His Majesty King Abdullah II bin al Hussein assumed his constitutional powers as king of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on february 7th, 1999, the day his father, the late king Hussein, passed away. His Majesty King Abdullah II bin al Hussein married Queen Rania on June 10th, 1993. The Royal Couple have two sons, Prince Hussein, born on June 28th, 1994, and prince Hashem born on January 30th 2005, and two daughters, Princess Iman, born on September 27th, 1996, Princess Salma, born on September 26th, 2000. The king has four brothers and six sisters. His majesty King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein holds a number of decorations from various countries. He is a qualified diver, pilot free-fall parachutist. His other interests include automobile racing, water sports, scuba diving and collecting ancient weapons and armaments.
Jordan’s history spans millennia and fills many textbooks, To provide you a basic background we’ve considered ir to the most important details and periods.
Muslim women’s clothing often covers their arms, legs, and hair. Western women are not subject to these customs, but very revealing clothing is never appropriate.
Public displays of affection are rare; however, it is not considered unusual for friends to hold hands, regardless of their gender. Foreign couples should not be overly affectionate in public.
The cousin of the levant is justifiably famous and relies heavily on fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. The relaxed, sociable nature of the culture is reflected in the local habit of making meals leisurely occasions, with a lavish assortment of tasty salads and mezzah (appetizers) served family style, with dinners sampling a variety of sides with freshly baked bread. Hummus, a staple of Middle Eastern cuisine, is usually prepared daily and it tastes better here in its native home than anywhere else in the world. Taste local food includes sandwiches made with falafel or shawerma (meat slow-roasted on enormous skewers); mixed grills; Gallayat Bandura (pan-fried tomatoes, onions and peppers often prepared with cubes of lamb, chicken or egg), Kofta (ground beef topped with roasted tomato or tahina sauce), Sun-roasted with potatoes, onions and other vegetables), Maglubah (literally “upside down,” a dish of rice, chicken and vegetables cooked together and then turned upside down onto a serving tray, along with bowls of yoghurt and fresh salad.)
The Traditional Bedouin feast dish is mansaf, typically served on an enormous tray with a steaming rice and lamb meat pilled atop a wafer-thin piece of shraq bread, and flavored with tangy soup based on yoghurt.
In Jordan several types of good wine and beer are produced. There are also a lot of foreign types of alcoholic drinks. They are sold in the majority of the restaurants, bars and specialized shops (except Ramadan). One of the most famous national alcoholic drinks is arak, aniseed-flavored distilled drink. Arak is usually not drunk straight, but is mixed with water, and ice is then added.
Business Hours and Working Week
Friday is the weekly holiday. Banks and government offices and most businesses are closed on Saturdays as well. Many businesses, including airlines, travel agencies, and some shops, are also closed on Thursday afternoon. Department stores and supermarkets typically remain open. A few businesses and shops are closed for part of the day on Sunday.
Banks are open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Business offices are open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Government offices are open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Earlier closings are in effect during the month of Ramadan.
Cellular and Mobile Phones
If you have a phone with a SIM card, you can go to any local cell phone store and buy a prepaid local SIM card. All incoming calls are free, regardless of where they originate. There are several local phone companies to choose from, all of which also sell new and refurbished phones if you wish to purchase one while you are in Jordan.
The international country code for Jordan is 962. To call a number outside Jordan, dial 00, followed by the country code, area code, and the number required.
Emergency phone numbers: 199, 191.
Black mud of the Dead Sea enriches your skin with therapeutic minerals that leave youfeeling rejuvenated and energized. Also, due to the high barometric pressure, the air around the Dead Sea is around 8% richer in oxygen than at sea level. This dry, rich, allergen-free air makes the area a haven for people with respiratory problems.
Etiquette is very important in Jordanian culture. While Jordanians graciously tolerate behaviors from visitors that may not necessarily conform to their own standards of etiquette, you can show respect for Jordanian customS.
by following a few basic rules:
•Stand when someone important, or another guest, enters the room.
•Shake hands with everyone, but only with a Jordanian woman if she offers her hand first.
• Don’t engage in any conversation about sensitive or personal topics unless you know the person you’re talking to well.
• Remove your shoes when visiting a mosque or a private house (unless you’re specifically told to keep them on).
•Never interrupt someone praying.
Public transport service is very efficient in and around Amman. Several public and privately owned buses operate across Jordan at fairly reasonable costs. In addition, a number of companies offer charter bus and regular tours to most sites in Jordan in a fleet of modern, air-conditioned coaches.
Taxis are inexpensive and often the most convenient form of transportation in Jordan. The white-painted service taxis,known locally and regionally as services, ride fixed routes and a re shared. Private taxis are either yellow or silver and have meters. These meters are not always used at night so it is a good idea to agree on the cost beforehand. The same applies on long journeys.
Taxi drivers are friendly, know the cities well, and usually speak English. It is considered appropriate for a man to sit in the back of the taxi,even when the only passenger. In Amman,on the other hand, should sit in the front. Tipping is customary but not required.
As you’ll discover, Jordanians are hospitable people. You may well be invited by your guide, your driver, a friendly shopkeeper or somebody else you’ve just encountered to visit his/her home for tea or a meal, join a wedding party or anything else. Don’t worry about imposing or intruding on a private family affair. If you’re invited, you’ll be made more than welcome.
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Money In Jordan
The Jordanian Dina (JD) is devided into 1,000 fils, but you’ll usually hear people refer to “piasters” or “grush”, and there are 100 piasters in a dinar. Paper currency is denominated in 1, 5, 10, 20, and 50 dinars notes. Coins include 1 piaster (cooper), 5 and 10 piasters (silver), 25 piasters (6-sided cooper pieces), 50 piasters (6-sided cooper and silver pieces). The JD is pegged to the US dollar at the official exchange rate of $1 = 0.708JD. This is the rate you will receive if you exchange dollars to dinars in banks and most currency exchanges. The bank windows at the airport and at the land borders charge a small commission for the exchange rate, which they have prominently displayed. Hotels will generally charge 5% to 8% commission for exchanging currency at their reception desks. You may use many different foreign currencies in souvenir shops, restaurants and other facilities, especially in major tourist areas such as Petra. Be aware, however, that you may receive something less than the official exchange rate for these transactions. When you pay for gasoline shop in regular retail stores and supermarkets, and purchase official government tickets for site entry fees, you must pay in Jordanian Dinars. Most retail outlets, grocery stores, restaurants and hotels accept major credit cards. Travelers’ checks are nor widely accepter in Jordan and you will pay a large fee penalty for cashing them at banks or currency exchanges. You will find ATMs outside most banks throughout the country. You will also find them at shopping malls, in the airports, on pedestrian malls and in other high-traffic shopping areas. Most have a cash advance withdrawal limit around JD200 per transaction.
In Jordan water is priceless. The Jordan government asks everybody to save it.
It is not obligatory to leave a tip but if you do it pay attention to the tip amount.In the restaurants and hotels simply add 10 % to the whole price of your dinner; you should tip a waiter.The hotel servant’s tip is usually 1/ 2 or 1 JOD (2 USD). In the taxi simply add 0,2 of JOD to the counter readings.
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