A few useful information about this extraordinay environment
WHAT IS WADI RUM?
Wadi Rum Desert is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most incredible environment on plater Earth.Also known as Valley of the Moon, this Desert sizes 720 squared Kms and it is made of sandstone and granite rock. Its particular shape is the result of the sea during hundreds of thousands of years. It contain s the Jordan’s tallest mountains - Jabal Um ad Adami (1,840m) and abal Rum (1,734m) - the first one located near the Saudi Arabia border, the second one dominates the center of our Desert and offers breathtaking views.Wadi Rum is an area protected by the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Association (ASECA) since 1988. ASECA takes care of preserving nature and the Bedouin living within Wadi Rum. UNESCO has protected it since 2011. Due to its natural resources and its’ shade-giving rocks, people settled very early in Wadi Rum. It has been mentioned amongst Greek and Roman writings. Thamudic and Nabatean (4th century BC) inscriptions can be found all over the area, especially in Khazali Canyon and on a wall called Anfisheyh inscriptions. The desert provides Bedouin tribes with water, olives, figs, and herbs till today.
Flora and Fauna
It would not seem like it, considering the arid nature of this environment, but the Desert is rich in plants and herbs (used by the Bedouins for various purposes), as well as extraordinary blooms in spring. Bushes that grow around the area and are mainly used for firewood by the local Bedouins. Along the water springs, you can spot figs, olives and mint plants. These places are also frequented by mammals, birds and reptiles who take refuge there in search of shade. The camel is certainly the best known animal in the desert. The Bedouins, since the dawn of time, have established an almost symbiotic relationship with these extraordinary animals. The ability of these animals to survive for a long time in the absence of water is known. In addition to the camel, in the desert we find rabbits, foxes, hedgehogs and dormice. Although nocturnal animals, it is not so rare to spot some. The Oryx antelope is another important mammal present in the area (and protected because it is in danger of extinction). In addition to mammals, Wadi Rum is home to many reptiles such as snakes and lizards. Additionally, scorpions can be found, especially during the summer, but travelers rarely see them hiding among the rocks and in the shade. Wadi Rum is home to many birds, especially those of prey, such as hawks or eagles. They fly over the high rocks, looking for food.
As Bedouins we are aware of the importance of respecting our territory to preserve it as it is, an absolutely unique wild environment. We are always available to provide our guests with any possible information that is useful for sharing values of absolute respect for the environment,
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