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Culture Of Jordan

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Art, cinema, museums and music in Jordan

Many institutions in Jordan aim to raise cultural awareness of Jordanian art and represent Jordan’s artistic movements in fields such as painting, sculpture, graffiti and photography. The art scene has developed in recent years and Jordan has become a haven for artists from surrounding countries. In January 2016, a Jordanian film called Theeb was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards for the first time.

The largest museum in Jordan is the Jordan Museum. It contains much of the country’s valuable archaeological finds, including some of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Neolithic limestone statues of ‘Ain Ghazal and a copy of the Mesha Stele. Most museums in Jordan are located in Amman, including The Children’s Museum Jordan, The Martyr’s Memorial and Museum and the Royal Automobile Museum. Museums outside Amman include the Aqaba Archaeological Museum. The Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts is a major contemporary art museum in Amman.

Music in Jordan is now developing with many new bands and artists now popular in the Middle East. Artists such as Omar Al-Abdallat, Toni Qattan and Hani Metwasi have increased the popularity of Jordanian music. The Jerash Festival is an annual music event that features popular Arab singers. The pianist and composer Zade Dirani has gained great international popularity. There is also an increasing growth of alternative Arab music bands that dominate the scene in the Arab world, including El Morabba3, Autostrad, JadaL, Akher Zapheer and Ayloul.

Sport in Jordan

Football is the most popular sport in Jordan. The national football team has improved in recent years, although they have not yet qualified for the World Cup. In 2013, Jordan lost the chance to play in the 2014 World Cup when they lost to Uruguay in the inter-association playoffs. This was Jordan’s highest advancement in World Cup qualifying rounds since 1986.The women’s football team is also gaining prestige and was ranked 58th in the world in March 2016. Jordan hosted the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2016, the first sports tournament for women in the Middle East.

Lesser-known sports are gaining popularity. Rugby is becoming more popular, with a rugby union recognised by the Jordanian Olympic Committee, which oversees three national teams. Although cycling is not widespread in Jordan, the sport is developing rapidly as a lifestyle and new way of getting around, especially among the youth. In 2014, the NGO Make Life Skate Life completed the construction of the 7Hills Skatepark, the first skatepark in the country, located in downtown Amman. The Jordanian national basketball team participates in various international and Middle Eastern tournaments. Local basketball teams include: Al-Orthodoxi Club, Al-Riyadi, Zain, Al-Hussein and Al-Jazeera.

Cuisine in Jordan

As the eighth largest producer of olives in the world, olive oil is the most important cooking oil in Jordan. A common appetiser is hummus, a puree of chickpeas mixed with tahini, lemon and garlic. Ful medames is another well-known starter. It is a typical workers’ meal and has now also found its way onto the tables of the upper classes. A typical Jordanian meze often includes koubba maqliya, labaneh, baba ghanoush, tabbouleh, olives and pickles. Meze is generally accompanied by the Levantine alcoholic drink arak, which is made from grapes and aniseed and resembles ouzo, rakı and pastis. Sometimes Jordanian wine and beer are also used. The same dishes served without alcoholic beverages can also be called “muqabbilat” (appetisers) in Arabic.

The most distinctive Jordanian dish is mansaf, the national dish of Jordan. The dish is a symbol of Jordanian hospitality and is influenced by Bedouin culture. Mansaf is eaten on various occasions such as funerals, weddings and religious holidays. It consists of a plate of rice with meat cooked in thick yoghurt and sprinkled with nuts and sometimes herbs. According to an old tradition, the dish is eaten with the hands, but this tradition is not always used. Simple fresh fruit is often served towards the end of a Jordanian meal, but there are also desserts such as baklava, hareeseh, knafeh, halva and qatayef, a dish made especially for Ramadan. In Jordanian cuisine, drinking coffee and tea flavoured with na’na or meramiyyeh is almost a ritual.

How To Travel To Jordan

By planeJordan's national carrier is Royal Jordanian Airlines. In addition, Jordan is served by a number of foreign airlines, including BMI, Air France, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Egypt Air, Emirates, Alitalia and Delta Airlines. The low-cost airline Air Arabia flies between Jordan and destinations throughout the Middle East. The British...

