DUBAI: US model Karlie Kloss, British singer Ellie Golding and royals Prince Hussein of Jordan and Princess Beatrice of York recently enjoyed a trip to Wadi Rum in Jordan in what seemed to be a fun — if not rather bizarre — jaunt in the Middle East.
Goulding and Kloss took to Instagram to share snaps of their escape in the desert, posting photos of everything from quad biking adventures to camel rides. The pair also posted near identical images of Petra, a sprawling archaeological site of tombs and monuments carved into rose-hued desert sandstone some 2,000 years ago by traders known as Nabataeans. Petra’s most famous building is the Treasury, where scenes from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” were filmed in the 1980s.
“Walking through history in the ancient city of Petra,” Kloss captioned her snap of the site.
The seemingly mismatched celebrities were joined by Misha Nonoo, a US-based fashion designer who is said to be close to Meghan Markle, who — in case you’ve been living under a rock — is set to marry Britain’s Prince Harry this month in a wildly-anticipated wedding at Windsor Castle in England.
“Jordan was truly breathtaking. If you are looking for the trip of a lifetime, I can’t recommend it enough! A beautiful, captivating country,” Goulding posted on her Instagram account.
The “Love Me Like You Do” singer also entertained the group with an acapella rendition of her hit song “Burn,” a live session which Kloss promptly posted on social media.
Jordan is fast becoming a magnet for international A-listers, it seems, with Hollywood actress Amber Heard jetting into the country earlier this month as part of a delegation of the Syrian American Medical Society.
Heard visited the kingdom’s largest camp for Syrian refugees and rehabilitation centers for those wounded in Syria’s seven-year-old civil war.
The 31-year-old star, who has been busy filming indie drama “Gully,” visited the Za’atari refugee camp as part of a week-long stay in Jordan.
“My biggest takeaway from this trip is the indelible mark left on my soul after spending a week on the ground here,” Heard told The Associated Press in the Jordanian capital of Amman. Heard said she was moved by “the resilience and the spirit of everyone involved” and being reminded of the “beautiful side of human nature.”
Actor Will Smith also touched down in the country late last year to shoot scenes for Disney’s live action remake of “Aladdin.”
“We’re shooting Aladdin in Jordan. Took my crew to see Petra! It’s been on my Bucket List for about 20 years. It’s crazy! (A) special thank you to the royal family and to the people of Jordan. You all took perfect care of us. We shall return!” the “Men in Black” star wrote on Facebook at the time.