This facility mainly tells the story of the fight to conserve this internationally important wetland. It also contains a lecture room and an aquarium as well as a nature shop that sells unique handmade local gifts. Visitors can receive information or tour guide books from the centre.
A Roman Wall and a beautiful bird-watching hide can be visited through a short walking trail currently being developed around the marshes of Azraq.
The Marsh Trail is an easy loop around the marshes and pools. From the Visitors' Centre, the trail leads out to the marshes across a wooden walkway. It then crosses a dry area to reach a viewing platform overlooking the Shishan pools, the centre of the huge springs that once spilled millions of cubic metres of water across the marshland. Before they dried up the pools were popular swimming holes for the local people. In fact, the villagers refer to the two pools as "Man's Pool" and "Woman's Pool," an indication of their designated swimming areas.
On leaving the Viewing Area the trail passes along an ancient Umayyad or Roman wall (it is not certain who built it). Constructed of black basalt rock, it is an intricate structure with buttresses jutting out from the wall on either side. The wall was possibly a water control system, used to separate salt water from fresh water and as a barrier against winter floods.
The trail leaves the wall to cross more open water and reeds to a bird hide made of local mud brick. The hide overlooks a large stretch of shallow water that attracts many birds - including vivid blue kingfishers. From here also, water buffaloes can occasionally be seen. The trail then leads back to the Visitors’ Centre via an ancient circular walled pool, thought to have been used in ancient times for storing fresh water.