Jordan (الأردنّ al-Urdunn) is a country in the Middle East almost completely landlocked (save for a small outlet on the Red Sea in the Gulf of Aqaba and a frontage on the Dead Sea). Jordan is bordered by Israel and the West Bank (Palestinian Territories) to the west, by Syria to the north, by Iraq to the east and by Saudi Arabia to the south. Amman is the capital and largest city of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (population c. 2.1 million). The city is generally well-appointed for the traveler, reasonably well-organized, and the people are very friendly. Petra, the fabled "rose red city, half as old as time", is a well known ancient Nabataean city in the south of Jordan. Due to its breathtaking grandeur and fabulous ruins, Petra was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. Aqaba is Jordan's window on the Red Sea. Historically the same city as Eilat on the Israeli side of the border, plans for a shared international airport and other forms of cooperation have cooled down in the past few years during a period of political tension. Aqaba has seen a lot of development in the last few years. Wadi Rum is a spectacularly scenic desert valley (wadi in Arabic) in southern Jordan. It is also known as "Valley of the Moon" and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Dead Sea Arabic: البحر الميت,al-Bahir al-Mayyit) has its eastern coast in Jordan. It is the lowest point in the world at 394.6 m (1269 ft) below sea level.