Welcome to Jordan

Jordan, a young country dense with history, full of natural wonders and historical sites, a well-travelled bridge between sea and desert, east and west. Situated just east of the River Jordan, it continues to be a bridge between ancient and new civilizations and an open air museum in almost all its entirety.

Jordan is a country for all seasons. In winter it offers therapy at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth where "floating" rather than "swimming" is a unique adventure in the extremely saline and mineral rich waters.

 

 

 

 

Jordan Sites A host of prophets graced Jordan by living in or traveling through Jordan, these include Nuh (Noah), Lut (Lot), El-Khedr (St. George), Ibrahim (Abraham), Ilyas (Elijah), Hud, Shu'ayb (Jethro), Yosha' (Joshua) his tomb near Salt, Musa (Moses) the site of his death on Mount Nebo, Harun (Aaron) his tomb in Petra, Dawud (David) his Shrine in Mazar Al-Shamali near Kerak, Sulayman (Solomon), Ayyub (Job), Yahya (John), Eesa (Jesus), and prophet Mohammad, Peace and blessing be upon them All.

General Information In 1921 H.E.H Emir Abdullah ibn Al-Hussein secured recognition for the Emirate of Trans-jordan, that became fully established in 1923. Fully independence came on May 25, 1946. In 1950 it became Hashimite Kingdom of Jordan.

Area 89,342 km2
Population 6,508,271 (july 2011)
Capital Amman
Capital area About 8,231 km2
Capital population 2,842,629 (2010)
King His Majesty King Abdullah II son of the late his Majesty King Hussein. 
Principal Cities Amman, Zarqa, Irbid, Salt, Kerak, Aqaba, Mafraq, Tafileh, and Ma'an.

Location South-western Asia, situated near the south-eastern coast of the Mediterranean sea, bounded on the north by Syria, on the east by Iraq and Saudi Arabia, on the south by Saudi Arabia and the Gulf of Aqaba, and on the west by Palestine and Israel.

Official language

Arabic

Second language

English

Religions

Muslims 94% - Christians 5%

Measures

Metric

Time

GMT +02:00 - US EST +7

Electricity

220 Volts, 50 AC

Currency

Jordanian Dinar

Int'l Dialing Code

00962

Business Hours

Government Offices

8:00 to 15:00 (Sun to Thu)

Banks

8:30 to 15:00 (Sun to Thu) - ATM services available.

Shops & Malls

9:00 to 22:00 some Malls open till late in the evening

Private Sector

9:00 to 18:00 - with one or two hours lunch break

Note: during the holy month of Ramadan working hours are usually reduced.

 Entry Requirements: Individuals and groups of all nationalities (with some exceptions) are issued visa upon arrival at any port of entry in Jordan upon presentation of passport, or at Jordanian diplomatic missions abroad.The fee for the visa is JD 20 = $30 for all nationalities except Arabs (free). Airport departure tax is included in Tickets price. Groups more than 10 Pax staying minimum 2 nights in Jordan entitles to get Free collective Visa upon Arrival ; passport  list is necessary which includes: Surname,  Date and Place of Birth, Nationality, Passport Information (Number, Issue Date, Expiry Date). Collective visas for groups from any port or border are free of charge as long as travelling through local Travel Agency. Arrival through King Hussein (Allenby) Bridge need special Arrangements.

 Currency & Exchange Facilities: The currency of Jordan is Jordanian Dinar (JD) which equals $1.4 US Dollars (One US Dollar = 0.708 JD) or 1 JD = 1.1 Euro. One JD is 1000 fils. Coin denominations are: 10, 25, 50, 100 fils, 0.25, and 0.5 dinar. Paper denominations are: 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 dinars. Exchange facilities are available at all points of entry, banks, hotels, and currency exchange offices. Rates are displayed and you may wish to ask for a receipt. There are no restrictions on visitors to bring in, and take out, foreign currencies. Familiarize yourself with the exchange rates published in daily newspapers. Credit cards  are accepted at most hotels, car rental agencies, shops and restaurants. Major cards accepted are Master Card, Visa, Eurocard, AMEX and Diners Club.

Climate:The climate depends on which part of the country you are in, as altitude ranges from 400 meters (1,312 feet) below mean sea level at dead sea, to 1850 meter above sea level at the Al-Shirah mountains. The climate tends to be dry during Summer, while Winter and Spring are cooler, and during these seasons most of the country's rainfall occurs. June to September are the hottest months of the year where temperature rises to about 32 C (89.6 F). The period between December and March is the coolest. Snowfall often occurs and temperatures stay around 15 C (59 F) during the day.

Tipping: Tipping is a way of showing your satisfaction with a service rendered. Tips to your driver, guide and the hotel personnel are not included and left to your discretion.

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