Have you ever wanted to visit the site where a movie was filmed? Wadi Rum, located in southern Jordan, is just the spot. Increasingly, filmmakers have been utilizing the vast and beautiful desert of Wadi Rum to create cinematographic masterpieces. If you’ve seen any of the following movies, you’ve experienced a moment or two in Wadi Rum:
- Lawrence of Arabia (7 Academy Awards).
- The Martian (Matt Damon).
- Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
- Aladdin (live-action adaptation).
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
- Dune (2020 release).
- The Last Days on Mars.
- All the Money In the World.
- Red Planet.
- Passion In the Desert.
- Krrish 3 (Bollywood).
- May in the Summer.
A desert full of history
Many cultures since prehistoric times inhabited wadi Rum. It is located 37 miles east of Aqaba, where it is easy to see the rock paintings, graffiti, and temples left by the Nabataeans. In Khaz’ali Canyon petroglyphs etched into cave walls depict humans and antelopes. These drawings along with other natural land forms were well-documented by a British officer named T.E. Lawrence who passed through the area on multiple occasions because of his work in the Arab Revolt of 1917-18. His detailed writings led one of the rock formations in Wadi Rum to be renamed “The Seven Pillars of Wisdom”.
Climbing, Trekking, Safari, Horse and Camel Ride all in Wadi Rum
Today the Zalabia Bedouins have begun to make a successful eco-adventure experience for visitors. Climbers and trekkers visit regularly. There are also opportunities for those who are a little less adventurous. Camel, horse, and jeep safaris are also available within the Wadi Rum terrain. In addition, many people choose to stay a night or two to experience luxury camping under the stars. The camping retreats at Wadi Rum provide all the amenities of a hotel room while visitors enjoy the opportunity to return to nature in a very serene and beautiful way.