Day 7: December 28, 2012
After my breath-taking expedition in Wadi Rum, we drove to Aqaba. Aqaba is the only port city of Jordan located at the northeast tip of Aqaba Gulf Red Sea. If you love ocean, (not me) you can enjoy its wide range of aqua activities such as, scuba diving, windsurfing, waterskiing, jet skiing, snorkelling and sailing.
Crossing the Border
Sief dropped me off at the Wadi Arava border, which I crossed, to head back to Israel (Eliat). Before the passport control counter, all visitors leaving Jordan must pay for the Exit tax amounting to 10JD (US$15). I left the immigration building and walked about few hundred meters to Israel Immigration building.
Entering (again) in Israel was not easy as I entered in Jordan. They asked you several questions and manually inspect your luggage before you can proceed to the passport control counter. Outside the building, there are taxis waiting. If you want their services, you will pay a fix amount of 30NIS (US$8) going to the city centre of Eliat. It’s up to you if you want to walk. There is no bus in this border going to the City centre.
Eliat is modern, clean and quite. I really felt that I was in Israel. I was surrounded by lots of the Israelis, unlike in Jerusalem that most of the residents are Palestinians.
The markets and shopping malls, restaurants and 5-star hotels are located along the beach of Aqaba Gulf Red Sea.
The children of Israel lived in the Nile delta area or the land of Rameses, and first encamped at the northern end of the Gulf of Suez or Succoth at the beginning of the Exodus. This was the first point where they went into the camping mode. Then they travelled through the wilderness of the Red Sea, or what we call today as the Sinai Peninsula, and encountered the Gulf of Aqaba. (I Kings 9:26 calls this the Red Sea.)