The first element of site development was an underwater survey on the north coast of Aqaba that revealed important information about the city, recovered some important artifacts, and highlighted potential natural and human threats to the site. Building upon this survey, the Ayla project recruited a GIS expert and a designer to create a comprehensive, detailed map of the site’s layout and geography. A GIS company was then employed to create an interactive version of this map, including historical and scientific information about the site itself and the surrounding area, to be made available online for use by visitors to better navigate and interpret the site.
Following the initial survey and the interactive mapping project, the SCHEP and JREDS teams turned their attention toward design and installation of interpretive panels that allow visitors to better and more easily understand the details and historical significance of the site. With the approval of the Department of Antiquities, new signs were designed and installed and others underwent necessary maintenance.