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HOW TO GET THERE

To Azraq:
Azraq is a one and a half hour drive from Amman. There are two major routes leading there:

The Desert Highway:
From the Desert Highway, take the Madaba turn and head east (in the opposite direction of Madaba). Follow the road signs to Azraq.

Zarqa Highway:
In Amman, go east on King Abdullah Street, driving past the Roman Amphitheatre to join the Amman-Zarqa Highway. The road to Azraq branches off from the highway before you reach Zarqa.

To Shawmari:
Upon reaching South Azraq (Azraq al-Janubi), make a right turn onto the Saudi Arabian Highway. Make another right turn after about 15km at the entrance road to Shawmari Wildlife Reserve.

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The Oryx, an elegant white antelope, is one of the few mammals indigenous to the Arabian Peninsula. It became extinct in Jordan around the 1920s. The last known wild Oryx in the world was killed by hunters in Oman in 1972.
In 1978, eleven Oryx were relocated in Shawmari. The number of Oryx has now increased to a phenomenal two hundred!

A wide variety of birds stop at the Azraq Wetland Reserve each year for a rest during their arduous migration routes between Asia and Africa.

The word "Azraq" in Arabic means "blue".