The ABO Project:For Aqaba Bird Observatory and beyond, use our Aqaba tour itinerary builder website to get the most from your Aqaba vacation.
The man made wetland which is now the Aqaba Bird Observatory is located at the Old Wastewater Treatment Plant of Aqaba and the adjacent Peace Forest only two kilometers north of the city and just off the road to the King Hussein International Airport at the road of Aqaba â€“ Eilat crossing border point. (See the Map)
The observatory is in an area of flat alluvial fans at the southern end of Araba Valley near the tip of the Gulf of Aqaba. The observatory area is divided into two zones:
Open water ponds which form two thirds of the total area.
Dense vegetated peace forest.
The observatory holds five ponds; three of them are cement lined, while the others are semi-natural ponds with aquatic vegetation, used as evaporation ponds. These ponds are separated by sandy walkways. The total area of the open ponds is about 400 donums and the maximum depth of these ponds is 1.5 meters.
The adjacent peace forest is composed of planted rows of trees that have a maximum height of 10 meters. These trees belong to native and introduced species that tolerate high salinity and high temperatures of the Aqaba climate. The total area of the open ponds is about 220 donums.
Objectives of the ABO:
Bird observatories are multi purpose facilities that serve different objectives other than tourism and they are considered as a powerful educational tool when accompanied by a suitable management plan, they can be used.
There are many potential opportunities to make this project as a focal point for broader spectrum of ecotourism activities at both national and international levels.
The main objectives of establishing the Aqaba Birdâ€™s Observatory are to:
Maintain and preserve habitats that are of global importance for birds.
Develop Aqaba as focal point for birds watching and ecotourism activities on both national and international levels.
Environmental education and as a tool for increasing the public awareness of the locals and visitors toward the importance of Aqaba for global birds migration.
Scientific monitoring & Research to create database for birds and their migration.
The current observatory designs and landscaping are based on two fundamental rules: To introduce the minimal required infrastructure to achieve the goals of the observatory establishment, and create landscaping that does not affect the visual character of the area and support the observatory capability to improve the birdâ€™s habitats.
Some endangered species visiting the ABO:
Madagascar (Little) Grebe.
Lesser White-fronted Goose.
The Aqaba Bird Observatory has the following Facilities:
Visitors Center including lecturing rooms and internet.
Trails and Tracks.
Research Center for bird studies.
Indigenous tree nursery and Botanical Garden.
Aqaba Bird Observatory Reviews
We planned to spend half a day in the observatory. We were told it is 3km do we decided to walk....it was more than 10km outside Aqaba. We didn't managed to reach as you have to pass a Military zone. ... more »
Es un pequeño paseo de 2,5 km, la entrada cuesta 7 dinares, puedes observar diferentes tipos de ave dependiendo de la época. more »It is a small walk of 2.5 km, the entrance costs 7 dinars, you can observe different types of bird depending on the time.
Nice one Nice place Relax mind I like it
Very very good
Build a planTell us where and when you
want to go, we will build
the best sightseeing itinerary
Refine itYou have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
Book as a packageUse our travel agents to get
package savings and hassle free booking
Enjoy your trip!Enjoy our 24x7
View all >
Side trips from Aqaba
Hidden gems in Aqaba
Nearby attractions in Aqaba
Museums in Aqaba
Historic Sites in Aqaba
Duration: 2h 30min
Plans to Aqaba Bird Observatory by other users
60 days in Asia & Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Jordan BY A USER FROM BRAZIL October, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 32 days in Jordan BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 12 days in Jordan BY A USER FROM ROMANIA September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 28 days in Jordan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, extra fast, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Extra fast 28 days in Jordan BY A USER FROM GERMANY October, extra fast, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Extra fast