Meet Khaled Sabbah Atieg, In2Jordan’s colleague in Wadi Rum! Let him tell you about his job, his favourite places and what it’s like growing up in the desert.
Name: Khaled Sabbah Atieg
Age: 34 years old
Occupation: Tour guide and camp owner of Khaled’s Camp in Wadi Rum
Languages spoken: Fluent in Arabic and English
Q: How long have you been working with In2Jordan?
A: I have been working with In2Jordan for 6 years now.
Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: The best part of my job is meeting new people every day! It is very nice is to help them explore and discover the desert of Wadi Rum, especially if they are visiting for the first time.
Q: What parts of Jordan do your guests get most excited about?
A: I think usually people who come to Jordan and Wadi Rum are most excited about Petra, the Dead Sea and of course Wadi Rum.
Q: What is the hardest part of your job?
A: There is not really a hard part in my job but what I don’t like when guest leave Wadi Rum and they are sad because they don’t have enough time to stay longer in the desert.
Q: Where is your favourite place in Jordan?
A:. My favourite place in Jordan is Wadi Rum, of course! But I also like Petra as well as Um Qais and Jerash in the north of Jordan.
Q: What was it like growing up in Wadi Rum?
A: Growing up in Wadi Rum means being close contact to nature.
There is a big connection between me and the desert because I was born and grew up here. I’m in love with the desert and I cant imagine any life different.
Being a Bedouin means knowing how to live in the desert and how to survive with limited resources in food, water and technology. It also means to know how to appreciate everything that nature has to offer. Our rhythm of life is the rhythm of nature.
For us, it is important to keep our traditions with generosity and hospitality and welcoming people. I am really proud to be a Bedouin .
To find out more about Khaled and his camp, check out his website: http://www.wadi-rum.com/index.php
or follow him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WADIRUMCAMPING/