The ruins of Ayla
Ayla, the first Islamic city outside the Arabian peninsula was built around 650 AD.
The early Muslims used to built special urban forms called Misr that included a congregrational mosque, a governor's residence and tribal quarters.
You can wonder about the remains of the city wall and its towers and gates, the ruins of the mosque and other buildings.
But don't worry.
If you seek more scientific explanations, you will find informative panels all around the site.
More to do at this location
If you are with kids and they like animals, check out the valley next to the site. It is actually a water canal to take the excess rainwater to the sea.
I know, it's hard to believe, but really there are floods in Aqaba sometimes!
Anyway, you might find there some camels and horses eating the grass.
We also saw a strange bush: its crop looks like a flat green balloon and inside like milky cotton wool.
The archaeological site is located right in front of Mövenpick and Aqaba Gulf hotels, a few minutes walk from the waterfall.
Open 0-24h, admission is free.
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