Aqaba, the only port of Jordan, is situated opposite Eilat (Israel), sharing the Red Sea. The thriving underwater marine life and the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Aqaba make diving conditions there among the best in the world. Snorkeling, water skiing, windsurfing, fishing and other water sports are also popular.
The area where Aqaba is situated was known in ancient time by the name ELAT. Aqaba was built around 4000bc and was inhabited by the Edomim and later by the Nabateans. The romans named her EILA. According to the Bible, "King Solomon also built ships in Ezion-Gever, which is near Eilat in Edom, on the shores of the Red Sea." A local Museum displays a number of exhibits and plenty of information on the old city. The museum was once home to Sharif Hussein bin Ali, great-grandfather of King Hussein.