Official Name : The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Population : 4.0 million (estimated).
Capital : Amman.
Language :The national language is Arabic
but English is widely used
in business and everday life. In fact
English is the second language of the country.
Jordan is two hours ahead of UK GMT.
The monetary unit is the Jordanian Dinar (JD) which
is divided into
1000 fils or 100 piasters. The official exchange rate is
US $1 = JOD 0.70.
CLIMATE & TEMPERATURE
Jordan enjoys almost year-round sunshine and blue skies.
Rain falls only
from late autumn to mid-spring, with warm temperatures
in the south, on
the Red Sea. The average temperature is as following:
08.1 C (46.0 F)
16.0 C (60.8 F)
25.1 C (77.2 F)
15.3 C (59.5 F)
15.6 C (60.0 F)
24.3 C (75.7 F)
32.5 C (90.0 F)
22.1 C (71.7 F)
Public international telephones are widely available all
over the country.
Postage stamps can be purchased at hotels and post
offices. There are
efficient postal services that offer a courier service.
220 volts/50 cycles AC.
Visas may be obtained in advance from Jordanian
Embassies. A visa may also be issued on arrival for most
Friday is the official weekly day of rest, though
many Christian shopkeepers
close on Sunday instead. Several national holidays
are observed on the same
day every year: Labor Day (May 1), Independence and
Army Day (May 25), New
Year Day (January 1). Several Islamic religious holidays
are observed, but their
precise dates vary every year in line with the Islamic
lunar calendar that is used
to determine religious holidays.
Some companies work from:
Exchange Houses :
0830-1330 and 1530-1830 (Sat. to
0800-1700 with one hour lunch break.
0800- 1400 (Sat. to Thu.).
0830-1230 and 1530-1730 (Sat. to Thu.).
0800-2100 (Sat. to Thu.) and some shops
are open on Fridays.
There is one English language newspaper published in
newspapers, magazines &journals can be bought at
bookshops & supermarkets.
Jordan has both Arabic and English commercial and
television stations, as well
as the international satellite TV programming.
The Royal Jordanian Airlines link Amman with many of
the capitals of Europe,
South Asia and the Arab World, and operate wide- body
jets to New York and
Chicago. Many other international air carriers also
operate regularly to Amman.
The Queen Alia International Airport south of Amman is
one of the most modern
facilities in the Middle East.Traveling in Jordan is
efficient & enjoyable. A good
road system is constantly being expanded & upgraded.
Most of the sites a visitor
would want to see are at most within a few hours drive
from Amman. Jordan's
road signs are marked in English and Arabic.
Amman and the other cities are relatively small.
Taxis are inexpensive and the
most convenient form of transportation in Jordan, even
over substantial distances.
Jordan has an excellent and expanding road network, and
renting a car can be a
good way to see the country. Driving in Jordan is on the
right side of the road and
road signs are marked in Arabic and English. It is
generally safe to walk around
at any time of day and night; however; it is sensible to
take obvious precautions.
American Express, Diners Club, and Master Card
are generally accepted in
hotels, restaurants, and large shops.
Tipping practices are similar to most parts of
the world. Where no service
charge is included, 10 percent is adequate.
Bargaining is expected in the market and
vendors usually drop the price
particularly for a cash sale.
The dress code in Jordan is informal & conservative.
The following clothing can be worn:
April - October: light and comfortable clothing,
preferably cotton for daywear.
November - March: coats, lined raincoats, sweaters, hats
FOOD AND DRINK
Food is an important part of the culture and is used
to express hospitality and
generosity. Arabic cuisine is one of the most
elaborate and sophisticated in the
world. Some of the international restaurant chains are
available with reasonable
prices. The local popular drink is the black coffee;
brewed coffee with cardamom.
Water is normally and officially potable, but it is
recommended to use bottled
mineral water for drinking and teeth brushing. Alcohol
is available everywhere;
however; it is not allowed during the holy month of