The Hashemite Kingdom Of Jordan
Jordan is the cradle of civilization, where in an area and a world of intolerance, a people, believers in one God, live in peace and total harmony as members of one family.
As a Muslim, I know that my faith reveres all monotheistic religions. It completes Gods message to mankind to live together in friendship and dignity, at a time when Islam, Christianity and Judaism, in many parts of the world, present an image which is totally alien to the spirit in which they were meant: the teachings of God in terms of tolerance an mutual respect.
H.M Late King Hussein
Ahlan Wa Sahlan
Jordan kingdom of Bedouin
First of all I would like to welcome you to my web site, and i would like also to thank you for your visit, hope that you will enjoy my web site, and plaese let me know what do you thing about it.
I mad this web site because that i have alot of friends from all around the world and i said that i will do this web site for all of them to show them Jordan and to let them know Jordan .
All what i want to say that you welcome to Jordan and we hope to see you over here in Jordan.
Thank you and have a nice visit.
Bassem AL HELALAT
"Bedouin from Wadi Mousa"
Official Name: The Hashemite Kingdom Of Jordan.
King of Jordan : King Abdullah II Bin Al-Hussein
Population: 5 million.
Main Cities: Amman, Zarqa, Aqaba, Irbid, Salut, Kerak, Maan, Madaba, Ajulon, Tafileha.
Official Language: Arabic, Although English is used in commerce and by many Jordanians.
Muslim 92% and 8% Christian.
220 Volts ac, 50 Hz.
Plus two hours Greenwich Mean Time.
Plus two hours Greenwich Mean Time.
Weights and measures:
Weights and measures:
Excellent direct telephone, Fax, Internet, Mobil, telex communication is available internationally.
Arabic & English Jordanian newspapers , as well as foreign publications, are available at many newsstands.
Postage stamps can be purchased at hotel and post offices.
Data code JO
Rail ways total 676 K.M
High ways total 6,640 K.M
Entry and Visa Requirements
Any non-Arab visitor to Jordan, whether for business or tourism, needs an entry visa. Therequired fee for a visa in addition to the granted stay duration depends on the visitor nationality.
Although entrance visas are obtainable at the airport for visitors arriving by airplane, those arriving by land must get a visa prior to arrival. These are obtainable from any Jordanian diplomatic mission abroad, where they generally take a day to be received. Visas cannot be obtained at Jordan's land border crossings.
Visas obtained in Jordanian consulates are valid for 3-4 months from the date of issue, and can be issued for multiple entries. Tourist visas allow a stay of up to one month initially. However, this period can easily be extended for up to another two months. After that date you must exit and re-enter the country, or undergo immigration procedures. If your visa has not been renewed properly by the time you leave Jordan you will have to pay a fine at the border. If you plan to stay for more than two weeks in Jordan, you will need to register at the nearest police station.
The Jordanian Dinar (JD) is divided into 1,000 fils.
some Jordanians refer to piasters instead of fils. There are 100 piasters to the dinar, so for example- 30 piasters = 300 fils.
Notes: 500 fils, 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 dinar.
Coins: 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 250, 500, 1,000 fils.
Travel, Holidays And Weather
The Royal Jordanian Airline links Amman with many of the capitals of Europe, South Asia and the arab World, and operates wide body jets to New York. Many other international air carriers also operate regularly to Amman. The Q.A.I.airport south of Amman is one of the most modern facilities in the Middle East.
Good international roads link Jordan with surrounding countries. Daily bus service and weekly Hejaz Railway trains connect Amman with Damascus. Taxi service is also Available.
Travel within jordan is efficient and enjoyable. A good road system is constantly being expanded and upgraded, and most of the sites a visiter would want to see are at most within a few hours drive from Amman. Jordan's road signs are marked in English and Arabic, and there are petrol stations and rest houses at regular intervals throughout the country.
Spring and Autumn are long and pleasant throughout Jordan. Rain falls from November to March in the North, but Aqaba on the red sea is warm and sunny.
New Year's Day
: 1 January
- King Abdullah II's Birthday
: 30 January
- Labor Day
: 1 May
- Independence Day
: 25 May
- The Late King Hussein's Birthday
: 14 November
- Christmas Day
: 25 December
The following Islamic holidays are based on the lunar calendar:
- Eid Al Fitr: a 3-day feast marking the end of Ramadan.
