The northern portion of the Red Sea is divided by the Sinai Peninsula into the Aqaba Gulf in the east and the Gulf of Suez in the west.
Aqaba Gulf is located along the southeastern edge of the Sinai Peninsula and to the west of the Arabian Peninsula. Aqaba Gulf is bordered by the countries of Israel, Jordan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.
Aqaba Gulf forms an integral part of the East African Rift System and was created by seismic activity along the Afro-Syrian Rift.
This semi-enclosed, deep, narrow body of water is approximately 160 km long and has a maximum width of 24 km and a depth of 1,850 m at its deepest point.
The Tiran Strait connects Aqaba Gulf with the Red Sea. it’s also serves as a connecting point between the continents of Asia and Africa.
History of Aqaba Gulf
The city of Aqaba has one of the highest population growth rates in Jordan in 2017, and only 44% of the buildings in the city had been built before 1990. A special census for Aqaba city was carried by the Jordanian department of statistics in 2007, the total population of Aqaba by the census of 2007 was 98,400. The 2017 population estimate is 198,500. The results of the census compared to the national level are indicated as follows:
Demographic data of the city of Aqaba (2017)
1 Total population 198,500
2 Growth rate 4.3%
3 Male to Female ratio 56.1 to 43.9
4 Ratio of Jordanians to Foreign Nationals 82.1 to 17.9
5 Number of households 18,425
6 Persons per household 4.9
7 Percent of population below 15 years of age 35.6%
8 Percent of population over 65 years of age 1.7%
ِIslam represents the majority of the population of Aqaba, but Christianity still exists today. Approximately 5,000 Christian families live in the city. There are several churches in the city and one Christian school called Rosary Sisters School Aqaba.