FAQ

Driving
When travelling on the Desert Highway the turnoff for Wadi Rum is well marked. It is 45km north of Aqaba and 75km south of Ma'an. The junction town is Rashidiyan but in fact the Rum turnoff it self is better marked. From Rum you will travel 20km to a police checkpoint where you are not required to stop, Take the right at this intersection and continue another 10km where you will arrive at the Wadi Rum visitor centre. From Wadi Rum village the roads become sandy and a 4WD is required. You can be put in contact with us through the visitor centre or pre arrange meeting time with us.

1. From Amman to Wadi Rum
The most convenient option from Amman is with a taxi but will cost from 110JOD and take 4 hours. There are a number of buses that travel along the Desert highway to Aqaba, the easiest departure station is 7th circle. The fastest, most direct and most reputable option is JETT Bus but they will not allow any passengers to disembark along the journey. They leave every seven times throughout the day at a cost of 9JOD and take 4-5 hours (2 services are VIP and charge 19JOD). Alternatively there are a number of other companies who are more flexible, less reliable with departure times and will be more open to dropping you at the Wadi Rum junction. The final option are shared taxi services that also operate later in the evening when buses have stopped running and charge 12JOD and take 4 hours and will drop you at any location along their journey.

2. From Wadi Musa (Petra) to Wadi Rum
The most convenient transport of is taxi which costs from 45JOD. There is a daily shuttle bus that leaves Musa at 6am each day except Friday, you can arrange it through your accomodation in Musa, travel agent or almost any tourist infrastructure. The cost of the bus is 7JOD.

3. From Aqaba to Wadi Rum
The most convenient option from Aqaba is a taxi and costs from 25JOD and take 1 hour, if you prefer you can contact us and we can provide a reliable driver to collect you at a pre arranged location in Aqaba. There is a daily bus that leaves Aqaba each day at 1 pm and costs 6JOD.
For guests arriving to the airport in Aqaba we can arrange for collection from the airport at a cost of JOD30, for guests arriving to the border crossing between Aqaba and Eilat their is a tariff for non affiliated collection and hence costs from JOD40, for guests arriving to the Port in Aqaba private vehicles and taxis are not permitted to access the port but most companies provide a shuttle to a central location in Aqaba, where onward transport can collect you.
How to find us if you have arrived to Rum?
Rum village is a small place and all the tourist offerings in the area are well known, you can ask to be put in contact with us once you arrive at the visitor centre where you will be stopped to check your Jordan Pass or pay your entry to the Protected Area. The most convenient and comfortable place is the Wadi Rum Rest Area where most tours leave from and is a comfortable area established to welcome guests to Wadi Rum. It is the building with a large car park on your right as you arrive to the village. Please note that the visitor centre is 3km outside the village on the access road to the valley and is not a convenient location either to disembark from your transport or meet your host in Wadi Rum.

How to find the Wadi Rum Rest House?
The meeting location is the Wadi Rum Rest House, it is the first building on your right side as you reach Wadi Rum Village, the GPS Coordinates are 29.578166, 35.419819. The Rest House is a convenient comfortable location with ample parking and is designed specifically for the purpose of receiving visitors to Wadi Rum.

How to get to the Camp once in Rum?
The Camp is located at GPS coordinates N29.50338, W35.437184 and approximately 10km offroad through the desert. If you have booked a tour and nights accomodation with us we will collect you from the visitor centre free of charge. Otherwise we will offer the same service at a nominal fee of 5JOD. Some guests wish to walk to the camp, but please ensure you have organised your stay before your arrival to ensure we have sufficient space and foodstuffs for your arrival.

Can I reach the camp with a 2WD vehicle and where can I park?
Roads are good condition asphalt to Wadi Rum Village and can be easily accessed by any vehicle from Amman, Aqaba or Petra. The camp however is within the Protected Area which has no road networks or infrastructure. To reach the camp you will need a 4WD, tyres deflated to PSI16 and experience driving in soft sand as well as a permit to drive within the Protected Area. If you are not able to reach the camp with your vehicle there is ample free off-street parking at the Wadi Rum Rest House where we will collect you and provide transport to reach the camp.
What is the camp?
Arabian Nights is a Traditional Bedouin Camp inside the UNESCO listed Wadi Rum Protected Area. Private tents with magnificent views and western bathroom facilities. Join us for an authentic Bedouin experience during your travels in Jordan!

