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Introducing Azraq

The oasis town of Azraq ('blue' in Arabic) lies 103km east of Amman. Once an important meeting of trade routes from Baghdad to Jerusalem, and strategic stop on the pilgrim route to Mecca, it performs a similar function today, although the belching camels have been replaced by belching trucks. It forms a junction of roads heading northeast to Safawi and Iraq (230km away), and southeast to Saudi Arabia. The town itself is fairly unattractive and the roads are dominated by truck transport and diesel fumes.

Azraq was once one of the very few sources of water in the region. It is also home to Qasr al-Azraq.