Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority

P.O. Box 2565, 77110 Aqaba
Aqaba, 77110 Aqaba

Telephone +962 3 2091000
Fax +962 3 2091052


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The Rose City

Petra is to Jordan what the Pyramids are to Egypt – a startling testament to man’s engineering prowess. The Rose City, as Petra is known, is a must-see attraction of awe-inspiring beauty. It is by far the most visited site in Jordan, and the only way to appreciate why is to see it for yourself.

Petra’s history goes back to prehistoric times, but it is most known for the Nabatean civilization that built it and flourished in its rock-cleft alleys around 500 BC. Nabateans, an ancient Arab people, established Petra as their capital around the 6th century BC. Petra soon became a center for spice, silk, and incense trades, controlling the routes that ran from southern Arabia on to Palmyra in the Syrian Desert. Today, Nabatean monuments reflect a cultural and artistic diversity that is owed to the times when Petra was an international trading hub. 

Perhaps the most remarkable Nabatean achievement, on par with the magnificent rock-carved Treasury, is the water engineering system that made life possible in this parched area of the Jordanian desert.  The system included water conservation systems and dams that captured water in the winter months. An elaborate system of conduits and terracotta piping was then used to channel water around the city.

Around 60 BC, the Roman general, Pompey, conquered the Nabatean kingdom, but allowed it to maintain a measure of autonomy. In 106 AD, the Roman Emperor, Trajan, extended full control over Nabatea, and it came to be known as Arabia Petraea, with Petra as its capital. Petra continued to prosper under Roman rule and Roman architecture such as street colonnades and an impressive classical theater were added to city. The Romans, too, were influenced by Nabatean architecture; a Nabataean-style tomb was built in Petra for the Roman governor of Arabia, Sextius Florentius (127 AD).

Christianity reached Petra around 300 AD. The ruins of a Byzantine church built between 450-500 AD can be seen at Petra. Several Nabatean tombs and temples were also converted into churches.

Changing trade routes and a devastating earthquake in 511 forever altered Petra’s commercial fortunes. Soon afterwards, human habitation significantly declined in Petra.  The last significant development in Petra was a Crusader outpost built in the 12th Century. After the Crusades, Petra became a “lost city”, known only to Arabs in the vicinity.

 Rose-red as if the blush of dawn … a rose-red city half as old as time

In 1812, Petra was reintroduced to the world by the Swiss explorer, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. On his way to Egypt to explore the “interior parts of Africa”, he was attracted by local tales of a lost city in the mountains.

After Burckhardt, several westerners retraced his journey and recorded their impressions. The most famous of these explorers was John William Burgon, the 19th century poet who penned the award-winning poem, "Petra".

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Aqaba in Depth

Your trip to Aqaba would not be as magical without paying a visit to its underwater garden. Whether you are an experienced or amateur diver, Aqaba’s depths will be exceptionally stunning. If you have never dived before, Aqaba’s gentle waters and excellent training facilities make it a perfect place to start.

Marine biodiversity, lovely weather, superb visibility (20 - 50m), the variety of beautiful and thrilling diving sites, year-round warm waters (20 C in the winter and 27 C in the summer), and certified and friendly diving instructors will make your dive in Aqaba an unforgettable experience.

Eco-diving activities are abundant and will add purpose to your trip. You can choose to participate in a clean-up dive or adopt a coral sapling. Link to EcoPark.

You don’t have to strap on an oxygen tank in order to marvel at the beauty beneath; snorkeling in the crystal clear waters is another popular way of enjoying Aqaba’s corals.

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Diving Centers

Aqaba Marine Park is responsible for certifying diving centers and conducting regular inspections to ensure they meet the required safety and training standards and abide by environmental practices.

In its efforts to ensure safe diving practices, the park management installed hydrostatic testing facilities at the park’s visitor center to provide reliable and affordable testing services to all dive centers in accordance to international diving safety standards

Most of Aqaba diving centers are certified as PADI5* IDC, Gold Palm Resorts or Dive Resorts, or are accredited by the BSAC and CMAS.

The professional and friendly staff at these diving centers will be your best guides in underwater tours.

For your safety and to ensure the conservation of Aqaba’s precious marine ecosystem, diving is only permitted through registered diving agencies and centers.

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About us

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Aqaba is a fusion of history, nature, and city life surrounded by picturesque mountains and blue sea.

Bathing in its year-long warm sun, Aqaba invites you to relax on its beaches, partake in the exhilaration of its water sports, and explore the coral reefs of the Red Sea, home to hundreds of different types of corals and sponges with their wealth of brilliantly colored fish.

Around its quiet streets and between its modern structures, Aqaba holds special monuments with a rich history beginning in the Iron Age, and continuing across ancient civilizations, from the Edomites, Nabateans, Romans, and Byzantines to Muslims.

A blend of cultures and traditions, and a long history as a trading center are reflected in the warm welcome the city extends to all visitors.

But that is not all-- the striking desert landscape of Wadi Rum and the Nabatean city of Petra, among the World’s Seven Wonders, are a short drive away. Aqaba, with its excellent accommodation and entertainment options, is an ideal hub from which to explore these sites.

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