InterContinental Aqaba (Resort Aqaba)
Start your day on the beach. Aqaba is famous for its watersports - you can enjoy jetskiing, parasailing, waterskiing and many more activities on its calm waters. As Aqaba lies on the northern tip of the Red Sea, it has one of the most exotic natural seascapes in the world, with more than 500 species of coral in its reef. Diving and snorkelling are spectacular; the coral formations are close enough to the surface of the sea to give snorkellers a superb view. Buy some snorkelling gear or head to the Royal Diving Club, where they can supply all your equipment.
After a fresh seafood lunch at Floka, a bare five minute walk from the resort, head downtown to browse Aqaba's quaint souvenir shop. In the vicinity of Princess Salma Park, you will find authentic souvenirs including colorful, hand-woven Bedouin rugs, water pipes (aka hubbly bubbly, aka shisha), antique silver jewelry, shell boxes, Bedouin daggers of all shapes and sizes, beautifully decorated sand bottles, Arab headscarves (kufiyyas), paintings and sculptures. Bargaining is part of the shopping experience, so go ahead and barter.
Walk along King Hussein Street all the way to Romero, the Italian seafood restaurant located at the Royal Yacht Club. Among the all-times favorites is the Pasta Marinaran, that fits perfectly with a nice Italian wine. A quiet digestive walk along the Corniche before heading back to the hotel will complement your Aqaba-by-night experience.
Aqaba Castle, measures around 50m by 50m although it is unusual in having sides of slightly uneven length. It is worth looking around as it has been partially reconstructed and gives some sense of its original form. The first castle may have been built by the Crusaders in the 13th century, but most scholars attribute its construction to the Mamluks during the reign of the sultan Qansur al-Ghuri (1510-17), as attested by the attractive relief inscriptions in Arabic inside the entrance gate.
Aqaba Archaeological Museum
The Aqaba Museum is housed in the historic residence of Sharif Hussein Bin Ali, leader of the Great Arab Revolt of 1916, known as Jordan’s window to the sea, Aqaba is also known as one of the world’s most historical locations on earth. History enthusiasts and tourists from all corners of the globe head to Aqaba for close encounters with Aqaba museums and the ancient art and artifacts on display.
The world's oldest church, dating back to the third century AD, was recently discovered in Aqaba.
The normal working week in jordan is Sunday to Thursday for public sector and banks, and Saturday to Sunday for most of the private sector. It means that most of the Jordanians are going out on Thursday and Friday evenings.