Aqaba is Jordan's only coastal city and the most populous and largest city on the Gulf of Aqaba. Located in southernmost Jordan, it is the administrative centre of Aqaba Governorate. Aqaba has a population of around 188,000 and a land area of 375 sq.kilometres (144.8 sq.miles). The ancient city was called Ayla. Today, the city plays a major role in the development of Jordanian economy, through vibrant tourism and trade sectors. The Port of Aqaba serves other countries in the area.
The strategic location of Aqaba at the northeastern tip of Red Sea between the continents of Africa and Asia, has made the port important over the course of thousands of years. Its proximity to copper mines and strategic location made Aqaba (Ayla) port a regional hub for copper production and trade during the Chalcolithic period. Under Byzantine rule Ayla became a bishopric and later a Latin Catholic titular see following Islamic conquest around 600 AD - then Ayla became known as Aqaba. The film 'Lawrence of Arabia' boosted the popularity of Aqaba, where in the year 1917 the Battle of Aqaba took place, attacking forces of Great Arab Revolt, led by Auda ibu Tayi and advised by T.E.Lawrence were victorious over Ottoman defenders.
The location of Aqaba next to Petra and Wadi Rum placed it in the golden triangle of tourism of Jordan, which strengthened city's location on the map and made it one of Jordan's major tourist attractions. The city is administered by Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority. It has turned Aqaba into a duty-free, low-tax city, attracting mega projects like Saraya Aqaba, Marsa Zayed, Ayla Oasis and expansion of Port of Aqaba. These are expected to turn the city into the major tourism hub in the area. However, industry and commerce remain important, due to city's strategic location as the only seaport of the country.
Highlights: Petra, Wadi Rum, coral reef diving
The Aqaba cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Aqaba, Jordan.
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Port Aqaba cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Aqaba, Jordan. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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