About Jordan

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About Jordan

Where is Jordan? 

Jordan is located in the heart of the Middle East, northwest of Saudi Arabia, south of Syria, southwest of Iraq, and east of Israel and the Palestinian National Authority. Jordan has access to the Red Sea via the port city of Aqaba, located at the northern end of the Gulf of Aqaba. 

Capital: Amman 

Government: Constitutional monarchy 

Currency: Jordanian dinar (JOD) 

Total Area: 92,300 km2 

Land: 91,971 km2 

Population: 9.702 million (Estimate 2017). 

Language: Arabic (official), English widely spoken and understood among upper and middle classes. 

A bit about the culture: Jordanians are proud of their Arab culture and hospitality is a matter of great importance. Visitors are made to feel very welcome and Jordanians are happy to act as hosts and guides, keen to inform tourists about their traditions and culture. Women are not expected to wear hijab (headscarf), but should dress modestly as a sign of respect. Beachwear must only be worn at the beach or poolside in touristic areas. Islam always plays an important role in society and it is essential that Muslim beliefs are respected. If invited for dinner, a small gift is customarily given. Handshaking is the customary form of greeting, although some may refrain and express respect by placing one hand on their chest.