Aqaba

Is a Jordanian coastal city situated at the northeastern tip of the Red Sea, about 330 km from the capital Amman (4 hours by car, 45 minutes by plane). Aqaba is the largest city on the Gulf of Aqaba and Jordan's only coastal city. The city of Aqaba is the capital of Aqaba Governorate. Aqaba is one of the major tourist attractions in Jordan, and famous for its warm water and rich marine life. It is best known today as a seaside and diving resort and also as a home for Jordan's mega projects. They are known resorts on the sea as well as the sport of diving and is considered as the homeland of the giant projects in Jordan. It is a center of industrial and commercial activities important, given the strategic location of the city as the only port in the country. Aqaba and is famous for its luxury tourist resorts and high-service hotels and especially for those who Abjthon for water sports such as windsurfing and scuba diving, and fun Ahatye.oeugd Aqaba many local and international cafes and restaurants that offer meals, especially fish restaurants. There is finally a tourist landmarks of the city such as the private applicable to aquatic organisms and the museum and the castle popular Turkish bath built in the year 306, which acts performed Visitors to relax after a hot day.

 

 

 

The Red Sea - Aqaba

It is called the Red Sea due to the colors of its beautiful coral reefs in its depths.

And also the presence of herbs and colorful seaweed floating on the water surface, and reflect the red color of the sea, at sunset, which also reflects its rays over the sea And for the presence of dark red mountains on its beaches which provide Reflections on the Sea.

For relaxation, water sports, and winter warmth, Aqaba is warm, sunny and inviting, fringed with palm trees, lapped by the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Aqaba, cooled by a steady northerly breeze, and ringed by mountains that change in color with the change of the hours. Snorkeling, water skiing, wind surfing, para-sailing, fishing and a variety of other water sports, including unsurpassed scuba diving are just some of the popular activities to partake in. It is the secrets these waters hold that makes Aqaba unique, for further down the coast are a dazzling undersea world of some of the most spectacular coral reefs to be found anywhere in the world. Often over many hundreds of meters wide, the reef is made up of many delicately hued corals among which live a myriad of brilliantly colored fish.

For history enthusiast are sites reflecting human habitation for at least 5500 years, resulting from Aqaba's strategic location at the junction of land and sea routes from Asia, Africa and Europe.

 

Of special interest among the ancient and medieval archaeological sites are the early Islamic city called Ayla, the Aqaba Fort, built by the Mamluk Sultan Qansweh El-Ghuri at the beginning of the 16th century, which was originally a Crusader Castle, and a very fine museum at the historical residence of Sharif Hussein bin Ali, great grandfather of King Abdullah II, containing a collection of artifacts collected in the region, including fragments of lusterware from Samaria, Chinese ceramics, Umayyad Islamic archaeological finds, and pottery and coins. The Gulf of Aqaba is a world known diving area and a natural haven for scuba diving, snorkeling and scientific exploration. It offers eager divers a great chance to experience virgin coral reefs, rare marine life forms, and encounters with friendly sea animals like turtles and dolphins. The Gulf's average water temperature of 23 degrees Celsius allows water-activity oriented tourist to enjoy the sea year round. The Red Sea's unique marine ecosystem includes about 110 species of soft corals, 120 species of hard corals and countless varieties of brightly colored fish and other invertebrates, some of which are unique to the region, creating a colorful kaleidoscope. This, combined with the Gulf's depth and its isolation of sea currents, which minimize turbulence and improve visibility, make it one of the most rewarding scuba diving and snorkeling spots in the world.

 

Aqaba's climate makes it a refreshing location for year-round diving. The water temperature averages 22.5°C (72.5 F) in winter and 26°C (78.8 F) in summer. The prevailing northern winds from Wadi Araba keep the water surface shimmering clean, and the flows within the gulf ensure transparent waters. Aqaba's Royal Diving Center and several other qualified dive operates offer complete diving services including PADI and BSAC courses, equipment rental and fully supervised dives. For those who prefer to see marine life at arm's length, glass bottomed boats can be easily rented. The absence of stormy weather, along with the mild water currents contribute to clear waters, one of Aqaba's exceptional environmental conditions. Warm, clear waters provide a hospitable environment for the growth of corals, and favorable salinity levels provide an environment for myriad varieties of marine-life forms. Contrary to what many people think, corals are not plants but very delicate animals. Due to their slow rate of growth (about 1 cm/year), the corals that are seen today in the Gulf are centuries old.

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