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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.[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.

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]

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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1671 news items

Al Jazeera America

Al Jazeera America
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 ...

WND.com

WND.com
Mon, 08 Jun 2015 14:45:00 -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 ...

Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk
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 ...

Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk
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 ...

Unica.ro

Unica.ro
Fri, 19 Jun 2015 07:37:30 -0700

Drumul șerpuitor prin deșert te va duce către Valea lui Moise, în sătucul îmrejmuit de dealuri în culorile mierii, Wadi Musa. Aici vei păși în lumea deliciilor culinare, în Petra Kitchen. Te poți bucura de o noapte în stil iordanian, într-un local ...
 
CNN
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 03:52:27 -0700

Architecture website Architizer has just announced the winners of its 3rd annual A+ Awards, highlighting the best new building designs from around the world. This year's awards cover more than 90 categories, including everything from residential and ...

Ammon News

Ammon News
Sun, 22 Mar 2015 06:18:45 -0700

Visitors entering Petra the traditional way -from the village of Wadi Musa through the Siq towards the Treasury -- experience a blend of amazement and déjà vu. Yes, it is amazing, and yes, you have seen it many times before: in a dozen movies ...

Reykjavík Grapevine

Reykjavík Grapevine
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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