Enjoy Reading some Travel Guides to Jordan.
When you visit Jordan, you’re likely to hear “Ahlan wa sahlan” — which means “welcome” — regularly. Though hospitality and generosity are associated with many people and places, these characteristics are ingrained in Jordan’s culture, with origins in Bedouin tradition. The Bedouin are a nomadic group who live partially in Jordan, and many other people in Jordan are descendants of Bedouin tribes.
Jordan is a tolerant, Islamic state that welcomes all religions. Religion is an open and well-conversed aspect of Jordanian life, with numerous missionary groups in the country. Muslims account for 93 % of Jordan’s population, 93% of which are Sunni Muslims. There is a Christian minority of about 6 % with 1% representing other religions. Cities in the south of Jordan, have the highest percentage of Muslims. Christians, living mostly in Amman, Fuhais, Madaba, Al-Salt, Kerak, or at the Jordan Valley.
From a famous one planted by John Paul II as a sign of peace on the Mount Nebo to ‘normal’ ones growing all over the North in Jerash and Umm Qais. The most common and important tree in Jordan is the olive tree. With more than 20 million trees across the Kingdom, Jordan is among the top 10 olive producing countries in the world. Olive trees occupy 130,000 hectares of the country’s total terrain and constitute 71% of the total area planted with fruit trees.
Derived from the french word levant which means rising (like the rising of the sun), Levant had a wider definition in the past, but in today’s world, Levant refers to a geographical and historical region that includes Palestine, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. The levant has known some of the world’s oldest civilizations and its history dates back to the earliest days. The Levant’s entwined history and culture are best reflected by the beautiful languages spoken, and by one of the world’s richest cuisines.
Jordan has a combination of Mediterranean and arid desert climates, with Mediterranean climates prevailing in the north (like Ajloun sitting 1,200 m above sea level) and west of the country (with a rainy season from November to April), while the majority of the country is desert (with hot, dry summers and short, cool winters).
Jordan’s national flower is the Black Iris and it is one of the rarest flowers in the world and displays a very unique mix of colors, it is characterized by a dark purple almost black color with a mesmerizing Lilac hue and a white spot in the middle of the flower. These rare flowers grow in the spring around the Dead Sea, Jordan River, Dana Biosphere Reserve, Wadi Rum, Ajloun Mountains at the edges of the desert. It can also be found near historic excavation sites, and there have been many inscriptions and mosaics of the iris.
You will be surprised at how many people speak English!
Arabic is the official language, but English is widely spoken among the middle and upper classes.
There is one dish you should be familiar with!
Mansaf is Jordan’s national dish made of lamb cooked in a sauce of fermented dried yogurt and served with rice in a large Bedouin-style platter.
Mean elevation: 812 m
Elevation extremes: -431 m lowest point: Dead Sea. 1854 highest point: Jabal Umm ad Dami in Wadi Rum
Jordanians are very young!
It doesn’t only mean that it became independent in 1946 but also it has a very young population. The median age is 22 years old. However, despite the change in the population age structure, the Jordanian society is still characterized by a youthful status, where about 38% of its population is under the age of 15 years, and about 58% are in the age group of 15-64 years, while 4% are 65 years and above.
Location & Population
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan covers 89,342 square kilometers and the population in Jordan has been growing rapidly over the last 50 years to (6,318,000 million people) with 2,315,000 million living in the capital city, Amman alone.
The three major newspapers in Arabic are Ad Duster, Al Arab Al-Yawm, & Alghad. While the main Jordanian English-language daily newspaper is “The Jordan Times”. Deleted note about men’s magazine.
Shopping in Amman can be the most exciting activity to do!
Boutiques in Amman, particularly those in Abdoun, Swedish, and Jabal Al-Hussein offer the very trending and fashionable clothing and accessories. Amman also has a big number of malls such as Swefieh Mall, Swefieh Avenue Mall, Mecca Mall, City Mall, Baraka Mall, Taj Mall, and many other shopping centers.
The Gold Souq is located in the downtown city which is famous for its handmade dazzling designs made from Gold or Silver with such competitive prices. As well as the well-known jewelry brands centers located in Amman: Damas, Sakkijha, and Bulgari Boutique.
When you buy goods in Jordan, the purchase price includes a sales tax of 16% which is similar to a VAT. Nevertheless, if you are a tourist from outside Jordan you can receive a sales tax refund on the goods you purchase so you can enjoy your holiday shopping in Jordan with such great savings!
