T. E. Lawrence of Arabia and Sharif Faisal Bin Huessin based their headquarters in Wadi Rum during the Arab revolt against the Ottomans in World War I. It joined the UNESCO World Heritage Site List, under both the natural and cultural significance categories. A maze of monolithic rockscapes rises up from the desert floor to heights of 1,750m creating a natural challenge for serious mountaineers. Hikers can enjoy the tranquility of the boundless empty spaces.
What To See
Visitors should head for the Visitors’ Center where, apart from visitors’ facilities, they can hire a 4x4 vehicle, together with driver and/or guide, and then drive for two or three hours to explore some of the best known sites. Alternatively, they can hire a camel and guide. The duration of the trip can be arranged beforehand through the Visitors’ Center. For those looking for an adventure, there are various aero sports activities, such as experiencing the breathtaking natural rock formations from a hot air balloon, orone of the many different aircrafts.