Last weekend I decided for a spontaneous road trip by myself. I was in Naur, between Amman and Madaba and thought about where to go. I remembered the way to Mujib Dam and also haven’t been to Um Ar-Rasas, yet, so that’s what I did. I choose the scenic road, where you will drive a bit on the King’s Highway.
The road eventually leads you all the down to the Wadi Mujib Dam and back up again towards Karak. Before reaching the Dam, there is a nice panoramic rest spot, where some local Bedouins prepare tea or coffee for you and also you can take some nice pictures or buy some souvenirs. Tea was 1 JD and there is also a WC, if you need.
After the short break, I continued down to the Dam, drove a bit further and returned, as I intended to go to Um Ar-Rasas. From the other side, I took a nice Panorama shot of the Wadi Mujib Dam from above.
From the other side, I drove back down to the Dam, back up and then took a right turn to Um Ar-Rassas. In between there is something called Lahun, there is also a visitor center but it was closed and also not much to see except for a lookout down to Mujib. Since there were some overexcited kids, I don’t have a picture just of the nature.
30 mins later I arrived at Um Ar-Rassas. The visitor center was also closed, since it was Friday afternoon. There are actually some shops of the women cooperation and other souvenir shops, but everything was closed. Also ticket counter and toilets were closed, but the pedestrian gate was open, so I was able to enter. The site is actually quite large and there is plenty to discover.
There are several ruins of houses, churches and other buildings among a some large mosaics and also an Islamic cemetery. There were a couple of signs and also some marked way, but somehow I didn’t follow the right route I guess, but just wandered around. Anyway, being the only person at the site on a Friday afternoon was relaxed and I was able to enjoy the sun, the fresh air and some historic monuments that surrounded me. As I mentioned, I think it is not a must-see on a short Jordan Visit, but definitively worth when you are discovering the sites along the King’s highway or want to do a half-day trip from Amman or something. Of course you can combine it with Madaba, Mukawir, the Dead Sea, or on your way South towards Kerak, Shobak or Petra.