Jordan is officially the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Jordan shares borders with Syria to the north, Iraq to the northeast, Saudi Arabia to the east and south, the Gulf of Aqaba to the southwest, and Palestine and Israel to the west. It shares control of the Dead Sea with Israel. Much of Jordan is covered by the Arabian Desert (partly Wadi Rum). However, the north-western part of Jordan is part of the Ancient Fertile Crescent. The capital city is Amman. Jordan has many ancient monuments.