Jordan's Wadi Rum and Petra

Hiking and exploring amongst the mountains of Jordan`s Wadi Rum




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Holiday Overview


  • Journey with the Bedouin across historic desert lands
  • Trek in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia
  • Exclusive camping within the `Rose-red City` of Petra
  • Ascend Jordans highest peak - Jebel Um Adaami (1832m)

Jordan's Wadi Rum and its 'rose-red City' of Petra provide a magical setting for a trekking holiday in the Middle East. Rising abruptly from the desert plains, the red-ochre sandstone mesas of Wadi Rum provide one of the world's most dramatic landscapes. It was famously described by T.E. Lawrence as "Rum the magnificent... vast, echoing and God-like." In this traditional hunting ground of the Bedouin, our 5-day trek will take us on ancient trails through hidden canyons and across open rocky slopes to the summits of several of the biggest formations in Jordan, including Jebel Um Adaami (1832m), Jordan's highest peak. Throughout the trekking holiday, some easy scrambling will be required to get to the best viewpoints and the guide will carry a rope to safeguard exposed sections, such as the final part of the approach to the dramatic Burdah Bridge. Four-wheel-drive vehicles will provide back-up and we will camp each night on the sands in the company of our hospitable Bedouin hosts. A final highlight of this outstanding Arabian adventure holiday is our 2-day visit to the awe-inspiring 2300 year old, rock-hewn city of Petra. Here, we will make our initial approach via the back trail from Little Petra and the fantastic rock-hewn `Monastery` as we spend the whole day exploring the site, following in the footsteps of the ancient and the intrepid.

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Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

Is this holiday for you?

This is not a long or sustained trekking holiday. It is a series of day-hikes in an unusual mountain area. We will walk for around 4 to 5 hours on each of the 5 days that we spend at Wadi Rum. This will involve walking on desert trails and soft sand, as well as scrambling on the jebels themselves. When climbing on the jebels we will usually be following routes which have been used for generations by Bedouin hunters and shepherds. The Bedouin guide will carry a climbing rope, which may be used on exposed sections to reassure group members who are not confident scramblers. The altitudes attained during this holiday will not cause problems. At the time of year that we will be visiting Jordan (winter) it will not be extremely hot during the day. However, we will encounter day-time temperatures as high as 30 degrees centigrade and sun protection and adequate hydration are important considerations.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Madaba. Transfers from Amman Airport are provided.
  • Drive south to Wadi Rum. Trek from Lawrence’s Well across Jebel Rum to Abu Aina.
  • Scramble up the Burdah Bridge. Hike into desert and onto Jebel um Frith camp.
  • Traverse Jebel Khasch (1700m) and descend a rocky wadi to a picturesque desert camp.
  • Trek to summit of Jebel Um Adaami (1832m) and enjoy desert views across to Saudi Arabia.
  • Drive to the UNESCO site of Petra for a day of guided exploration. Trek out of Petra to wilderness camp.
  • Trek to the biblical summit of Jebel Haroun (1270m). Hike down to Petra and transfer to hotel.
  • Departure day. Amman Airport transfers are provided.
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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Madaba. Transfers from Amman Airport are provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in Madaba. KE Land Only package services begin with a single group transfer from Amman Airport to the group hotel in Madaba. This transfer is normally in the late evening and a representative of our local agent will accompany the group on the 30 minute journey to the hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Drive south to Wadi Rum. Trek from Lawrence’s Well across Jebel Rum to Abu Aina.

