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City: Jordan State: N/A Country: Israel
Wadi Rum is a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock in southwest Jordan. It is the largest wadi in Jordan. The name Rum most likely comes from an Aramaic root meaning 'high' or 'elevated'. To reflect its proper Arabic pronunciation, archaeologists transcribe it as Wadi Ramm. The area centred on Wadi Rum is home to the Zalabia Bedouin who, working with climbers and trekkers, have made a success of developing eco-adventure tourism, now their main source of income. The area around Disi to the NE, home to the Zuweida Bedouin and erroneously also thought to be part of Wadi Rum by visitors, caters more for Jordanian visitors from Amman, with campsites regularly used by party-goers.Wadi Rum is quite simply one of the most astonishingly, austerely beautiful places in the world. It fulfills every romantic notion of a desert landscape, complete with sheer, dark granite mountains, sandstone ridges rising vertically from the pink sand of the desert floor, and ancient graffiti scratched on the rocks of these vast and silent valleys. Man has inhabited this place from Neolithic times, and the presence of freshwater springs made it a natural meeting place for caravans wending their way across the desert. In the 1st century BC, the Nabataeans settled here, before decamping to the rose colored city of Petra. Everyone lef their mark in the form of Neolithic flint axes, iron-age pottery, cave paintings and a Nabataean temple. Jabal Rum is the highest peak here at 1,755 meter.
Climate | When to Visit
Visit during: March to November
Directions | How to Reach
Wadi Rum is a short detour from the Desert Highway between Amman and Aqaba and not too far from Petra. A side road leads to the entrance where you will find a visitor centre, a police office and lots of would-be guides offering camels.