This area of Jordan is quite isolated and largely inhospitable to settled life. The only permanent inhabitants are several thousand Bedouin nomads and villagers. There is no real infrastructure, leaving the area quite unspoilt. Apart from the Bedouin goat tents, the only structures are a few concrete shops and houses and the fort headquarters of the Desert Patrol Corps.
But the Wadi Rum desert is bursting with life. At any time of the year you can find there hundreds of tourists who change peaceful deserts into a the vibrant large city.