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About city Gallery Where to stay

Aqaba is Jordan’s small, but nonetheless significant access point to the Red Sea. The city is located at the very tip of the Gulf of Aqaba between Israel and Saudi Arabia, and Egypt is also not too far away. This strategic place, situated between Asia and Africa, has been inhabited for around 6,000 years now and has been the background of many civilizations and religious transformations.

Today, Aqaba, home to around 140,000 people, is a commercial, industrial, business and tourist centre. Over the ages, the city has maintained its strategic significance – it has recently been seeing an increasing amount of investment, and has a Special Economic Zone. Its harbour is now being moved further away from the tourist zones.

Harbour in the city of Aqaba
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Harbour in the city of Aqaba

All of that notwithstanding, Aqaba’s main characteristic is still its excellent conditions for recreation, water entertainment and educational tourism. The city’s millennia-long history, fantastic underwater world in the Gulf of Aqaba and the massive investment in tourist infrastructure, hotels and beaches have turned Aqaba into one of the most sought-after and unique resorts in the whole region.

In spite of growing investment, a busy harbour and the construction of many new buildings, the city has retained its cosy atmosphere where people often like to escape to from the overcrowded Egyptian shores. Moreover, from here you can easily reach the Wadi Rum sandstone rock valley and the famous Petra Fortress – the symbol of Jordan’s tourism – that’s been carved into rocks.

Wadi Rum also known as The Valley of the Moon in Jordan 60 km to the east of Aqaba
Photo taken by 123rf.come.  Wadi Rum also known as The Valley of the Moon in Jordan 60 km to the east of Aqaba

In Aqaba you can stuff yourself with Arabic dishes and sweets, go on an educational tour in Jordan’s deserts and enjoy the Red Sea. The city can be reached by taxi from the Israeli city of Eilat or by bus from Egypt. It’s an excellent centre for your journeys around the Middle Eastern states.

One possible inconvenience here is that air temperature never drops below 20 degrees even in winter, and reaches up to 35-40 degrees in summer. So if you decide to come here, bear in mind that you’ll have to do as the locals do and hide from the sun indoors, and, of course, go swimming in the Red Sea.

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