The official language in Jordan is Arabic. However, English is widely spoken across the Kingdom. Other languages are spoken on smaller scales such as Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, and German.
From October to March local time is: (G.M.T. + 2), From April to September local time is: (G.M.T. + 3).
Jordan’s electricity supply is 220 volts/50 cycles AC. To make sure of your safety please bring a multi-purpose adapter and a transformer. Most of adapters and transformers are available in electrical shops throughout Jordan; most hotels can provide them as well. The electrical current in Jordan is steadfast and uninterrupted. The most popular socket types in hotels are the two-pronged European variety, the 13 amp square three-pinned plug.
From October to March local time is: (G.M.T. + 2), From April to September local time is: (G.M.T. + 3).
Business Hours (Opening Hours)
Friday is the weekly holiday when banks, government offices, and most businesses and shops are closed. Most offices & businesses have a half-day on Thursday and Sunday. Some of them take Sunday as a full-holiday as well.
Banks are open from 08:30 to 15:00. Most banks have branches in the major malls in Amman
Open from 08:00 to 14:00 daily except on Fridays and some on Saturdays.
Department stores & Supermarkets
Small shops are open from around 09:00 – 20:00 or 21:00 while big Supermarkets open 08:00 – 23:00 and some are open 24 hours.
Most Muslim shop-owners close during prayer time daily and reopen afterward directly.
On Fridays, most shops are closed and some open after the noontime prayer.
During the Muslim holy month of fasting “Ramadan”, business hours are much shorter.
During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims abstain from eating, smoking, or drinking during daylight hours until the sunset time (Adan Al Maghreb). Many restaurants close for the whole abstaining hours until a little time before sundown, except those who are catering to the tourist trade. Some of them offer a special breakfast meal served at sundown, this is called “Iftar Meal”. There are many likable aspects to visit a Muslim country during Ramadan! You will find many special offers & programs such as “Ramadan Nights” offered by various hotels and restaurants in Jordan. They decorate those special areas in traditional oriental styles to entertain visitors with music, storytellers, plays, and much more enjoyable activities!
In Jordan, you will see lots of Muslims dressed in their traditional clothes. However, for westerners and foreign there are no real restrictions, but, commonly, in the hot days of most of the year, you can feel free wearing your usual summer clothes such as shorts small tops, or dresses. Just be sure that nothing is being inordinate. If you are going to beaches and seas, you can feel free wearing your bikini or any swimming suit you usually wear. Jordan beaches do not allow swimming naked and do not have nude beaches
Almost all Business companies and banks are closed on public holidays like New Year, Labors Day – May 1st, Independence Day – May 25th, Christmas Day – December 25, Easter holiday, Eid Al Fitr – 3 or 4 days at the end of Ramadan. Eid Al Adha – 4 days feast at the end of the Hajj, or month of pilgrimage to Mecca.
Banks and ATMs
Banks open from 8:00 am- 3:00 pm except for weekends, but in big malls, they open every day until 10:00 pm, availability of ATMs throughout the country, and wide use of Credit Cards.
The climate of Jordan is a combination of the Mediterranean and arid desert climate. The north and west of the country have the Mediterranean climate, while the desert climate dominates most of the country. All in all, the weather is hot and dry in the summertime but mild and humid in the winter. The climate in Jordan is diverse, where the dry tropical climate covers The Jordan Valley, the warm temperate and Mediterranean climate is the most dominant in the mountain highlands.
It is expected to give around 10% of the bill tips in better restaurants, although it is sometimes included in the bill. Elsewhere, like petrol attendants and taxi drivers, it is appreciated to give back the loose change or extra 50 Gersh. Contact us for more advice.
Visas and requirements to visit Jordan.
Minimum passport validity is 6 months beyond the length of your travel. The cost of a single entry visa to Jordan is 40 JOD per person.
Non-restricted nationalities can get the entry visa to Jordan on arrival at Amman QAIA Airport, Aqaba International Airport, Sheikh Hussein Border, or Wadi Araba Border. King Hussein Bridge “Allenby” land borders.
Guests escorted by a tour guide throughout the trip are exempted from visa charges if they stay at least 2 nights in Jordan. The information provided on this article is meant as a guideline, info can change without prior notice. You can contact us for more updated information.
