The words 'beauty' and 'camel' wouldn't normally come up in a word association game, but the word camel does actually come from the Arabic word jamal
, meaning beauty. And, when you get over the quirky look of a camel, it does have many beautiful aspects. The graceful walk, the long, elegant legs, the big luscious lips, an almost wry smile at times, as well as those lashes and brows – both so
on trend. Might need to work on the teeth though. What is truly beautiful, however, is the camel's ability to endure distance and time without food or water and thus survive in the extreme temperatures of the desert, storing food or fat in its hump. In this case singular as camels in Jordan, also known as Arabian camels or dromedaries, are one hump beauties.
Camels have been making life easier for desert dwellers for generations, providing food, milk and transporting them and their goods from one oasis to another safely and in relative comfort. Today they also play an important role in tourism in Jordan, and are rarely used for personal use anymore by Bedouins. In fact there are no wild camels left in Jordan anymore, although Bedouins do let their camels roam off now and again for a day or two into the wilds.
Most people associate camels in Jordan with a quick camel ride around the great Rose City of Petra which is part of a somewhat commercial caravan. However, by taking a camel safari for a few days
into the heart of Wadi Rum, the country's southern desert, you get a feel of not only the sustenance it carries on its back, but also its vast heritage. Camel safaris are usually included as part of a longer cultural vacation in Jordan, with three or four days of deeper immersion in the desert an important part of your tour.