    Today we set off by minibus for the morning's drive southwards to Wadi Rum. The Desert Highway runs alongside the railway line which was famously blown up by Lawrence of Arabia during the Great War. We will meet our Bedouin hosts at the new Visitor Centre in Wadi Rum and transfer our baggage from the bus to our 4-wheel-drive vehicles, before walking into the village to a house where our lunch has been prepared. Here, we will meet our guide and drivers. Lunch is likely to consist of salad dishes, pasta and tuna, with sweet tea and biscuits. Lunch over, we will walk through the village and make the half-hour hike up to 'Lawrence's Well' in Wadi Shelaala. This is a great place and has the only running water that you are likely to see during your time in Jordan, as well as fig trees, gardens and grinning Bedouin kids and their goats. This is the spring where Lawrence of Arabia bathed when in Wadi Rum (Seven Pillars of Wisdom - page 363). It still corresponds exactly to the description he gave. It is a delightful spot, perhaps 150 metres above the village, with a great view out over the valley. We will spend a little time in this peaceful place, before continuing our walk on a wide and rocky ledge across the face of Jebel Rum. The great expanse of desert on our left side is called Ghor al Ajram and was the place where all the tents were set up for Abu Tayi’s 'party' in the film Lawrence of Arabia.

    As an introduction to Wadi Rum, this short walk cannot be bettered. After 2 hours or so, this route takes us down to the desert sand at Abu Aina. Spring water has been channelled into troughs here and the camels that roam around the desert during the day come to drink here before returning to the village or to the desert for the night. Here, we meet our transport for the half-hour drive to our camping place at the mouth of Wadi Um Ishrin. At the entrance of this valley a large dune has built up and our camp is hidden behind this. Tea and biscuits will be served and there will be chance to do some exploring before dinner. This is also a good opportunity to select the place where you would like to sleep, under the stars or in your tent as you prefer. You can find plenty of private spots if you wish, or you can remain near to the campfire. As it gets dark, around the campfire you will meet the team of helpers, learn their names and exchange banter with them. An important part of this trekking holiday is to get to know something about the extraordinary people who are the Bedouin of Wadi Rum.

    • Accommodation Camping

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  • Scramble up the Burdah Bridge. Hike into desert and onto Jebel um Frith camp.

    After breakfast, we will board our vehicles for the short drive to Jebel Burdah, which leads through Khor Al Ajram, a wide valley with magnificent cliffs and high sand dunes. These cliffs are the site of many world class climbing routes and we may see climbers in action. On the way to Jebel Burdah, we pass a particularly fine and very old rock inscription which shows a camel caravan. This morning's objective is the Burdah Bridge, a well-known landmark which is reached by way of relatively easy scrambling across open rock slabs. Our guide will show us the best route through a maze of blind alleys and dead ends. There are some steeper sections and you will need to use your hands at times. A jumble of rocks leads to a small plateau, through a valley and then over a steep slab. From here, we turn a corner into a hidden gulley that provides us with a wonderful view of the bridge above. Obligatory photo stop. We then climb a short, steeper wall and here the guide will use a climbing rope to safeguard our passage. Above, we will cross the dramatic Burdah Bridge - another fantastic photo opportunity. There are magnificent views from here, extending over the whole area of Wadi Rum. We have the option of descending by an alternative route, again crossing wonderful open slabs and culminating in a steep groove which is best descended on your backside, with the climbing rope at hand for reassurance. Back on the desert floor after a 3-hour round-trip, we meet our vehicles and have lunch in the shade. Fruit juice and tea/coffee will be waiting for us. Lunch is usually a lighter meal than supper, very often heavier on vegetables than meat. After a siesta, we set out to walk for a couple of hours through desert canyons to our next overnight camp. This takes us past some impressively eroded cliffs and by way of a second rock arch that forms a part of Jebel Um Frith. At camp, jugs of water will be available for those who want to find a quiet corner and wash off the desert dust.

    • Accommodation Camping

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  • Traverse Jebel Khasch (1700m) and descend a rocky wadi to a picturesque desert camp.

