Wadi Musa

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Wadi Musa

وادي موسى

"Valley o Moses"
Wadi Musa
Wadi Musa
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Coordinates: 30°19′12″N 35°28′43″E / 30.32000°N 35.47861°E / 30.32000; 35.47861
GovrenorateMa'an Govrenorate
850 m (2,790 ft)
Time zoneGMT +2
 • Summer (DST)+3
Area code(s)+(962)3

Wadi Musa, ("وادي موسى" in Arabic, translatit as "Valley o Moses"), is a toun locatit in the Ma'an Govrenorate in soothren Jordan east o Petra at latitude 30.317N an langitude 35.483E.

It is the nearest toun tae the airchaeological steid o Petra an hosts mony hotels an restaurants for tourists visitin this place. Approximately 2 kilometers frae the main toun, there is an important Bedouin settlement.

Demographics[eedit | eedit soorce]

The census o 2004 shows that the population o Petra Depairtment, which includes Wadi Musa an 18 ither veelages, wi Wadi Musa being its admeenistrative center, haed a total population o 23,840 inhabitants. The male tae female ratio wis 51.56 tae 48.44, Jordanian citizens made up 93.5% o the population o Wadi Musa.[2] The estimated population o Wadi Musa in 2009 is 26,100.

Oreegin o the Name[eedit | eedit soorce]

The name Wadi Musa means Valley o Moses in Arabic, it wis reportit that prophet Moses passed through the valley an struck watter frae the rock for his follaeers at the steid o (Ain Musa) Moses watter Spring (Moses's Well) [3]. The Nabateans built channels that carriet watter frae this spring tae the ceety o Petra. Wadi Musa wis elk-namit the Guardian o Petra an aw. Aaron, the brither o Moses, wis buriet in the nearbi Munt Hor.

Economy[eedit | eedit soorce]

The toun is aboot 250 Km frae Amman, Jordan's caipital, an 100 Km north o the port ceety o Aqaba. Wi mair nor 50 hotels an mony tourist restaurants, its economy is amaist entirely teed tae tourism.

The campus o the College of Archaeology, Tourism & Hotel Management o Al-Hussein Bin Talal University is locatit in Wadi Musa.

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Coordinates: 30°19′11.96″N 35°28′42.37″E / 30.3199889°N 35.4784361°E / 30.3199889; 35.4784361