Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Come explore the Dead Sea with us.

Israel's Dead Sea is located at the center of the Jordan rift valley.  The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth - 430 meters below sea level! 

In ancient times Herod the Great bathed in the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is one of the world's saltiest bodies of water. It is almost 10 times saltier than the ocean. This high level of salinity makes it possible float in the without any effort but on the down-side it also prevents the existence of life in its waters except for species of bacteria and fungal microorganisms - hence the name.

The minerals found in the Dead Sea are known worldwide for their medicinal properties - the waters are rich in sulfur. Tourists from all over the world, come to the Dead Sea to smear themselves with Dead Sea mud which has many medicinal properties. People suffering with psoriasis, osteoarthritis and rhinosinusitus experience improvements in their conditions after bathing in the water or covering their bodies with the black mud.

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Floating on the Dead Sea (Image credit - Unsplash)

The Shape of the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea has a characteristic shape and is divided into two basins - the northern and southern. A peninsula called 'the tongue" forms part of the lake.

Over the past 20 years the sea level of the Dead Sea has dropped by 12 meters . Trees, which are still seen today on the seashore, indicate a number of similar low levels in the last four thousand years.

The Climate

Sunny skies prevail almost all year round; in the summer the temperature rises to 40ºc and can even reach as much as 48ºc. The winter is relatively warm with temperatures scarcely dropping below10ºc. Humidity hardly exceeds 40% and it drops in the summer to an average of 23%.

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Dead Sea Travel Tips

The Dead Sea offers wonderful views and it is a relaxing getaway for tourists and vacationers. It is a sunbathers delight. 

Hikers can enjoy a climb up the nearby Masada Fortress via the Snake Path. The Snake Path rises 400 meters offering vacationers stunning views of the Dead Sea, the desert and the Jordanian Mountains. For the less energetic there is a cable car that will take you to the top.

Visit Ein Gedi - a lush oasis in the middle of the desert.  Nine hiking trails of varying difficulty and some lead you to David's Waterfall where you can swim and enjoy the cool waters.

Prevent dehydration and remember to drink plenty of water.

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Dead Sea Hotels

Luxury hotels, spas, kibbutz accommodation, zimmerin, guest houses and Airbnb accomodation on the shores of the Dead Sea and close by at Ein Gedi, Arad and surrounding areas is available.

The Dead Sea Scrolls, Qumran & Museums

Another major attraction at the Dead Sea is the Qumran National Park where at the caves, the Dead Sea Scrolls and fragments were found between 1947 and 1947 by Bedouin shepherd Muhammed edh-Dhib, his cousin Jum'a Muhammed, and Khalil Musa.

As recently as February 2017, Hebrew University archaeologists announced the discovery of a new, 12th cave at Qumran. One blank parchment found in a jar. Broken and empty scroll jars and pickaxes suggest that the cave was looted in the 1950s. In total 972 manuscripts have been found at Qumran

Small portions of the Dead Sea Scrolls collections have been put on temporary display in exhibitions at museums and public venues around the world.

The majority of the Dead Sea Scrolls collection was moved to Jerusalem's Shrine of the Book (a part of the Israel Museum) in April 1965.

Dead Sea Salt

No trip to the Dead Sea is complete without a visit to a spa and purchasing world-renown Dead Sea cosmetics.  Do shop around as prices vary. Clay face masques, mineral enriched soap and Dead Sea bath salts are just some of the products you can purchase.  Other cosmetics and body treatments, creams and lotions are also available for purchase.

 

The Hebrew word for the Dead Sea is 'Yam Hamelach' - ים המלח - literally translated to the Salt Sea. Learn more Hebrew words with free word sheets.

 

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