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Bible stories, lost cities, Lawrence of Arabia - Jordan has so many romantic associations. Jordan is, on the whole, peaceful. It's one of the most welcoming, hospitable countries in the world. It's also home to two of the most spectacular sights in the Middle East. Petra, the ancient city of the Nabateans, is one of the world's most atmospheric ruins. The startling desert scenery of Wadi Rum enraptured Lawrence of Arabia and has caused travellers to don a kaffiyeh and gaze defiantly into the distance.