    The day starts with a half-hour transfer southwards to Jebel Khasch. Here, we start out hiking through an interesting rocky valley with some sparse vegetation, before negotiating easy rocky slabs as our route twists and turns to the plateau area beneath the highest rocky piles of this massif. We will choose a prominent summit as our high point (1700m) and enjoy views which extend on all sides across the desert landscape. Descending towards the west through another rocky valley, we will effectively made a traverse of Jebel Khasch which takes around 4 hours. There are some great rock colours, blues and purples, as we finally reach a sandy wadi and meet up with our vehicles for lunch. After lunch, we descend an impressive wadi, where we may see Sinai or roseate finches (the national bird of Jordan). This walk also takes us through an ancient Bedouin cemetery and into an area of red rocks and red sand. There is a choice of camping places in this area which each afford good sunset views.

    • Accommodation Camping

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  • Trek to summit of Jebel Um Adaami (1832m) and enjoy desert views across to Saudi Arabia.

    There are even better views today, as we set off to tackle Jebel Um Adaami, the highest mountain in Jordan, which lies on the border with Saudi Arabia. This is quite a difficult drive for our 4-wheel-drive transport, but an enjoyable one for the passengers. Especially memorable is the wide and lonely Wadi Saabit, close to the mountain. Notice the deep stream bed in the centre of this valley – it shows just how much water used to fall in the Wadi Rum area. Arriving at the start of the day's walk, we can see a Nabatean dam on the left as we head up into a sandy valley. Still in use by the Bedouin, a long line of stones (now set in cement) directs as much water as possible into the shaded reservoir under the cliff. At the end of the valley we climb up a gulley onto the mountain and this is the only difficulty in the ascent. The rest of the path is a stoney one, leading to the cairn marking the summit. Here, we are right on the border and can see far into the Saudi mountains. Make sure you have plenty of film with you! The Bedouin guide might even brew a cup of herb tea on the summit, using materials gathered on the ascent. After this 3-hour round-trip, we will drive back to our camping place of the previous evening for lunch. The afternoon's programme is a 2-hour walk across the desert, through an area where we are likely to see Bedouin camps and grazing goats and camels. On this evening, we may choose to spend the night in a Bedouin tent, close to Um Sabata. Anybody who wishes can sleep outside on the soft sand, otherwise we spread our mattresses inside the tent which is twenty or thirty metres long. One option tonight is to have a traditional Bedouin dish of chicken or lamb, cooked in an underground oven. These ovens are often improvised in the desert, dug out and lined with a metal drum, before a fire is lit inside and the oven heated for a couple of hours. The meat and vegetables are placed on the embers and sand heaped high over the oven. A couple more hours and the dish is ready. The cooks will start this dish before we arrive, but you can see the finished product being brought out.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

  • Drive to the UNESCO site of Petra for a day of guided exploration. Trek out of Petra to wilderness camp.

    This morning we leave Wadi Rum and head to Petra. We make our entrance to the Petra site through the atmospheric chasm of the Siq, which brings us out at the magnificent monument of the Treasury. We have the whole day with a guide, exploring the different sites of this huge city, before we set out on the short hike to our camp above Petra. Following a track past the Roman Theatre area and Pharaoh's Column, we descend into Wadi Ras Suleiman and on towards the Snake Monument, before curving back above it to a plateau near the Djinn Block where we'll find our camp already set up for us. It's a truly unique experience to spend a night camping close to the site of Petra.

    • Accommodation Camping

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  • Trek to the biblical summit of Jebel Haroun (1270m). Hike down to Petra and transfer to hotel.

    Today we start our trek to the top of Jebel Haroun (1270m), also known as Mount Aaron. Our route takes us on zig-zagging paths and between rugged cliffs to reach the small, white-painted mosque and shrine at the summit. It's a hike of approximately 7 kilometres, with 370 metres of ascent and will take us close to 3 hours to reach the top. The views here are legendary and we spend some time, admiring the shrine, reputedly, the burial site of Moses's brother, Aaron - with its Hebraic inscriptions. We retrace our step down Petra and have another chance to do some exploration, before we walk out through the Siq and check into our hotel in Wadi Musa.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Departure day. Amman Airport transfers are provided.

    After an early breakfast we transfer by private vehicle (3hrs) to Amman International Airport. KE Land Only package services end on arrival at the airport. However if you would like to extend your visit in Jordan to visit the Red Sea, the Dead Sea or Jerash, please contact our team of adventure travel consultants.

