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August 28, 2011August 28, 2011  0 comments  Geography

Another Holy Land site, Wadi Rum, was added to UNESC's World Heritage List this summer. The majestic site is situated in mountainous desert terrain in souther Jordan near the border with Saudi Arabia and encompasses over 275 square miles of majestic, mountainous desert including spectacular sand dunes, sheer-sided mountains and dramatic cliffs. The Red Rose Nabatean City of Petra is located close to the Wadi Rum Nature Reserve.


The area is considered part of the ancient Nabatean trade route which leads across southern Jordan west through Israel and into Egypt. The landscape is marked by sandstone and granite mountains, wide valleys and narrow and deep canyons. Most remarkably, jidden within the canyons are numerous ancient rock drawings and inscriptions dating to the Nabataans who controlled the major trade route. In selecting Wadi Rum, the UNESCO website states that:

"Petroglyphs, inscriptions and archaeological remains in the site testify to 12,000 years of human occupation and interaction with the natural environment. The combination of 25,000 rock carvings with 20,000 inscriptions trace the evolution of human thought and the early development of the alphabet. The site illustrates the evolution of pastoral, agricultural and urban activity in the region."

 

Biblical and classical sources refer to "aram". The book of Job also mentions the land of Uz, which many believe refers to the area as well.


Traveling through Wadi Rum, one still encounters Bedouin tribes that still live in their goat-hair tents and in fact, many of the local bedouins are licensed tour guides. The protected area is one of Jordan's top tourist attractions including sites dating from the prehistoric periods to the Islamic era. Particularly prominent are inscriptions and carvings dating to the time of the Nabataean kingdom of Petra,* which controlled the trade routes that passed through the region more than 2,000 years ago. Rum is referred to, both in the Bible and classical sources, as Aram or Iram, while it may also be the land of Uz mentioned in the book of Job (1:1).


For more information on 3 and 2 day tours to Jordan and Wadi Rum-Petra, click here.

 

For additional information on UNESCO World Heritage sites, click here.

 

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September 2, 2013September 2, 2013  0 comments  Holy Land Pilgrimage

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a hub for many activities and exploratory trips. There is an array of options available for people of all interests, from the relaxed and luxurious to the downright ground level adventure trails. But if you've only got 48 hours in Jordan, then there are four cities and spots that are a must do.

 

Amman

 

As the country's capital city, Amman is probably going to be your first stop into the Kingdom. It is a great place to rummage through the culture's traditional and western aspects, indulge in delicious local food and walk the streets to get a ground level perspective. With endless options of hotels in Amman, finding a crash pad will not be a problem, whatever your budget may be. From walking down Rainbow Street, Amman's self proclaimed cobble stoned cultural center, to eating at Hashim- the best hummos and foul- in downtown area, to roaming the street markets in Abdali and Souk Jara as well as hitting the more fancy restaurants and cafes in Jabal Amman, there is something for everyone.

 

Dead Sea

 

dead sea

 

Known for its healing properties, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth, and is a salt sea bordering Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Hotels in the Dead Sea are usually built like resorts, with pools, restaurants and cafes, making sure that all your needs are met. If splurging on a spa treatment in the hotel is not your thing, then simply going down to the sea, covering yourself in the healing mud, with minerals and vitamins able to cure many ailments, and then dipping yourself in the buoyant sea is sure to leave you feeling like a newborn.

 

Wadi Rum

 

Light pollution is not a problem when it comes to Wadi Rum, and if stars are what you're looking for, then stars are what you'll get. This desert trip is a gorgeous eyeful of beautiful colors, soft sand, sand-dune adventures, Bedouin encounters and star gazing galore. A stay at one of the campsites in Wadi Rum is a must. Enjoying the local buffet, black tea and bonfire stories after a day of off-roading, climbing up the highest dunes or, for the more adventurous, riding a hot air balloon is a perfect way to experience authentic Jordan.

 

Petra

petra


Close to Wadi Rum, Petra has to be at the top of the list as it is also home to one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. A UNESCO heritage site, this Red Rose City, carved into the mountains and dubbed Red Rose because of the color of the stone, is a marvel. The iconic treasury is a short walk in between the canyon-like mountain pass, and then past that is the architectural rock-cut city in southern Jordan. Petra is home to a couple of luxurious hotels and staying there might mean the chance to see Petra at Night, a beautiful candle lit experience sure to remain unforgotten.

 

 

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Rayal Al-Mashal works for Yamsafer, a hotel booking company that specializes in hotels throughout the Middle East.

 

 


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