10 Sights & Landmarks in Al Aqabah Governorate That You Shouldn't Miss

May 17, 2022 Veronika Gaddis

Discover the best top things to do in Al Aqabah Governorate, Jordan including Wadi Rum Guide, Sharif Hussein Bin Ali, Wadi Rum Desert Tours, Lawrence's House, Islamic Ayla City, Aqaba Castle, Wadi Rum Adventure Tours, C-130 Hercules Aircraftwreck, The Seven Sisters, Cedar Pride Shipwreck.
Restaurants in Al Aqabah Governorate

1. Wadi Rum Guide

Wadi Rum Village, Wadi Rum Jordan +962 7 7726 2892 http://www.wadi-rum-guide.com/index.html
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5.0 based on 9 reviews

Wadi Rum Guide

hello I'm Mafleh salem lafi alzalabeh I borne in wadirum desert I can arrange any trip you like and under the stars sleeping or in Camp with hot showers Jeep Camel Hiking Watsup 00962777262892mafleh

Reviewed By barb_eska

I recommend guide Faisal, who made a beautiful trip across desert by his jeep. he took care of us and made great fun. He took us to the sunset and arranged for a camel walk. +9627 7207 8168 Faisal, contact him and enjoy Jordan.

2. Sharif Hussein Bin Ali

Al Malik Husayn, Aqaba 77110 Jordan
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4.5 based on 178 reviews

Sharif Hussein Bin Ali

Reviewed By ilianafram - Athens, Greece

Calm and spacious. Local people really tolerant and welcoming with tourists who want to take a look inside the mosque. Covering the head is obligatory for women to enter as well as taking off shoes for everyone.

3. Wadi Rum Desert Tours

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4.5 based on 71 reviews

Wadi Rum Desert Tours

At Wadi Rum Desert Tours we offer a variety of ways to experience the Wadi Rum Desert and authentic Bedouin culture. Live like a nomad as you explore the desert by jeep or on the back of a camel. Hike and scramble up the imposing mountains and camp out in a cave and sleep under the stars.

4. Lawrence's House

Wadi Rum Village, Wadi Rum Jordan
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4.0 based on 8 reviews

Lawrence's House

5. Islamic Ayla City

K. Hussein St. Northwest of The Current City Center of Aqaba, Aqaba 77110 Jordan
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3.5 based on 64 reviews

Islamic Ayla City

Reviewed By aqabawi - Al Aqabah Governorate, Jordan

Early Islamic Ayla The city of Aqaba is both rich in its heritage and its history. The ancient city prospered under many eras and witnessed many different dynasties. Formerly in biblical times it was known as Elot, and during the Roman and Islamic eras it was referred to as Aela or Aliana, whereas, the Ancient Greeks had named it Berenice. The Mamlukes called the city Aqaba in reference to the mountains located west of the city on the road to Egypt, its name today derived from “Aqaba Ayla”, the word Aqaba is referred to any road or path with high edges and steep slopes, which refers to the narrow passageway leading to Wadi Yitm. The city was rediscovered and excavated in 1989, inscribed in fortified stone walls 165m x 140m, with a thickness of 2.6m. it was surrounded by 24 towers that were positioned around the city in a u-shape. Two main streets ran through the city and met in the middle, dividing it into four sections. Each section had gate, the Northern gate come from Egypt, the Eastern gate was the Damascus gate, Hejaz gate on the south and the western gate led to the sea, making it vital as a trade route and connection between the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Peninsula. After the Muslim conquest in 636 AD. The Prophet Muhammed, peace be upon him, established the first Islamic city outside the Arabian Peninsula within Ayla, and this city was referred to as the Door to Palestine. The city served as a station for pilgrims heading towards the Holy cities and Macca. Its location was crucial for the effective spread of Islam throughout the Arab region, Africa, and Europe. Aqaba would further thrive under the Ummayad Dynasty, the Abbasids, and Fatmids. Ayla prospered during this era. However, several earthquakes and raids caused the city to decline, and it then fell under the crusader`s rule, under the rule of king Baldwin I of Jerusalem, they were able to control the Aqaba Gulf`s coast, in addition to caravan passage from Egypt and Syria. Under the rule of Salah Al-Deen Al Ayoobi, Saladin, the muslins were able to recapture the city. The city was then to be ruled by the Mamlukes, who altered and expanded the City of Ayla. The fortified Ayla was established and built according to Islamic settlement structures called Msir. It was surrounded by four fortified walls, with a 55mx 35m mosque on the North-East section, the sanctuary of two parallel isles directed, to the kiblah, in the center of the South-Eastern wall as a Mihrab, which was also directed towards the Kilbah. In later years, the mosque was expended, and the market was established South-West, overlooking the sea. Under the Ottoman rule, Aqaba was left as a fishing and commerce center. The city would decline until the Great Arab Revolt, where is served as a crucial location for the campaign`s success and the ultimate overthrowing of the empire. Ayla is now home to both international and local investments and projects, and the thriving city is a hub for commercial and marine trade. Furthermore, it is known for its luxurious international hotels, spas and resorts.

6. Aqaba Castle

next to the Aqaba Flagpole, Aqaba Jordan
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3.0 based on 226 reviews

Aqaba Castle

Reviewed By yuliyap303 - St. Petersburg, Russia

The castle is a very interesting place in Aqaba. Very hospitable man in the entrance made a little excursion for us and showed the most beautiful views. This place will be interesting for all people who like history.

7. Wadi Rum Adventure Tours

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5.0 based on 3 reviews

Wadi Rum Adventure Tours

8. C-130 Hercules Aircraftwreck

Aqaba Jordan
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5.0 based on 2 reviews

9. The Seven Sisters

S Beach Hwy, Aqaba 77110 Jordan
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5.0 based on 1 reviews

10. Cedar Pride Shipwreck

Aqaba Jordan
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

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