Tuesday, January 30, 2018

JORDAN ~ Wadi Rum National Park - UNESCO ~

... Great Jordan postcard nr2 and a fantastic new National Parkツ... the largest sand dunes in the Middle East... also known as the Valley of the Moon...  the landscape seems almost alien with the varying colours of the sand and the wind-water sculpted rocks.... the main activities are jeep tours, camel riding, rock climbing, hiking or sleeping under the stars.... nature's splendor at its best... and famous for "Lawrence of Arabia"... Thanks once more Kate!!❁◕ ‿ ◕❁
Wadi Rum  consists of 720 sq km and is a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock in south Jordan, near the border with Saudi Arabia. A place where the mountains meet the desert, and includes highly contrasting red sand dunes. The mountains here are the highest you can find Jordan, at around 1800 m.

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"
(Issued 10-05-1998)

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