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Aqaba

Aqaba

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel Destinations in Aqaba

Á Qaba (Arabic: العقبة, Al-Aqaba) - a city in Jordan, which is its only seaport, as well as the only sea resort. Located on the northern coast of the Gulf of Aqaba of the Red Sea near the Israeli city of Eilat. The port specializes in the export of phosphates, as well as Iraqi oil. The population is 140 thousand people (2014) - about 2% of the population of Jordan.

 

The length of the coast of Aqaba is 27 km. It has many hotels and restaurants. There are free beaches in the city. The temperature here does not drop below 22 ° C (in winter). Due to the richness of the underwater world of the Red Sea, the city is popular with scuba diving enthusiasts. Aqaba has a very developed infrastructure for diving.

Like in Eilat, there is an underwater aquarium, but it is a bit simpler. Overall, the entertainment industry is present; the resort is more free from religious Islamic influence than other cities in Jordan - women allow themselves to dress easier. In addition, Aqaba, like Eilat, has been declared a duty-free zone, which contributes to the development of shopping: for this, Aqaba is nicknamed the "economic lungs of Jordan."

The city is famous for the gigantic flag of the Arab Revolution, located on the coast. The height of the flagpole is 136 meters, and the size of the panel is 60 by 30 meters. The flag is clearly visible from neighboring countries (Eilat in Israel and Taba in Egypt) and is included in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest flag in the world.

 

The first settlement appeared on the site of the city about 6 thousand years ago.

In ancient times, the city was called Elat, it was inhabited by the Edomite people, then the Nabataeans, it was a large commercial center. Then, under the name Aelana or Aila, he entered the Roman Empire. Later it belonged to the Byzantines, the crusaders, was part of the Arab caliphate, the Ottoman Empire. It was an important center on the pilgrimage pilgrimage route to Mecca.

During World War I was taken by rebellious Arabs. After the war, he entered the Arab kingdom of Hijaz, then to Saudi Arabia. In 1925, it was ceded to the British protectorate Transjordan (the forerunner of modern Jordan).

 

Ayla

 

Market in Aqaba

Aqaba Castle

 

Aqaba Archeological Museum

 

Diving in Aqaba

Aqaba is one of the most popular diving sites not only in the Middle East, but all over the World. Gulf of Aqaba is part of the Red Sea, one of the most diverse bodies of water in terms of diversity and status of preservation. Additionally Red Sea is litter by sunken ships and military cargo that was sunk here during military action. Human made objects surprisingly make a great base for growth of new coral forests.

 

Aqaba Marine Park

 

 

First Bay North (Aqaba)

 

First Bay (Aqaba)

 

Cedar Pride Sunken Ship (Aqaba)

Aqaba International Dive Center

 

King Abdullah Reef (Aqaba)

 

Tarmac Five Sunken Ship (Aqaba)

 

 

Rainbow Reef (Aqaba)

 

New Canyon Tank Wreck (Aqaba)

Japanese Garden (Aqaba)

 

Seven Sisters (Aqaba)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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