Amman Local Customs

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    Starbucks Amman and Jordan Coffee Mugs

    by machomikemd Written Aug 31, 2013
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    although my favorite collectible items of my travels remains the fridge magnets and shot glasses and the occasional t-shirts and keychains, I sometimes buy Starbucks Coffee Mugs from the areas I travelled if I'm in the mood to do so, so here in Amman, I was in the mood to buy and hence I bought these kitschy souvenir item as part of my collection and they costs JD 10 to 12 per big mug or JD 8 for a smaller porcelain coffee mug.

    You can buy them at starbucks outlets in Amman and at the Queen Aliah International Airport

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    Keffiyeh

    by machomikemd Written Aug 31, 2013
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    you can buy the Iconic Keffiyeh headgear of the middle east here in Jordan from the souvenir shops, at the souks. Then can be paired with the Black double cord head gear, called the AGAL. One good thing about the keffiyeh is that it can be used by both men and women as a head gear or a scarf and is a good daily use item, cheaper than the pashmina scarf that ladies use.

    The keffiyeh is a traditional arab head gear that can be used as a scarf too.The Keffiyeh provides protection from direct sun exposure, as well to protect the mouth and eyes from blown dust and sand and nowaday's is also use a a piece of fashion and also as souvenirs for tourists.

    There are different colors and patterns for the keffiyeh and different materials too.

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    Amman Shot Glasses

    by machomikemd Written Aug 30, 2013
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    this pictures will be on the Amman shot glasses

    Being an avid collector of Fridge magnets and shot glasses of my travels, buying these items while in Amman Jordan (which is the capital city) is a must, you can buy these souvenirs everywhere, at souvenir shops, markets, stores in madaba city and even vendors and hawkers offer these products and a lot moe like keychains, crucifixes, t-shirts, post cards, books, caps, etc.

    you can haggle for the prices and the average price of a madaba or a mount nebo fridge magnet will be JD 2 to 5, depending on your haggling skills and for the shot glasses at JD 3 to 6.

    you can buy them at cheaper at the hawkers and vendors in Amman rather than the souvenir shops and stores as long as you know how to haggle.

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    Amman Fridge Magnets

    by machomikemd Written Aug 30, 2013
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    this picture will be on the Amman Fridge magnets

    Being an avid collector of Fridge magnets and shot glasses of my travels, buying these items while in Amman and is a must, you can buy these souvenirs everywhere, at souvenir shops, markets, stores in Amman and even at the Citadel and the Roman Ruins, and even vendors and hawkers at these places offer these products and a lot moe like keychains, crucifixes, t-shirts, post cards, books, caps, etc.

    you can haggle for the prices and the average price of an Amman or Jordan magnet will be JD 2 to 5, depending on your haggling skills and for the shot glasses at JD 3 to 6.

    a jordanian dead sea fridge magnet will cost JD 2 to 6 and the Jordanian Dead Sea Shot Glass at JD 3 to 7, again depending on you haggling skills

    you can buy them at cheaper at the hawkers and vendors rather than the souvenir shops and stores as long as you know how to haggle.

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    Jordanian Snack foods 2

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 30, 2013
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    part two of my tips with more pictures

    this will be my tip of the factory made and wrapped jordanian snacks. like in most countries in the world, jordan has it's share of mass produced snack foods rangin from potato chips, to jordanian style of cakes, crunchy falafels, pretzels, corn chips, cup cakes and a lot more. you can buy them everywhere, at convenience stores, shops, roadside stalls, tourist spots, etc and they come in different sizes and packagings.

    prices of snack foods in jordan ranges from JD 0.50 to JD 5, depending on the kind and on the size of the snacks.

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    Jordanian Snack foods 1

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 30, 2013
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    part one of my jordanian snack foods tips with more pictures

    this will be my tip of the factory made and wrapped jordanian snacks. like inmost countries in the world, jordan has it's share of mass produced snack foods rangin from potato chips, to jordanian style of cakes, crunchy falafels, pretzels, corn chips, cup cakes and a lot more. you can buy them everywhere, at convenience stores, shops, roadside stalls, tourist spots, etc and they come in different sizes and packagings.

    prices of snack foods in jordan ranges from JD 0.50 to JD 5, depending on the kind and on the size of the snacks.

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    Is it acceptable to drink alcohol? What about drug

    by Robin020 Written Feb 12, 2012

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    Is it acceptable to drink alcohol? What about drug use?

    Drug use is strictly prohibited in Jordan, and carries very stiff penalties for usage or possession, and no distinction is made between “hard” or “soft” drugs”. If you’re carrying pot, weed, hash or marijuana for medical use or otherwise, do not attempt to enter Jordan.
    Drinking Alcohol in public is unacceptable and not recommended (and sometimes illegal) . In all other cities, you can drink alcohol at the resturants or bars that serve it, as well as in private in your hotel room. You may bring alcohol with you to Jordan, but maybe required to pay duty tax.
    Jordan is not like Dubai you find alcohol ONLY in bars of hotels.
    in Jordan you can purchase alcohol easily from liquor shops and bars as well.
    Bottle of Beer is is about half US dollars in shops,while 2 US dollars in bars..

