Stunning in its natural beauty, Wadi Rum epitomizes the romance of the desert. With its "moonscape" of ancient valleys and towering sandstone mountains rising out of the sand, Wadi Rum is also home to several Bedouin tribes who live in scattered camps throughout the area. Climbers are especially attracted to Wadi Rum because of its sheer granite and sandstone cliffs, while hikers enjoy its vast empty spaces. Wadi Rum is probably best known because of its connection with the enigmatic British officer T.E. Lawrence, who was based here during the Great Arab Revolt of 1917-18. Much of David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia was filmed in Wadi RumFor those travelers who come to the world of Wadi Rum, these notions take on even deeper meaning.
If the desert sands can be compared with the sea, the jebals of Rum are its ships. And, such magnificent ships they are! Not just a few either! It is a very impressive regatta, spanning more than 720 square kilometers, forming an awe inspiring silent convoy bridging time itself in this intensely historic place.
Just to be there is to become part of it, as you soak in the serenity. The colorful surroundings and stillness in the air will engage each of your senses as your normal idea of space and time is obliterated by the sheer scale and magnitude of Wadi Rum’s extraordinary environment. Visitors are humbled and feel insignificant when standing near the towering sheer-sided red rock faces that appear to have simply risen up from the sand. The wide surreal open landscape beckons an open mind and provides a refuge from our mundane urban routines.