About Wadi Rum Nomads
On this page, we share some more information about Wadi Rum Nomads. We tell you about why Fawaz started his own company. Then we share some more details about the people who make up team Wadi Rum Nomads. And lastly, we tell you about what you can expect from us and what we can offer you.
Why I started Wadi Rum Nomads
Wadi Rum Nomads is a company based in Rum village. In the heart of the protected area of the majestic Wadi Rum desert in Jordan. The company is owned and managed by me, Fawaz Mohammad Al-Zalabieh. We offer our guests all kinds of tours and overnight stay options in Wadi Rum.
Ever since I was a little boy, I dreamed of having my own tour company. As a youngster of 12 years old, I started to work with my uncles. First I looked after the camels. Later I worked as a cook in the camp. As my English improved, I started to work as a camel guide. After a while I switched to guide jeep tours, hiking and scrambling tours and trekking.
Over the years, I got very experienced in guiding travelers. Providing them with whatever they need to have a wonderful time. And I learned everything that a guide needs to know about the sites and history of Wadi Rum. I also spend a lot of time with my grandparents. Often we sit next to the fire, talking and sipping from another glass of Bedouin tea. They tell me a lot of stories; stories about family, Bedouin life, culture, and history. They enrich my knowledge in a unique way, for which I am forever grateful. To me, it is essential to pass this legacy within our family. And I also wish to share it with the travelers who visit us.
Team Wadi Rum Nomads
Wadi Rum Nomads is a family business. My brothers, cousins, and friends guide tours for Wadi Rum Nomads. We are proud Bedouin from the Zalabieh tribe who live in Rum village and Wadi Rum desert. We feel very privileged and blessed to be born and raised in one of the world’s most beautiful places. And we love our homeland, Wadi Rum desert. Nowadays, we live a settled but traditional life in Rum village in the heart of the desert. Still, in our hearts, we will always be nomads. Whenever we feel restless, we put our stuff in our jeep, leave home and drive into the desert.
Shortly after the start of Wadi Rum Nomads, I met Bianca Abma. Ever since, she is part of our team. She helps us to build and grow our business. Among others, she is responsible for our PR & communication.
The plans for the future of Wadi Rum Nomads are ambitious but straightforward. We aim to grow Wadi Rum Nomads to become the best company in Wadi Rum. To reach this goal, we will hire and work together with the best-qualified people available.
What can you expect from us?
We aim to share our love for Wadi Rum with you. We wish to give you a unique experience. Together we make desert memories for life. We are satisfied once we see our passion and love for our homeland in your eyes!
Your opinion about Wadi Rum desert and Bedouin will change forever as we:
- guide you while exploring our striking desert
- show you beautiful places that will take your breath away
- witness the magical desert sunset
- share unique insights on our tribe’s history, lifestyle, and culture
- occasionally play our famous Bedouin music
- share beautiful moments around the fire at night
- watch the phenomenal starry night sky together
And maybe most impressive of all; together, we will experience the magic of the silence and peace of the desert night. Desert memories for life!
What we can offer you
We offer our guests a variety of tours. You can go on a jeep tour, during which you will explore the most famous sites in Wadi Rum. Of course, you will have plenty of time to hike, climb, and explore at each place. Desert tours are a combination of hiking and a jeep tour. This means that you will spend one part of the day in one place to hike or climb and the other part of the day exploring the desert by jeep. Further, we offer camel ride varying in duration from 1 hour to a full day. Lastly, we also have a few trekking programs.
At night, you can sleep in our camp, Wadi Rum Base Camp. Our camp is charming, cozy, and comfortable. We offer sleeping in a tent or sleeping outdoors under the stars. For sleeping outdoors, we have a few fantastic places close to our camp. Besides our camp, we also have a ‘cave’ for bivouac camping. Our ‘cave’ is at a beautiful spot on the edge of the Um Sabatah area. This type of overnight stay means back to basics. So, no bathroom facilities. All we have is what we bring along. As we care for the future of our desert, this option is only available during July, August, and September.