Welcome to Wadi Rum, Jordan!
A Small Local Bedouin Tour and Accommodation Service
My name is Mehedi Saleh Al-Hewaitaat and I run a small Bedouin Guide, Tours & Accommodation business for couples, families, friends & solo travellers to visit and discover the beautiful desert of Wadi Rum, where I was lucky enough to be born.
Our aim is to help you to have a wonderful un-commercial adventure exploring Wadi Rum in the way that suits you best. For you to feel comfortable and connected with our desert, us as people and our Bedouin Culture! We offer Jeep Tours, Hiking Tours, Scrambling Tours, Camel Treks, a beautiful and simple Bedouin Camp to stay in, and Bivouac Camping - sleeping under the stars.
I work together with a small group of very experienced Bedouin guides, who all have their own strengths and skills. We are family (brothers, cousins) &/or from the same tribe &/or friends. Together we have been guiding tourists as Bedouin Directions since 2008. All of us have worked with tourists for many years before this time, and between us we have more than 60 years experience!
We offer a wide range of programs to suit every age, interest & fitness level. We can cater to your needs from 1 hour visits to 5 day programs or more! I also specialise in writing Tailored Tours for people who want to do something different!
We have built a simple Bedouin Camp in an exciting location in the desert. It is a bit different to the usual Camps in Wadi Rum! A secret hideaway in a unique canyon in the beautiful white desert. We aim to strike a balance between a Camp that will be comfortable for our guests (you!) and experiencing a taste of Bedouin life.
We also offer Bivouac Camping in the desert ('Camping under the stars'). Many people enjoy completely escaping into the natural environment of Wad Rum, and for them this is a great option.
My administration aim to respond to all e-mail & contact form enquiries, promptly, professionally, clearly, in good English!
September 2014: Canadian filmmaker Niobe Thompson worked with Bedouin Directions to shoot sequences for the three-part series The Great Human Odyssey. This blue-chip documentary explores the human journey out of Africa, and was filmed in 17 countries across 5 continents over the course of two years. It will broadcast around the world in 2015 and 2016, including on Canada’s CBC, PBS NOVA in the USA and Servus in Germany and Austria.
Bedouin Bedtime is a little e-book perfect for families with young children aged 0-6 yrs. For the older age bracket the book is suitable as a short early reader. As an e-book it is a good choice for the travelling family who cannot carry many books with them.
A celebration of diversity and the natural world. This books takes you on a starry journey through the bedtime routine of Bedouin nomads.
Gentle cultural lessons take place within the narrative and with the emphasis on nature the book is an antidote to fast paced modern life.
The book makes a good companion to a visit to Jordan to read with your children.
Bedouin Bedtime can also be bought as a kindle book HERE.
About Um A-yube - the author
Um A'yube is from a grassy green, grey and rainy town in the South of England. Living in the desert in Jordan with a Bedouin husband and three children wasn't really in her plan for life, but what life goes as one plans?
Living in the desert has given Um A'yube a new appreciation for rain, which she now holds to be one of the most wonderful things in Allah's creation.
Um A'yube spends her time taking care of her three young children, her little house, a handful of goats and geese, and in her spare time writing and illustrating children's stories about Bedouin life of which she self published the first one, "Bedouin Bedtime", on kindle this year.
Um A'yube has been living in the desert since 2009. She considers herself very blessed to have the opportunity to live in such a beautiful place with people of such fascinating character. She would like to thank her husband for that!
Um A'yube writes about Bedouin life to share a glimpse into a very distinct and endangered way of life. She would like to help raise the voice of a people who are often presented in a negatively stereotypical and incorrect way.
Thank you for purchasing my work and helping to increase diversity in children's picture books.