Where is it?: Jordan is in the Middle East, northwest of Saudi Arabia.
Why do people go here?: Most tourist come to Jordan to visit the ancient city of Petra. However, Jordan has so much more to offer – and there are few tourists. If you want a good starter country in the Middle East, Jordan is the place. You would be surprised how easy, accommodating and interesting this country is.
What are the main entry points?: Travelers coming to Jordan usually come via Israel or Egypt. Jordan has an international airport with flights to Europe and other Middle East destinations. Except for Saudi Arabia and Iraq, you should have no problem traveling between other countries.
Currency used: Dinar
Country Code for Phones: 962
Area codes for Major Cities: Amman 6
Religion: Sunni Muslim 92%, Christian 6% (majority Greek Orthodox, but some Greek and Roman Catholics, Syrian Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, and Protestant denominations), other
Population: 6.3 million
Ethnic Breakdown: Arab 98%, Circassian 1%, Armenian 1%
Government: Constitutional Monarchy
Languages: Arabic (official), English
Major Cities: Amman
Attractions: Petra, Jerash
Accommodation: Jordan Hostels
Tourism Office locations and links: Jordan Tourism Office
Tips for Visiting
Off-the-Beaten-Path: Umm Al-Jimal, Desert Castle Loop
When to go: Spring and falls are the best times to enjoy Jordan without having to worry about the heat.
Common Phrases: Yes: Away/Na’am, No: La, Thank You: Shukran, Hello: Ahlan, How are you: Izzayak? How much: Bi Kaam?, If God is willing, than it will happen: Inshaallah, Please: Min Fadilak, I don’t understand: Ana laa Afham
Specific Events/Holidays: Jordan’s holidays are Islamic so the dates of major holidays change from year-to-year. The two main holidays are Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr.
Getting Around: Buses are the best way to get around Jordan.
Good to know: Jordan contains major deposits of both uranium and oil shale.
Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Jordan is the Queen Alia International Airport.
Need more information?: Check out the Jordan travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.