Blue Flag program:
A world-renowned eco-label trusted by millions around the globe, the Blue Flag program is operated under the auspices of the Foundation for Environmental Education . In order to qualify for this prestigious award, a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety-related and access-related criteria must be met and maintained. Through close collaboration with our members on any and all issues they may have, the Foundation for Environmental Education works tirelessly to ensure the program's expansion, and that the unrivalled standards of the Blue Flag are maintained internationally.
In Jordan the Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan is the national operator since 2009.
The Blue Flag Program promotes sustainable development in freshwater and marine areas. It challenges local authorities and beach operators to achieve high standards in the four categories of: water quality, environmental management, environmental education and safety.
History of Beaches / Marina
The Blue Flag was initiated in Jordan in 2009, working with ASEZA JREDS worked with and the three private beaches in Aqaba which are included in Hotels. The extensive work with the hotels resulted in the raising of the First Blue flags in as accreditation to Jordan the Mövenpick Resort & Residences of Aqaba & InterContinental AQA resort in May 2009.
Currently Jordan has 5 beaches registered & awarded with the Blue Flag international award. Moreover.
In 2018, JREDS has expanded the Blue flag program to include Ayla Aqaba , as the the first marina in Jordan and the Red Sea.
Blue flag application Procedure , The responsible local authority files the application form (with enclosed documentation) and sends it to the National Operator. The National Jury evaluates applications for compliance with the Blue Flag criteria and gives an approval or rejection on the national level. In special cases the National Jury can recommend a dispensation.
Approved applications and dispensation cases are forwarded from the National Jury to the International Jury. The International Jury carries out an evaluation and decides which beaches and marinas to award the Blue Flag for the season.
Who can apply, For beaches, the municipality can apply for the Blue Flag. For marinas, the marina owner can apply. For sustainable boating tour operators, it is the company who applies for its boats
Award for one season, All Blue Flags are awarded for one season only. By renewing awards each season, the program ensures that beaches/marinas are constantly living up to the criteria.
During the season : The National operator audits of all its sites at least once per season and monitors on the bathing water quality.. Furthermore, Blue Flag International sends international auditors to conduct announced or unannounced audits at the Blue Flag sites.
Visitors and guests at Blue Flag beaches, marinas or boats are also good observers of compliance with the Blue Flag criteria at the sites, and national operator always welcome and investigate constructive complaints.
In all cases of non-compliance with imperative criteria, the Blue Flag will be immediately withdrawn for the whole season.
Based on the final results from the Blue Flag International Jury for the year 2020, the following sites are awarded in Jordan:
- Mövenpick resort & Residences Aqaba
- Mövenpick resort & spa tala bay
- Intercontinental Aqaba resort
- B12 beach club
- Hyatt regency Aqaba Ayla resort
- Marina Ayla – which lies In the Aqaba Ayla Resort
- Crown Plaza Dead Sea – this was not activated due to COVID 19 restrictions
The cost of the Blue Flag certification does not include transportation costs outside Aqaba and Amman offices, or any additional costs involved..
For further information on the program and costs,