Ma'an City


Ma'an is a city in southern Jordan, 218 kilometres southwest of the capital Amman. It serves as the capital of the Ma'an Governorate. Ma’an population is approximately 41,055 in 2015. Civilizations with the name of Ma'an have existed at least since the Nabatean period — the modern city is just northwest of the ancient town. The city is an important transport hub situated on the ancient King's Highway and also on the modern Desert Highway.


Ma’an History

Ma'an was founded by the Minaeans (known as "Ma'in" in Arabic), an ancient Arab people based in Yemen, between the 2nd and 4th century BCE. The site was located on a major trade route and was settled by Minaean traders and merchants. Local tradition has it that the city was named after "Ma'an", the son of Lot.[4]

During the Byzantine era in Syria, Ma'an was part of the territory of the Arab Christian tribe of Banu Judham who served as vassals for the Byzantines in Transjordan. In the early 7th century, the Christian governor of Ma'an, Farwa ibn Amr al-Judhami, converted to Islam and sent Muhammad a wide array of presents including a white mule and gold. When the Byzantine authorities learned of his conversion he was ordered to repent his new religion, but refused. Consequently, the Byzantine emperor ordered his imprisonment and subsequent execution by crucifixion. In retaliation the Muslim state in Medina, sent an army led by Usama ibn Zayd to conquer Ma'an.

Ma’an Weather 

In Ma’an, the summers are long, hot, arid, and clear and the winters are cold, dry, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year. The hot season lasts for 4.1 months, The cool season lasts for 3.1 months.

 Maan City

Best Restaurants:

Al-Mehbash Restaurant 

This Restaurant serves traditional Jordanian food, such tasteful Mansaf, very close to Petra entrance, nice service, friendly staff, affordable prices, highly recommended.

Petra Cabin Restaurant 

The best restaurant in Wadi Musa serves amazing food and good tastes with high quality local products. Don't forget to taste the traditional fresh 'bread'.

Hawa Al-Petra Restaurant

Clean and cozy restaurant, attentive and friendly staff, very good food, great prices, highly recommend it.

Reem Beladi Restaurant

The food at this place is incredible.If you want to eat traditional Jordanian food then this is the right place in Wadi Mousa.

Abu Elias Restaurant & BBQ

Amazing and delicious food. The food is good and highly recommended at a reasonable price. Must try when in Wadi Mousa.

Why not restaurant

The restaurant has really affordable prices for excellent quality food and they also cook typical Jordanian meals.

Al-Arabi Restaurant

Great and not very expensive restaurant for classical Arabic/Middle Eastern food,friendly staff.


Best Universities in Wadi Mousa

  1. Ma'an University College
  2. Al-Hussein Bin Talal University
  3. Al Balqa Applied University At Ma’an

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Places you May visit in Ma’an


The city of Petra, capital of the Nabataean Arabs, is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, it is Located 240 km south of the capital Amman and 120 km north of the red sea town of Aqaba,is undoubtedly Jordan's most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction, and it is visited by tourists from all over the world.It is not known precisely when Petra was built, but the city began to prosper as the capital of the Nabataean Empire from the 1st century BC.It was originally known by its inhabitants as Raqmo or Digital, in a basin surrounded by mountains that forms the eastern side of Wadi Araba and extends from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. The area around Petra has been inhabited since about 7000 B.C. Petra was one of the trade routes for frankincense by making it a major regional trading center.


 Little Petra

Little Petra is an archaeological site located north of Petra and the town of Wadi Musa in the Ma'an Governorate of Jordan. Like Petra, it is a Nabataean site, with buildings carved into the walls of the sandstone canyons. As its name suggests, it is much smaller, consisting of three wider open areas. It is part of the Petra Archeological Park, though accessed separately, and included in Petra's inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Archaeologists believe that Little Petra was established in the 1st century CE, when the Nabataean culture was at its peak in the region. It was probably a suburb of the larger city to the south, perhaps where its more successful merchants lived, and entertained their visiting counterparts. The location may have been chosen because of the nearby older settlement of Beidha, inhabited since the earlier Neolithic era.Since investigations of the site have generally focused on the Nabataean and earlier periods.


Mousa's Spring

Mousa's Spring Is one of two possible locations in Jordan for the site where Moses supposedly struck the rock with his staff and water gushed forth to the thirsty Palestine Territories. The spring still flows but is now housed within a simple modern three-domed building occasionally visited by local pilgrims.


Tomb of Aaron

Tomb of Aaron Is the name of the supposed burial place of Aaron, the brother of Moses, according to Jewish, Christian, and local Muslim tradition. There are two different locations named in the Torah as Aaron's place of death and burial, Mount Hor and Moseroth.Jews have considered the mountain near Petra now known in Arabic as Jebel Harun as biblical Mount Hor at least since the time of Josephus,Christians have adopted this identification since the Byzantine period and have built at the time a monastery acting as a pilgrimage centre there.The local Muslim tradition places Aaron's tomb at the same site, although there is at least one other local tradition locating it in Sinai.There used to be a rich repertoire of general and local Muslim legends regarding Aaron's tomb.

 Shrine on Mt Aaron


Ma'an City Population ( 2020 Study ) 

Ma'an city population is around 50,350 based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data.

Jordan Major cities : Amman (The capital ) , Al Zarqa , Irbid , Jerash , Maan , Aqaba, Al Salt, Al Tafilah, Karak , Shobak, Wadi Mousa , Mafraq 


Jordan Main Attractions : Petra Wadi Rum, Dead Sea , Jerash Ajloun, Umm Qais , MadabaMount Nebo , Al Karak castle , Al Shobak castle , Desert castles , Aqaba , Baptism site, Umm Al Jimal Amman CitadelRoman Theater



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