Lawrence’s destination was Aqaba on the northern shore of the Red Sea at the foothills of mountains so treacherous, every one of Aqaba fort’s guns were pointed out to sea, so confident were they that no one could attack over land

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Retaking Aqaba: Lawrence of Arabia’s famous mission has been done once more.


A century ago, T.E. Lawrence of Arabia led a two-month march through the desert of what is now Jordan to overthrow the Ottoman Empire and return the land to the Arabs. Twenty seconds of grainy footage in him driving a Model T Ford was enough for us to do it again in a fleet of the Blue Oval’s newest SUVs.


The sun was about to set behind the mountains as we descended into the Jordanian resort of Aqaba on the Red Sea but there was no time to soak in the beauty as we had literally minutes to spare. 


The final few minutes of an 11-hour drive which had taken us through mountains, across desert, through wadis, past military checkpoints and via the famous Wadi Rum had come to this, a sprint through afternoon traffic if we were to make our boat on time. [To be continued...]

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