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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Amman

Each year, numerous holidays are celebrated in Jordan.
Below are the main dates for these festivities:

15 January: Arbor Day (national)

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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CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Amman



Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January 5 13 68 Not the best period to go
February 5 14 73 Not the best period to go
March 7 17 30 Good period to go Good period to go
April 10 29 14 Good period to go Good period to go
May 15 29 5 Good period to go Good period to go
June 17 32 0 Good period to go Good period to go
July 19 33 0 Good period to go Good period to go
August 19 33 0 Good period to go Good period to go
September 18 32 0 Good period to go Good period to go
October 15 28 5 Good period to go Good period to go
November 11 22 32 Good period to go Good period to go
December 7 16 45 Not the best period to go
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Amman Queen Alia International Airport

The international airport of Amman, Matar al Malika Alia, is located 30 kilometres south of the capital.

  • Three terminals:
    • T1
    • T2 (Air France)
    • T3 (freight)

Travelling between Amman and the airport :
  • Car
    • Access: the centre is located about 40 minutes from the airport by car via the highway. Parking: the Amman International Airport has three car parks
    • A drop-off area, located opposite the departures hall. You can park there for -free for ten minutes. Beyond this period, each parking hour is charged 26 JOD.
    • A short-term parking lot (less than six hours), located in the immediate vicinity of the airport. Count 1.75 JOD per hour.
    • A long-term parking lot, accessible by shuttle bus (every 10 minutes) to and from the terminal. Count 11 JOD for 24 hours, plus 1 JOD per additional hour.

Rentals: The major international car rental agencies are present in the arrival hall of the airport.
  • Bus
    • The Sariyah Express line, just outside the arrivals terminal, provides connection to the Tabarbour Bus Station through downtown Amman. Tickets are on sale for 3.50 JOD at the kiosk in the airport hall. Departures are every 30 minutes from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and then every hour between 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Allow about 50 minutes.
  • Taxi
    • Taxi is the safest way to reach the capital. Rates for beige taxis stationed at the exit of the arrivals area are displayed on a panel in the airport lobby. Payment must be made directly to the driver. Allow about 20 JOD to reach the city centre of Amman.
  • Services
    • Exchange offices, ATMs, post office, duty free, restaurants, first aid centre.

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GETTING AROUND Amman

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.

Car

Traffic is very dense in the centre of Amman, where the streets are almost all one way.

Bus

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!

Taxi

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.

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Visitor information

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

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Currency and Exchange Rates

The currency used in Jordan is the jordanian dinar (JOD).

JPY1 = JOD0.01

JOD1 = JPY166.67

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

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Medical information

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:

Food safety recommendations

Avoid eating raw or undercooked food, especially meat and eggs.
Wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based solution.

Water

Tap water is deemed safe in the country. As a precaution, it is recommended you buy water in sealed bottles.

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Administrative procedures

Entry requirements for Jordan

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:

http://international.visitjordan.com/generalinformation/entryintojordan

For more information, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Jordan:

http://www.mfa.gov.jo/

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Essential phrases

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

Yes: Nem

No: Lays

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

Airport: Matar

Station: Mahatt

Taxi: Taxi

Hotel: Funduq

Hospital: Mustashfaa

Bank: Masrif

Phone: Hatif

I am (…): Ana (…)

I'm looking for (…): Abhath (…)

What is the price of (…)? : Kam tukallif (…)?

Do you have (…)? : Ladayk (…)?

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Good to know

00 962
+ phone number (calls to Amman)
-6 : 00
of time difference with
Tokyo
Daylight Savings Time start date: 1 April
Daylight Savings Time end date: 28 October

BANKS

Generally open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Closed Friday and Saturday.
GOVERNMENT OFFICES

Generally open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Closed Friday and Saturday.
220 V /5 0 Hz

TIPPING

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.