How, Where and What to Eat and Drink in Rum
Cooking and Shopping
There are several small Beduin shops in Rum Village. They are open at various hours and days of the week, but it is almost always possible to find a open store, the exceptions are on some of the various religious holidays. The cheaper ones are located further inside the village, away from the tourist side of things, these are the best to use, since they are more likely to charge you the “local” prices instead of the “tourist price”. Get to know the shop owners and you will not get ripped-off.
The shops sell all basic food items such as pasta, rice, flour and basic canned foods. Fresh produce is also available, but the quality and availability is variable and unpredictable. There are fresh eggs available, and you can also buy the chicken, dead or alive, if you want it. Yogurts and fresh cheeses like Labane are good, but remember to check the expiration date before you buy it. Other good items to look for are: Pitas and various “interesting” biscuits and sweets. If you have special food requirements it will be best to buy it before you get to Rum.
The small kitchen behind the Rest House wich was available for climbers staying in the campground is no longer there. It had a gas stove and some pots, kettles etc.
The best and most convenient option is Abu Ali’s Restaurant, situated near the entrance of the village. When you enter Rum Village, the first structure on the right is the old Rest House, which is now largely defunct, next on the right is a supermarket, followed by Abu Ali’s, also on the right. He serves good, fresh safe food, from breakfast to dinner, and can do lunch packs too. Great Coffee and Tea, as well as being able to assist with just about any other need you may have while in Rum. Dinner Should cost you around 5JD.
Many people use the tap water from the rest house for drinking and cooking, and there are rarely any problems, if there is, it is more likely to be from some suspect food, especially meat. There is always cold bottled water available from the stores in the village. The 1.5litre bottles that the water is sold in are very not strong and they break inside a backpack, so transfer the water into something else for hiking and climbing. Remember to take at least two litres per person per day on hikes and climbs. There are also several springs with drinkable water. See maps.