“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.