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Aqaba and Wadi Rum, Jordan

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Photos taken by David Stanley on a visit to Aqaba and Wadi Rum in southern Jordan.
The medieval port city at Ayla on the site of contemporary Aqaba, Jordan, was destroyed around 1100 AD. The Egyptian Gate provided access to the rectangular fortress from the west.

The medieval port city at Ayla on the site of contemporary Aqaba, Jordan, was destroyed around 1100 AD. The Egyptian Gate provided access to the rectangular fortress from the west.

The Jordanian flag flutters proudly from the Arab Revolt Flagpole at Aqaba, Jordan, in plain sight of Eilat, Israel.

The Jordanian flag flutters proudly from the Arab Revolt Flagpole at Aqaba, Jordan, in plain sight of Eilat, Israel.

A camel suckles its young at Wadi Rum, Jordan.

A camel suckles its young at Wadi Rum, Jordan.

Lawrence of Arabia named his autobiography after the Seven Pillars of Wisdom rock formation at Wadi Rum in southern Jordan.

Lawrence of Arabia named his autobiography after the Seven Pillars of Wisdom rock formation at Wadi Rum in southern Jordan.

This spice shop in the market area of Aqaba, Jordan, presents a colourful scene.

This spice shop in the market area of Aqaba, Jordan, presents a colourful scene.

The Sharif Hussein Bin Ali Mosque (1975) stands in the center of Aqaba, Jordan.

The Sharif Hussein Bin Ali Mosque stands in the center of Aqaba, Jordan.

Growing visitor numbers at Wadi Rum have put pressure on the fragile ecology of the southern Jordanian desert.

Growing visitor numbers at Wadi Rum have put pressure on the fragile ecology of the southern Jordanian desert.

David Stanley relaxing at a Wadi Rum desert camp in southern Jordan.

David Stanley relaxing at a Wadi Rum desert camp in southern Jordan.

Goat-hair tents accommodate visitors to Wadi Rum in the desert near Aqaba in southern Jordan.

Goat-hair tents accommodate visitors to Wadi Rum in the desert near Aqaba in southern Jordan.

Visitors to Wadi Rum in southern Jordan can experience the desert environment at Bedouin camps like this.

Visitors to Wadi Rum in southern Jordan can experience the desert environment at Bedouin camps like this.

The film Lawrence of Arabia was partially shot at this location at Wadi Rum on the Hejaz Jordan Railway.

The film Lawrence of Arabia was partially shot at this location at Wadi Rum on the Hejaz Jordan Railway.

A section of the former Hejaz Railway from Damascus to Medina has been revived as a tourist attraction at Wadi Rum, Jordan.

A section of the former Hejaz Railway from Damascus to Medina has been revived as a tourist attraction at Wadi Rum, Jordan.

The mud brick ruins of an early 4th century church are now surrounded by the modern city of Aqaba, Jordan. It is considered one of the oldest purpose-built churches in the world.

The mud brick ruins of an early 4th century church are now surrounded by the modern city of Aqaba, Jordan. It is considered one of the oldest purpose-built churches in the world.

A market garden hugs the public beach at Aqaba, Jordan. The mountains in the background are in Israel (right) and Egypt (left).

A market garden hugs the public beach at Aqaba, Jordan. The mountains in the background are in Israel (right) and Egypt (left).

The public beach at Aqaba, Jordan, is popular among locals who hire peddle boats. Glass bottom boats are also available.

The public beach at Aqaba, Jordan, is popular among locals who hire peddle boats. Glass bottom boats are also available.

The early 16th century fort at Aqaba, Jordan, was damaged by British shelling during World War One.

The early 16th century fort at Aqaba, Jordan, was damaged by British shelling during World War One.