At all hotels are basically like any in the world. Swimming pools are the same, its not offensive to wear a bikini. However, I wore a long sleeve cotton shirt and longish shorts in the daytime whilst shopping.
Most Jordonians liked to be thanked. A simple Shu-Kran does the trick or a big smile gets you along the way. It is also traditional for staff to offer you a cup of coffee or tea whilst you shop. There are also different thank "yous" for different times of the day, but just a Shu-Kran will do.
The following goods may be imported into Jordan without incurring customs duty:
200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 200g of tobacco (a charge of JD3.750 for each additional 200 cigarettes, up to a maximum of 2000);
1 litre of alcohol (a charge of JD2.910 for each additional litre, up to a maximum of 4 litres);
gifts up to the value of JD50 or the equivalent to US$150
Jan 30 King Adbullah II's Birthday.
Mar 16 Islamic New Year.
May 1 Labour Day.
May 25 Independence Day.
May 25 Eid al-Mawlid al-Nawabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad).
Jun 9 King Adbullah II's Accession.
Oct 5 Isra wa al-Miraj (Prophet Muhammad's Night Journey).
Dec 6-8 Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan).
Jan 1 Christmas
Feb 13 2003 Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice).
Ramadan is the holy month depending on the lunar moon - for dates. Check before leaving your destination.
Friday - is their weekly holiday, so most shops and banks are closed.
Banks are also closed on Thursday afternoon.
Shops are opened 9.30am - 1pm and 3.30pm - 6pm. Some shops are opened till 8pm.
ATM machines can be found at all the five star hotels
Jordan's electricity supply is 220 volts/50 cycles AC. Sockets are generally of the two-pronged European variety, while a variety of other sockets and plugs's especially the 13 amp square three-pinned plugs are in use. Its best to bring a multi purpose adapter.
They give it as a side dish to every dish. It is green and fresh or marinated, in items. The fresh one is SOOOO HOT that you will cry even without eating it, just touching it with your tongue. It is not made for european mouth. The marinated one is also too hot. If you like extra hot, you may try to have them, but with lots of food and water at hand! Food itself is not very hot, but seasoned with some oriental spices. In general, food in Jordan is VERY GOOD.
From my time in Palestine I was used to just say "ahlan" as a short form of "ahlan wa sahlan" and to just say "hello". But in Amman a shop owner told me very friendly but straightforward, that this is not the correct form to say hello, especially when you are the first one that says something or you enter a shop. Instead, he told me, you should say "sabach al chir" (good morning) or "masaa al chair" (good evening) or even "merhaba". So I learned my lesson and from that on used the correct way of saying "hello" in Jordan :-)
A key component of Jordanian culture is the drinking and sharing of tea or coffee. This makes the shops very popular and a great place to sit down and meet some locals. Jordanian Arabic coffee is strong and served in tiny cups it is often flavored with cardamom. Shake the cup to indicate that you do not want a refill. Tea is served in small glasses and is usually a very sweet tea with fresh mint.
In Jordan, most of their female residents are rather copnservative. They try to avoid making contact to unfamiliar persons even eye-contact, let alone talking to strangers.
So I suggest male travelers NOT to look at any one of female Jordanians unless they talk to you first.
But for little girls, it should not be a problem since your guesture is out of kindness.
Jordan is located in the middle of a very disturbed region.
Jordanian like to say that their country is an island of peace in an ocean of trouble.
So far, they may be right and to keep enjoying this status, authorities never hesitate to boost up security especially during special events like the World Economic Forum.
There are very few check-points except from Amman to the Dead Sea.
Nothing special to report till now !!! Cross fingers
If you go to Amman or any other jordanian city ,You will have the chance to drink true Arabic coffee.
Jordanian society is made of people came from tribes originating from Arabian peninsula.
So you might see some of thier habits .One of the habits is Arabic coffee which reflects the hospitality and friendship of jordanian people.
It's served almost in all occasions and celebrations ( Daily life,engagement,marriage and death).
You will hear some sentences like "sobb Al gahwa" (The S is hard) which means serve the coffee said by the master of the tribe or the older man or owner of the house ,simply to one of the servants or the mature guys.
There is protocol and rules for drinking the coffee,making ugly voice in all cultures is not allowed .
If you were in happy occassion ,and u want to refill it again then just simpky raise the cup to the one who refills the coffee and u would get another cup . If u don't want more then you must shake the cup several times using the hand (not full arm movement) and Have to say "Da-i-meh" that means (may it last forever) or u can use another one "Amar" which means (god bless this place and people).
If u were in unhappy occassions (death) the same procedure u have to do if u want or don't want more coffee.
DON"T COMMENT ANY THING SAYING "AMAR" OR "DA_I_MEH"
You will be targeted by lot of eyes!!
Alex & myself went for a coffee, early evening to relax & write letters home etc.
We had just recieved our order when a man ( another customer ) in his mid 20s came to our table & told us not very nicely we were not welcome in the cafe and told us we should leave!
Did not really know exactly what his problem was, presumably it was because we were (and still are actually (~_~) ) women.
This really wound my very strong headed friend Alex up, who then ordered herself a shisha (hubbly Bubbly)!
I had a snippet of what it would like to be famous in Amman.
For some bizare reason I was asked on a number of occassions to have my photo taken with various Men.
I am sure all fair headed women have this, but it was quite flattering at the time (~_~)
Jordanian culture is moving fast to "catch up" with the West, but religion makes this a very slow process. Many customs are in place to make life easier in their climate and families. When out in public with your boyfriend/husband/insignificant other don't hold hands unless you want you (the girl) or your wife to be looked at and jeered in Arabic by men and women alike. Making out in public is outright retarded. It's offensive to everyone (hell, even in Canada, this is considered tacky and disgusting, I will add...).
Holding hands with a person of the same gender is considered alright, however.
Around downtown you can also see many places sell coctail try them they are yummy and fresh,
price vary from 0.75 to 1,25 JD