Wadi Rum

‎‎‎“The Valley of the Moon”, depicted as Mars in several Hollywood feature films Wadi Rum is an ‎Arabian fairy-tale waiting to be discovered. Home to nomadic Bedouin tribes, Wadi Rum is a ‎quiet getaway of stars, sand, and sun; a perfect complement from Amman’s epicenter. Once ‎inhabited by the Nabataeans of prehistoric times, Wadi Rum allows you to get lost in large ‎landscapes and horizon lines. The calmness of the desert is sure to calm your spirit and de-clutter ‎your thoughts.‎

‎‎The Wadi Rum Desert has been inhabited since prehistoric times, according to archaeological ‎evidence. According to a recently discovered site to the south, settlement began at least 4500 ‎BC. It was referred to as Wadi Iram between the eighth and sixth centuries BC.‎

It is the perfect rest stop for caravans traveling between Arabia and the Levant because of its ‎freshwater springs. Inscriptions also reveal that this is where the Bedouin tribes of Ad, Thamud, ‎Lihyan, and Main congregated.‎‎‎

There is little doubt that the Nabateans left their mark in Wadi Rum as well. A more recent ‎excavation site was discovered 8.5 kilometers to the east of the hamlet, along with the temple’s ‎renovation from the first century BC at the base of Jabal Rum (just west of Rum Village). As a ‎result, it is assumed that this location was inhabited before Petra.‎‎‎‎

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