USAID helps enlist Wadi Rum as a World Heritage site
On the 25th of June 2011, Wadi Rum was inscribed a new UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it Jordan’s fourth world Heritage site after Petra.
The USAID Jordan Tourism development project is pleased to have partnered with the Government of Jordan to reach this internationally acclaimed recognition, which is a great honor for Jordan and all Jordanians.
Work began in 2009, starting with a memorandum of understating signed in May 2009 between the USAID Jordan Tourism Development Project and ASEZA, the Ministry of Environment supported the UNESCO nomination as well as the Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities, Department of Antiquities and the Jordan World Heritage national Committee.
Wadi Rum was made famous in the west by the movie Lawrence of Arabia. It was also an important station in the Great Arab Revolt of 1916, lead by Sharif Hussein bin Ali, great grandfather of his Majesty King Abdullah II.