The Nabateans, an Arabian tribe that had progressively settled and established its main center at Petra from the 4th century BC, gradually took control of the trade route linking the Arabian Peninsula to the Mediterranean.
Traveling through the history of Wadi Rum, you will find Nabatean Temple it presence at Rum can be seen today in the remains of the temple to the goddess Allat (dated 32 AD), close to the modern village of Rum, and on numerous rock carvings and inscription, such as those at the Al-Shallaleh spring above the village. Water channels, reservoirs carved in the bedrock and dams blocking small canyons are scattered in the surrounding mountains and demonstrate the Nabateans’ elaborate methods of harvesting and managing water, a vital resource in a semi-arid land.The beautiful, colorful Nabatean temple is located just 500 meters outside the Wadi Rum at the foot of the impressive cliffs of Jabal Rum. Visitors can easily reach the Temple by following the road next to the Rest house. It is well worth a visit.