Beach Vacationers in Eilat | Gulf of Aqaba
Beach Vacationers in Eilat | Gulf of Aqaba

A story I photographed for U.S. News and World Report, about Jordanian workers crossing the border each day to work in hotels around Eilat, Israel’s southernmost city. A program between Israel and Jordan aims to fill the town’s labor shortage by allowing Jordanians into Eilat. However, Israeli government regulations limit them to cleaning jobs, forbids overnight stays and restricts access to only their places of employment. Read the story online

Words: Sara Toth Stub

Photo Editor: Avi Gupta

Photo caption: Across the border from Eilat, the Jordanian city of Aqaba and surrounding mountains provide the backdrop to vacationers bathing and enjoying the beach in Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba, on March 14, 2018.

Eilat, Israel | Promenade Nightlife City Center
Eilat, Israel | Promenade Nightlife City Center

People enjoy a night out on the main promenade in the city center of Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba, on March 14, 2018.

Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal
Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal

After crossing the border from Jordan into Israel, Jordanian workers wait for their transport to pick them up, outside the Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 15, 2018.

Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal
Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal

After crossing the border from Jordan into Israel, Jordanian workers wait for their transport to pick them up, outside the Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 15, 2018.

Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Transportation
Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Transportation

After crossing the border from Jordan into Israel, buses transport Jordanian workers to various hotels from the Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 15, 2018.

Eilat, Israel | Red Sea Beach Vacationers
Eilat, Israel | Red Sea Beach Vacationers

Vacationers play games and enjoy the beach in Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba, on March 15, 2018.

Eilat, Israel | Red Sea Beach Vacationers
Eilat, Israel | Red Sea Beach Vacationers

Vacationers enjoy the beach in Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba, on March 14, 2018.

Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Isrotel Royal Garden Hotel
Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Isrotel Royal Garden Hotel

An unidentified Jordanian employee tends to a room of the Isrotel Royal Garden Hotel in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 14, 2018.

Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Isrotel Royal Garden Hotel
Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Isrotel Royal Garden Hotel

An unidentified Jordanian employee is seen after tending to a room of the Isrotel Royal Garden Hotel in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 14, 2018.

Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Isrotel Lagoona Hotel
Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Isrotel Lagoona Hotel

Ahmed Elshuk (center), 37, a Jordanian employee from Amman and Muhammad Alsawi (left), 28, a Jordanian employee from Aqaba are seen cleaning the kitchen of the Isrotel Lagoona Hotel in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 14, 2018.

Eilat, Israel | Red Sea Coastline View
Eilat, Israel | Red Sea Coastline View

People enjoy a view of Eilat's coastline, the Red Sea, and the Jordanian city of Aqaba and surrounding mountains in the background on the beach in Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba, on March 15, 2018.

Eilat City Center | Israel
Eilat City Center | Israel

Children play in the city center of Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba, on March 15, 2018.

Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Club Hotel Eilat
Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Club Hotel Eilat

Oday Almarayeh, 27, a Jordanian employee from Aqaba, poses for a portrait at Club Hotel Eilat, a suites hotel in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 15, 2018.

Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Club Hotel Eilat
Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Club Hotel Eilat

Yazan Abu Addi, 23, a Jordanian employee from Aqaba, poses for a portrait at Club Hotel Eilat, a suites hotel in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 15, 2018.

Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Club Hotel Eilat
Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Club Hotel Eilat

Yousf Bierat, 22, a Jordanian employee from Aqaba, poses for a portrait at Club Hotel Eilat, a suites hotel in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 15, 2018.

Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Club Hotel Eilat
Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Club Hotel Eilat

Yazan Sawen, 20, a Jordanian employee from Amman, poses for a portrait at Club Hotel Eilat, a suites hotel in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 15, 2018.

Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal
Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal

Jordanian workers make their way into the Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal in Eilat, southern Israel, before crossing the border back into Jordan, at the end of their workday, on March 14, 2018.

Eilat, Israel | Promenade Nightlife City Center
Eilat, Israel | Promenade Nightlife City Center

People enjoy a night out on the main promenade in the city center of Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba, on March 14, 2018.

Eilat, Israel | Promenade Nightlife City Center
Eilat, Israel | Promenade Nightlife City Center

An Israeli soldier on vacation is seen carrying an assault rifles during a night out on the main promenade in the city center of Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba, on March 14, 2018.

Eilat, Israel | Promenade Nightlife City Center
Eilat, Israel | Promenade Nightlife City Center

People enjoy a night out on the main promenade in the city center of Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba, on March 14, 2018.

