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Travel – Aqaba – Jordan – Part 1

Aqaba is a Jordanian coastal town located at the northeastern tip of the Red Sea.

Overview of Aqaba

• Aqaba is the biggest city on the Gulf of Aqaba along with Jordan’s sole coastal city.
• The city of Aqaba is the southernmost section of Jordan in addition to the capital of Aqaba Governorate.
• Aqaba is among the primary places of interest in Jordan and well-known for the warm water and abundant aquatic life.
• It is best recognized at present as a beach front and diving resort as well as a residence for Jordan’s huge projects.
• Nevertheless, industrial and commercial activity plans stay vital, because of the ideal location of the city as the country’s sole seaport.
• Aqaba is popular for the beach resorts and also luxury hotels for people who come for diving, fun in the beach sand in addition to water sports such as windsurfing as well as Scuba diving.
• In addition, it offers activities which take full advantage of the desert location.
• It has several coffee shops that provides you with mansaf and knafeh together with baqlawa desserts.
• Another extremely popular location is the Turkish bath (Hamam) constructed in 306 AD, wherein locals and visitors pay a visit to relax after a sunny day.
• Aqaba and Wadi Rum are places where Jordan – Middle East Distant Heat Festival is held yearly.
• It commences on 31 July and 1 August.
• DJs from Jordan, Middle East and around the globe take part in this specific dance festival.
• Certain well-known artists who take part in the festival are Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Above & Beyond, and Josh Gabriel.
• In 2006, the Tourism Division of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority ( ASEZA ) recorded that the number of visitors touring the Zone in 2006 increased to approximately 432,000, a rise of 5% over earlier year.
• About 65%, or 293,000 were Jordanians.
• Of international tourists, Europeans travel to the Zone in the highest numbers, with approximately 98,000 touring in the course of the year.
• The splitting has financed tourism marketing and media campaigns with the help of the European Union.
• On national holidays, Jordanians from the north, specifically Amman and Irbid, head to Aqaba’s luxurious resorts with sandy beaches.
• On these holiday weekends, resort occupancy is 100%.
• Aqaba has been chosen for the place of a fresh waterfront building venture.
• It will re-build Aqaba with modern man made water structures, new and innovative high-rise residential and office spaces.
• This way more tourist providers will place Aqaba on their investment map and challenge various other centers of waterfront advancement all through the area.
• The Distant Festival conducted at Aqaba on last Thursday of July as well as the following day at Aqaba and also Wadi Rum attributes to the world’s most popular trance and electronic a dancers.
• Aqaba happens to be chosen as the Arab Tourism City of 2011.
• Taking advantage of its specific location and position as Jordan’s special economic zone, Aqaba’s overall economy is dependent on the tourism as well as port industry sectors.
• The economical development in Aqaba is greater than the average economical development in the country.
• Under the specific economic zone status, certain investments and trades are exempted from taxation, as a consequence, new resorts, housing advancements, and retail outlet stores are being developed.
• New ventures like Tala Bay and Saraya al Aqaba are built aiming at offering high-end vacation and residential houses to locals and foreigners equally.

Things to Do and See in Aqaba

1. Aqaba Fort
• This fort formerly dates to the fourteenth millennium.
• Even though the present framework was structured by the Mamluke sultan Qansawh el-Ghawri (1501-1516), it continues to be amended several times since that time.

2. Ayla (besides the Movenpick resort)
• This is the old city which was developed when Islam moved to the region in 622 AD.
• Entry: free

3. Fourth century Roman Church
• The most ancient purpose-built Christian cathedral in history is across the road from the JETT bus station which is west of the Movenpick resort.
• A posted indication provides a small amount of information on the cathedral.

4. Aqaba Heritage Museum
• Timings: 8:00-14:00
• This excellent museum is definitely one of Aqaba’s primary attractions because it screens a huge variety of heritage items and real size models of conventional life in one of Jordan’s most significant cities.
• This also contains a collection of exceptional historic images from the very start of a past era century until today.
• Free admission

5. Other activities in the place
• Spa
• Scuba diving

Best time to visit / climate

• Jordan has a sunny, dry weather characterized by lengthy, hot, dry summers as well as brief, cool winters.
• The weather is based on Jordan’s placement between the subtropical aridity of the Arabian Desert locations along with the subtropical humidity of the eastern Mediterranean region.
• January is the coldest month, with temperature ranges from 5°C to 10°C, and August is the hottest time of the year at 20°C to 35°C.
• Regular temperatures can be quite hot, particularly in the summer; on certain days it could be 40°C or higher, particularly when the Shirocco , a hot , dry southerly wind flies .
• These kind of winds can often be quite strong that will result in Sandstorms.
• Around 70 % of the regular rainfall in the country falls between November and then March; June through August tend to rain less.
• Rainfall differs from season to season and also from year to year.
• Precipitation is usually targeted in aggressive storms, leading to erosion as well as local flooding, particularly in the winter season.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get there?

1. By Road
• The city is linked to the other parts of Jordan by the Desert Highway along with the King’s Highway.
• Aqaba is linked to Eilat and also Israel by the Wadi Araba crossing.
• Aqaba is connected by the Durra Boundary crossing to:
– Haql
– Saudi Arabia
• There are numerous bus providers between Aqaba and Amman as well as the other biggest cities in Jordan.
• JETT and Trust International are the most popular lines. These buses make use of the Desert Highway.
• Taxi providers can also be found between Aqaba and Eilat.
• The Aqaba railway system is just employed for cargo transportation with no longer services for tourists, except for the route to Wadi Rum.

2. By Sea
• The Arab Bridge Maritime company vessels links Aqaba to the Egyptian ports of Taba and also Nuweiba.
• More than a couple of million travelers traveled between Aqaba and ports of Nuweiba and Sharm el-Sheikh by ferries.
• An Abu Dhabi consortium of organizations referred to as ‘Al Maabar’ has received the bid to move and handle the Aqaba Port for thirty years and also expand the existent ferry terminal which acquires about 1 .3 million passengers as well as a large number of trucks and cars coming from across the seashore in Egypt.

3. By Air
• On 3 April 2013, Turkish Airlines began operations to Aqaba King Hussein International Airport three times in a week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays; becoming the only airline having international scheduled flights to Aqaba.
• King Hussein International Airport links Aqaba to Amman, Sharm el-Sheikh, Dubai and also Alexandria and a number of locations in Europe.
• It is actually the headquarters of the Jordan Aviation Air carriers.

Some Travel Books about Jordan

Jordan (Insight Guide Jordan) Jordan Travel Pack, 3rd The Rough Guide to Jordan

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