Wadi Rum

In Arabic, a wadi is a valley or ravine that is dry except in the rainy season. During rainy periods,
the area can resemble a creek or river. Given this concentration of moisture, there is frequently an oasis or aquifer in the area which usually supports a settlement.

Wadi Rum is both a small village, valley and mountainous area in the south of Jordan.

The current residents of Wadi Rum are Bedouins whose principal occupation is tourism.

Several prehistoric civilizations left petroglyphs, rock inscriptions and ruins in Wadi Rum. Today it is a tourist attraction, offering guided tours, hiking and rock climbing.

The Wadi Rum Protected Area is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Wadi Rum is a site related to the British military officer T. E. Lawrence who passed through the area several times during the Arab Revolt of 1917-1918. The desert scenes of the 1962 movie "Lawrence of Arabia" were filmed at Wadi Rum.

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