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Aqaba is a year-round resort that has something to offer for everyone, and is a popular destination amongst all age groups. This seaside city is blessed with great weather throughout the year; hot and breezy in summer, warm and pleasant in winter.
Just about every activity a vacationer could hope to experience is available. Whether its exciting water sports in Aqaba from sailing to diving or immersing desert activities from camel safaris to Bedouin weddings or explorations in Petra , it's all here in this desert oasis.
Aqaba's underwater life features some of the world's most breathtaking scenery, with a marine ecosystem that comprises more than 140 species of corals and countless varieties of brightly colored fish, some unique only to the region.
If you are looking for a taste of rich Arabic culture and heritage, you will certainly find it here, in the melodic call of the surrounding mosques, the tempting aromas wafting from local restaurants, and the enchanting Arabic music heard around every street corner.
For the history enthusiast, Aqaba has sites reflecting human existence in the area that dates back at least 5,500 years, a result of Aqaba's strategic location at the junction of land and sea routes linking Asia, Africa and Europe. Of special interest among the ancient and medieval archaeological sites are the newly discovered site of what is thought to be the oldest church in the world, the early Islamic city called Ayla, a Mamluk Fort and a little known museum which used to be the home of Sharif Hussein bin Ali, the great grand-father of King Abdullah II.
A two hour-minute drive north of Aqaba takes you to the world renowned rose-red city of Petra.
A forty minute drive leads you to the magical desert expanse and majestic mountains of Wadi Rum.
The natural beauty of Aqaba, where mountains meet both sea and desert, is a unique attraction in itself, displaying magical shades of red with each sunset, while the blue sea sparkles constantly, hiding beneath it some of the most colorful marine life in the Red Sea.
Local restaurants offer various specialties of Arabic and international cuisine. A downtown souk area, in addition to a number of modern malls and shopping centers offer plenty of shopping options, and the best part is that it's all tax-free!
Aqaba is also an ideal location for international congresses and company incentive vacations. So, whether here for business or pleasure, there is plenty to do and so much to see, it's guaranteed to keep the boredom at bay; and all at very affordable prices!
Aqaba is one of those wonderful places that leave lasting memories and tempt you back time and again. It is truly a tourist haven; an oasis in the desert, and so much beyond that. Start planning your visit for some sun, fun and relaxation in this unique oasis, and come create your memories here in the ancient land of Aqaba.