What can I expect in the daytime?
Majority of our guests spend their time exploring the Protected Area on one of the many activities we offer, the Protected Area is vast and the main sites spread apart, additionally there are a variety of very different landscapes if you have the time to explore different areas.

What is happening in the camp during the day?
As most guests leave the camp for the wider Protected Area or check out, most people leave the camp after breakfast. For those that remain it is a quiet serene experience where you can appreciate the stillness of the desert. There is tea available throughout the day and our communal tent is always open with board games, books and places to relax. The camp also has volleyball, football, sport climbing routes and a variety of short walks recommended.

What can I expect at night?
Every night we eat a meal together, it is important in our culture and we arrange for all guests to join us for a communal meal. As there is no connection to the outside world this creates a good environment for people to interact and once everyone has finished eating we share stories or play games. The environment depends greatly on the personalities present but we value the cultural exchange when it occurs as much as our guests do.

Which areas of the camp can guests enter?
There is a kitchen, store room and other logistical aspects to the camp but otherwise guests are welcome to move around the camp freely in line with their interests.

Who will I meet in the camp?
We are part of a larger tribe that has lived in Wadi Rum for generations but we are an extended family within that tribe. In modern times where children are required to attend school, people require fuel for their vehicles and other factors that have led to a more sedentary life, all families have homes in the village. We also observe a conservative form of Islam where women from our families do not interact with men from outside the family. As such depending on various elements you will share the camp with brothers, cousins and other guests who are joining us in Wadi Rum.
Wadi Rum Protected Area has a JOD5 entry for all visitors, if you have a Jordan Pass, it covers this cost, there is a visitor centre that checks all vehicles entering the Protected Area and will collect this fee or check and scan your Jordan Pass. The visitor centre is 3km before you reach Wadi Rum Village and the asphalt road ends before entering the Protected Area.
When to visit
In Spring and Autumn the temperature moves between the Summer daytime and Winter nighttime extremes and are the ideal times to visit. March to May and August to November the temperature average around 30C. Summer time (July) temperatures can regularly exceed 40C in the day. Winter (January) the temperature is regularly below 20 and can reach freezing at night. Winter is also the season which accounts for almost all of the rain in the region.

Being sun smart
The sun is strong with little shade when moving through the valleys in the middle of the day, the 4wd tours take place in open top vehicles and the camel tours likewise have little protection from the sun as such you should take care to protect your skin.

What to bring?
The days can be very hot, particularly in Summer and the nights can be very cold, particularly in Winter so pack for both extremes. You should protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen, a wide brimmed hat and long sleeve shirt.
- Flip flops are convenient and comfortable when living in a tent
- Enclosed shoes to walk in the desert when the ground can become very hot during the heat of the day.
- Light breathable clothing for the heat of the day
- Warm insulated clothing to enjoy star gazing of night
- A head torch is a convenient accessory in the desert
- Sunscrean and a hat to protect from the sun
- Camera to catch the unique beauty of the Wadi Rum Protected Area
- Any personal health requirements
- Local Currency as there is no access to your money in Wadi Rum
- (If driving) fuel as there is no petrol station in Wadi Rum
Can I pay by card once I arrive to Wadi Rum?
There are no ATMs or payment facilities available in Wadi Rum, you should bring cash for all purchases for the duration of your stay. Local Currency (Dinar-JOD) is the best option but where guests do not have direct access to local currency, we can change money for you if you have Dollar or Euros.

Do you offer any solutions for guests to make payments online?
We provide online payment links to allow guests to make deposits for packages. For guests who prefer to pay with credit card we can provide the option of an online payment link however as this needs to be received by email, it will need to be arranged prior to your stay and both an email and preferred currency specified.

What currencies can I pay by card?
We can generate an online payment link for you in either AUD, EUR, GBP, or USD. Please ensure you specify your preference if requesting this payment option.
Language
At all times there will be an English speaking person available to assist you. We attempt to connect all visitors with guides who can assist them in their preferred language when taking tours although in reality this is difficult for visitors who are not comfortable in either English or Arabic. We do however have a great deal of experience with visitors from all over the world and have mastered the art of communication with limited common language where it is necessary.

