Aqaba City Facts
The city of Aqaba has one of the highest growth rates in Jordan, with only 44% of the buildings in the city being built before 1990. The city of Aqaba is the southernmost part of Jordan and the capital of Aqaba Governorate. Aqaba may be on the precipice of rediscovery, but the city itself has long held intrigue.
Located at the northern tip of the Red Sea and blessed with location, Aqaba was a prime port even in ancient times; its history dates back some 5,500 years. Benefiting from its location and status as Jordan's special economic zone, Aqaba's economy is based on the tourism and port industry sectors.
Aqaba is the only seaport of Jordan so virtually all of Jordan's exports depart from here. Heavy machinery industry is also flourishing in the city with regional assembly plants being located in Aqaba such as the Land Rover Aqaba Assembly Plant. Aqaba is one of the major tourist attractions in Jordan, and famous for its warm water and rich marine life. It is best known today as a seaside and diving resort and also as a home for Jordan's mega projects.
Aqaba Fort, Originally dating to the 14'th century, although the present structure was built by the Mamluke sultan Qansawh el-Ghawri. Ayla, The old city that was established when Islam came to the area in 622 AD.The oldest purpose-built Christian churches in history.
However, industrial and commercial activities remain important, due to the strategic location of the city as the country's only seaport. It also offers activities which take advantage of its desert location. Its many coffee shops offer mansaf and knafeh, and baqlawa desserts. Aqaba and Wadi Rum are the sites of the annual Jordan Middle East Distant Heat Festival, an annual electronic dance festival.
Aqaba has been chosen for the site of a new waterfront building project that would rebuild Aqaba with new man-made water structures, new high-rise residential and office buildings, and more tourist services to place Aqaba on the investment map and challenge other centers of waterfront development throughout the region.