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Destination Jordan, this page is about many aspects of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Here you will find comprehensive information about Jordan in its diversity: geography, economy, science, people, culture, environment, government and history.
You will have access to newspapers from Jordan and you will find extensive travel and tourism information for Jordan.

Jordan Desert
Desert scene - © Jordan Tourism Board

Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan | Al Urdun

Country Profile

Jordan Flag
Flag of Jordan

For most of its history since independence from British administration in 1946, Jordan was ruled by King HUSSEIN (1953-99). A pragmatic ruler, he successfully navigated competing pressures from the major powers (US, USSR, and UK), various Arab states, Israel, and a large internal Palestinian population, through several wars and coup attempts. In 1989 he resumed parliamentary elections and gradually permitted political liberalization; in 1994 a formal peace treaty was signed with Israel. King ABDALLAH II - the eldest son of King HUSSEIN and Princess MUNA - assumed the throne following his father's death in February 1999. Since then, he has consolidated his power and established his domestic priorities, including an aggressive economic reform program. Jordan acceded to the World Trade Organization in January 2000, and signed free trade agreements with the United States in 2000, and with the European Free Trade Association in 2001.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)

Jordan is a member state of the League of Arab States

border countries: Iraq, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Palestine (West Bank)
related countries: USA, Russia, United Kingdom

Where in the world is Jordan?

Official Name:
Al Mamlakah al Urduniyah al Hashimiyah
short form: Al Urdun
int'l short form: Jordan
int'l long form: Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
formerly: Transjordan

ISO Country Code: jo
Actual Time: Sat-Apr-29  02:37
Local Time = UTC +2h
Daylight Saving Time (DST) 31 March - 21 October 2005 (UTC +3)

Country Calling Code: +962

Capital City: Amman (pop. 1 million)

Other Cities:
Irbid (pop. 281 000), Az-Zarqa (pop. 421 000)

Type: Constitutional Monarchy
Independence: 25 May 1946
Constitution: 8 January 1952

Location Middle East, northwest of Saudi Arabia, east of Israel
Area: 89,342 kmĀ² (34,495 sq. mi.)

Climate: Mostly arid desert; rainy season in west (November to April)

Nationality: Noun and adjective--Jordanian(s)
Population 6.3 million (2012)
Ethnic groups: Mostly Arab but small communities of Circassians (Adyghe), Armenians, and Kurds.
Religions: Sunni Muslim 96%, Christian 4%.
Languages: Arabic (official), English.
Literacy: 90%

Natural resources: Phosphates, potash, shale oil.
Agriculture products: Wheat, barley, citrus, tomatoes, melons, olives; sheep, goats, poultry.

Industries: Phosphate mining, pharmaceuticals, petroleum refining, cement, potash, light manufacturing, tourism.

Currency: Jordanian Dinar (JOD)

Jordan in Figures
Jordan key statistical data.

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Official Sites of Jordan

royal King Abdullah II
Official Website of King Of The Hashemite Kingdom Of Jordan with his profile, vision, initiatives and pressroom.
royal Queen Rania Al - Abdullah
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah's site.
royal HM Queen Noor of Jordan
The official Web site of H.M. Queen Noor of Jordan.
royal HRH Prince Hassan Bin Talal
HRH Prince Hassan Bin Talal's Web Site.
royal HM King Hussein I of Jordan
Tribute to the legacy of King Hussein, the father of modern Jordan.

The National Assembly
Jordan's Parliamentary System.

National Information System of Jordan
The National Information System of Jordan site includes comprehensive information on the country and on government functions, organizations and official agencies.

Diplomatic Missions
Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in the USA
Washington D.C.
Embassy of Jordan in the UK

Department of Statistics - DOS
Jordan in figures.

Jordan in Figures
Jordan key statistical data.

Jordan Maps
Map of Jordan
Political Map of Jordan.
Google Earth Google Earth Jordan
Searchable map/satellite view of Jordan.
Google Earth Google Earth Map Amman
Searchable map/satellite view of Jordan's capital city.

Map of Northern Africa and the Middle East
Political Map of of North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East.
profile Map of Western Asia
Map of Western Asia and the Middle East region.

Jordan News

Ad-Dustour Newspaper
Jordan daily newspaper (in Arabic).
National and international news (in Arabic).
Jordan Times
Jordan's English-language daily newspaper.
Petra News Agency
The Jordan News Agency.
The Star
Jordans political, economic and cultural weekly.
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Arts & Culture

Khalid Shoman Foundation. Darat al Funun
Darat al Funun is a home for the Arts and the artists of Jordan and the Arab world.
The Jerash Festival
The Jerash Festival of Culture and Arts takes place annually in late July. The site provides background and current news about the festival, as well as a program schedule.


Business & Economy

Central Bank of Jordan
Central Bank of Jordan Home Page.

ASE Amman Stock Exchange

Ministry of Industry and Trade
Official site of the ministry.
Amman Chamber of Commerce
Jordan Investment Promotion Corporation (IPC)
Provides information on business and investment opportunities in Jordan, economic indicators and statistics, and Jordanian business news.

Royal Jordanian
Royal Jordanian Airline, serves destinations in the Middle East, Europe and the USA.
Royal Wings
Amman, Levant's commuter airline, connects Amman, to the Red Sea and neighboring countries.

Destination Jordan - Country Guides

Discover Jordan: Amman, Dead Sea, Um Qais, Gadara, Pella, Ummayed castles, City of Mosaics, Madaba, King's Highway, Petra, Kerak and Shobak, Wadi Rum, Aqaba.

Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities
The site provides abundant information on Jordan's history, monarchy, government, culture, archaeological and tourist sites, economy and services.

Jordan Tourism Board
The Official Tourism Site on Jordan, responsible for promoting Jordan tourism internationally.

National Information System of Jordan
The site offers also comprehensive information about the kingdom.

Discover Jordan
And rediscover an ancient land.
Jordan Eco Tours
Tourism company that operates both classical and ecologically orientated travels in Jordan and the Middle East.
Petra Tours
One of Jordan's largest travel and tourism companies.

Hotels in Jordan
Find a Hotel in Jordan.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information


Al-Ahliyya Amman University
Privately funded and managed university, founded in 1990.
Philadelphia University
Located near Amman.
University of Jordan
The first ever institution of higher education in Jordan, founded in 1962.

Jordan Astronomical Society (JAS)
The site offers information on its objectives, its previous and upcoming activities, as well as an interesting section entitled "Observing the Sky".
National Library
Site of Jordan's National Library (in Arabic).
Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies
The mission of the Institute involves research, publication, and the organization of lectures, conferences, and workshops in the fields of Christian and Judaic studies with direct or indirect relevance to the Arab and Islamic worlds.
Royal Scientific Society (RSS)
The RSS was established in 1970, a non-profit institution conducting scientific and technological research and development work related to the development process in Jordan with special attention to industrial research and services.

Environment & Nature

Friends of Environment
An independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization, formed in 1995 and specialized in environmental education.

The Jordanian Network for Environmentally Friendly Industries (JNEFI)
JNEFI's mission is to raise environmental awareness among the Jordanian Industries.


History of Jordan
Wikipedia entry about Jordans history.

Franciscan Archaeological Insitute
Mount Nebo

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Other countries and territories in the Middle East:
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Qatar | Saudi Arabia | Syria | Turkey | United Arab Emirates | West Bank | Yemen