- Eid Al- Adha: a 4-day holiday, which is the feast at the end of
Haj, or the month of Pilgrimage to Mecca.
- First of Muharam: Islamic New Year.
- Eid Al Isra Wal Mieraj: The Prophet Mohammad's night Journey
from Mecca to Jerusalem and his ascension to heavens.
- The Birth of Prophet Mohammad.
Shopping, Hotels and Food
Jordanian handicrafts represent a tradition of skilled workmanship and art that dates back many thousands of years. The most common jordanian craft items include Madaba rugs, carved olive wood, mother of pearl, cross sititch embroidery, silver jewelry, carved stone animals. Bedouin jewelry and artifacts, sheepskin and leather goods and Aqaba's colored sand bottles. A walk through a downtown souk will bring you in touch with hundreds of small everyday items that you may wish to take home as a souvenir of your visit to Jordan.
Hotels and Resthouse:
Jordan is well equipped with five and four star hotels throughout the country. Hotel and restaurant prices are controlled by the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Supply. Government rest houses with sleeping and dining facilities are located at key touristsites throughout Jordan. Five star hotels are opreated by local groups and well known international chains such as Internatinental, Marriott, Fourm, Radisson SAS, Sherton, Hilton, intercontintel, ect.
Food And Drink:
Eating well is part of the Jordanian tradition, and there are many fine restayrants that offer a wide selection of authentic Arabic food at good prices.Hotels offer a mixed menu of Arabic and Continental cuisine. Dishes to tray are the national dish, Musakhan, chicken with onions, olive oil, pine seeds and seasoning cooked in an oven on a thick loaf of Arabic bread;
The national dish of Jordan is the Bedouin specialty called "Mansaf" lamb seasoned with aromatic herbs, sometimes lightly spiced, cooked in dried yogurt, and served on a large platter with huge quantities of rice, sprinkled with almonds, pine kernels, and other nuts. Feasting on Mansaf is taken seriously, and hours are spent in its preparations. This extravagant cuisine is served primarily on special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries, as it possesses an important symbolic function within social gatherings.
Maglouba, a meat of fish and vegetable stew served with rice, and of course , the basic shish Kebab, pisces of lamb, marinated chicken and patties of minced and spiced lamb meat all cooked over a char-coal fire with onions and tomatoes.
Locally produced beer, wine and spirits are available throughout the country, as are imported drinks.The local drink that is popular with Arabic dishes is Arak, an anise flavored liquor that is mixed with water and ice.
And dont forget to tray the famouse Jordanian Meazz such as Hommos, Moutable, Falafel, Taboulha, Jarjer salad, and Labaneha.
Some words in Arabic ;
My name is
What is your name?
What time is it?
How much does this cost?
Where is the nearest restroom?
Could you speak more slowly
... Ismee ...
Edesh el sa'aa?
Wen il hamaam?
Mumkin tehkee shway shway?
Do shake hands when meeting people.
Do stand up when greeting others.
When finished with your cup of Arabic coffee, do shake your cup from side to side in order to let your host know that you do not wish to drink more. If more coffee is desired, then simply hold your cup out to the person carrying the coffeepot.
Do accept when Arabic coffee is offered to you by your host, as coffee is an important cultural symbol of hospitality, simultaneously extended and accepted as an act of reciprocated good will.
Do carry plenty of loose change with you, as many Jordanians usually do not carry adequate change.
Do round your taxi fare up to the nearest tenth when paying your driver.
Do haggle with merchants when shopping.
Do dress conservatively when exploring public areas of Jordan.
Do be aware that Arabs tend to stand a fraction of the distance closer when conversing than people do in the West.
Do feel free to consume alcoholic beverages.
Don't panic if an acquaintance "pecks" you on the cheeks when greeting you, as Arabs have traditionally kissed each other on both cheeks as a warm gesture of welcome and affection.
Don't feel uncomfortable if your host insists on "overfeeding" you during a meal, as Arabs traditionally view food as an important symbol of hospitality, generosity.
Don't feel that you are required to tip your taxi driver, as tipping in such a scenario is not necessary, but is certainly appreciated