General Informations

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Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

The Royal Family:

Jordan's current monarch, King Abdullah II, came to the throne in February 1999 after the death of his father, King Hussein. King Abdullah and his wife, Queen Rania, have four children: Prince Hussein, Princess Iman, Princess Salma, and Prince Hashem.

Geographical Information

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a relatively small country situated at the crossroads of the Middle East. Comprising some 92,300 square kilometers (57,354 squares miles), it is bordered on the north by Syria at the east by Iraq, and by Saudi Arabia on the East and South. Also, to the south one finds the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea, while Israel and Palestine lie to the west. Jordans diverse terrain and landscape belay its actual size, demonstrating a variety usually found only in large countries.


Jordan is blessed with a Mediterranean climate for pleasurable year-round travel. Amman is sunny and cloudless from May to October, with average temperatures around 23C (73F). Springtime brings optimal weather, lush with greenery, and autumn equally mild and pleasant. July and August are hot and dry (Except in Aqaba). Because of the capital city's elevation, evenings are cool. Aqaba and the Jordan Valley are ideal winter resorts, with temperature averaging 16-22C (61-72F) between November and April. There is very little rain in the Aqaba area and in the desert.


Jordan has not restrictions in clothing but you have to remember that you are a gust in a Muslim country. Therefore for your comfort and to respect the culture and the people around you, while touring, dress sensibly (T-shirts and Bermuda are acceptable). We suggest comfortable closed shoes for visiting Petra or any other archaeological site in Jordan.



lang2Public Holidays

January 1 New Year
Shawal 1st for Eid Al Fitr
Thu'l-Hijjh - 10th Eid Al Adha
Muharram 1st Hijra New Year
May 1 Labor Day
May 25 Independence Day
12 Rabi' 1 Prophet�s Birthday
Rajab 17th Al-Isra'a wal Me'raj
December 25 Christmas


1. Population (2009): 5.97 million.
2. Religions (2001 census est.): Sunni Muslim 92%, Christian 6%, other 2%.
3. Languages: Arabic (official), English.
4. Ethnic groups: Mostly Arab but small communities of Circassians, Armenians, and Chechens.



It is advised to drink bottled mineral water which is generally served everywhere.


Petra Horse Back Ride Tip is usually USD 4.00 per person. Restaurants Tips is around 10% of the total bill (Check on the receipt if it is already included). Guide, Bus, Car driver Tips are expected and it is subject to the client satisfaction but please keep in mind that a poor tip may offend the person receiving it (Considering that Jordan is one of the most expensive countries in the Middle East and the cost of life is close to western countries).

Medical Care

Medical care in Jordan is of international standard and one of the best in the Middle East.

Currency & Exchange Facilities

1. The currency of Jordan is Jordanian Dinar (JD) which equals $1.4 US Dollars (One US Dollar = 0.708 JD). One JD is 1000 fils.
2. 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.
3. Credit cards and Traveller Cheques are accepted at most hotels, car rental agencies, shops and restaurants. Major cards accepted are Master Card, Visa, Eurocard, AMEX and Diners Club.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 November 2011 13:56