Om – hopelijk – andere vrouwen in bescherming te nemen (als ze tenminste wijs genoeg zijn om eens naar de naam van hun “nieuwe liefde” te googlen).


  • Melissa says:

    In Wadi Rum, it is the same. This money has been loaned to start a business. Many Names:Ahmed, Khaled, Hawad, Sliman and stories are identicals. They need money and they are lying to get more and more – computer, mobile phone, camera, money, travelling, wedding, car, house -. They adapt their request according to the age of their victims.

  • Anette says:

    I warn women especially from France and Belgium.Beware Mohammed Jordanian guide francophone,he is a beznesser and romance scammer.He has many women from Europe at the same time.His target -women over 40,divorced.He asks for clothes(not from China)to sell them,money,gifts and holidays and invitations.He has long lasting relation for money.He claims to be younger, really he is over 50 years old.He says that he has nobody only You, it’s not true,such women is many.He works with tourists from France and Belgium.He choses a woman and then she returns to Jordan and pays for hotels for him and gives money and gifts or invites him to other country. Beware of beznesser Mohammed.

  • Aresa Hafan says:

    More names to watch out for:

    Rami, Jamal, Hisham, Hesham, Mossab, Mahmoud, Mohamad

    all from WADI MUSA.

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