Bedouin of the Wadi Rum وادي رم

Bedouin have lived in the area of the Wadi Rum for hundreds of years. Wadi Rum, also known as The Valley of the Moon, is a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock in southern Jordan 60 km (37 mi) to the east of Aqaba. The area is surrounded by steep mountains and rock formations.

Wadi Rum Bedouin are from the tribe of the Howeitat, They have several branches, the Ibn Jazi, Abu Tayi, and the Sulaymanniyin. The Howeitat Bedouin occupy a large area in modern day Jordan in and around Aqaba, parts of Saudi Arabia, and parts of Palestine. Howietat claim descent from a single ancestor, an Egyptian named Huwayt. The Abu Tayi and Ibn Jazi subclans of the tribe were supporters of the Hashemite cause during the Arab Revolt in World War I, and were also prominent in the Arab Legion. In modern times, many of them serve in the Saudi Arabian National Guard and also the Jordanian Armed Forces.

Photo: Mountains of the Wadi Rum (Google Images)

Photo: A Bedouin Man of the Wadi Rum (Google Images)

Traditionally, these Howietat Bedouin of the Wadi Rum would herd Goats and Camels, and also tilled small plots of land, with the limited water supplies of the Wadi Rum. Several hundred of these Bedouin currently live in the village of Wadi Rum, where many of them have concrete homes, as well as their traditional goat hair tents. Many of them own vehicles with four wheel drive all terrain type vehicles and trucks being the most popular. This village has two schools, one for boys, and one for girls, and the village also has the regional headquarters of the Jordanian Desert Patrol.

In modern times, these Wadi Rum Bedouin have become entrepreneurs and have started eco-adventure tourism businesses to cater to tourists, for both Jordanian tourists and also a large number of foreign tourists. These businesses have become the main source of income for the Wadi Rum Bedouin. The services they provide include camping in the desert, trekking to the interesting rock formations, riding horses and camels, hiking, rock climbing, and Bedouin music, food, and hospitality. The Wadi Rum has numerous world class rock climbing routes for both beginner and expert climbers.

Photo: Camels in the Wadi Rum Take a Break From Riding (Google Images)

Photo: Tents For Guests In The Wadi Rum Provided By A Bedouin-Run Eco-Adventure Business (Google Images)

Bedouin Directions - A Wadi Rum Bedouin Eco-Adventure Business

Bedouin Guides Camp - A Wadi Rum Bedouin Eco-Adventure Business

Al Howeitat Arabian Tribe Wikipedia Page

Google Image Collection for Wadi Rum Bedouin

YouTube Video Collection For Wadi Rum Bedouin

Bedouin Traditions of the Wadi Rum