Visit Aqaba - Best of Aqaba
Aqaba (English pronunciation: /ˈækəbə/; Arabic: العقبة) is the only coastal city in Jordan and the largest and most populous city on the Gulf of Aqaba. Situated in southernmost Jordan, Aqaba is the administrative centre of the Aqaba Governorate. The city has a population of 188,160 and a land area of 375 square kilometres (144.8 sq mi). Today, Aqaba plays a major role in the development of the Jordanian economy, through the vibrant trade and tourism sectors. The Port of Aqaba also serves other countries in the region. Aqaba's strategic location at the northeastern tip of the Red Sea between the continents of Asia and Africa, has made its port important over the course of thousands of years. The ancient city was called Ayla, its strategic location and proximity to copper mines, made it a regional hub for copper production and trade in the Chalcolithic period. Ayla became a bishopric under Byzantine rule and later became a Latin Catholic titular see after Islamic conquest around 600 AD, when Ayla became known as Aqaba. The Great Arab Revolt's Battle of Aqaba, depicted in the film Lawrence of Arabia, resulted in victory for Arab forces over the Ottoman defenders. Aqaba's location next to Wadi Rum and Petra has placed it in Jordan's golden triangle of tourism, which strengthened the city's location on the world map and made it one of the major tourist attractions in Jordan. The city is administered by the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, which has turned Aqaba into a low-tax, duty-free city, attracting several mega projects like Ayla Oasis, Saraya Aqaba, Marsa Zayed and expansion of the Port of Aqaba. They are expected to turn the city into a major tourism hub in the region. However, industrial and commercial activities remain important, due to the strategic location of the city as the country's only seaport.Wikipedia
A place in Jordan, Aqaba is an interesting place to visit, given its unique culture, history and character. Get in the character of the city, this city requires at least of 1 to 2 number of days of exploration.
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Petra one day tour from Aqaba New on TripHobo
Duration: 10 Hrs
Enjoy a private day tour of Petra ( The rose red city ), Petra is one of Jordan's Nationaltreasures and by far its best known...Book Now
Jerusalem Tour from Amman New on TripHobo
Duration: 1 Days
See some of of Israel's highlights during this full-day guided tour: explore the old city of Jerusalem including the We...Book Now
Prvate Day Tour from Aqaba to Wadi Rum and Petra and return
Duration: 12 Hrs
- Private day tour from your Aqaba hotel to visit the desert of Wadi Rum and the ancient city of Petra and return- Hotel pick...Book Now
Aqaba Shore Excursion: Petra Small Group Guided Sightseeing Tour New on TripHobo
Duration: 10 Hrs
Private Petra sightseeing tour is an excellent way to discover Petra from Aqaba port. The full day tour will take you into th...Book Now
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Facts and Stats for Aqaba*
Living in Aqaba - Quality of Life
Climate Index 57.76 (Moderate)
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