Wadi Rum Protected Area World Heritage Site

Official name
Wadi Rum Protected Area | UNESCO
Country
Jordan
Continent
Asia
Location
29.6397° Lat, 35.4338° Lon
Code
1377
Time Zone
Asia/Amman, EEST +0300
Current Time
Category
Mixed
Description
Inscribed 2011. The 74,000-hectare property, inscribed as a mixed natural and cultural site, is situated in southern Jordan, near the border with Saudi Arabia. It features a varied desert landscape consisting of a range of narrow gorges, natural arches, towering cliffs, ramps, massive landslides and caverns. Petroglyphs, inscriptions and archaeological remains in the site testify to 12,000 years of human occupation and interaction with the natural environment. The combination of 25,000 rock carvings with 20,000 inscriptions trace the evolution of human thought and the early development of the alphabet. The site illustrates the evolution of pastoral, agricultural and urban activity in the region.