Each year, numerous holidays are celebrated in Jordan.
Below are the main dates for these festivities:
This day is dedicated to planting trees to conserve the environment in Jordan. On this day, Queen Rania of Jordan, surrounded by young people and students, participates in planting saplings in the city of Amman.22 March: Arab League Festival (national)
The Arab League was founded 22 March 1945 in Cairo by seven countries and currently has 22 Member States, including Jordan. This regional organisation has observer status with the United Nations.1 May: Labour Day (national)
This holiday can be an opportunity, in Jordan, for worker demonstrations.25 May: Independence Day (national)
On 25 May 1946, Jordan became independent from United Kingdom. An official ceremony is held at Raghadan Palace in Amman, headed by the royal couple.10 June: Army Day and anniversary of the Great Arab Revolt (national)
This essential date in the history of Jordan marks the beginning of the Great Arab Revolt (1916-1918). The Sharif of Mecca, Hussein ibn Ali, launched the wave of rebellion that would free the Arabian peninsula from Ottoman rule, an event celebrated each year during a formal ceremony presided over by the King and Queen of Jordan.
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The international airport of Amman, Matar al Malika Alia, is located 30 kilometres south of the capital.
Traffic is chaotic in Amman and most downtown streets are one-way. As for the bus, though there are a few lines, they do not travel at fixed times and the network is difficult to understand if one does not read Arabic. It is best to opt for a taxi or to walk.
Traffic is very dense in the centre of Amman, where the streets are almost all one way.
Some buses run in the city. However, schedules and trajectories are relatively random, and network information (stops, fares, lines…) is offered exclusively in Arabic. For a tourist, the help of a resident of the city is essential!
Private taxis (‘yellow cabs') crisscross the city and are easy to hail. The fare on the metre begins at 0.25 JOD, then count about 1 JOD per five kilometres.
Once you arrive in Amman, don't hesitate to get in touch with tourism professionals for information and help in organising your stay.Jordan Tourism Board
Adress : Tunes St. O. Box 830688 Amman, Jordan 11183
Phone : + 962 6 5678444
Website : fr.visitjordan.com
The city of Amman is very well equipped medically, with hospitals of an international standard. Many doctors speak English: if necessary, call 193, the emergency number that will direct you to the appropriate medical professionals or centres. It is recommended that you take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation before your trip, as these can be very high in Jordan.Vaccination
No vaccine is mandatory if one comes from Europe. It is recommended to
have boosters for the following: tetanus, polio, diphtheria, pertussis,
hepatitis B, typhoid, and hepatitis A. For more information, contact the Air
France international vaccination centre:
Avoid eating raw or undercooked food, especially meat and eggs.
Wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based solution.
Tap water is deemed safe in the country. As a precaution, it is recommended you buy water in sealed bottles.
Citizens of certain nationalities are required to obtain a visa to Jordan before arriving in the country. For a list of the nationalities, see the dedicated page on the official website of the Jordan tourism office:
For more information, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Jordan:
Here are some practical phrases in Arabic, which may be useful during your stay in Amman:
Hello (morning): Assalam alaykom / Sabahu Alkhair
Hello (afternoon): Masa'u Alkhair
Good evening: Masa' alkhir
Good-bye: Iilaa alliqa
No, thank-you: La shukraan
Thank you very much: Shukraan
I do not understand: La ‘afhum
Could you repeat please? : Karrar
Please: Min fadlik
What time is it?: Kam alssaea?
Excuse me: Asif
I am (…): Ana (…)
I'm looking for (…): Abhath (…)
What is the price of (…)? : Kam tukallif (…)?
Do you have (…)? : Ladayk (…)?
Tipping is not compulsory in Jordan, but it is appreciated. In restaurants, it is customary to leave an amount ranging from 5 to 10% of the bill, if you are happy with the service. Tips are also appreciated by taxi drivers, tour guides, and hotel staff.