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    Drinking tea and coffee

    by Robin020 Written Feb 12, 2012
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    Is very common to drink tea coffee public places,Jordan is not like Europe you can just call your friends and say lets meet for a pint..when you visit a local you will offered coffee or tea.
    people usually when They drink They meet at home and spend night togther drinkin mostly till they get drunk..

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    Jordanian Arak 50% alcohol

    by Robin020 Updated Dec 1, 2011

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    With anise smell is my fave drink it comes with snack as well.
    It costs from 2 to 6 JD per glass .

    Arak distillation is an ancient art and is considered in many parts of the Middle East a traditional art. The technique has been passed on, from father to son for many generations as 600 years stretch of time. The basic method that all traditional ways of Arak Distillation meet at, is the still pot method, which is similar to Brandy and Whisky stills but of different shapes of pot and cover designs.

    Anise, alcohol and specially treated water are the basic ingredients. They boil in the still to a vapor that is collected externally by condensation into high degree of liquid Arak. The bulk is then brought down to bottling strength which is around 100 proof. After a period of aging, the Arak is filtered and bottled, to be consumed in a unique matter of adding water until the Arak in the glass is whitened and ice is added to it to make the best tasting drink. Served as an appetizer or with almost all kinds of food.

    The difference between one Arak to another is the quality of the ingredients and the method and time of distillation

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    Language time

    by Robin020 Written Nov 14, 2011

    Bear in mind that in Jordan They speak Arabic.
    They have different letters They write and read from right to left,Here are some handy phrases and words (pronounciation) :

    Hello : Marhaba

    How are you : Ki fak

    I am fine : al hamid lil lah

    Thanks very much : shokran ktir

    you are welcome : Afwan

    Money : Masari

    far : ba'eed

    Near : Areeb

    Nice : Hilo ,Jamil

    Delicous : Laziz

    How much : b'kam

    Why : Lesh

    Size : Qiyas

    Taxi : taxi

    Yes : Na'am

    No : La

    Please : min fadlak

    what's your name? :Sho ismak ?

    My name is Robin : Ismi Robin

    where are you from? : min wen inta ?

    I am from Holland: Ana min Hollanda,America,Britania etc

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    Clothing

    by cheerssweetie Written Sep 13, 2010

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    Conservative clothing is recommended for both men and women.

    I as a female still found it difficult as I was covered but still got oogled at as a western female.

    I did not see any men wearing shorts, even in 40 degree heat, so sorry guys pants is best.

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    Tipping - Never requred but always appreciated

    by cheerssweetie Written Sep 10, 2010

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    Tipping is never required but always appreciated. In hotels and restaurants, 10 per cent may be added to the bill, but a small tip for waiters is appropriate.

    For hotel bellmen and porters JOD 1-2, or $2 is customary. In taxis pay the nearest round fiqure to the price on the meter.

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    You must be married

    by cheerssweetie Written Aug 7, 2010

    We arrived in Amman Jordan on the 15th July 2010 and had a problem with the hotel we were staying. They required that my boyfriend and I show a marriage certificate (bit of a problem we were not married) before they would give us a room. We went about 50metres up the road to another hotel where the hotel reception/owner did not have a problem.
    We also encountered this problem when we were going to book a tour through a travel agency, only to go to another agency and there was no problem.

    From what I can gather if you book hotels 5 star the staff do not seem to have an issue, our tour to eqypt was through a travel agency in Abdoun located near the American embassy which dealt with alot of foreigners.

    I also wondered if they were in around about way trying to let my boyfriend (whom is Jordanian) know that he should not be travelling around with a girl that is not related to him.

    In a nutshell just be wary of the above, you may or may not come across it -but as the old adeage goes "forewarned is forearmed"

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    An Islamic Country

    by PierreZA Written Jun 7, 2009

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    Friday at King Hussein Mosque, Amman

    Jordan has a rich religious history. Located between Mecca, the holiest place on earth for Muslims, and Jerusalem, which is sacred to Muslims, Jews and Christians, Jordan has played a central role in religious history of the Middle east.
    It is important to know that more than 90% of Jordanians are Muslim. Do respect the local customs in this regard, although Jordan is quite liberal for a Middle Eastern Muslim country.

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    Coffee and tea

    by PierreZA Written Jun 7, 2009

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    Coffee for sale

    Coffee (Turkish coffee) is a strong boiled brew of cardamom flavoured coffee. It is usually served in small cups. You have to inform the waiter how you sweet you like your coffee, as it is prepared with sugar. Let it settle before drinking, and do not drink the thick, muddy ‘sediment’.
    Tea (shy) is sweet, often flavoured with mint and usually served in a glass.
    There are many coffee shops in Downtown Amman, and as in Turkey, you see waiters delivering tea and coffee to shops.

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