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Aqaba is a city in the south of Jordan, located along the Gulf of Aqaba, the northern portion of the Red Sea. It's Jordan's premier resort area and the main draw of this location are definitely its beaches and the fantastic diving and snorkeling opportunities. It's also a good base for exploring the desert at Wadi Rum or Petra, although these actually deserve more than just a day.
Aqaba has a dry semi-arid climate with generally warm/hot weather and sunny conditions. It's very hot from May to early October with temperatures during high-summer mostly between 35 and 40 °C and nights well above 20 °C. Winters are perfect, with temperatures mostly between 18 and 22 °C, sometimes warmer. Nights are generally ok, though bring a sweather for chilly conditions sometimes. Summers are dry as a bone, though winter periods see the occasional rainshower or so.
|Avg Max||20.5 °C||22.2 °C||25.7 °C||30.7 °C||35.1 °C||38.4 °C||39.4 °C||39.1 °C||36.4 °C||32.7 °C||27 °C||21.8 °C|
|Avg Min||8.9 °C||10.1 °C||12.9 °C||17 °C||20.7 °C||23.6 °C||25.1 °C||25.3 °C||23.3 °C||19.9 °C||14.9 °C||10.3 °C|
|Rainfall||4.9 mm||5.2 mm||4.6 mm||3.4 mm||1 mm||0 mm||0 mm||0 mm||0 mm||1.8 mm||3 mm||7.7 mm|
King Hussein International Airport (AQJ) is located in the north of Aqaba. Royal Jordanian Airlines flies to/from Amman and Paris. Jordan Aviation has flights to/from Alexandria, Amman, Assyut, Bahrain, Damascus, Dubai, Doha and Kuwait City. Other destinations are Brussels (Jetairfly), Amsterdam (Arkefly), Cairo (Alexandria Airlines), London (Monarch Airlines) and Tel Aviv (Royal Wings Airlines).
Aqaba is easily reached by a few good paved roads from other parts of Jordan as well as from Israel.
There are ferries between Aqaba and Nuweiba on the Sinai peninsula in Egypt. There is a daily fast ferry (90USD for First Class and 70 USD for Economy Seat) leaving at 11am from Jordan and 3pm from Egypt. It takes 1 to 2 hours travelling depending on sea conditions, but much longer in reality as a result of the time needed for everyone to clear customs and immigrations - up to 7 hours of mostly waiting. The slow ferry leaves daily as well but costs almost the same and is much less comfortable and much slower indeed. These ferries are operated by AB Maritime, do check their website for more details.
|Darna Village Beach Hostel||77110 Aqaba PO Box 1703||Hostel||75|
|International Arab Divers Village||Aqaba South Beach||Hotel||88|
|Wadi Rum Camping||Wadi Rum||Campsite||-|
|Red Sea Dive Center||South Beach Aqaba||HOTEL||-|
|Aqaba Adventure Divers Resort||South Beach p.o.box 67||HOTEL||-|
|Barracuda Hotel||Aqaba South Beach||Hotel||-|
|Caravan Camping||Aqaba, Wadi Rum||CAMPSITE||-|
|Umm Al-Nfoos Camp||Middle of Wadi Rum 1 K.M from Visitors Center||Campsite||-|
|ALQIDRA HOTEL||jordan aqaba al saada STR||Hotel||-|
See also International Telephone Calls
Jordan Post runs the postal services in the country. It has fairly reliable and cheap services and international post usually takes several days up to a week or more for countries further away. Opening hours of post offices are mostly between 7:00am and 5:00pm Saturday to Thursday and 7:00am to 1:00pm on Friday, although this depends whether it's a main city or smaller villages. In summer, there might be slighty longer opening hours. For larger packages, it might work out cheaper and certainly faster to use international courier services, including DHL, FedEx, TNT or UPS for example.
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