Dana, Jordan

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Dana

ضانا
Village
Dana village
Dana village
Dana is located in Jordan
Dana
Dana
Location in Jordan
Coordinates: 30°40′29″N 35°36′37″E / 30.67472°N 35.61028°E / 30.67472; 35.61028
CountryFlag of Jordan.svg Jordan
GovernorateTafilah Governorate
Population
 (2015)[1]
 • Total31

Dana (Arabic: ضانا‎) is a village near the city of Tafilah, in the Feynan area in central-western Jordan (Tafilah Governorate). It is situated on the edge of Wadi Dana, a large natural canyon, and has views over Wadi Araba. It is host to Dana Biosphere Reserve, one of Jordan's premiere nature reserves with ecotourism facilities. .[2][3]

The modern village of Dana has been occupied for approximately 500 years. According to some sources, the village was built by Bedouins from Hebron, Palestine, who settled the area during the Ottoman period and were members of a tribe called Al 'Ata'ata.[4] The perhaps 6,000 years of prior human occupation at the site included Paleolithic, Edomite, Assyrian, Egyptian, Nabataean, and Roman cultures, taking advantage of its easily-defensible topographical position, fertile soil, and water.[4] Supposedly it preserves many aspects of Jordanian villages of the 19th century.

The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) initiated a project to protect the nature surrounding the village and promote sustainable development and tourism ("revitalization")[4]. Many of the families from Dana turn to the nearby village of Qadisiyya for access to more modern amenities.

Dana Valley

Dana is home to several hotels, including the RSCN Guest House and the Dana Hotel operated by Dana and Qadisiyah Local Community Cooperative.[2][3]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Dana
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 9.8
(49.6)
11.4
(52.5)
14.9
(58.8)
19.1
(66.4)
22.9
(73.2)
26.7
(80.1)
27.7
(81.9)
28.3
(82.9)
26.2
(79.2)
23.0
(73.4)
17.0
(62.6)
12.2
(54.0)
19.9
(67.9)
Average low °C (°F) 1.5
(34.7)
1.8
(35.2)
4.3
(39.7)
7.4
(45.3)
10.2
(50.4)
12.6
(54.7)
14.6
(58.3)
15.2
(59.4)
12.7
(54.9)
10.4
(50.7)
6.5
(43.7)
2.7
(36.9)
8.3
(47.0)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 72
(2.8)
64
(2.5)
61
(2.4)
20
(0.8)
6
(0.2)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
4
(0.2)
24
(0.9)
69
(2.7)
320
(12.6)
Source: Climate-data.org

See more[edit]

A street in the village

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The General Census - 2015" (PDF). Department of Population Statistics.
  2. ^ a b "Dana Biosphere". Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-18.
  3. ^ a b Jordan Eco & Nature. Jordan Tourism Board, 2006.
  4. ^ a b c "The Dana Project." The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature. 1990. via library.acorjordan.org/liberty/main.do

Coordinates: 30°40′29″N 35°36′37″E / 30.67472°N 35.61028°E / 30.67472; 35.61028