Jordan

Country Information

Located in the Middle East Jordan is a breathtaking land of inspiration. It has long attracted visitors from the world over. Religious references from both the Christian and Muslim faiths dot the landscape. For this reason, many travel to Jordan for the purpose of spiritual journey.

Jordan has a range of other attractions for visitors to enjoy. You can enjoy traditional handicrafts in the markets, art in one of the many galleries or history in some of the many castles and ruins. Outdoor activities are also plentiful with opportunities for scuba diving, hiking, rock climbing and hot air ballooning.  

Many also visit Jordan to experience the wonders of the Dead Sea. Many 5 star resorts and lavish spas dot the coast of the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is believed to have healing powers and many visit to rejuvenate the mind and body.

Language 

The official language of Jordan is Arabic. However, most Jordanians understand English. Other languages understood or spoken in Jordan would include Armenian, French, Circassian, Chechen and Russian.

Religion

The official religion of Jordan is Islam. The Islamic faith breaks down as such: 92% Sunni Muslim, Shia Muslim 2% and Christian 6%. 

Climate 

Jordan and the surrounding area is warm from January and February. However, during these months the evenings are cool. It is very hot in Jordan during the months of June and August. Between November and March there is a rainy season.
The Eastern Desert in Jordan has an extremely cold winter, and the summer is sweltering hot. Surprisingly, the central spine of hills in Jordan actually receives snow during the winter months. Likewise, the evenings are cool during summer. 

Clothing 

The type of clothing you pack for your trip to Jordan largely depends upon the time of year you are traveling. Between the months of May and September it is advisable to pack lightweight clothing. However, some warmer clothes for the cool summer evenings should be included. In the winter months you are advised to bring heavy clothing and multiple layers. From November to April you should also pack some rain gear to prepare for the wet weather.

Mobile Phones

The international access code for Jordan is 962.  Most major phone carriers have roaming agreements in Jordan. For this reason, the cellphone coverage is typically good.

Getting Online & Checking E-mail

 Internet cafes make it easy for visitors to access their e-mail in major cities in Jordan. Additionally, many of the larger hotel chains offer Internet access. Check to see if hotel access is included in the cost of your room or whether or not it carries an extra fee.  

 Emergency Telephone Numbers

 Your Personal Assistant's phone number will be provided upon arrival in Jordan.

  •  Police Station: 191
  • Traffic Accident: 190
  • Police Non-emergency:196  
  • U.S. Embassy in Jordan: (06)590-6000
  • American Citizen Emergency: (202)647-5225

Activities in Jordan

Advisory

Please be advised that you may not be able to participate in certain activities after receiving your medical treatment. For example, outdoor activities like hiking, rock climbing and scuba diving may not be appropriate. Your doctor will be able to advise you on the appropiate activites in which you can participate.

Exploring Jordan

Petra is the city most rave about after visiting Jordan. The enormous red mountains and sandstone ruins make the city Jordan’s most popular attractive. In fact, many consider it among the wonders of the worlds. The Nabataeans carved the city of Petra out of rock more than 2000 years age and it still stands today. Check out the Nabatean tombs during sunset, it is not to be missed.

There are many other things of note to visit in Jordan. In the city of Amman the Archeological Museum and The Citadel house a collection of Dead Sea Scrolls, the remains of the Umayyad city and many other fascinating artifacts. In the Wadi Rum the wind swept desert was once the site of many historical events and the back drop for the legendary film Lawrence of Arabia. Additionally, you can enjoy an bird’s eye view of the vast desert from a hot air balloon.

If your near the city of Jerash you must take in the races. Jerash is a impeccably preserved Greco-Roman city where chariot races are held daily. The races are held in the cities restored Hippodrome.

One-Day Tours

There are many day tours available to those visiting Jordan and it happens to be an excellent way to take in much of what the country has to offer. Most of the day tours combine attractions. For instance, from Amman many day tours offer a trip to see Madaba, Mount Nebo and The Dead Sea. Madaba is well-known for it’s mosaics and biblical significance and Mount Nebo is the place where Moses died. Mount Nebo also offers excellent views of the Holy Land. The Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth and it too has biblical significance.It is 4 times as salty as regular ocean water, and regardless of weight people float in The Dead Sea. It is by far one of Jordan’s most impressive attractions. 

Shopping 

Shopping is a must when traveling to Jordan. Every city you visit has what is called a souk (market) where everything from food to clothing is sold. There is always a wide selection of handicrafts available for tourist to choose from. However, the traditional souvenir would be the mosaic. Woven rugs are also popular along with hand-blown glass and Holy Water in jars. Many also snatch up Dead Sea products that use the mud and salt for skin care.

Nightlife and the Arts

Going out to eat is very popular in Jordan, so there are many fine restaurants to choose from. Many hotels have night clubs or bars that cater to international clients. Additionally, many visitors enjoy concerts and exhibitions of contemporary art in the larger cities.  
 

Spas 

Spas are plentiful in Jordan, particularly in the area around The Dead Sea. There are many 5 star resorts that specialize in standard spa treatments along with alternative spa treatments. In fact, many travel to Jordan for the spas alone.