About Aqaba

Aqaba is a year-round resort that has something to offer for everyone, and is a popular destination amongst all age groups. This seaside city is blessed with great weather throughout the year; hot and breezy in summer, warm and pleasant in winter.

Just about every activity a tourist could hope to experience is available. Whether it is the exciting water sports in Aqaba from sailing to diving or immersing desert activities from camel safaris to Bedouin weddings or explorations in Petra, it’s all here in this desert oasis.

Aqaba’s underwater life features some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery, with a marine ecosystem that comprises more than 140 species of corals and countless varieties of brightly colored fish, some unique only to the region.

If you are looking for a taste of the rich Arabic culture and heritage, you will certainly find it here, in the melodic call of the surrounding mosques, the tempting aromas wafting from local restaurants, and the enchanting Arabic music heard around every street corner.

Area:

375 km², 27 km of coastline

Population:

Around 100,000 people

location

The region of Aqaba is a large gulf of the Red Sea. It is located to the east of the Sinai peninsula and west of the Arabian mainland. It is strategically located at the crossroads of three continents: Asia, Europe and Africa. It also links four countries: Jordan, Egypt, Arabia and Israel.

Currency:

Jordanian Dinar (JD), 1 JD equals 1,4 USD

Climate:

Dry tropical-continental: hot, breezy summer (above 30ºC), warm. winter (around 20ºC)

Time:

Jordan is two hours ahead of GMT in winter & Three hours ahead of GMT in Summer

Health

Visitors to Aqaba and Jordan generally are unlikely to require immunisation jabs.

Aqaba has 3 hospitals which have more than 280 beds, Medical services are excellent in Jordan and most doctors are bilingual in Arabic and English. Larger hotels have a doctor on call and embassies can also suggest doctors and hospitals. Aqaba has a 6-man recompression chamber just 25 minutes by road from the furthest dive site, guaranteeing your dive will be safe and secure.

 

Arriving to Aqaba

Most visitors flying to Jordan will travel to one of the two international airports. Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA), located 20 miles south of Amman, is the main airport in Jordan and is serviced by many global airline carriers. Visitors heading for Aqaba are more likely to arrive at King Hussein International Airport (KHIA), which is approximately a 45-minute flight from Amman’s airport and is serviced by national and international carriers.

Turkish Airlines is currently operating four regular flights a week Istanbul-Aqaba-Istanbul which makes it easier for any one from all over the world to arrive directly to Aqaba . However, growth of the interest in spending holidays in Aqaba resulted in launching charter flights from east and west Europe by different international tour-operators.

Taxis are inexpensive even over substantial distances, such as the trip between Amman and Aqaba. The white-painted service taxis ride fixed routes and are shared. Private taxis are also available in Aqaba and painted Green there are more than 520 Taxi, they can be taken from ranks outside larger hotels, or hailed in the street. Taxis have meters, but it is advisable to agree on the cost beforehand. More than 12 international and local car rentals which have different type of cars are also available in Aqaba and Several companies offer charter bus and regular tours in modern, air-conditioned coaches. Otherwise you can use the local buses which is available all-around the city, Also you can enjoy Trips and tours within the city of Aqaba by using the sightseeing bus.