Religon & Culture
Wadi Rum is less than 1000km from the site of the birth of Islam as well as its most holy sites. Islam has been followed in the region for over 1000 years and the local Bedouin are strict practitioners of a moderate and tolerant Islam. Foreign tourist are treated with understanding of difference in custom and beliefs and although all visitors to the area are expected to be respectful of local custom, there is a very open and liberal view on visitors being free to visit the are without a need to greatly modify their custom. This tolerant approach sees visitors rarely modifying their usual travel approach.

Are there any special adjustments I should make to how I act when visiting Wadi Rum?
Bedouin culture places a high value on hospitality to guests. Developed over centuries from accepting weary travellers in the harsh desert environment. This region has been a commercial transport route for thousands of years and people are very accomodating of other customs. You are free to pass your time comfortably in the camp and Wadi Rum with the knowledge that there is a complete understanding of other cultures and a long history of exposure to different religions and cultures. You will have the opportunity to understand local customs and cultures but receive no pressure to adjust your customs.

Do visitors need to dress in a particular way when visiting the area?
Wadi Rum has a long history of tourism and as such is very tolerant of foreign customs. It is unlikely you will raise any ones attention if you act as you would anywhere else in the world. If you want to make the effort to conform to local customs then it is standard for both men and women to wear long pants and shirts with sleeves and without low neck line. Local women dress with burqa and will not be socialising in the camps however there is no expectation on female visitors to cover their hair or otherwise.

Is the area safe to travel for solo female travelers?
Wadi Rum has operating with tourism as a primary industry for over a decade. The local population are very respectful and understanding of tourists as they are keen to showcase their part of the world to visitors. It is very common for females to visit the area alone and it is well understood by the local population that this is a very normal practice outside of the region. You will be treated with respect similarly to any other visitor.

Is alcohol permitted in the camp?
Due to local religious quranic law we do not sell any alcohol within the camp, we do however permit visitors to bring their own drinks with them to enjoy during their stay at the camp. There is likewise little options for alcohol sales within Wadi Rum so we recommend that for any visitors that intend to have alcoholic beverages during their stay purchase them prior to arrival in Wadi Rum.
Is it possible to get meals at the camp?
All meals are available from the camp kitchen, breakfasts consist of a standard arabic buffet, lunches vary dependent on the days activities, and dinner will be a traditional meal cooked in a Zarb (underground oven).

Are there vegetarian options?
If you are vegetarian, please inform us at your earliest convenience. Vegetables and chickpeas are a major part of the Bedouin cuisine and it is no problem to adjust the culinary options to ensure you are catered for providing we are aware.

Is drinking water available at the camp?
The camp always has supply of drinking water, each guest is provided a bottle of drinking water on arrival and drinks are available for sale at any time.

Do you cater to specific dietary requirements and allegies?
Our guests come from around the world and represent the full spectrum of food preferences and allegies, we are well aware of the limitations of each and we are experienced in adjusting our staple meals to accomodate all possible dietary needs. When you stay with us please ensure you inform us of your dietary requirements and we will accomodate you accordingly.
Can I organise my tours through Arabian Nights?
Yes, we offer a wide variety of tour options and activities, you can find our standard offerings listed on the website or can discuss with us any customised options. https://arabiannightsrum.com/tours-experiences/

What activities are recommendable during my stay in Wadi Rum?
For visitors who have limited time in Wadi Rum, 4WD tours offer the most efficient and effective way to see the majority of the major attractions in a short time, additionally guests can enjoy organised activities such as ballooning, camel rides, hiking/trekking, sandboarding, historical/cultural tours or camp based bedouin hospitality, tea and socialising, walks from the camp, stargazing and relaxing. We offer packages that ensure guests maximise their experience in Wadi Rum - https://arabiannightsrum.com/tours-experiences/packages/.

