The Wadi Rum Desert aka “The Valley of The Moon” translates to “Sand Valley” in Arabic. This almost 300 square miles (720 sq. km) of desert is pure wilderness, mystifies travellers and is an adventurer’s paradise. Many consider Wadi Rum to the ‘crown jewel of Jordan’s ancient desert’. Its rugged landscape, ancient history, stunning colour and geography is what makes Wadi Rum worthy of admiration and preservation. No wonder this wonder is a protected area and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
“The Valley of the Moon” is spectacular in more ways than one. Wadi Rum Desert fills its visitors with wonder and intrigue. Striking rock formations, fascinating rock art, and a scintillating night sky, are all factors that contribute to this unique destination and make the visit worthwhile. This is where history and beauty come together.
Wadi Rum’s history is fascinating. It is a place that has been inhabited by many human cultures since prehistoric times. Many cultures, like the Nabateans, have left their mark both figuratively and literally on Wadi Rum. The past is very much still present in this area of the world. This can be seen through the written records of the Nabataean kingdom which although sparse shine light on the rich and interesting life of the pagan nomads. Scattered inscriptions and graffiti can be found throughout Wadi Rum’s rocks. These millennia-old writings are enough to spark our curiosity while humbling us.
Many historians believe the Bedouins descend from the Nabateans. These semi-nomadic people have historically inhabited the desert regions while herding camels and goats. Their deep relationship with the desert continues to live on. Today many Bedouins serve as tour guides. Visit wadi Rum Desert and discuss Bedouin traditions with the best local tour guides around.
In Wadi Rum Desert you will find magnificent sites. The “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” rock formation, named after “The Seven Pillars of Wisdom” T.E. Lawrence’s famous post-war book, Nabatean temples, natural arches, and out-of-this-world sandstone rock formations are just a few examples of what the desert offers.