Jordan, officially The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is a kingdom in the Middle East. It is bordering Saudi Arabia in the south and east, Iraq and Syria in the north, Israel, Palestine and the Dead Sea in the west and the Red Sea in the south west. Jordan is at the at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe. Amman is its capital and its economic, political and cultural centre.
Its rich history makes Jordan a popular tourist destinaion. The country had many kingdoms and occupiers, Ammon, Moab, Edom, Nabataean, Roman Empire and the Ottoman Empire, their history and influence can still be seen in the well preserved historical sites and cities. Jordan is home to around 100,000 archaeological and tourist sites. Adventurous tourists can enjoy many sites during a desert experience and also discover the challenges and wild beauty of some of the country’s beautiful nature on camels or Arabian horses or in 4x4 all terrain vehicles.
Where to stay in Jordan
Jordan and especially Amman has many five and four star hotels and affordable three star, two star and one star hotels. They are western style or traditional local style with high standard accommodations. The number of luxury hotels in Jordan has increased and most of them are very suited for the travelling businessman they provide fully equipped rooms for conferences and banquets with specialized services.
The most visited cities or areas are: Amman, Aqaba, Petra, Dead Sea, Madaba, Sowayma, Al Jubayhah, Wadi Musa, Al Qastal, Al Salt, Abu Nusayr, Ath Thughrah, As Saqrah, Umm as Summaq and Suwaylih.
Biblical sites Jordan: Al-Maghtas where Jesus was baptised, Mount Nebo, Umm ar-Rasas, Madaba and Machaerus.
Islamic sites Jordan: Abd Allah ibn Rawahah, Zayd ibn Harithah and Muadh ibn Jabal (shrines of the prophet Muhammad's companions) and Ajlun Castle (from Ayyubid leader Saladin).
Destinations Jordan: Dana Nature Reserve, Dead Sea, Bethany beyond the Jordan, Mount Nebo, Desert Castles, Wadi Rum, Ajlun, Petra and Jerash.