11.05.2020
3 min.

With the Holy month of Ramadan starting tomorrow,

preparations for the festivities are well underway here in Jordan! Like many monotheistic religions, Ramadan is a time for Muslims to fast and reflect on their faith.

Ramadan brings with it many cultural practices that many foreign travelers to Jordan might not know of but will make their trip that much more exciting and immersive! Whether you want to visit the Ramadan tents in the different venues and hotels or want to explore what a traditional Iftar is like, you’ve picked the right time to come!

To make your travels to Jordan more comfortable and enjoyable during the Holy Month, we here at Zaman Tours have come up with the below Ramadan Q&A for foreign travelers to Jordan:

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar. It is significant to the Islamic faith since it is the month in which it is believed that God revealed the Qur’an to the Prophet Mohammad. Muslims are encouraged to fast, donate monies to charities and study the Qur’an during this month to encourage self-control, and diminish dependence on material goods and establish solidarity with the poor and less fortunate.

What are some of the Ramadan traditions?

During Ramadan Muslims engage in three traditions amongst many others including fasting, Iftar, and charitable activities.

Fasting: Muslims fast between dawn and sunset, restricting themselves from drinking and eating.

Iftar: After the sun has set, families gather together for Iftar where they break their fast, traditionally starting their meal by eating a date. This is followed by the fourth of the five daily prayers after which the main meal is served.

Charity: Charity during Ramadan is very important. According to tradition, Ramadan is a blessed time to give to charity. It is hence not uncommon to see families and individuals donate food, clothes and monies towards charities and those that are less fortunate during the Holy Month.

How long does Ramadan last?

The Month of Ramadan lasts between 29 to 30 days. The month begins with a new moon, and ends with the next new moon.

Touring

Are tourist sites open during Ramadan?

All of the tourist sites in Jordan are open during Ramadan.

Any advice on what to do whilst visiting the sites?

We would recommend guests to wear t-shirts or shirts that cover the arms up to the elbow and ideally light pants that extend to the ankles. Whilst Jordan is a liberal country and wearing shorter clothes is perfectly fine, locals working at the sites will appreciate the display of sensitivity from travelers if they are adequately clothed.

Can I eat in public?

We advise guests not to eat and drink water in public places during Ramadan as a sign of respect towards people who are fasting. It is perfectly fine to eat/drink in hotels and tourist sites and restaurants.

Can I eat/drink in touristic sites? What about restaurants near tourist sites?

Yes. Restaurants operating at tourist sites and around Amman will be open during Ramadan. The tourist sites such as Petra et al., will also have vendors selling food and drinks to visitors.

Do tourist sites opening times change during Ramadan?

The opening hours for tourist sites are as follows:
Visitor centers and ticket offices: 9 AM to 4 PM, but visitors can remain inside the sites until 5 PM
Museums: 9 AM to 5 PM

Do shops opening times change during Ramadan?

Shops located inside hotels will be open as usual. Many supermarkets and malls will operate on regular hours, but will close between the hours of 5 PM and 8 PM and then open from 8 PM onwards.

Hotels

Do Hotels serve food during the day during Ramadan?

Hotels will serve food and drinks throughout the day.

Do Hotels serve alcoholic drinks during Ramadan?

5 Star hotel properties will serve alcohol during Ramadan to be consumed in their venues.

Do Hotels serve breakfast and dinner during daylight?

Hotels will serve breakfast and dinner as usual. However for guests who are fasting and would rather swap traditional breakfast hours for Iftar or Suhour can do so. Ask your Zaman Tours Travel Consultant for more information no specific hotels.

Nightlife

Are bars/restaurants open during Ramadan?

Many public bars close during Ramadan unless they serve food in which case they will not serve alcohol. The exception is restaurants located inside hotels.

What are some of the evening activities that I can undertake during Ramadan?

The Amman municipality is launching the “Citadel Nights” during Ramadan. The events will take place inside the grounds of the Amman Citadel every night where guests are invited to enjoy traditional dishes, folklore and music shows and authentic souks. For more information, please visit www.amman.jo/citadel/en/index.asp

Additionally several popular venues and hotels will have Ramadan themed nights at their properties. Ask your local Zaman Tours Travel Consultant for more details on these.

