Before this force could reach Taba that place had been seized by the Turkish commandant at Akaba.
They sailed on July 6th, and were five days in reaching the mouth of the Gulf of Akaba.
A small Egyptian force was then directed to occupy Taba, a port near Akaba but on the western side of the gulf.
Ezion-geber, at the head of the Gulf of Akaba, was its seaport.
On the south its border was the country of the Midianites, and the head of the Gulf of Akaba.
Words cannot express the desolate aspect of this vast table-land, Akaba or the 'going-up,' as the Arabs call it.
He is supposed to have been poisoned at Akaba, where he died.
We ascended 650 feet—very difficult indeed, travelling about seven miles in four hours; the steepest part is called Akaba Sauda.
We joined the camels on the way, and after two hours of stones ascended the very steep Akaba Beva.
We were off Akaba at peep of day, and two armed cutters raced each other to the beach.