007- Early Islamic Period
The town of Ayla (present day Aqaba) dates back to the 4th millennium BCE. It was inhabited by early Arabs, the Nabateans, Romans, Byzantines, and then came under Islamic rule in 630 CE. Islamic Ayla is a rare example of an Islamic urban plan known as misr. The rectangular walled town has two intersecting axial streets that lead to four side gates. Within the walls is an early Islamic mosque from the 8th or 9th century CE, a governor’s residence, and tribal quarters.
Aqaba’s main waterfront road, near the hotel district.