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Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan

From series “Top 11 Most Unusual Deserts on the Planet”
Jordan can boast with the amazing desert of Wadi Rum that has gained international fame thanks to its unique Martian landscape. The area of ​​this stony desert is more than 740 square km. Famous contemporary films like Red Planet, Martian, Transformers, The Last Days on Mars, and others were shot there. While traveling through the desert, you can see a lot of incredible landscapes, including beautiful canyons and mountains. The highest among them is Jabal Umm Ad Dami.

Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan The Wadi Rum Desert has long attracted an attention of climbers, who seek to conquer its most dangerous and steep cliffs. Ordinary tourists can participate in exciting safari jeep tours, during which they can see the most interesting areas of the desert. Some of them are of great interest from the archaeological point of view. Researchers have found ancient rock painting there. Petroglyphs are one of the main secrets of the desert of Wadi Rum. According to historians’ assumptions, at various times it was inhabited by representatives of different cultures. A significant portion of the cave paintings haven't been studied. By now, it’s impossible to date them and attribute them to a particular culture.

Fans of unusual entertainment go exploring the desert on camels. Tourists always have an opportunity to meet a sunset and stay in the desert among the desert landscapes for the night. The most famous sights of the desert are the Burdah Rock bridge, which makes all travelers want to walk on, and Khazad Canyon. The last is the incredibly picturesque mountain gorge that is 5 km long. This is where a large part of the cave paintings were found. Next - Anza-Borrego Desert

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Fuel station: 'Disi Fuel Station' in 11 km
Supermarket: 'Saifway Aqaba -' in 39 km
Parking: 'Disi Fuel Station' in 11 km
Police station: 'Wadi Rum Police Station' in 11 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Jordan Via Petra Travel & Tours' in 1.09 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Aqaba King Hussein Airport AQJ - in 40 km
 »  J. Hozman Airport ETH - in 44 km
 »  Taba Int Airport TCP - in 61 km
 »  St. Catherine International Airport SKV - in 165 km
 »  Mendez Airport MZD - in 194 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Wadi Rum Desert

Rum Wonders Camp

Located in 1 km from Wadi Rum Desert
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Rooms: 25
The Rum Wonders serves traditional, local dishes by the campfire or in the communal tent. Guests can also participate in cooking meals for dinner, … More: photo, rates and booking
Sand Dunes Camp

Located in 4 km from Wadi Rum Desert
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Rooms: 20
It offers a meal service and the possibility to check in 24 hours a day. The Sand Dunes offers 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-persons accommodation and each bed is … More: photo, rates and booking
Wadi Rum Dunes Camp

Located in 5 km from Wadi Rum Desert
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Rooms: 25
There is a choice of single, double or group tents available. Shared bathroom facilities feature cubicle showers, toilets and wash basins. Typical … More: photo, rates and booking
Bedouin Whispers Camp

Located in 6 km from Wadi Rum Desert
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Rooms: 7
Matresses and blankets are provided in each of the tents at Bedouin Whispers Camp. Shared bathroom facilities are available as well. Bedouin dishes … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

The Red Sea Star
45 km - The Red Sea Star
The original bar with romantic name "The Red Sea Star" is situated in Eilat and attracts visitors by its location. The bar is under the water. It is built in the starfish form and decorated in the sea style. During the relaxation, the visitors of the bar can sit by the …
58 km - Eilat
The Israeli city of Eilat is known to many travelers for its beautiful beaches and luxury hotels. Not everyone knows that this city is one of the oldest in the world. The port city was founded thousands of years ago. It was known as Etzion Gever in ancient times. The …
Tomb of Aaron
70 km - Tomb of Aaron
Another sacred object that is amazing from the historical point of view is the tomb of Aaron that travelers can visit in Jordan. This monument is located near the city of Petra, in a remote mountainous area. A special physical training is not required to get to the top …
Cave Bar
83 km - Cave Bar
If you are fond of cave bars you have to visit the bar in Petra, Jordan. It is located on the territory of the unique hotel "Crowne Plaza Resor". The hotel and bar have become known all over the world due to their location – an antique cave. It was made by Nabateans, …
Little Petra Caves
88 km - Little Petra Caves
Little Petra Caves have placed near the Petra city, Jordan. Right here were found the unique marks on the wall painting. The paintings were made in the Hellenistic style more than two thousand years ago. It took three years to restore the paintings. ##It is hard to …
Salt cave Kolonel
168 km - Salt cave Kolonel
Another natural miracle is to be found in Israel, on the southern coast of the Dead Sea. Here is the only salt mountain in the world, the Colonel, as well as a cave of the same name, which attracts not only researchers but also ordinary tourists. The cave is fabulously …

Top destination around Wadi Rum Desert - Aqaba

Tourists can visit an interesting archaeological site right in the city. These are the ruins of the ancient Ayla City. Archaeologists discovered fragments of ancient houses, a city wall, and even a mosque here. As scientists think, there was a large merchant city here during the reign of King Solomon. Today, absolutely everyone is welcome to see the ruins of the formerly majestic buildings.
Sharif Hussein Bin Ali Mosque, one of the most famous and important religious attractions in Aqaba, is situated in the city center. This is a marvelous example of Muslim architecture. The façade and dome of the mosque are painted in white. Sharif Hussein Bin Ali is one of a few mosques in Jordan that are open for people of all religions. There is only one simple rule before entering it – take off your shoes and cover your head and shoulders. The mosque was built in 1975 and was extensively restored in 2011. The shrine’s inner décor is a synonym of elegance and harmony.

The next landmark is an important historic symbol for all residents of Aqaba. The Aqaba Flagpole is a 137-meter tall free-standing flagpole that is installed on a hill. The flag, which is 40 meters long and 20 meters wide, makes the construction visible and easy to notice. The flag was erected in 2017 when Aqaba celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Great Arab Revolt.
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