Based in Wadi Araba near the Dead Sea, the Abu Barqa Dam (also known as Abu Burqa Dam) has a storage capacity of around 500,000 m3 of flood water from the nearby wadi.
The reservoir is heavily silted up by sediment carried by the floods.
The dam is the starting point of a trail that leads through the wadi and to the top of a large sand dune which yields great views over Wadi Araba and Israel.
The area is of interest to birdwatchers. You can spot Water Pipits, Green Sandpipers, Blackstarts, Whitespectacled Bulbuls, Rock Martins and many other species if you are lucky.
The total construction costs of the dam was $1,376,000.
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- Building Sustainable Livelihoods - Jordan Human Development Report, MoPIC/ UNDP, 2004.