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WADI RUM IS OUR HOME
Wadi Rum Jordan Guide is directed by Atallah Dakhilala who works with his brothers
Abdallah, Saoud, Metab and Sanad.
Abdallah and Atallah have more than 10 years of experience in tourism, excellent climbers they created together the first climbing club in Jordan. Today, they pass on their knowledge to their cadets and try to protect this desert that is dear to them by working in eco-tourism.
My name is Atallah Dakhilala and I am a member of the Bedouin tribe Al Zlabiah. Like fifteen other Bedouin families, my parents and younger siblings still live in the Wadi Rum Desert. During the seasons they move their tent so that their animals, goats, sheep and a dozen camels, can graze.
If today my brothers and I lead a semi-sedentary life at the doors of the desert, in Rum Village, we remain deeply connected to our "home" and it is essential for us to go there every day to recharge our batteries and see our family. This life between village and desert does not remain less authentic. We are deeply committed to the transmission of our Bedouin culture and knowledge. Receiving tourists, showing them the place we live and introducing them to our way of life are also ways for us to share and perpetuate our heritage.
In high season, I also work with some of my friends, including Mohammad and his brother or the young Ayman. All our guides are native of Wadi Rum and have, since childhood, learned life in the desert. Using ancestral survival techniques, they perpetuate the traditional Bedouin way of life. They are particularly able to find water and food for animals and know all the secret paths borrowed only by the Bedouins.
While we are naturally attached to our traditions, we are also looking to the future. In the interest of Bedouin communities, we are working to preserve wildlife by practicing what we call "eco-tourism". The desert is our home and we want to open our doors to visitors while protecting this environment so precious to us. That's why we are opposed to fixed camps, which are unfortunately too numerous. We work only in bivouac, small itinerant camps that leave no trace of our passage. Because we respect the nature, we limit our impact on it to the maximum.