Thursday, June 27, 2013

Facts About Aqaba Port Activities

The city now has a big modern mall and an intercontinental hotel opened on Aqaba's long and sandy North Beach strip, with more hotels currently under construction. Aqaba is a Jordanian coastal city situated at the northeastern tip of the Red Sea.

Aqaba is the largest city on the Gulf of Aqaba and Jordan's only coastal city. 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 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.

However, industrial and commercial activities remain important, due to the strategic location of the city as the country's only seaport. 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.

The total population of Aqaba by the census of 2007 was 98,400. The 2009 population estimate is 108,500. 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 port has high productivity rates which are within the international rates. Laws and legislation which allow the private sector to invest and share in the management and development of the Maritime sector represented by the Ports Corporation.

There are several tours from Aqaba Port going to the nearby tourist attractions like Wadi Rum trips from Aqaba Port, Dead Sea and Petra excursions from Aqaba Port.

Aqaba Port Shore Excursions are available as below: