[Get to know MEDUSA's territories] Azraq, Jordan
This article forms part of a series of publications under MEDUSA project to promote less-known natural and cultural touristic assets in our partner territories Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Puglia (Italy) and Catalonia (Spain). Enjoy reading and hope to welcome you soon at one of the wonderful places you will get to know here.
Azraq Oasis and the adjacent mudflat is as a major station for migratory birds on the African-Eurasian flyway. A variety of birds flock to the area year, stopping for a short rest along their migration routes, staying for the winter, or breeding within the wetland. The Azraq wetland is the only oasis in the Arabian Desert with a self-replenishing system that has allowed it to sustain itself throughout the years. The wetland is a location of rich biodiversity, providing a natural habitat for numerous aquatic and terrestrial species, including the Azraq Killifish Aphanius Sirhani, the only true endemic vertebrate species of Jordan. Visitors to the area can enjoy several community lead services and experiences including;
1) Azraq Lodge; offering an authentic atmosphere, combined with a modern twist
2) Azraq Lodge Restaurant offering exquisite, authentic local dishes
3) Eat with locals experiences were visitors can meet a family and learn how to cook traditional dishes
According to Tripadvisor reviews:
“Astonishing if you think about that it used to be a wetland.....devastating when you realize that it was destroyed by us. But good to see that it is still possible for birds to live in this region.
According to Facebook Reviews:
“Anmazing Reserve in the middle of eastern desert. it’s well deserved to be visited and enjoy bird watching and tranquility as well. I advise all to pay it a visit. It will be definitely memorable.. Thanks for the wonderful, warm & friendly staff there ..”
In 1978, RSCN established Azraq Wetland Reserve to conserve the uniquely precious oasis located in the heart of Jordan’s eastern desert, between a limestone desert in the west and a basalt desert in the east. It is distinguished by lush marshland and natural water collections that form glittering pools and streams, giving Azraq its name, which is the Arabic word for "blue".