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Holiday Information

  • An experienced English-speaking local leader
  • Airport transfers as described
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Petra including entrance fees
  • A full service on trek including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Tips for local guide and other local staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A single group transfer will be arranged from Amman Airport to the hotel in Amman. This transfer will meet the arrival of the Royal Jordanian flight from the UK and will normally depart from the airport at around 0100 hours (the early hours of Day 2 of the trip itinerary). At the end of the trip there will be a single group transfer from the group hotel in Madaba to Amman Airport timed to meet the check in for the Royal Jordanian flight back to the UK which departs in the late morning. This transfer will be after breakfast on Day 8 of the trip itinerary. A representative of our local agent will assist with the transfers between the airport and the group hotel. If the arrival transfer does not work with your flight, you will need to make your own transfer arrangements at Amman Airport. The airport is 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of the town of Madaba. Fixed price tan-coloured airport taxis are readily available outside the terminal exit doors. They charge a standard fare of JD20 for the one-way trip to Madaba. Airport taxis are preferable to the yellow taxis, which are metered but usually entail some sort of haggling with the driver. There is an ATM and money changing facilities in the airport. On day 8, should you require an airport transfer, these can be arranged by the hotel reception staff or alternatively please contact the KE office for prices.

Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

British Airways also have a service from London to Amman. You may need to make separate airport transfer arrangements if you use these flights and/or book additional hotel nights.

At around 7 a.m. breakfast will be under way and you will be able to make your way to the centre of the desert camp to pick up that all important first cup of tea or coffee. You will have plenty of time to get up and pack your trek bag which will be transported safely in the support vehicle to our next camping place. Bottled mineral water is provided throughout the time in the desert and you will need to grab a couple of bottles and your packed lunch prior to setting off. Usually, our route will involve a mix of walking, through cool canyons and across open rocky terrain and we will find a suitably shady spot to stop for a long lunch. Usually we walk for around 4 hours in the morning and a couple of hours in the afternoon. On arrival at camp, we can relax on mattresses around a central area covered by matting and take a cooling drink, with tea or coffee also available. Dinner is served around the camp fire. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trip so far and for general socialising. After dark, the temperature starts to fall and everyone will soon be tucked up in their sleeping bags.

During this holiday, the group will spend 1 night in Madaba at a tourist-class hotel and 1 nights in a similar standard of hotel in Wadi Musa (Petra). There are 4 nights camping at Wadi Rum and 1 night above Petra. All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. When camping in the desert, we provide simple 2-man tents, but it is quite usual for group members to find a secluded spot in the dunes (or by the campfire if preferred) and to sleep out under the stars.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Breakfasts on trek consist of bread, a variety of cheese, honey, jams, fruit, tea and Nescafe. For lunch there will be a variety of salads, spicy humus, breads and other dishes from which we can select. Dinner will usually be barbeque or pan fried meat and vegetables with plenty of bread, yoghurt, and humus followed by fresh fruit and tea or coffee. While camping with the Bedouin in Wadi rum dinner usually consists of grilled meat and vegetables, perhaps chicken with rice and vegetables cooked in the embers of the camp fire. The Bedouin prefer to cook on a fire rather than a gas ring. The main dish will be followed by fruit, or possibly by cake. There will be a different evening meal every day and on one occasion there will be a chance to eat as the Bedouin do, using your fingers to eat from a communal tray. In all cases, provision is made for any vegetarians in the party. Mineral water is provided.

All meals are included from breakfast on day 2 to breakfast on day 8.

Approximately £100-£125 (or the equivalent in US dollars or euros) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including visa (if applicable) and tips. You should carry your travel money in the form of cash rather than travellers cheques, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival at the airport in Amman. Sterling and US Dollars are equally acceptable for exchange in Jordan. The unit of currency is the Jordanian Dinar (JD). The cost of the Petra visit is included in the trip price. If you are intending to buy expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly (credit cards can be useful in this respect). Also, if you expect to buy considerable quantities of drinks or other refreshments, you should allow for this.