Beach Vacationers in Eilat | Gulf of Aqaba
Eilat, Israel | Promenade Nightlife City Center
Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal
Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal
Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Transportation
Eilat, Israel | Red Sea Beach Vacationers
Eilat, Israel | Red Sea Beach Vacationers
Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Isrotel Royal Garden Hotel
Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Isrotel Royal Garden Hotel
Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Isrotel Lagoona Hotel
Eilat, Israel | Red Sea Coastline View
Eilat City Center | Israel
Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Club Hotel Eilat
Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Club Hotel Eilat
Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Club Hotel Eilat
Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Club Hotel Eilat
Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal
Eilat, Israel | Promenade Nightlife City Center
Eilat, Israel | Promenade Nightlife City Center
Eilat, Israel | Promenade Nightlife City Center
Beach Vacationers in Eilat | Gulf of Aqaba

A story I photographed for U.S. News and World Report, about Jordanian workers crossing the border each day to work in hotels around Eilat, Israel’s southernmost city. A program between Israel and Jordan aims to fill the town’s labor shortage by allowing Jordanians into Eilat. However, Israeli government regulations limit them to cleaning jobs, forbids overnight stays and restricts access to only their places of employment. Read the story online

Words: Sara Toth Stub

Photo Editor: Avi Gupta

Photo caption: Across the border from Eilat, the Jordanian city of Aqaba and surrounding mountains provide the backdrop to vacationers bathing and enjoying the beach in Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba, on March 14, 2018.

Eilat, Israel | Promenade Nightlife City Center

People enjoy a night out on the main promenade in the city center of Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba, on March 14, 2018.

Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal

After crossing the border from Jordan into Israel, Jordanian workers wait for their transport to pick them up, outside the Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 15, 2018.

Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal

After crossing the border from Jordan into Israel, Jordanian workers wait for their transport to pick them up, outside the Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 15, 2018.

Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Transportation

After crossing the border from Jordan into Israel, buses transport Jordanian workers to various hotels from the Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 15, 2018.

Eilat, Israel | Red Sea Beach Vacationers

Vacationers play games and enjoy the beach in Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba, on March 15, 2018.

Eilat, Israel | Red Sea Beach Vacationers

Vacationers enjoy the beach in Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba, on March 14, 2018.

Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Isrotel Royal Garden Hotel

An unidentified Jordanian employee tends to a room of the Isrotel Royal Garden Hotel in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 14, 2018.

Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Isrotel Royal Garden Hotel

An unidentified Jordanian employee is seen after tending to a room of the Isrotel Royal Garden Hotel in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 14, 2018.

Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Isrotel Lagoona Hotel

Ahmed Elshuk (center), 37, a Jordanian employee from Amman and Muhammad Alsawi (left), 28, a Jordanian employee from Aqaba are seen cleaning the kitchen of the Isrotel Lagoona Hotel in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 14, 2018.

Eilat, Israel | Red Sea Coastline View

People enjoy a view of Eilat's coastline, the Red Sea, and the Jordanian city of Aqaba and surrounding mountains in the background on the beach in Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba, on March 15, 2018.

Eilat City Center | Israel

Children play in the city center of Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba, on March 15, 2018.

Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Club Hotel Eilat

Oday Almarayeh, 27, a Jordanian employee from Aqaba, poses for a portrait at Club Hotel Eilat, a suites hotel in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 15, 2018.

Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Club Hotel Eilat

Yazan Abu Addi, 23, a Jordanian employee from Aqaba, poses for a portrait at Club Hotel Eilat, a suites hotel in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 15, 2018.

Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Club Hotel Eilat

Yousf Bierat, 22, a Jordanian employee from Aqaba, poses for a portrait at Club Hotel Eilat, a suites hotel in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 15, 2018.

Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Club Hotel Eilat

Yazan Sawen, 20, a Jordanian employee from Amman, poses for a portrait at Club Hotel Eilat, a suites hotel in Eilat, southern Israel, on March 15, 2018.

Jordanian Workers in Eilat | Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal

Jordanian workers make their way into the Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal in Eilat, southern Israel, before crossing the border back into Jordan, at the end of their workday, on March 14, 2018.

Eilat, Israel | Promenade Nightlife City Center

People enjoy a night out on the main promenade in the city center of Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba, on March 14, 2018.

Eilat, Israel | Promenade Nightlife City Center

An Israeli soldier on vacation is seen carrying an assault rifles during a night out on the main promenade in the city center of Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba, on March 14, 2018.

Eilat, Israel | Promenade Nightlife City Center

People enjoy a night out on the main promenade in the city center of Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba, on March 14, 2018.

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