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Coming to Jordan for your first time or if you reside in the country, take a look at what Jordan has to offer. www.visitjordan.com  

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a constitutional monarchy with a developing economy and modern infrastructure. Both Western and traditional Islamic culture are intertwined in the lives of many Jordanians which provides the conservative foundation for the country's customs, laws, and practices.

Situated between Israel, Iraq, Syria, and Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Jordan is peaceful amid the 'excitement' of its neighboring countries. Jordan is a wonderful place to visit, made more so by its hospitable people whose immediate reaction to travelers is 'welcome to Jordan'. With a reputation for being one of the friendliest countries on earth, it is worth a visit to explore its immense sense of history, as well as two of the most magnificent sights in the Middle East: One of the New Wonder of the World-Petra and Wadi Rum's spectacular desert scenery.

Jordan is a Kingdom layered in antiquity, from the work of Nabataean stonemasons, to characters such as Moses and Lawrence of Arabia, from ancient cities and Biblical sites, to desert castles, Crusader forts and Byzantine mosaics. This ancient culture believes the fact that it is also a modern country, a thriving business and arts scene, first class hotels, restaurants and shopping. The contradictions between the old and new are astonishing.

Jordan is a relatively small country of varied landscapes, where the fertile Jordan Valley, bordering the entire western side of the Kingdom, is separated from the immense desert stretching to the east by the populated highlands. As part of the Great Rift Valley, the Jordan Valley incorporates the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the earth and most famous for its heavy salt and mineral concentrations, while the main towns are strung out along the length of the highland plateau, including the friendly capital, Amman, as well as plenty of historical sites from ancient civilizations.

Language Arabic is the official language and English is commonly used.

Currency The official currency is the Dinar (JOD), which is divided into 100 piasters or 1,000 fils. Banks are closed on Fridays and Saturdays. Most hotels will also exchange money. American Express, Visa, and MasterCard are the most widely accepted credit cards and can be used at major hotels, restaurants, and tourist shops.

Time Local time is GMT +2 (GMT +3 from April to October).

Electricity Electrical current is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. European two-pin plugs are the most common.

Communications The international dialing code for Jordan is +962. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code. Jordan has international direct dialing with most countries. City/area codes are in use (0)3 Aqaba and Petra, (0)5 Dead Sea and Madaba, and (0)6 Amman. Mobile phone companies have roaming agreements with most international mobile phone operators. There are Internet cafes in Amman and most major towns.

Visa A valid passport and visa are required to enter Jordan. Most visas can be acquired at the airport for 20JD (approx.US $30) for a single entry visa and payable in Jordan Dinars. Please check your designated country's requirements prior to your visit to Jordan. For ease and simplicity, we recommend to have the local currency readily available prior to coming to Jordan.

Airport Queen Alia International Airport

City/Region Amman

Airport Code AMM

Location The airport is situated 22 miles south of Amman and close to 60 miles from the Dead Sea.

Phone Number +962 64453013.

Airport Facilities Bank and bureau de change, duty-free shopping, wireless Internet access, bars and restaurants.

Ground Transportation Hotel airport shuttle is available upon request. Notify the front desk for a reservations or info@ammanramada.com. Metered Taxis are also available.

Departure Tax None.

Airline The official airline carrier is Royal Jordanian and information plus reservations can be accessed by their website at www.rj.com.

Weather Jordan's weather is a big draw year round, due to the temperate dry heat, known for warm days and cool nights. The weather in spring and fall can be on the cool side, so a light jacket is advice. Weather in the winter is cold, rainy and sometimes there is snow. Summers are hot and dry.

Dress Code Modest clothing attire is recommended. Jordan is a moderate Moslem Country, western attire is acceptable though it is recommended to dress respectfully to the country's values. Shorts and tank tops are discouraged outside of the hotel grounds. We do recommend swimming attire to experience 'floating' at the Dead Sea or Jordan's swimming pools. Topless is not acceptable in Jordan.

Health & Medical Each individual should make their own health related travel preparations. A doctor is usually available from 8:00 to 5pm, and emergency services 24/7 at the hotel.

Travel Insurance It is the responsibility of each visitor to ensure that he/she is adequately insured for their visit. We recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. You should check for any exclusion and that your policy covers you for all the activities you want to undertake.

Eating and Drinking You can't go hungry while visiting Jordan. There is a large selection of restaurants and cafe to choose from. Both traditional Arabic and International cuisine is available to please every pallet. We do suggest drink water from water bottles.

Jordan is not a dry country and alcoholic drinks are served in international hotels and most restaurants.
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