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Amman Aqaba Dead Sea Jerash Petra Wadi Rum
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 Rum)
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 societies.
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omen in Jordan are not required to wear head scarves or face covers.
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wimming attire should only be worn around swimming pools or beaches and not in public places.
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ven summer evenings can be quite cool, so one should be prepared to wear a shawl or sweater.
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inters are cold, windy and rainy.
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eavy snow is not unusual.
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hey are widely available in hotels, restaurants, bars and some shops.
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rinking is strictly prohibited on streets.
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ne hour developing is widely available.
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ll sorts of films, cameras, disposable cameras, camcorders are available.
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ike 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.
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rom October through March, Jordan is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
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he rest of the year, Jordan is three hours ahead of GMT.
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ost Jordanians work five days a week with Friday and Saturday off, but business and shopping hours are flexible.
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ome establishments are open from 9:30 - 13:30 and again from 15:30 to 18:00.
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thers may be open straight through the day, from 08:00 to 20:00.
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overnment offices are open from 08:30 - 15:00.
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ll businesses and most shops, other than those in the souqs, are closed on Fridays.
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uring the Holy Month of Ramadan, working hours are more flexible and generally shorter.
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he weather in Jordan is pleasurable for travel throughout the year.
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mman is sunny and cloudless from May to October, with temperatures averaging approximately 25C (75 F).
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uring the spring, the most beautiful season in Jordan, fields and mountains are coated with rich greenery and exquisite wildflowers.
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autumn, the weather is mild and pleasant.
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uly and August are hot and dry, but not restrictive of tourist activities.
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he valleys and Aqaba are ideal winter resorts, with temperatures averaging 16-22 C (66-72 F) between November and April.
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ainfall is a rare occurence in Aqaba as well as in the desert areas of Jordan.
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otable water is a precious resource in Jordan.
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owever, 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.
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s for electricity, 200V; 50 cycles; rounded two-prong plugs are used.
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ransformers and adapters are widely available.
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odern medical services are readily available in Jordan's larger cities and towns and the bigger hotels normally have a doctor on call.
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ost doctors speak English fluently.
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harmacies can provide medication for minor aliments, but travelers should carry their own prescription medication.
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ew specific facilities for those with special physical requirements exist in Jordan, although local people will do their best to assist people in need.
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evertheless, the accessibility of some tourist sites is very limited; it is advisable to call ahead to establish if special needs can be met.
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t Petra, for example, horse-drawn carriages to the main sites can be arranged in special cases.