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JORDAN AT A GLANCE

 

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, a place which once captivated ancient travelers, continues to enthrall a new generation with it’s eclectic mix of modernity and tradition.

From the enchanting starkness of Wadi Rum, to the restless city centre of urban Amman, and the majestic ruins of civilizations once forgotten. Jordan is a unique destination offering breathtaking sights, charming accommodations, and exquisite cuisine. Jordan is home to countless wonders that are sure to leave you in awe.

It has been home to some of mankind’s earliest settlements and villages, and relics of many of the world’s great civilizations can still be seen today. As the crossroads of the Middle East, the lands of Jordan and Palestine have served as a strategic nexus connecting Asia, Africa, and Europe.

Aqaba situated on the southern tip of Jordan, approximately 4 hours from the capital of Amman, Aqaba is a beach town with Jordanian appeal. Equipped with the local watering holes, to water sports, and a historical flair for those looking to revisit the past Aqaba is a delightful complement to the metropolitan appeal of Amman. 

1. LANGUAGE:

The official language of Jordan is Arabic, but English is widely spoken especially in the cities. Many Jordanians have traveled, or have been educated abroad, so French, German, Italian and Spanish are also spoken, but to a lesser extent. When Arabic is written in Jordan using the Latin alphabet, English spelling is applied; however, these spellings can be interpreted in various ways - the spelling, for example, of street addresses can vary widely. For this reason, the sounds of the words are a much better guide than the spelling.

2. ELECTRICAL CURRENT:

220 AC volts, 50 cycles, requiring rounded two-prong wall plugs. Some visitors will need a transformer, which most hotels can provide. 

3. LOCAL TIME:

October – March: Greenwich Mean Time plus 2 hours (G.M.T. + 2).
April – September: Greenwich Mean Time plus 3 hours (G.M.T. + 3).
Jordan is seven hours ahead of US Eastern Time.

4. TRANSPORTATION:

Participants are requested to make their own arrangements for transportation from the airport to the city (Hotel) and return.

Airport taxi services operate from the airport to Aqaba.

5. INSURANCE:

Participants are advised to have insurance coverage for any unexpected contingency including transport hazards (taxi, buses, rented cars etc.) and Medical coverage.

6. CUSTOMS:

The following items may be brought into Jordan:

  1. Personal gifts with a value not exceeding 200 JD.
  2. Only one liter of alcoholic drinks for every person above 18 years of age.
  3. Only 200 Cigarettes for every person above 18 years of age.
  4. Camera or Video camera.
  5. Effects for personal use. Such as perfume and clothing.
  6. Personal computer (lab top).
  7. Equipment for professional use.

Additional quantities of the above items may also be purchased from Airport duty free shops after clearing customs.

7. CURRENCY, CREDIT CARDS AND BANKING SERVICES

The local currency is the Jordanian Dinar; symbol JD, also pronounced as “jaydee.”.

There are 0.25, 0.5, 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 JD notes and the current rate of exchange for US $ is approximately US $ 1= 0.71 JD. The dinar is divided into 100 piasters (pronounced “pee-asters”) of 1000 fils (“fills”). The fils is the unit most commonly used and you will usually see prices written as 4,750 (which is 4 JD and 750 fils).

Currency can be exchanged at major banks, exchange booths and at most hotels. Street money-changers are best avoided. Exchange rates are set daily by the Jordanian Central Bank.

 International Credit Cards, such as American Express, Visa, Master Charge, Carte Blanche, etc, are usually accepted at most hotels, department stores and restaurants.

All commercial Banks exchange major foreign currencies and are open from 0830 to 1400, Sundays through Thursdays.

8. SHOPPING:

Shopping malls and shopping areas are available in Aqaba. Be prepared to bargain in small shops, sidewalk vendors etc. In large stores, however, the prices are fixed.

9. TAP WATER:

It is recommended that all visitors drink only bottled water/beverages.

10. TELEPHONE AND INTERNET CARDS:

Cards are available in the Jordanian Market for international calls, and internet connection.

11. WEATHER CONDITIONS:

The main Average temperatures for the month of October in Aqaba is 33° / 21°C.

 

For further information please refer to the following link:

http://in.visitjordan.com/