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Wadi Mousa
وادي موسى
"Valley of Moses"
Town
Wadi Musa
Wadi Musa
Wadi Mousa is located in Jordan
Wadi Mousa
Wadi Mousa
Coordinates: 30°19′12″N 35°28′43″E / 30.32000°N 35.47861°E / 30.32000; 35.47861
Country Jordan
Province Ma'an Governorate
Elevation 850 m (2,790 ft)
Time zone GMT +2
 • Summer (DST) +3 (UTC)
Area code(s) +(962)3

Wadi Musa, (Arabic: وادي موسى‎, literally ‘Valley of Moses’), is the name of a town located in the Ma'an Governorate in southern Jordan east of Petra at latitude 30.317N and longitude 35.483E.

It is the nearest town to the archaeological site of Petra and hosts many hotels and restaurants for tourists visiting this place. Approximately 2 kilometers from the main town, there is an important Bedouin settlement.

Demographics[edit]

The census of 2004 shows that the population of Petra Department, which includes Wadi Musa and 18 other villages, with Wadi Musa being its administrative center, had a total population of 23,840 inhabitants. The male to female ratio was 51.56 to 48.44, Jordanian citizens made up 93.5% of the population of Wadi Musa.[1] The estimated population of Wadi Musa in 2009 is 26,100.

Origin of the Name[edit]

Wadi Musa means ‘Valley of Moses’ in Arabic. It is said that the prophet Moses passed through the valley and struck water from the rock for his followers at the site of Ain Musa (‘Moses's water spring’ or ‘Moses's Well’).[2] The Nabateans built channels that carried water from this spring to the city of Petra. Wadi Musa was also nicknamed the ‘Guardian of Petra’. The "Tomb of Aaron", supposed burial site of Aaron, the brother of Moses, is on nearby Mount Hor.

Economy[edit]

The town is about 250 km from Amman, Jordan's capital, and 100 km north of the port city of Aqaba. With more than 50 hotels and many tourist restaurants, its economy is almost entirely tied to tourism.

The campus of the College of Archaeology, Tourism & Hotel Management of Al-Hussein Bin Talal University is located in Wadi Musa.

References[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Coordinates: 30°19′11.96″N 35°28′42.37″E / 30.3199889°N 35.4784361°E / 30.3199889; 35.4784361


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De Morgen

De Morgen
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:08:39 -0700

In Wadi Musa, het stadje dat leeft van de bezoekers van Petra, heten luidsprekers ons welkom met Allah alhier en Allah aldaar. Mijn chauffeur stopt en wijst naar enkele bijzonder ruwe bergen. "Daarachter ligt Petra", zegt hij. "En zie je dat kleine ...

RP ONLINE

RP ONLINE
Sat, 19 Jul 2014 01:03:45 -0700

Sie wurden Mitte der 1980er Jahren ins nahegelegene Dorf Wadi Musa umgesiedelt. Verschwunden sind sie aus Petra allerdings nicht, vielmehr leben sie mittlerweile so gut es geht vom Tourismus. Dabei prägen sie diesen Ort noch immer. Eine Frau in ...
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