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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.[2] 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’).[3] 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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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 08:25:12 -0700

Numerous hotels in Wadi Musa – the town neighbouring Petra – have closed, and guides across the country have reported low tourist numbers. The Jordan Pass is one of multiple initiatives that the Jordan Tourist Board and the Ministry of Tourism have ...


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

Leaders in the tourism sector have proposed changes to boost visitor numbers, including reducing Petra entry fees – currently 50 Jordanian dinars (£47) per person – for tourists who stay overnight in Wadi Musa, the adjacent town. Royal Jordanian, the ...

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Thu, 11 Jun 2015 00:42:20 -0700

With tourist traffic slashed to roughly a quarter of Petra's historic peak in 2010 – when more than 800,000 people visited the ancient Nabatean city – hotels, restaurants and gift shops in the nearby town of Wadi Musa have begun to shutter. Ahmad ...


Sun, 20 Sep 2015 09:12:27 -0700

Avstånden mellan Aqaba, Wadi Rum och Petra är korta. Du hinner med alla tre på en vecka. Wadi musa brukar vara första anhalten för dem som besöker den historiska staden Petra. Wadi musa betyder Moses dal. Turisterna övernattar där, eftersom det inte ...


Wed, 29 Apr 2015 07:48:45 -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 ...
Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:56:15 -0700

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Mon, 08 Jun 2015 14:55:33 -0700

Also known as The Valley of the Moon … and it truly is a moonscape, a valley cut into the same red rocks as is the earthquake-cut rift where Petra was made so long ago (Petra, btw, has a town outside it situated in Wadi Musa, the Valley of Moses … so ...

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