Lunar Landscape: Real-Life in Jordan's Wadi Rum

Published July 1st, 2018 - 10:16 GMT

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.

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Bedouin man serving Arabic coffee in Wadi Rum,Jordan (Shutterstock/File Photo)

Bedouin man serving Arabic coffee in Wadi Rum,Jordan (Shutterstock/File Photo)

The girl rides the camel, Wadi Rum, Jordan (Twitter)

The girl rides the camel, Wadi Rum, Jordan (Twitter)

A girl in the Jordanian scarf listens to music in the Wadi Rum desert (Twitter)

A girl in the Jordanian scarf listens to music in the Wadi Rum desert (Twitter)

Bedouin sleeps near the rock in the desert of Wadi Rum. Bedouins are a part of a desert-dwelling Arabian ethnic group (Shutterstock/File Photo)

Bedouin sleeps near the rock in the desert of Wadi Rum. Bedouins are a part of a desert-dwelling Arabian ethnic group (Shutterstock/File Photo)

Girl sand boarding on dunes in Wadi Rum, Jordan (Shutterstock/File Photo)

Girl sand boarding on dunes in Wadi Rum, Jordan (Shutterstock/File Photo)

Bedouin making henna on a woman's hand. Hand decorations are usually done by a relative of the bride in her home (Shutterstock/File Photo)

Bedouin making henna on a woman's hand. Hand decorations are usually done by a relative of the bride in her home (Shutterstock/File Photo)

Beautiful view of the wadi rum in Jordan (Shutterstock/File Photo)

Beautiful view of the wadi rum in Jordan (Shutterstock/File Photo)

Bedouin's car jeeps and tourists in it in Wadi Rum desert in Jordan (Shutterstock/File Photo)

Bedouin's car jeeps and tourists in it in Wadi Rum desert in Jordan (Shutterstock/File Photo)

Bedouin rest in the desert of Wadi Rum. Bedouins are a part of a desert-dwelling Arabian ethnic group (Shutterstock/File Photo)

Bedouin rest in the desert of Wadi Rum. Bedouins are a part of a desert-dwelling Arabian ethnic group (Shutterstock/File Photo)

Camels waiting for tourists at the Wadi Rum Village in Jordan, in the Middle East (Shutterstock/File Photo)

Camels waiting for tourists at the Wadi Rum Village in Jordan, in the Middle East (Shutterstock/File Photo)

Tourist friends on a top of mountains in a desert. Sunset view. Nature. Tourist people enjoy a moment in a nature. Wadi rum national park - Jordan (Shutterstock/File Photo)

Tourist friends on a top of mountains in a desert. Sunset view. Nature. Tourist people enjoy a moment in a nature. Wadi rum national park - Jordan (Shutterstock/File Photo)

Bedouin man serving Arabic coffee in Wadi Rum,Jordan (Shutterstock/File Photo)
The girl rides the camel, Wadi Rum, Jordan (Twitter)
A girl in the Jordanian scarf listens to music in the Wadi Rum desert (Twitter)
Bedouin sleeps near the rock in the desert of Wadi Rum. Bedouins are a part of a desert-dwelling Arabian ethnic group (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Girl sand boarding on dunes in Wadi Rum, Jordan (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Bedouin making henna on a woman's hand. Hand decorations are usually done by a relative of the bride in her home (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Beautiful view of the wadi rum in Jordan (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Bedouin's car jeeps and tourists in it in Wadi Rum desert in Jordan (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Bedouin rest in the desert of Wadi Rum. Bedouins are a part of a desert-dwelling Arabian ethnic group (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Camels waiting for tourists at the Wadi Rum Village in Jordan, in the Middle East (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Tourist friends on a top of mountains in a desert. Sunset view. Nature. Tourist people enjoy a moment in a nature. Wadi rum national park - Jordan (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Bedouin man serving Arabic coffee in Wadi Rum,Jordan (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Bedouin man serving Arabic coffee in Wadi Rum,Jordan (Shutterstock/File Photo)
The girl rides the camel, Wadi Rum, Jordan (Twitter)
The girl rides the camel, Wadi Rum, Jordan (Twitter)
A girl in the Jordanian scarf listens to music in the Wadi Rum desert (Twitter)
A girl in the Jordanian scarf listens to music in the Wadi Rum desert (Twitter)
Bedouin sleeps near the rock in the desert of Wadi Rum. Bedouins are a part of a desert-dwelling Arabian ethnic group (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Bedouin sleeps near the rock in the desert of Wadi Rum. Bedouins are a part of a desert-dwelling Arabian ethnic group (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Girl sand boarding on dunes in Wadi Rum, Jordan (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Girl sand boarding on dunes in Wadi Rum, Jordan (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Bedouin making henna on a woman's hand. Hand decorations are usually done by a relative of the bride in her home (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Bedouin making henna on a woman's hand. Hand decorations are usually done by a relative of the bride in her home (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Beautiful view of the wadi rum in Jordan (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Beautiful view of the wadi rum in Jordan (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Bedouin's car jeeps and tourists in it in Wadi Rum desert in Jordan (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Bedouin's car jeeps and tourists in it in Wadi Rum desert in Jordan (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Bedouin rest in the desert of Wadi Rum. Bedouins are a part of a desert-dwelling Arabian ethnic group (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Bedouin rest in the desert of Wadi Rum. Bedouins are a part of a desert-dwelling Arabian ethnic group (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Camels waiting for tourists at the Wadi Rum Village in Jordan, in the Middle East (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Camels waiting for tourists at the Wadi Rum Village in Jordan, in the Middle East (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Tourist friends on a top of mountains in a desert. Sunset view. Nature. Tourist people enjoy a moment in a nature. Wadi rum national park - Jordan (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Tourist friends on a top of mountains in a desert. Sunset view. Nature. Tourist people enjoy a moment in a nature. Wadi rum national park - Jordan (Shutterstock/File Photo)