Figuring out what to wear in Aqaba is not all that complex: the usual conventions on apparel and modesty in the rest of the kingdom’s more developed cities (think Amman) are applicable here as well. The city is not entirely traditional, given its heavy exposure to foreigners and tourists-this was the kingdom’s trading port to the sea for centuries, after all-but you do still have to be mindful of some notes regarding your presentation.
Aqaba’s people are pretty used to seeing people walk about in Western dress, so you can wear your usual t-shirts and trousers around the city if you want to. Women are not obliged to cover their heads-but might find themselves doing it anyway after a day’s exposure to the sweltering sun. Much like the rest of Jordan, Aqaba is desert-hot. It is so hot, in fact, that you may well have to restrict yourself to [Read more…]