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Petra is the most visited tourist site in Jordan and tourism is the main source of income for Jordan. Tourist numbers peaked at about one million in 2010 then declined due to regional instability. In 2017, tourist numbers were back up to 600,000. Petra is believed to have been settled as early as 9,000 BC, 9,000 years before the time of Jesus. It was originally known to its inhabitants as Raqmu and was the capital city of the Nabataean Kingdom. The Nabataeans were a nomadic Bedouin tribe who settled Raqmu, now known as Petra, and a string of oases that made up an ancient caravan trade route.

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