JORDAN

Jordan officially the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is an Arab kingdom in Western Asia, on the East Bank of the River Jordan, and extending into the historic region of Palestine. Jordan borders Saudi Arabia to the south and east, Iraq to the north-east, Syria to the north, Palestine and Israel to the west, sharing control of the Dead Sea with the latter.

Although religion and tradition play an important part in modern-day Jordanian society, Jordanians live in a relatively secular society that is increasingly grappling with the effects of globalization. Jordan is considered one of the Arab World's most cosmopolitan countries. 67% of Jordanian youth identify themselves as liberals, second highest in the Arab World after Lebanon

Tourism accounted for 10%–12% of the country's Gross National Product in 2006. In 2010, there were 8 million visitors to Jordan. Jordan offers everything from world-class historical and cultural sites like Petra and Jerash to modern entertainment in urban areas most notably Amman. Moreover, seaside recreation is present in Aqaba and Dead Sea through numerous international resorts. Eco-tourists have numerous nature reserves to choose from as like Dana Nature Reserve. Religious tourists visit Mt. Nebo, the Baptist Site, and the mosaic city of Madaba.

Capital: Amman

Best Time of Visit:

  1. The peak time to visit Jordan climate-wise is in spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November)

Min Days Required: 5 days

Places of Interest: 

  1. Petra
  2. Amman – Amman Citadel, The Jordan Archaeological Museum, Wakalat Street

Climate:

  1. Jordan boasts a Mediterranean climate ideal for year-round holidays and travel.
  2. Amman is sunny and cloudless from May to October, with average temperatures around 23’C (73’F).
  3. Springtime brings optimal weather, lush with greenery, and autumn is equally mild and pleasant.
  4. July and August are hot and dry but not oppressive.
  5. Aqaba and the Jordan Valley are ideal winter resorts, with temperatures averaging 16-22’C (61-72’F) between November and April.

Currency: Jordanian Dinar

Things to carry:

  1. Loose fitting garments of lightly woven and lightweight 100% natural fibers (linen or cotton) will be most comfortable. Women (Americans, listen up!) should consider packing baggy loose fitting "drawstring" trousers or full cut mid calf length skirts. This has nothing do with modesty and everything to do with comfort.
  2. Sturdy shoes, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are a must.
  3. For winters you’ll need you warmest pullovers. You will need long underwear and/or knit leggings under your jeans. Big warm pullovers under which you can wear several layers going from a t-shirt to a light pullover, warm socks and scarves that can be wrapped around the neck and head.

How to get there:

Air:

  1. Jordan's national airline is Royal Jordanian Airlines.
  2.  In addition, Jordan is served by a number of foreign carriers including British Airways, Air France, airBaltic, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Egypt Air, Emirates, Alitalia and Delta Airlines. Low-cost airline Air Arabia flies between Jordan and destinations all over the Middle East
  3. Queen Alia International Airport is the country's main airport.