Tourists talk about the Aqabawi people’s hospitality and kindness. The secret is that the people of Aqaba are attached to their city; their love for the city is demonstrated in a few quotes from Aqabawis about their city:
“I love Aqaba; I was born and raised here. It is the land of my grandfathers.I love the sea; the sea makes me feel alive. I can’t leave Aqaba even for one day”
“I moved to Aqaba with my husband 30 years ago, I had my children here. Aqaba is a beautiful city with beautiful people; they are hospitable, generous, and helpful. I love it here”.
“I love the sea; I spent my childhood with my brothers and friends on the beach. Later I joined the national swimming team. Now I drive this glass bottom boat and take tourists on trips to see the fascinating corals of our sea. There is no other thing in the world that I’d rather do”.
“Aqaba is my homeland, I needed a job and I thought of selling hibiscus tea wearing the traditional dress. This is not like any other profession; it is a job that keeps me close to the people. I meet, talk to, and befriend numerous people every day. For me this is a great wealth”
“I love Aqaba because Aqaba loves us and loves everyone who lives in it, It gives one and is generous to him. Because it is our grandfathers, us, and our children. And because it’s our future. We love Aqaba because we are Aqaba ”. Abdullah Manzallawi, historian and artist.