Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Camels to protect Jordan's heritage site

Wadi Rum is a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock in south west Jordan. It is the largest wadi in Jordan.

The dramatic landscape of dunes and massifs, home to Lawrence of Arabia makes Wadi Rum one of Jordan's most precious heritage sites.

A tourism project to save the desert environment of Wadi Rum in southern Jordan is seeking to make camels the sole means of transport. The aim is for these hardy animals to gradually take over from the four wheel drives and other vehicles which currently bring visitors to the zone respecting the natural habitat.

This project aims to protect the bedouin culture which has remained the traditional force in this ancient land.

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