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isa
2022-07-25
Expérience extraordinaire ! Des paysages grandioses un pays magnifique !Je garderais longtemps dans mon coeur la jordanie et les jordaniens qui sont des gens très sympathiques serviables et honnêtes ! Nous avons eu un guide Hussam au top et très sympa ! Et un chauffeur Naël très bon conducteur et sympathique ! La nourriture jordanienne est excellente ! Je vous conseille à tous ce pays !
Tim H
Tim H
2022-02-22
Outstanding service ensured a superb holiday We tailored an existing itinerary to perfectly suit our needs and the trip was an outstanding success. from the second we stepped off our international flight, we were looked after by Zaman Tours who were outstanding. I work in tourism in the UK (promoting African destinations) and have experienced excellent services in the past, but nothing any better than that offered by Zaman. Organisation was by Maiss, our driver/guide was Murad and our tourist guide was Magdi. All were magnificent. They should be very proud of the work they did and the way they represented not only Zaman, but Jordan as a whole. We left the country having made real friends. We cannot recommend Jordan and Zaman Tours enough to others. Jordan felt 100% safe as well as very friendly and welcoming
Julia V
Julia V
2022-01-04
So happy we booked this trip! This was our first time booking a private tour for so long (8 nights). I am really glad I found out about Zaman Tours, as they made this trip so smooth for us, so we would not have to worry about a single thing. One if the reasons why I chose them, was because they are a fully local company and have far more reasonable prices compared to the international tour companies working in the region. They have adapted the itinerary many times for us to fit our needs and responded quickly to all of our emails. A special thanks goes to our driver Morad. Not only did he show us his country, but we actually became friends during this trip :)
Alberto P
Alberto P
2021-12-09
Excellent tour! Me and my friend went to Jordan for 4 days, We saw Amman, Mont Nebo, Petra, Wadi Rum desert and Dead Sea. The Guide Mr. Hussein was amazing, his italian, kindness, were very appreciated. The hotel's 5 stars were excellent. We felt very safe and recommend touring Jordan with Zaman Tour!
Aloke Das
Aloke Das
2021-10-27
Day tour from Dead sea hotel to Wadi Mujib and Ma'in hot springs! We did the day tour to Wadi Mujib canyoning and Ma'in hot springs from Dead sea. Ali, our guide was very friendly and provided us with a lot of knowledge of local culture and traditions. He even gave us tips for restaurants to try a palestinian cuisine "Musakhan", and even offered to take us to his home to try the same. He ensured we got the best of Wadi Mujib and Ma'in hot springs and even found time for us to go souvenir shopping. Great service and friendly guide indeed!
Yossi
Yossi
2021-10-25
Excellent tour Our tour was 5 days and starts at Aqaba to Wadi Rum, Petra, Aman, Dead Sea, Wadi Mujib and finished at Aqaba. All was organized by Zaman Tours. The Guide Mr. Faisal was amazing, his knowledge, kindness, are very appreciated. The hotel's 5 stars were excellent. We felt very safe and recommend touring Jordan.
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Wanderer51034973093
2021-09-26
We booked our trip to Jordan last minute and they organized all the itinerary for us and it was beyond perfect! This was the best experience we’ve ever had with a tour company. They booked everything and organized the whole itinerary for us. Visa, PCR test, entrance fees, hotel bookings, food, driver…I mean EVERYTHING! Our driver, his name is Issa, was the best driver. He took really good care of us, was prepared with water and juices and almost anything we needed. This was my second time in Jordan and was way better than my first experience. Definitely recommend!
AbdulAM
AbdulAM
2021-04-11
The Best Tour of My Life!!!!! I did a private tour with Zaman for all the highlights of Jordan, and I don't have enough words to thank them for such an amazing and memorable trip. The tour was so well organized and they made me feel I was traveling with a friend. The driver was so professional and friendly and during the entire trip I felt so safe. I feel so fortunate to experience Jordan with Zaman Tours, and If I am visiting Jordan again, I would definitely reach out to them again :-)
JP Vann
JP Vann
2021-03-31
The Best of Jordan with Zaman Tours We had little time to plan for our February 2020 Jordan trip, 2 weeks to be exact. We contacted Zaman Tours as they are accredited by the Jordan Tourism Board. Ms Eman quickly responded to my email and offered an 8-day private package that suited our budget. Ms Eman was patient in answering my queries and requests. She arranged our itinerary and our package included airport transfers, a good choice of 3 and 4-star accommodations, sightseeing and admission tickets, a modern Hyundai Sonata for our transportation, bottled water & wifi onboard and half board meals i the hotels. Local guide services in Jerash and Petra as well as Petra by Night tour were optional and can be bought either in advance or on-site. Airport pick up was a breeze. Zaman Tours representative, Mr Freddy, welcome and helped us through immigration and baggage claim. Our English speaking driver for our entire stay was Mr Shareef, an excellent and courteous driver. He was on time all the time. He did all the check-ins for us. During drives, he gave short insights about the place we would be visiting. He also gave recommendations on other activities you could do for extra cost like Turkish bath after a tiring walk in Petra, an additional jeep tour in Wadi Rum and a private cruise in Aqaba. Along the way, he would stop where we could eat lunch, drink coffee, use toilet or buy souvenirs. We appreciated his flexibility with time. We were able to adjust pick up times enabling us to stay a bit longer at our selected sites. We traveled to almost all the significant and picturesque places in the whole of Jordan. We went to Ajloun, Jerash, Amman Citadel, Mount Nebo, Madaba, Petra, Little Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba, Bethany and Dead Sea. We stayed 2 nights in Amman, 2 nights in Petra and a night each in Wadi Rum, Aqaba and Dead Sea. I had to say all the accommodations booked by Zaman Tours were centrally located and clean. We were also happy that we never had to worry where to have dinner every night as all dinners were included in the price that we paid. My recommendation to those who would like to see both the Treasury and the Monastery is to book 2 nights in Petra. My suggestion when buying souvenir items and Dead Sea products is to purchase them in Aqaba where the prices are a lot cheaper. And for the other activities, hotels offer more choices at friendly prices. Thank you to Zaman Tours... Ms Eman, Mr Freddy and Mr Shareef for a wonderful first trip to Jordan. Hope to be back someday... Shokran! See the best of Jordan with Zaman Tours!
german.z
german.z
2020-03-21
mar muerto mucho más que flotar llegas a un resort 5 estrellas con todas las comodidades y luego te sumergis en el agua flotando con el barro de las orillas. el cutis y la piel te quedan increíbles. luego disfruté completo en los hoteles....