The group will be accompanied by a licenced, English-speaking Jordanian tour leader when travelling outside of Wadi Rum. When in Wadi Rum, the group will be accompanied by a local Bedouin guide and a support crew of one or more drivers who will also do the cooking.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guides and porters. They do not form part of their wages. KE always pays local crews the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. For our part, we advise local teams that tips are not a duty or a prerequisite but are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that was given. As a rough guide we suggest you allow a total of around £40 (in equivalent local currency) for tipping your crew. We recommend that tips be given from the group as a whole rather than from individuals and the amount determined by the group.

During the holiday your baggage will be carried by bus and by 4WD vehicles. The only baggage limit is that which is imposed by the airline. We recommend that the weight of your packed trek bag does not exceed 15 kgs as this will make transiting airports a much more pleasant experience for you.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this trip.

A valid passport (with at least 6 months remaining validity) and a current Jordanian Visa are required for this trip. Nationals of certain countries - including all Western European countries, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan - can obtain visas on arrival at the airport in Amman. There is currently no visa fee if you spend 2 consecutive nights in Jordan. Nationals of countries not mentioned above should check the visa situation with the Jordanian embassy or consulate in their own country.

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in the case of recent alterations.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • 2/3 season sleeping bag *
  • Hiking boots/Approach shoes
  • Water bottles – 1 litre/1 quart x 2 (2 litres total)
  • Training shoes or sandals for sightseeing and camp use
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
  • Underwear
  • Travel pants
  • At least 1 long sleeve shirt with collar (for sun protection)
  • T-shirts
  • Warm jacket (eg. Fleece)*
  • Lightweight windproof / waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat (for chilly evenings in the desert)
  • Sunglasses
  • Daypack of approx. 30 litres / 1800 cubic inches capacity
  • Headtorch / headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Lighter/matches – for burning toilet paper
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Insect repellant
  • Antibacterial handwash (note that washing water can be limited in the desert)
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Shorts**
  • Small towel
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Thermarest (a foam mattress is provided)
  • Trekking poles
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
  • Camera, film / memory cards, batteries
  • Swimming shorts/costume (if extending at the Red or Dead Sea)
  • Spare laces


*For the November - February trips when night-time temperatures can fall below freezing in the desert, we recommend a 4 season sleeping bag, a warmer jacket such as a down-filled jacket, and thermal baselayers.

**As Jordan is an Islamic country, modest dress is preferable in the towns and cities. Shoulders should be kept covered, and full-length trousers/skirts are recommended. Shorts are OK once on trek.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Jordan

If you are a UK and USA passport holder you do require a visa for Jordan. There is no visa fee if you spend 2 consecutive nights in Jordan, and it is obtainable on arrival in Amman Airport.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

The unit of currency in Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar.

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time getting some additional exercise before going on an active holiday. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this holiday you need to be aerobically fit and also capable for walking up to 4 or 5 hours each day over a period of 5 days. Regular walking in hill or back country is the best preparation but if this is not possible, regular exercise with your preferred sport or pastime such as running, cycing and swimming, will develop better fitness and stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The best period for trekking in Jordan is in the late autumn through to early spring season, from October through to mid April. Outside of this period it can be very hot, with temperatures, rising to 40°C in July and August. In October and in April, the maximum daytime temperature is likely to be in the high twenties or low thirties °C, falling as low as 10°C at night. Heading into November the temperatures begin to cool and by December/January, typical daytime maximum temperatures are around 12 - 15 °C falling as low as 5°C at night. In December and January it can even snow in Amman.

  • Treks and Climbs in Wadi Rum. Tony Howard. Cicerone Press.
  • Jordan - Walks, Treks, Caves, Climbs and Canyons. Taylor and Howard. Cicerone Press.
  • Walks and Scrambles in Wadi Rum. Jordan Publishers

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