Top tip: You must walk to the Monastery
Jordan’s area of 38,000 sq. miles, shares international boarders with Israel, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. To the Northeast is the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth at 400m below sea level, and to the Southwest is the Gulf of Aqaba on the Red Sea. The capital city of Amman is the main cultural and economic centre of the country. To the west of the country is the fertile River Jordan valley, with the East being mainly desert.
Hot and dry summers give cloudless days and cool nights with rainfall between November and March. The Jordan Valley and Aqaba are warm in winter and very hot in the summer months. Lightweight cotton and linens are advisable in summer months, with warmer clothes required for evenings between November and March.
Facts and Figures
|Area||89,342 sq km (34,495; not including West Bank).|
|Population||6,407,085 (2010 estimate)|
|Capital||Amman- population 2,919,000 (2006 estimate)|
|Language||Arabic is the official language. English is also spoken, predominantly in the cities. French, German, Italian and Spanish are also spoken.|
|Religion||Over 90 per cent Sinni Muslim, with Christian and Shi’ite Muslin minorities.|
|Time||GMT + 2|
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