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Azraq Wetland Reserve

Azraq is a unique wetland oasis located in the heart of the semi-arid Jordanian eastern desert, one of several beautiful nature reserves managed by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature.

Azraq MarshlandIts attractions include several natural and ancient built pools, a seasonally flooded marshland, and a large mudflat known as Qa'a Al-Azraq. A wide variety of birds stop at the reserve each year for a rest during their arduous migration routes between Asia and Africa. Some stay for the winter or breed within the protected areas of the wetland.

Wild Life:

The Azraq Oasis derives its name from the Arabic word "Azraq", meaning blue. In the past, the pools, marshes and streams of Azraq formed a sparkling blue jewel in the desert, a haven for up to a million migrating, breeding and wintering birds.

Despite the loss of most of the permanent wetland habitat during the past decade due to a lack of rainfall, Azraq continues to provide a seasonal habitat for a large number of wildlife species.


The Azraq reserve lodge, a cozy common room with a fireplace, is set within the beautiful surroundings of Azraq. In addition to the lodge, 10 private two-room bungalows are available to accommodate the visiting tourist.

Book guided tours and information can be found at the visitors' center that also holds a small exhibit on nature and history of Azraq, a lecture room, and an aquarium.

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