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Wadi Mousa
وادي موسى
"Valley of Moses"
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.


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.


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.



External links[edit]

  • Media related to Wadi Musa at Wikimedia Commons

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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Wed, 29 Apr 2015 07:51:29 -0700

The drop in foreign visitors is also having an effect on hotels in the neighbouring town of Wadi Musa, where at least two hotels have reportedly closed down. Patricia Enkels, who with her husband Eid owns the well-reputed Petra Bed and Breakfast near ...

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Thu, 30 Apr 2015 02:31:03 -0700

Once I got back to Wadi Musa, I wanted to learn more about the culture of gathering around fires to share stories and music. I did a Google search with a string of keywords: “winter fire,” “sharing stories,” “music,” “gathering” and “nature.” One of ...
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Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:48:45 -0700

The Nabataeans, who built Petra, had a challenge: They needed water. Engineers found a way. They built dams to control flash floods and divert the water from those very infrequent desert storms into storage facilities. They took water from Wadi Musa ...
Sun, 24 May 2015 01:41:37 -0700

Bei „Petra Kitchen“ in Wadi Musa lernt man, wie traditionelle jordanische Gerichte hergestellt werden. Jeden Abend wechselt das zu erlernende Menu. In lockerer Atmosphäre zeigt ein Koch die Kniffe für Hummus, Tabouleh oder Falafel. www.petrakitchen.


Sun, 08 Feb 2015 13:00:00 -0800

The ancient stone-carved city of Petra is famous the world over. Known as one of the seven wonders of the world, the ruins generate most, if not all, of the tourism for Wadi Musa, the Jordan town that sits adjacent to the city. Tourism has also led ...

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Wed, 20 May 2015 06:07:30 -0700

Il suo stato di conservazione è ottimo, mentre il nome non è stato attribuito dai Nabatei, ma furono i beduini di Wadi Musa a ritenere che si trattasse proprio del Tesoro del Faraone. C'è una leggenda intorno alla sua costruzione che parla di quest ...


Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:24:35 -0700

The Petra Hotel Association reported that 10 of 38 hotels in Wadi Musa have shut, contributing to the loss of about 1,500 jobs in the tourism sector. Andy Jarosz said that hotels with a capacity of around 1,000 people in Aqaba had only around 30-40 ...
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 03:52:27 -0700

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