Many travellers visit Jordan with its history in mind, and understandably so. The country is steeped in stories from the distant past, with the ruins to prove it. There’s the 2,000-year-old “lost city” of Petra, carved from rose-red sandstone cliffs by the Nabateans, and the legendary Lawrence of Arabia trail, which takes visitors from his crumbling fort at Azraq to the magnificent deserts of Wadi Rum.
At a glance
Country Full Name: Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Area: 89,342 square kilometers (34,495 square miles)
Religion: Sunni Muslim, Christian
Languages Spoken: Arabic, English
Currency: Jordanian Dinar
Must See’s and Must Do’s
Admire the amazing remains at the Amman Citadel, Be mesmerised by multicoloured marine life at Aqaba, Carve out some time for Petra, Discover Jerash’s illustrious past, Drive into the desert to visit Qasr Tuba, Explore the waters at the Baptism Site, Find Bedouin culture in Feynan, Float in the Dead Sea, Hark back millions of years at Jordan Museum, Amman, Hike the Dana Nature Reserve, Make time for the mosaics at Umm Ar Rasas, Navigate the King’s Highway, Spot springtime blooms in Um Qais, Spot the wildlife at the Azraq Wetlands, Take a tour of the Desert Castles, Uncover the Crusader castle at Karak, Unearth the black gem of the desert, Wander Wadi Rum on camelback, Weave your way to Mukawir
Did you know
It is considered polite to refuse a meal three times in Jordan before actually accepting it.
It is said that Moses was buried on Mount Nebo.
Almost all of the buildings are made out of concrete or stone, covered with thin slabs of white limestone.
The Jodanians believe that praising children excessively can invite bad luck and is generally avoided.
The Jordanian capital, Amman is unique in that it was originally constructed across seven hills also known as “jabals”. The city now spans 19 of them. It has no “East side” or “West side”. Directions are given based on “Jabals”.
Best time to go
Low Season (Jun–Aug)
The desert in the middle of the summer is extreme. Temperatures throughout Jordan can be stifling. Prices are at their best but many places close in the low season.
The best time to visit the Red Sea; prices in and around Aqaba rise accordingly. Bitter nights in the desert with rain or snow curtail many activities such as camping.
High Season (Mar–May)
Perfect weather throughout Jordan with warm days and cool nights. Northern Jordan is blanketed in wildflowers in April. Reserve rooms in main tourist areas and expect higher rates.
Souk Jara (March)
Jordan Rally (May)
Citadel Nights (June – July)
Al Balad Music Festival (June)
Jerash Festival (June – July)
Money & Costs
Dinar (JOD; symbol JD) = 100 piastres or qirsh, or 1000 fils. Notes are in denominations of JD50, 20, 10, 5 and 1, and 500 fils.
1 AED =0.19 JD
Jordan tourist visa is not required for citizens of United Arab Emirates for a stay up to 30 days.
Jordan consulate in Dubai :
Khalid bin Waleed Stree,Umm Hurair 1, Bur Dubai, Tel : +971 4 397 0500, Website : www.jorconsulate.com
Jordanian Embassy in Abu Dhabi
Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street, Diplomatic Area, Tel : (+971) 2 444 7100, Website: jordanembassy.ae
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