How To Travel Around Jordan

By planeThe only domestic flight connection is between Amman and Aqaba.By busThe bus company JETT offers connections from Amman to Aqaba, to the King Hussein Bridge (to get to Israel), and to Hammamat Ma'in. Private buses (mainly from the Hijazi company) run from Amman to Irbid and Aqaba. Minibusses...

Tourism in Jordan

Tourism is one of the most important sectors in the Jordanian economy. In 2010, over 8 million tourists from various countries visited Jordan, with tourism revenues amounting to about $3.5 billion. Another $1 billion was earned from medical tourism to the Kingdom. In 2011, Jordanian tourism lost $1 billion...

Weather & Climate in Jordan

The climate in Jordan varies considerably. As a general rule, the further the land is from the Mediterranean, the more temperature contrasts occur and the less rainfall there is. The average elevation of the country is 812 m (2664 ft) (SL). The uplands over the Jordan Valley, the Dead...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Jordan

Jordan is one of only three countries in the Middle East that tolerate Israeli citizens in their country. Therefore, entry into Jordan is not a problem for holders of an Israeli passport.Visitors from most countries require a visa to enter Jordan, which is readily available on arrival at almost...

Destinations in Jordan

Cities in JordanAmman - Capital of the KingdomAjlun - a mountain town in northern Jordan, known for the impressive ruins of the 12th-century castle now known as Ajlun Castle.Aqaba - located on the Gulf of Aqaba / Eilat, with connections to the Sinai and the Red Sea.Irbid - the second-largest...

Accommodation & Hotels in Jordan

Amman has an abundance of 5 and 4 star hotels. In addition, there are a good number of 3-star hotels and there are many 2-star and 1-star hotels in downtown Amman that are very cheap and there are many tourists, especially those who are passing through staying in these...

Things To See in Jordan

The capital Amman is located in the north of Jordan, and features are spread along the entire length of the north-south side of the country.North JordanNorth of Amman is also the ancient city of Jerash, where you can visit some of the most impressive Roman ruins in the eastern...

Things to do in Jordan

Go diving or snorkelling in the Red Sea near Aqaba. The Red Sea has some of the most famous coral reefs in the world and is a popular place for diving and snorkelling. Turtles, octopus, clownfish and a sunken tank are just some of the underwater sights. Equipment can...

Food & Drinks in Jordan

Jordanian cuisine is very similar to that in other parts of the region. The daily staple is khobez, a large, flat bread sold in bakeries throughout the country for a few hundred fils. Delicious when freshly baked.Breakfast is traditionally fried eggs, labaneh, cheese, zaatar and olive oil along with...

Money & Shopping in Jordan

The currency is the Jordanian dinar (currency code: JOD), sometimes shown locally as "JD" before or after the amount, or in Arabic as دينار or sometimes as £, and is divided into 1000 fils and 100 piasters (or qirsh). Coins come in denominations of 1, 5 and 10 piasters...

Festivals & Events in Jordan

Holidays in JordanDateEnglish nameLocal nameCommentsOfficial business1 JanuaryNew Year's DayRas Assanah al-MiladiClosed1 MayLabour DayEid el-OmmalClosedDate variesEaster SundayEid Al Fiseh Al AtheemCelebrated by Christians. Easter is celebrated in Jordan by all denominations according to the Eastern Church calendar.Open25 MayIndependence DayEid al-IstiklaalClosed9 JuneThe accession of King Abdullah to the throneEid al-JolousOpen25 DecemberChristmas...

Traditions & Customs in Jordan

Jordan is a very hospitable country for tourists and foreigners will be happy to help you if you ask. In turn, Jordanians will respect you and your culture if you respect theirs. Respect Islam, the dominant religion, and the King of Jordan.Wear modest clothing at important religious sites. Respect...

History Of Jordan

Ancient eraJordan is rich in Palaeolithic remains that contain evidence of settlement by Homo erectus, Neanderthals and modern humans. The oldest evidence of human settlement dates back about 250,000 years. In the Kharanah area of eastern Jordan, there is evidence of human huts from about 20,000 years ago. Other...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Jordan

Stay safe in JordanJordan is very safe. There is virtually no unsafe part of Jordan except on the Iraqi border. Although the rural parts of Jordan have limited infrastructure, the fellahin (or villagers) are happy to help you.Jordan is one of the most liberal nations in the region. Women...

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