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Eastern Desert

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Eastern Desert

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The Eastern Desert is a region in Jordan.


  • Azraq — a desert oasis located between Amman and the country's northern border crossing with Saudi Arabia.
  • Mafraq — a sizable city that serves as a link between the desert and the densely-populated region of Northern Jordan.

Other destinations[edit]

  • Desert Castles — three of the more prominent historic sites (as well as several smaller ones) are located in the Eastern Desert.

As of 2016, the two largest Jordanian refugee camps built in response to the Syrian Civil War, Azraq and Zaatari, were located in the Eastern Desert as well. They are not generally open to the public, but can be seen from the road.



Get in[edit]

Get around[edit]

The distances are great in the east of Jordan, and a comparative lack of bus services can make transportation difficult. Many tour operators run services along the Desert Castles route, while a taxi from Amman should be able to exhaustively cover the region for about 60 JOD.

See[edit][add listing]

  • The historic ruins of Qasr al-Hallabat, Qasr Amra, Qasr al-Azraq and Qasr al-Kharaneh.
  • The Azraq Wetland Reserve, a spring with historic importance that is part of a modern nature reserve operated by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature.


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Eat[edit][add listing]

Food is available in Azraq and in the areas around Qasr al-Hallabat. In between, options are considerably more scarce.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Bring plenty of water, as the desert can get considerably hotter than Amman.

Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

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