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Full country name: Hashemite Arab Kingdom of Jordan
Area: 92,300 sq km
Population: 6,407,058
Capital City: Amman
Language: Arabic
Religion: 92% Sunni Muslim, 6% Christian, 2% other
Government: Constitutional monarchy
Time Zone: UTC+2 (UTC+2); summer (DST) UTC+3 (UTC+3)
Dialing Code: 962
Electricity: 230V, 50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric
Currency: Jordanian dinar (JOD)

Money & Costs:
Average Yearly Salary:

Budget: $5-10
Mid-range: $10-25
High: $25+
Budget: $10-30
Mid-range: $30-100
High: $100+

Geography: Jordan is a small landlocked country situated in Southwest Asia. In size it is similar to Austria or Portugal. The country borders Syria, Iraq, Israel and Saudi Arabia. Jordan’s only outlet to the sea, which is the Red Sea, comprises of 26 kilometers. Despite its size, Jordan has a diverse terrain, including many beautiful rift valleys, mountainous areas, desert, the Jordan River and the Dead Sea salt lake.

Climate: Most of Jordan has a Mediterranean climate with little or no rainfall at all. The summer season is hot and dry with an average temperature of 32 C. July and August are the hottest months of the year. The winter season, during which all of the precipitation occurs, is usually quite cool, as for the Mediterranean climate. The average temperature in winter is about 13 C, with January being the coldest month. The best time to travel to Jordan is, probably, spring and autumn, when the days are sunny and the temperature – moderate.

Food: Dining out in Jordan is not only ‘eating’, it is, rather, a celebration. The rich Jordanian cuisine together with their hospitality creates an atmosphere of festivities each time you eat. Jordanian cuisine has influences from Lebanon, Syria and Palestine, therefore, it is considered to be one of the world’s most elaborate and sophisticated cuisines. The authentic Jordanian way of cooking can range from grilling to stuffing of vegetables, meat, and poultry. Avoid dairy products made from unboiled milk and make sure that meat and fish are well cooked.

Drink: Even though Jordan is a Muslim country, drinking alcohol is legal, and it is sold in many restaurants and hotels. Coffee is more than a simple drink to Jordanians; it is treated with reverence and is an important symbol of hospitality and trust. Even if you don’t usually drink coffee, it is advised to accept it, if you are offered, as it is a sign of mutual goodwill. Since tap water is not of the best quality, stick to bottled water.

Health: Health facilities are widely available and of good quality throughout the country. Despite that, medical insurance is recommended. Many doctors in hospitals of larger cities speak English.

Recommended clothing: Lightweight cotton and linen clothes are advised when visiting Jordan in summer, between May and September. Pack a light sweater or a shawl for cooler evenings. Warm clothes are a necessity in winter, and rain wear may be useful from November till April. It is important no to forget that Jordan is a Muslim country, therefore, revealing western clothing is not appropriate. Dress conservative, especially in rural areas. Make sure you bring comfortable shoes for walking and a sun block when traveling in summer season.

Tipping: Tipping is part of the culture when traveling in Jordan. However, you should not think it is compulsory; you should only give tips for good service. Cafes and restaurants expect you to leave 10% of tips to the bill. Hotel bellboys and porters should be given 1 JD, or 1 US$. Round up the price on the meter when using taxi services.

Photography: Always ask people permission when taking pictures of them. Locals can ask you to pay for the picture, therefore you should consult your tour guide first. Do not take photographs of military installations or airports.

Public Holidays:
1 Jan New Year's Day
26 Feb Mawlid al-Nabi (Birth of the Prophet)
2 Apr Good Friday
5 Apr Easter Monday
1 May Labour Day
25 May Independence Day
10 Jun Army Day
9 Jul Prophet's Ascension
11 Aug Ramadan begins
10 Sep Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
16 Nov Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
7 Dec Islamic New Year
25 Dec Christmas

Note: (a) Easter holidays are only observed by Christian business establishments. (b) Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Many restaurants are closed during the day and there may be restrictions on smoking and drinking. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha may last anything from two to 10 days, depending on the region.

Disclaimer: The above information is for reference purposes only. The content of this page is not intended to substitute for advice given by the user's own government travel departments or a licensed travel health advisor. The viewer/user of this web page should always contact the user's own government representatives in that area for the most up-to-date information at that time, before making a final decision to travel to that country or destination.

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