Can I arrange to package tours/accommodation/transport with Arabian Nights?
Yes, if you would like to group some of our offering or customise them please contact us and we will be happy to discuss your preferences and find a solution that suits your needs.
At Arabian Nights we have tents to accomodate solo travellers through to families as well as having a dormitory option. All private rooms offer great views from within the tent and our small camp and carefully considered environment and layout will ensure you have a memorable arabian desert experience in Wadu Rum.

Do you have all the facilites similar to a hotel?
Our camp is within the Protected Area, there are no roads, no electricity, no and running water, as such our situation is very different to a city hotel.
- We have solar power which facilitates basic electricity needs.
- We truck water over 10km and have large storage capacity to provide non-potable drinking water for showers and sinks within the camp
- We have flushing toilets and a self managed sewage system
- We provide pick up services for the majority of our guests who are unable to reach the camp with their 2wd transport
- As of 2018 Wadi Rum's telecommunications service significantly deteriorated and as such we are unable to receive sufficient signal to offer Wifi to our guests (we are told this regional issue is being remediated)

However we do not have refrigeration, we do not have hot showers, the camp offering is basic. Our permission to receive tourists within the Wadi Rum Protected Area is reliant on us operating a traditional camp and as such we are restricted in what comfort upgrades we are able to make.

What are the bathroom facilities in the camp?
The camp has shared bathroom facilities with running water and western style amenities including flushing toilets and room temperate showers. All of our water must be transported by 4WD truck so please be conscious of your consumption.

Is there Electricity in the camp?
The camp is equipped with solar power and utilises the strong desert sun to ensure there is power for lighting and any charging necessary for guests.
What time is sunrise/sunset?
Jordan has a daylight saving timezone change by 1 hour annually in late March and October around the time of the spring and autumn equinox In summer sunrise is 5:30am and sunset is 7:30pm In winter sunrise is 6:30am and sunset is 4:30pm At the time of the Spring equinox change sunrise shifts from 5:30am to 6:30am and the sunset changes from 6:00pm to 7:00pm At the time of the Autumn equinox change sunrise shifts from 6:45am to 5:45am and the sunset changes from 6:00pm to 5:00pm As such sunrise remains around 6AM year round and sunset remains later than 6PM for the 7 months of daylight savings but is as early as 4:30pm at the height of winter.

What time are meals served?
Breakfast 7AM-9AM
Lunch 12PM-2PM
Dinner SUNSET-3 hours after sunset
*meal service can vary slightly dependent on the season

What time do the tours start?
-Full day tours commence immediately after breakfast.
-Half day tours morning start is immediately after breakfast and afternoon start is no later than 12:30PM in winter and no later than 3:30PM in summer, the start time for half day tours must be a minimum of 4 hours prior to sunset
-Ballooning takes place each morning at sunrise and is determined predominantly by wind direction and speed
*we operate a model where we can customise and adjust all activities to suit our guests and their time constraints while visiting Wadi Rum, as such we can offer shortened activities or start times to suit guests preferences

How long do the tours take?
Half Day Activities take 4-5 hours and Full Day activities take 8-9 hours.

How many hours from other locations in Jordan?
Journey times are as follows:
Aqaba: 1 hour
Petra: 2 hours
Amman: 3.5 hours

When can I be collected from the Rest House?
We can arrange collection from the Wadi Rum Rest House 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, however there is a JOD20 surcharge for any guests who require collection outside of the daytime hours of 8AM and 2 hours after sunset. For guests arriving during daylight hours we charge JOD5 in each direction however, we waive this fee for guests who combine accomodation and a minimum half day tour during their stay.

What time can I observe the Zarb preparation?
Summer approximately 6PM
Autumn/Spring approximately 5:30PM
Winter approximately 4:30PM
Our camp intends to create a welcoming and social environment for visitors from a variety of backgrounds and interests. We constantly host volunteers at the camp that assist with guest interactions and promoting a social environment, additionally we work to develop strong partnerships with special interest communities such as climbers or historians, operators bringing tourists to Wadi Rum and individuals interested in cultural or language exchange or a change of lifes pace.

If you still have any problems contact us as follows: For urgent or immediate correspondence call or whatsapp Shaker on +962 7-7685-4808 For less urgent matters via email at arabiannightscamp@gmail.com