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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.
The northern town of Aqaba hosts a relatively large festival in February which celebrates the unique culture of the Bedouin people. Taking the form mainly of a crafts fair, the Bedouins and other minority groups bring their handicrafts to the seaside town for sale, showcasing their unique talents and keeping these traditions alive.
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||80|
|International Arab Divers Village||Aqaba South Beach||Hotel||79|
|Wadi Rum Camping||Wadi Rum||Campsite||-|
|Red Sea Dive Center||South Beach Aqaba||HOTEL||87|
|Aqaba Adventure Divers Resort||South Beach p.o.box 67||HOTEL||77|
|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||-|
Jordan is relatively well connected to the internet compared to many other countries in the Middle East. Internet cafes are all around Jordan and range from 1- 2 JD for half an hour. Wifi is getting more and more popular in Jordan, but is not very common everywhere. In larger places, you find free wifi and some coffee places and restaurants. Hotels tend to charge for wifi, but not always, so check beforehand.
See also International Telephone Calls
Jordan's international country code is 962. The emergency numbers include 112 and 911, you can use them both.
Most of Jordan has mobile coverage. There are three mobile operators: Zain - the first and largest mobile provider, Orange and Umniah. You can buy SIM cards at any of these providers and if you are planning to make international calls, use Umniah as they are the cheapeast. Otherwise Zain is the better choice of mostly domestic calls. Using your own SIM in Jordan can be expensive, especially for internet.
Card-based temporary numbers can be purchased at the airport or any mobile shop for JOD5. These numbers can be subsequently recharged with a prepaid card starting at only JOD1. Temporary "throw away" phones can be bought at many mobile phone shops across the country for around JOD20-30, but a Jordanian must buy the phone before possession can be transferred to you.
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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