List of non-restricted nationalities:
Algeria, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burma, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China, China (Taiwan), Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Holland, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Palestine/PNA Passport Holders, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Salvador, Samoa, San Marino, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Korea, South Africa, Spain, Surinam, Sweden, Syria, Swaziland, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, United Kingdom & North Ireland, United States of America, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Venezuela, White Russia, Yemen, Zimbabwe.
List of restricted nationalities (Requires to have the visa before arrival):
Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameron, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Ivory Coast, Cuba, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Republic of Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Laos, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Moldavia, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Vietnam, Zaire, Zambia.
The information provided on this article is meant as a guideline, info can change without prior notice. You can contact us for more updated information.
By Land: Sheikh Hussein Bridge, King Hussein Bridge and Araba Border→ USD 15.00 or JOD 11.00
By Sea: Aqaba Port → USD 15.00 or JOD 11.00
How to get to Jordan?
Airports: Queen Alia International Airport: The Kingdom’s main gateway, about 40 minutes away from the city center. It has ATMs, currency exchange counters, luggage services, a post office, and even Car-rental agencies. In the departure, there is a Duty-free market that includes Dead Sea products, Arabian desserts, and many other products. Our representative will be at the airport to meet and assist you, our driver will drive you to your hotel or whatever your tour consists of.
Aqaba International Airport: Where occasional charter flights from Europe stop.
Land: Via King Hussein Bridge (Allenby) – located in the southern Jordan Valley near the city of Jericho, and connects the West Bank with Jordan. Via Sheikh Hussein – Sheikh Hussein crossing at North Border which is 90 km away from Amman. It is located in the north, close to Lake Tiberias (Sea of Galilee). Via Araba Border (Yitzhak Rabin) – Wadi Araba Crossing/South Border, located in the south, 324 km away from Amman, connecting the two Red Sea resorts of Eilat and Aqaba. Seas: from Aqaba, Jordan’s only port on the red sea for every international cruise lines. As Jordan has no land borders with Egypt, the journey involves a short boat ride from either Nuweiba or Taba to Aqaba or vice-versa.
The Royal Jordanian: (www.rj.com) is Jordan’s national airline, which was named one of the top 10 safest airlines in the world in 2013 by AirlineRatings.com, the world’s best one-stop airline safety, and product rating review website. It has direct flights to most major European cities and all Middle Eastern capitals, also has flights from Amman to Aqaba twice a day. Flights twice daily between Amman and Aqaba.
Jordan has excellent medical facilities and modern hospitals, especially in Amman. Health-care in Jordan is of a high standard and emergency treatment in public hospitals is free. Hospitals in major cities are modern and well-equipped. Elsewhere are also good with well-trained physicians as well, moreover, All towns have basic health centers. Pharmacies are easily found with a good variety of international and local medicines, pharmacists can also advise on minor health issues. The ambulance number in Jordan is 911. Contact your embassy or consulate in case of any emergency. Before traveling it is recommended to check your health condition as well as your government’s foreign office website for Jordan. Traveling with Medication If you are bringing medications across any of Jordan’s borders, make sure you have them in their original clearly labeled containers, it is also recommended to have a signed and dated letter from your physician describing your medical conditions and medications.
You are recommended to have insurance before traveling to Jordan. Make sure it offers direct payment to health providers in Jordan and assistance in locating the nearest source of medical help.
Travel with Children
Bringing the kids with you to see Jordan’s spectacular sites and try its lifetime experiences will definitely enrich their view on the world. However, it is important to note that it is not recommended to travel in the hottest times in summer with children, the perfect season to visit Jordan for children is spring.
Travelers with Disabilities
In 2016, it was a proud achievement for Jordan, that the Jordanian athlete Maha Barghouthi won Jordan’s first Olympic gold medal in Sydney Paralympics. Even though Streets of Jordan are still not an ideal place for people with disabilities, However locals are very helpful. But since Jordan’s attractions involve long walks and lots of stairs in archaeological sites, they can have tailor-made trips designed for them in places that suite them accompanied by people for assistance. They can visit Petra on Horse-drawn carriages and access the main sites, they can even go diving with the Royal Diving Club in Aqaba. The Jordanian government has also legislated that wheelchair access must be added to all new public buildings.
Healthy Travel – Asia & India (Lonely Planet) Packed with useful information including pre-trip planning, emergency first aid, immunization and disease information, and what to do if you get sick on the road.
The Travellers’ Good Health Guide (Ted Lankester) An especially useful health guide for volunteers and long-term expatriates working in the Middle East.
Travel with Children (Lonely Planet) Includes advice on travel health for younger children.
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