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The magic of Wadi Rum desert

the magic of wadi rum desert
Jordan has a lot to offer to everyone. In a previous blog, we shared our top 7 of Jordan’s gems. Today we write a blog about the magic of Wadi Rum desert. Because that is what Wadi Rum desert is, a magical place. Once you turn off the desert highway at the Al-Rushdiyye junction and head for Wadi Rum, you can already feel that you go to an extraordinary place. After a beautiful 30 minute drive, you arrive in our village, Rum village. The last frontier. Once you leave Rum village, there are no more villages and no more sealed roads. Only tracks that lead into the desert. Although you can only understand the magic once you have been here, we will try to describe what unique combination of elements makes our desert such a magical place.

The astounding beauty of nature

Wadi Rum desert is a place like no other. The moonlike landscape looks unearthly. Ancient valleys with petroglyphs and inscriptions in many areas are telling you stories about times long passed. Birds of prey soaring the breath-taking towering red cliffs. Vast sandy plains dotted with desert plants. Narrow gorges that provide heavenly shadow on a hot summer day. Beautifully sculptured rock formations and natural arches. High dunes and mountains that offer impressive desert views. And a desert floor filled with tracks. Not only from our jeeps’ tires. But also from a wide variety of animals that call our desert their home. Our desert is a surprisingly colorful place with whites, yellows, reds, greens, browns, and black. Sunset and sunrise both are a dazzling feast of changing colours. And at night you can enjoy the scenic starry night sky. And when the moon is waxing, the nightly desert transforms into a romantic, fairy-tale landscape. The beauty of nature here is unlimited and overwhelming. It makes you feel small and insignificant.

Power of the elements

Nowadays, most people live in an artificial world. During winter, heaters keep the houses and offices warm, and air conditioning keeps the summer heat outside. And when traveling between buildings, the climate-controlled cars protect you from sun, rain, and wind. In an artificial world, you need to pay special attention to make sure you connect with nature and the elements. Only then you feel the freedom it can provide you. In the desert, the artificial world seems unbelievable, far away. We live our lives in the natural rhythm and with the cycles of nature. Every day we experience the power of elements. We feel the heat of the burning sun. We let the dry wind sweep through our hair. Go out to dance in the rain. And our hands get cold while preparing yet another snowball. Experiencing the elements connects us to nature. It makes you feel relaxed, balanced, and free.

A place of pure silence

Radios and TV’s blaring, ringing phones, talking people, barking dogs, passing cars, flying aircrafts, humming machines, etc., etc. Noise seems to be everywhere and always. When you come to Wadi Rum, you will discover that there still are places where you can experience complete silence. In the desert, far away from civilization, you can enjoy the blessing of complete silence. A powerful silence that is only broken by the noise of your breathing or a bird chirping. It has an energy to it like no other source. It has the power to get you to think and to act. It can help you to slow your mind down. It allows you to connect to the world in a different way and to self-reflect.

Experience the blessing Bedouin life

Wadi Rum desert is one of these places where you can escape the modern, civilized world. In our vast desert, our dams, tents, and cars are the only signs of active human presence. Being in the desert can feel like returning to the old times. Especially since you will be ‘out of the connection’. No reception means no phone calls, no email, no calendar, no social media, and ultimate no distraction.

Bedouin life has always been about surviving in the desert. The desert is a harsh and inhospitable place. To survive, we needed to stick to specific core rules and values. Although life changed, we still hold on to the same standards and values.

While being here, you will experience Bedouin life yourself. You will learn about our way of life and our culture. We will tell you about our core values: hospitality, generosity, and solidarity. And how these values define who we are and how we operate. You will experience the true meaning of Ahlan wa Sahlan.

Come and join us for a tour through our desert and experience the magic yourself!

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