Jordan

Jordan

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Western travellers have been exploring the Middle East for well over a century, but Jordan is a relative newcomer to tourism, welcoming only a fraction of the numbers who visit neighbouring Egypt and Israel. Its popular image abroad encompasses not much more than camels and deserts, yet this is a country of mountains, beaches, castles and ancient churches, with an urbane people and a rich culture.

It is safe, comfortable and welcoming – and by far the region’s most rewarding destination.

 

Jordan is about 85 percent desert, but this one plain word covers a multitude of scenes, from the dramatic red sands and towering cliffs of the far south to the vast stony plains of volcanic basalt in the east. The northern hills, rich with olive trees, teeter over the rift of the Jordan Valley, which in turn runs down to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. The centre of the country is carpeted with tranquil fields of wheat, cut through by expansive canyons and bordered by arid, craggy mountains. At Jordan’s southernmost tip, beaches fringe the warm waters of the Red Sea, which harbours some of the most spectacular coral reefs in the world.

 

Jordan is part of the land bridge linking Europe, Africa and Asia, and has seen countless armies come and go. Greeks, Romans, Muslims, Christian Crusaders and more have left evidence of their conquests, and there are literally thousands of archeological sites from all periods in every corner of the country. In addition, Israel and Palestine, Jordan’s neighbours to the west, have no monopoly on biblical history: it was in Jordan that Lot sought refuge from the fire and brimstone of the Lord; Moses, Aaron and John the Baptist all died in Jordan; and Jesus was almost certainly baptized here. Even the Prophet Muhammad passed through.

 

And yet the country is far from being stuck in the past. Amman is a thoroughly modern Arab capital, and poverty is the exception rather than the rule. The government, under head of stateKing Abdullah II, manages to be simultaneously pro-Western, pro-Arab, founded on a bedrock of Muslim authority and committed to peace with Israel. Women are better integrated into positions of power in government and business than almost anywhere else in the Middle East. Jordanians are also exceptionally highly educated: just over 2.5 percent of the total population is enrolled at university, a proportion comparable to the UK. Traditions of hospitality are ingrained, and taking up some of the many invitations you’ll get to tea or a meal will expose you to an outlook among local people that is often as cosmopolitan and world-aware as anything at home. Domestic extremism is virtually non-existent.

 

Most people take great pride in their ancestry, whether they’re present or former desert-dwellers (bedouin) or from a settled farming tradition (fellahin). Across the desert areas, people still live and work on their tribal lands, whether together in villages or apart in individual family units. Many town-dwellers, including substantial numbers of Ammanis, also claim tribal identity. Belonging to a tribe (an honour conferred by birth) means respecting the authority of a communal leader, or sheikh, and living in a culture of shared history, values and principles that often crosses national boundaries. Notions of honour and mutual defence are strong. Tribes also wield a great deal of institutional power: most members of Jordan’s lower house of parliament are elected for their tribal, rather than political, affiliation. The king, as sheikh of sheikhs, commands heartfelt loyalty among many people and respect among most of the rest.

 

National identity is a thorny issue in Jordan, which has taken in huge numbers of Palestinianrefugees since the foundation of the State of Israel in 1948. Many people from tribes resident east of the River Jordan before 1948 resent this overbalancing of the country’s demography, as well as the fact that Palestinians, having developed an urbanized, entrepreneurial culture, dominate private-sector business. For their part, Jordanians of Palestinian origin – by some estimates comprising more than sixty percent of the population – often resent the “East Bank” Jordanians’ grip on power in government and the public sector. All are Jordanian citizens, but citizenship tends to mean less to many of Palestinian origin than their national identity, and less to many East Bankers than their tribal affiliation. Recent influxes of refugees from Iraq and Syria, plus large numbers of long-stay guest workers from Egypt, muddy the issue still further. “Where are you from?” – a simple enough question in many countries – is in Jordan the cue for a life story.

 

Country Jordan
Languages spokenArabic
Currency usedJOD
Crowne Plaza Dead Sea Resort & Spa

Crowne Plaza Dead Sea Resort & Spa

Dead Sea, 18186 Sowayma, Jordan, Jordan
Featuring a promenade along the Dead Sea, Crowne Plaza Jordan Dead Sea Resort & Spa boasts an ou More info
Days Inn Hotel & Suites, Aqaba

Days Inn Hotel & Suites, Aqaba

Al Saada Street, Hotels Area, 77110 Aqaba, Jordan, Jordan
This property is a 6-minute walk from the beach. The 4-star Days Inn Hotel & Suites is centrally More info
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Aqaba

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Aqaba

Al-Hammamat Al-Tunisyya Street, 77110 Aqaba, Jordan, Jordan
This property is a 6-minute walk from the beach. Hilton Aqaba features an edgeless pool with Gulf of More info
Grand East Dead Sea

Grand East Dead Sea

Sweimah -Dead Sea , 11118 Sowayma, Jordan, Jordan
Offering an outdoor pool and spa center, Grand East Hotel – Resort & Spa Dead Sea is situa More info
Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea

Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea

Main Dead Sea Road, 18186 Sowayma, Jordan, Jordan
This Holiday Inn Resort, on the edge of the Dead Sea, offers luxurious facilities including a privat More info
InterContinental Aqaba

InterContinental Aqaba

Beach Front, Hotels street, 77110 Aqaba, Jordan, Jordan
This property is a 5-minute walk from the beach. With a private beach along the Gulf of Aqaba, this More info
Kempinski Hotel Aqaba

Kempinski Hotel Aqaba

King Hussein Street, 77110 Aqaba, Jordan, Jordan
This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Overlooking the Red Sea, this beach resort features More info
Marina Plaza Hotel Tala Bay

Marina Plaza Hotel Tala Bay

South Coast, 77110 Aqaba, Jordan, Jordan
This property is a 4-minute walk from the beach. Situated along the Red Sea shore, this 4-star hotel More info
Mövenpick Resort & Residences Aqaba

Mövenpick Resort & Residences Aqaba

King Hussein Street, 77110 Aqaba, Jordan, Jordan
This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. This 5-star resort in the centre of Aqaba is 500 m fr More info
Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea

Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea

Dead Sea Road, 18186 Sowayma, Jordan, Jordan
The Mövenpick Dead Sea is a 5-star Resort and Spa with panoramic views of the Dead Sea. The resort f More info
Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba

Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba

Tala Bay, South Beach Road, 77110 Aqaba, Jordan, Jordan
This property is a 6-minute walk from the beach. This beachfront, 5-star Tala Bay resort has a dive More info
Swiss-Belresort Tala Bay Aqaba

Swiss-Belresort Tala Bay Aqaba

Southern Beach, Tala Bay, 77110 Aqaba, Jordan, Jordan
This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Grand Swiss-Belresort Tala Bay Aqaba features 5 swim More info
Aqaba - Wadi rum ( One Day )

Aqaba - Wadi rum ( One Day )

Jordan
Trip Price : 22$ per person including transportation and dinner at wadi rum  Trip Itinerary Amman More info
Aqaba Top Vip

Aqaba Top Vip

Jordan
  First Day : Gathering will be in front of our office at Swefyieh  Branch at 6:00 am , take of More info
Petra - Wadi Rum (One Day )

Petra - Wadi Rum (One Day )

Jordan
Trip Price : 22$ per person including transportation and dinner at wadi rum  Trip Itinerary Amman More info
Petra-Wadi Rum-Aqaba

Petra-Wadi Rum-Aqaba

Jordan
Trips every Thursday and Friday all over the month Trip Itinerary Amman to Petra  Gathering will b More info

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