Wadi Rum is a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock in southwest Jordan.
It is the largest wadi in Jordan. The name Rum most likely comes from an Aramaic root meaning 'high' or 'elevated'. To reflect its Arabic pronunciation properly, archaeologists transcribe the name Wadi Ram.
The area is now also one of Jordan's important tourist destinations, and attracts an increasing number of foreign tourists. In contrast, there are almost no local or Arab tourists. Popular activities in the desert environment include camping under the stars, riding Arab horses, hiking and rock-climbing amongst the massive rock formations.
Jabal Rum (1754 metres above sea level) is the highest peak in the area, and the second-highest peak in Jordan. On a clear day, it is possible to see the Red Sea and the Saudi border from the top.