Aqaba is rather small town, I can't say that I was amazed of it, it does not have much to offer as a city, but the area is rather interesting.
This flag here is much larger then it looks in this photo, it is by the sea shore and you can see it from almost 10 km away.
The Gulf of Aqaba is a large gulf of the Red Sea. In Israel it is named the Gulf of Eilat.
There are three important cities at the northern end of the Gulf: Taba in Egypt, Eilat in Israel, and Aqaba in Jordan. All three cities serve both as strategically important commercial ports and as popular resort destinations for tourists seeking to enjoy the warm climate of the region.
You can watch my 5 min 24 sec HD Video Jordan Aqaba from the Gulf out of my Youtube channel.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Petra on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 29° 31' 30.80" N 34° 58' 7.67" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Aqaba panorama.
Aqaba is a coastal town in the far south of Jordan. Aqaba is strategically important to Jordan as it is the country's only seaport. The city borders Eilat, Israel, and there is a border post where it is possible to cross between the two countries. Both Aqaba and Eilat are at the head of the Gulf of Aqaba.
You can watch my 7 min 03 sec HD Video Jordan Road along Aqaba 2 out of my Youtube channel.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Petra on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 29° 31' 36.04" N 35° 0' 5.85" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Aqaba Promenade.
Three of my fav internet cafes are: Gateway downstairs (next to the Royal Yacht Club entrance) - look for the MacDonald's sign; Shokini Building, (across from Haya Hospital); and one next to the Golden Tulip - sit upstairs where the windows open to the street.
See Aqaba's website for a map.
If you want to pass the immigration check quickly, first you need to give your passport to the immigration service in your boat. And then when you arrive the port, you should find some "Foreign" tourists, and make it a group. The official will issue you visa quicker and it's free of charge. The duration is one month which is even longer than that I applied in Queen Alia International Airport. The immigration official is very nice and friendly.
Fondest memory: Please wait in line just like sign says" Foreigner" "Arabic" "Jordanian"
Please check the photo provided...
The Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA for short) has introduced a special Economic Zone visa for Jordan, to be known as an "ASEZ visa".
Anybody arriving in Aqaba, whether at the port, at the airport or at the Arava crossing from Israel can get a free visa for Jordan. There is no obligation associated with this visa, providing they leave the country within 15 days and do not need to register their visa for "renewal". Their passports are not subject to any special checks when they leave the Economic Zone.
Anybody arriving in Aqaba can if they wish, ask for a normal visa (usual price=10JD) instead of the free ASEZ visa. In this case if they want to stay longer than 15 days they can register at their local police station as per current practice.
Anybody holding an ASEZ visa, and wishing to stay longer than 15 days must extend it at the ASEZA office in Aqaba and not with their local police station as holders of a normal visa can do, so remember this and be careful about claiming the ASEZ visa if you will be in Jordan for longer than 15 days.
You still have to pay the exit tax when you leave Jordan (5JD)
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Visit the Aqaba Aquarium. There are some absolutely gorgeous fish.
Aqaba has an oceanic institute of which they are very proud.
See the travelogue for more photos of the fish.
Fondest memory: We met a group of Jordanian schoolchildren with their teacher in the museum area. They spoke with us in order to practice their English. They did very well.
Favorite thing: Visit the Aqaba Fort which was built by one of the last Marmeluke Sultans, Qansah al-Ghouri in the 14th century. It is a short walk away from the Aqaba Museum.