|Location - Asia, Middle East
Area - 89,342 square Km
Boundaries - 1,619 km Coastline: 26Km
Border Countries - North: Syria 375 km; North East:
Iraq 181 km South & South East: Saudi Arabia 728 km; South: Red Sea;
West: West Bank 97 km;
Elevation - Extremes Lowest point: 408 m below sea level (Dead
Sea area) Highest point: 1,754 m above sea level (Rum mountain in Wadi
Major Cities - Ajlun, Aqaba, Amman, Irbid, Jerash, Kerak,
Ma'in, Madaba, Mafraq, Salt, Tafilah, Zarqa
It is up to the visitor's discretion to choose the appropriate
attire keeping in mind the relative conservatism of Middle Eastern
Women in Jordan are not required to wear head scarves or face
Swimming attire should only be worn around swimming pools
or beaches and not in public places.
Even summer evenings can be quite cool, so one should be prepared
to wear a shawl or sweater.
Winters are cold, windy and rainy.
Heavy snow is not unusual.
They are widely available in hotels, restaurants, bars and
Drinking is strictly prohibited on streets.
One hour developing is widely available.
All sorts of films, cameras, disposable cameras, camcorders
Like in any country, it is advisable that one asks permission
before photographing strangers. Jordan local time
is seven hours ahead of American Eastern Standard Time.
From October through March, Jordan is two hours ahead of Greenwich
The rest of the year, Jordan is three hours ahead of GMT.
Most Jordanians work five days a week with Friday and Saturday
off, but business and shopping hours are flexible.
Some establishments are open from 9:30 - 13:30 and again from
15:30 to 18:00.
Others may be open straight through the day, from 08:00 to
Government offices are open from 08:30 - 15:00.
All businesses and most shops, other than those in the souqs,
are closed on Fridays.
During the Holy Month of Ramadan, working hours are more flexible
and generally shorter.
The weather in Jordan is pleasurable for travel throughout
Amman is sunny and cloudless from May to October, with temperatures
averaging approximately 25C (75 F).
During the spring, the most beautiful season in Jordan, fields
and mountains are coated with rich greenery and exquisite wildflowers.
In autumn, the weather is mild and pleasant.
July and August are hot and dry, but not restrictive of tourist
The valleys and Aqaba are ideal winter resorts, with temperatures
averaging 16-22 C (66-72 F) between November and April.
Rainfall is a rare occurence in Aqaba as well as in the desert
areas of Jordan.
Potable water is a precious resource in Jordan.
However, hotels rated three-star or better have their own
water filtering systems (their water is considered safe to drink) and
bottled water is cheap and readily available.
As for electricity, 200V; 50 cycles; rounded two-prong plugs
Transformers and adapters are widely available.
Modern medical services are readily available in Jordan's
larger cities and towns and the bigger hotels normally have a doctor
Most doctors speak English fluently.
Pharmacies can provide medication for minor aliments, but
travelers should carry their own prescription medication.
Few specific facilities for those with special physical requirements
exist in Jordan, although local people will do their best to assist
people in need.
Nevertheless, the accessibility of some tourist sites is very
limited; it is advisable to call ahead to establish if special needs
can be met.
At Petra, for example, horse-drawn carriages to the main sites
can be arranged in special cases.