Visit Jordan an Arab kingdom in Western Asia, on the East Bank of the Jordan River. The Dead Sea is located along its western borders and the country has a short 26-kilometre (16 mi) coastline on the Red Sea in its extreme south-west, but is otherwise landlocked. Amman, is Jordan's capital city as well as the country's economic, political and cultural centre. Jordan has been inhabited by humans since the Paleolithic period. Three stable kingdoms emerged there at the end of the Bronze Age: Ammon, Moab and Edom. Later rulers include the Nabataean Kingdom, the Roman Empire, and the Ottoman Empire. It’s rich heritage and history provides opportunities to explore traces of biblical tribes, Roman legions, Christian crusaders and Islamic caliphates. It is home to the legendary site of Petra, with it’s magnificent tombs and temples which represent a fraction of the country’s complex and intricate past.
Country Information - Jordan
- Currency - The currency of Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar
- How to Dress - Most women (locals and tourists) respect the Jordanian culture and cover up. To avoid negative attention, female travelers should wear loose clothing which covers the arms, legs, chest and the nape of the neck. Avoid wearing T-shirts, shorts, and leggings as this can be regarded as sexual clothing. Winter temperatures are pretty cool across the country, so pack accordingly and it can get very hot in the summer months.
- Cultural Differences - If offered something, it is actually considered polite to refuse a few times prior to accepting! If you genuinely don’t want to accept a socially acceptable way of refusing is with a big smile and right hand over your heart saying ‘shukran shukran’ (which means ‘thank you, thank you’).
Men and women interact very differently with each other in Jordanian and Western culture. Public displays of affection between a man and a woman like holding hands or kissing are not recommended, even if the couple is married. Though you see more couples holding hands these days, a kiss on the lips is still kept for inside the house.Tip for male travelers: A woman might place a hand on her heart when greeting you, as she would not like to shake hands with a strange man outside of her family.e
- Language - Arabic is the official language of Jordan
- Tipping - It is commonplace to add a tip for good service. Up to 10% is acceptable. Archaeological Tours will take care of gratuities to restaurant staff, local guides and drivers.