Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
The Royal Family
Jordan's current monarch, King Abdullah II, came to the throne in February 1999 after the death of his father, King Hussein. King Abdullah and his wife, Queen Rania, have four children: Prince Hussein, Princess Iman, Princess Salma, and Prince Hashem.
1. Population (2009): 5.97 million.
2. Religions (2001 census est.): Sunni Muslim 92%, Christian 6%, other 2%.
3. Languages: Arabic (official), English.
4. Ethnic groups: Mostly Arab but small communities of Circassians, Armenians, and Chechens.
Jordan is blessed with a Mediterranean climate for pleasurable year-round travel. Amman is sunny and cloudless from May to October, with average temperatures around 23C (73F). Springtime brings optimal weather, lush with greenery, and autumn equally mild and pleasant. July and August are hot and dry (Except in Aqaba). Because of the capital city's elevation, evenings are cool. Aqaba and the Jordan Valley are ideal winter resorts, with temperature averaging 16-22C (61-72F) between November and April. There is very little rain in the Aqaba area and in the desert.
January 1 New Year
Shawal 1st for Eid Al Fitr
Thu'l-Hijjh - 10th Eid Al Adha
Muharram 1st Hijra New Year
May 1 Labor Day
May 25 Independence Day
12 Rabi' 1 Prophetï¿½s Birthday
Rajab 17th Al-Isra'a wal Me'raj
December 25 Christmas
It is advised to drink bottled mineral water which is generally served everywhere.
Restaurants Tips is around 10% of the total bill (Check on the receipt if it is already included). Guide, Bus, Car driver Tips are expected and it is subject to the client satisfaction but please keep in mind that a poor tip may offend the person receiving it (Considering that Jordan is one of the most expensive countries in the Middle East and the cost of life is close to western countries).
Medical care in Jordan is of international standard and one of the best in the Middle East.
Jordan has not restrictions in clothing but you have to remember that you are a guest in a Muslim country. Therefore for your comfort and to respect the culture and the people around you, while touring, dress sensibly (T-shirts and Bermuda are acceptable). We suggest comfortable closed shoes for visiting Petra or any other archaeological site in Jordan.