Lighthouses of Jordan
Jordan is located in the Middle East, northwest of Saudi Arabia and east of Israel and Palestine. Formerly part of the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire, the territory of Jordan fell under a British mandate after World War I. Jordan's independence was recognized in 1946.
The country has only a very short coastline, about 30 km (19
mi) long, in the southwestern corner of the country. The coastline is
on the head of the Gulf of Aqaba, the narrow northeastern branch of
the Red Sea. Making the most of scarcity, Jordan has developed this
coast with a major port, Aqaba, and a series of beachfront resorts.
Aids to navigation in Jordan are maintained by the Aqaba
Ports Corporation. The Arabic word for a lighthouse is mnarh or manara (منارة). Ra's is a cape, jaza'ir or jazirat is an island, and shi'b is a reef.
ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS
World List of Lights. Admiralty numbers are from volume E of
the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List
numbers are from Publication 112.
- General Sources
- Online List of Lights - Jordan
- Photos by Douglas Cameron posted by Alexander Trabas.
- World of Lighthouses - Jordan
- Photos by various photographers available from Lightphotos.net.
Aqaba Harbor Control Tower, Aqaba, January 2007
copyright Ahmad Shahin; used by permission
- Aqaba Harbor Control
- 1991. Active; focal plane 72 m (236 ft); three white flashes every
10 s. 75 m (246 ft) hourglass-shaped concrete and steel tower topped
by a round control room and rising from a multistory harbor control building.
Ahmad Shahin's photo appears above, Lightphotos.net has a good 2014 photo, Trabas has Cameron's photo, a 2009 photo
and a distant view
from the city are available, and Google has a good satellite
view. This powerful light has a range of about 32 km (20 mi). Located
at the base of the main commericial quay of Aqaba harbor. Site status unknown.
ARLHS JOR-001; Admiralty E6044; NGA 30452.
- [Aqaba Flagstaff]
- 2004. Active; focal plane about 43 m (141 ft); flashing red light. 41 m (135 ft) giant flagstaff. Peter Goulding has a page for the flagpole, another photo is available, and Google has a fuzzy satellite view. The flag flown from the staff is not the Jordanian national flag; it is the Pan-Arab or Arab Revolt flag orginally used by Arab forces fighting against the Ottoman Empire during World War I. This was the world's tallest flagpole when it was built, although much taller ones have been built since. The base of the shaft is 2.6 m (8.6 ft) in diameter. Located on the Aqaba waterfront, north of the Harbor Control tower and near the Aqaba Museum. Site open. Admiralty E6044.2.
- Royal Yacht Club South Jetty (2)
- 2014. Active; focal plane about 7 m (23 ft); quick-flashing
green light. Approx. 9 m (30 ft) round white concrete tower. This tower replaced a 4.5 m (15 ft) tower with gallery, painted
white with a green horizontal band at the top. Tariq Abuzaid has a
closeup photo of the original light,
Trabas has Cameron's photo, a 2009 photo
and another good photo
are available, and Google has a satellite
view. The Royal Yacht Club is at the head of the Gulf of Aqaba
off King Hussein Boulevard. Site status unknown. Site manager: Royal Yacht Club of Jordan. ARLHS JOR-002; Admiralty
E6044.35; NGA 30455.
Information available on lost lighthouses:
Notable faux lighthouses:
Adjoining pages: South: Western Saudi Arabia | West: Israel
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Posted January 21, 2008. Checked and revised May 29, 2014.
Lighthouses: 2. Site copyright 2014 Russ Rowlett and the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill.