The Es­sen­tials

Timeless Travels Magazine - - JORDAN -

Time dif­fer­ence: GMT -4

Lan­guage: The of­fi­cial lan­guage is Ara­bic, but English is spo­ken in the cities. The Jor­da­nian peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate if you try to speak the lan­guage. Even a sim­ple ‘Hello’ (ma­heba) and ‘thank you’ (sukhran) will go a long way.

Elec­tri­cal cur­rent/ plugs: 220 AC volts. Plugs are the rounded two- pronged va­ri­ety. Vis­i­tors from the US will need a trans­former (which most ho­tels can pro­vide).

Wa­ter: Vis­i­tors to Jor­dan are en­cour­aged not to waste wa­ter as it is a pre­cious re­source. Ho­tels rated 3 stars and above have their own wa­ter fil­ter­ing sys­tems, so their wa­ter is con­sid­ered safe to drink. Bot­tled wa­ter is read­ily avail­able.

Pol­i­tics: The Hashemite King­dom of Jor­dan is a con­sti­tu­tional monar­chy and the King holds wide ex­ec­u­tive and leg­isla­tive pow­ers.

Re­li­gion: Al­though Is­lam is the main re­li­gion in the coun­try, for over 90% of the pop­u­la­tion, there is no state re­li­gion and re­li­gious free­dom is pro­moted.

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