Wadi Rum is Arabic for "Sand Valley", as Rum means sand, especially light sand that can be carried by wind.
Almost all the people living in and around Wadi Rum today are of Bedouin origin and, until recently, led nomadic lives, relying on their goat herds. They are resourceful, hospitable people who are largely responsible for developing Wadi Rum as a tourist destination.
It became a National Park in 1998 and was inscriped as a UNESCO WHS in 2011.
Arc de Triomphe - Dated "1997"