Archeological evidence shows that Wadi Rum has been inhabited since prehistoric times. A recently excavated site to the south indicates settlement at least as early as 4500 BC. In the 8th and 6th centuries BC, when the area was called Wadi Iram, its fresh-water springs have made it an ideal stopover for caravans traveling between Arabia and the Levant, inscriptions showing that the Bedouin tribes of Ad, Thamud, Lihyan and Main all gathered here. The Nabateans also made their mark, with both the 1st century BC remodeling of the temple at the foot of Jabal Rum (just west of Rum Village) and a recently-excavated site 8.5km to the east which is believed to have been occupied prior to Petra.
To Westerners, Wadi Rum is famed for its link to TE Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”), who made his base here along with Prince Feisal bin Al-Hussein during the Arab Revolt of 1917-1918. In 1932, the Desert Police fort was built in the center of what is now Wadi Rum village, which remained nothing more than a cluster of tents until the 1980s. In 1962, David Lean filmed much of his renowned film, Lawrence of Arabia, winner of seven Academy Awards, on-site here in Wadi Rum, burning the dramatic landscapes into the minds of Westerners for the first time. Inspired by the film’s stunning backdrops, British climber Tony Howard arrived in the 1980s to publish the region’s climbing routes, leading to the tourist boom of recent decades that has brought thousands of visitors from all across the world. As in Lawrence’s day, the area’s majority tribe is the Zalabiah, of which our family is a part, charged with protecting Wadi Rum to this day.
Sites & Attractions
We know just about every inch of Wadi Rum and can show you its most breathtaking spots on our tours. Some of our favorites:
The smallest natural arch in Wadi Rum, this rock brige has beautiful panoramic views from the top of Kor al-Ajram, Jebel Rum and Khazali Canyon.
|Umm al-Samn Rock Arch
This arch is set just a few meters above the sandy desert floor, so you can climb right through this arch in just a couple minutes, with spectacular views on either side.
Just a few minutes’ walk from our family home in Wadi Rum Village, this extensive ancient Thamudic temple was renovated 2,000 years ago by the Nabateans. Its remains are set just beneath the sheer eastern face of Jebel Rum.
Long before Lawrence passed through, Bedouin took shelter from wind and bandits in this old Nabatean station, set on caravan route from Hijaz to Petra and Damascus. Awesome views across the sweeping valley floor to Jebel Raqqa.
At the shaded foot of this mountain is one of our favorite lunch spots during summertime, where we escape the heat and feed the resident birds.
A great place for hiking, the white canyon affords visitors a chance to experience the stirring silence of the desert. The canyon is also scattered with beautiful flowers in springtime.
|Umm Fruth Rock Bridge
Rum’s most-visited arch, Umm Fruth is arguably its most picturesque as well, a rugged overhang of bright white rock. Visitors can battle vertigo on the climb to the top, which takes just a few minutes.
Another of Wadi Rum’s natural rock bridges, this one set in the Umm al-Samn region far to the south of Wadi Rum Village.
This natural spring is one of the oldest in Wadi Rum. Some Bedouins families still use it today for their sheep, and sometimes ibexes also come down to drink when there is no people around.
One of the most beautiful canyon in the .you will cross this canyon by the jeep ,camel or hiking This canyon is located in way to umm Fruth Rock Bridge .
In the middle of this canyon there’s nice sand dune ,when you be in the top of this dune you will see nice landscape , you can A walk downward for 20min this will be great.
|Jebel Umm Adami
Way down by the Saudi border to the southeast, this is Jordan’s highest point. We lead hikes to the top for breathtaking views into Saudi Arabia as well as down the desolate Wadi Sabet and back towards Wadi Rum in the north.
|Umm Ishrin Canyon
One of the most beautiful spots in the north section of Wadi Rum, this sandy canyon in the side of Jebel Umm Ishrin is a 1hr hike.
This beautiful canyon in the south of Wadi Rum is on the way to Jabbal Umm ad Dami, in the south of Wadi Rum. You can cross it by camel, jeep or foot. In the middle of the canyon, you will find a breathtaking point of view.