What is it like to live in Aqaba?
Aqaba is a fun place. It has a fascinating history with some outstanding sites, excellent hotels and activities, duty free shopping, superb beaches, a range of restaurants and friendly people.
Aqaba’s greatest asset is the Red Sea. Here you can experience some of the best snorkelling and diving in the world. You can swim with friendly sea turtles and dolphins as they dart amongst the schools of multi-coloured fish by day or at night see such sea creatures as the nocturnal crabs, lobsters and shrimp, as they search for a midnight snack. There are several dive centres in Aqaba. All offer well-maintained diving equipment, professional instructors, and transport by boat to a variety of dive sites. All the deep sea wonders can also be viewed through a glass-bottomed boat or by submarine, or you can just relax under the sun on the resort’s sandy beaches. Plus, of course, there are plenty of other water-sport activities available, as well as an extensive and interesting Marine Park.
There are many historic sites to be explored within the area too, including what is believed to be the oldest purpose-built church in the world.
Aqaba International Airport is situated just 20 minutes from the town centre and services regular flights from Amman as well as from several European cities. From the town centre, the borders of Israel, Egypt’s Sinai and Saudi Arabia are no more than a 30-minute drive.
Aqaba also has its own little markets where they sell unique jewelerry pieces and a range of clothing too.
A typical stroll down the streets of Aqaba includes being greeted by a friendly camel or horse, being invited to watch the process of filling different coloured sand into a glass jar or being offered to taste some of the delicious spices that are sold in the more traditional markets.
Aqaba is somewhere you can easily feel at home with something to offer all members of the family.