Aqaba means stumbling block or obstacle course, and when you see the mountains that surround the sea here and drive through the passes towards Petra you can see why it got its name. It is simultaneously at the centre of so much with Egypt three miles over the red sea, a land boarder with Israel and Saudi Arabia both inside its precincts. Yet is out on a limb, cut off from the rest of Jordan by desert mountains and a four hour drive which is often impassable owing to snow, dust storms or torrential rain.

Adam Boulter


2012 - 2014