Aqaba
 
 

Aqaba is a Jordanian coastal city situated at the northeastern tip of the Red Sea. Aqaba is the largest city on the Gulf of Aqaba and Jordan's only coastal city. The city of Aqaba is the capital of Aqaba Governorate. Aqaba is one of the major tourist attractions in Jordan, and famous for its warm water and rich marine life. It is best known today as a seaside and diving resort and also as a home for Jordan's mega projects. However, industrial and commercial activities remain important, due to the strategic location of the city as the country's only seaport.

Aqaba Beach
Enjoy a beach holiday at one of the Aqaba Beaches - inside the city or on the South Coast.Jordan's Red Sea coast extends only 27 kms - as opposed to Egypt, with a coastline of 1840 kms. Still, there is a good choice of public beaches and private beach clubs. So if you look for a spot to chill out after or in between your excursions to Wadi Rum, Petra and other exciting inland destinations.

Pomacanthus imperator
The emperor angelfish, Pomacanthus imperator, is a species of marine angelfish. It is a reef-associated fish, native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans, from the Red Sea to Hawaii and the Austral Islands. It ranges from coastal East Africa and the Red Sea in the west, to the Tuamotu Islands and Line Islands. Rare sightings have been recorded in the Hawaiian Islands, Puerto Rico, and Florida. These appearances are most likely due to aquarium release. Some populations have been observed as far as southern Japan to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, New Caledonia, and the Austral Islands. This species is generally associated with stable populations and faces no major threats of extinction. It is a favorite among photographers, artists, and aquarists because of its unique, brilliant pattern of coloration.

Aqaba Flagpole
The Aqaba Flagpole in Aqaba, Jordan is the fifth tallest free standing flagpole in the world at a height of 130 metres (430 ft) high, after the 165 m (541 ft) Dushanbe Flagpole, 162 m (531 ft) National Flagpole, 160 m (525 ft) Panmunjeom flagpole and 133 m (436 ft) Ashgabat Flagpole. It carries the flag of the Arab Revolt and can be seen from Israel, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.

Aqaba Port
Aqaba has been a major port since the Iron Age. The Bible refers to the area in (1 Kings 9:26): "King Solomon also built ships in Ezion-Geber, which is near Eloth in Edom, on the shores of the Red Sea," in which Eloth refers to a port on the grounds of Aqaba. The port of Aqaba was particularly important after the Ottomans built the Hejaz railway, that connects the port to Damascus and Medina. Today, the economy of Aqaba is largely based around the port sector. Recently, an Abu Dhabi consortium of companies called 'Al Maabar' has won the bid to relocate and manage the Aqaba Port for 30 years and expand the existing ferry terminal which receives about 1.3 million passengers and thousands of trucks and cars coming from across the shore in Egypt.

Aqaba Fort
This a stoic construction near the beach built in 1557. For a small tip you can get the adjoining museum attendant to give you a guided tour and narrate the history of the fort and explain the design.

Aqaba Archaeological Museum
The museum is located in the old city of Aqaba, it lies adjacent to the historic fort of Aqaba, in the city that holds the same name in Jordan, and close to the Aqaba Flagpole.

The building that hosts the museum was the palace of Sharif Hussein Bin Ali, the founder of the Hashemite dynasty, and was built shortly after World War I in 1917. The museum was established in 1989 and was officially opened on January 1, 1990.

The museum houses Bronze Age artifacts that were recently discovered in the Tall Hujayrat al-Ghuzlan archaeological site near Aqaba, dating back to 4000 BC. The discovery of the Tall Hujayrat al-Ghuzlan settlement provides an important proof that Aqaba is one of the oldest continuous settlements in the region. The museum also houses a collection of artifacts from the 7th to the early 12th century AD. Some of the most known pieces of the museum's collections include a large inscription of a Quranic verse that was hanging on top of the eastern gate of the city in the 9th century, as well as golden coins that date back to the Fatimides and other coins from the kingdom of Segelmasa in Morocco.
 

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