Jordan Holidays Factfile
Population: 6.1 million
Language: Arabic. English is widely spoken.
Time: GMT + 3 (GMT + 2 in the winter months).
International dialling code: + 962
Visas: Required by UK citizens.
Country Representative in UK: Jordanian Embassy,6 Upper Phillimore Gardens, London W8 7HA. Tel: 0207 937 3685. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voltage: 230 AC, 50 Hz.
Money: Jordanian Dinar (JD) divided into 1000 fils. For the up-to-date exchange rate please visit the OANDA Currency Converter website
Vaccinations: There are no mandatory vaccinations required. Recommended: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Typhoid, Yellow Fever. For up-to-date information please consult your local G.P. or visit the MASTA website
Background information: The Rough Guide to Jordan
Food and Drink: Lebanese cuisine has had a huge influence on Jordanian food, with meals consisting of a main dish supplemented by a number of appetisers, such as tahina (sesame seed puree) or moutabbal (grilled mashed eggplant with pomegranate juice and sesame seed oil) with bread and salads. The traditional Bedouin ‘mensef’ is popular and consists of lamb (or goat) cooked with herbs in a yoghurt sauce with rice and bread. Meat stews and kebabs are also common, as are snacks such as felafel (deep fried ball of ground beans or chick peas mostly in bread with salad) and shawarma (lamb, salad, garlic sauce and tahina wrapped in flat bread).
Drinking tea is very popular in Jordan, as elsewhere in the Middle East, especially if you are shopping or meeting people for the first time. Mint or thyme is often used to flavour the tea. Coffee is also widely drunk, usually served Turkish style - very strong and sweet. Freshly squeezed fruit juice is readily available from street stalls and kiosks. The hotels used by World Discovery all serve alcoholic drinks (although during Ramadan, some hotels will close their bars). Wine is often available (mainly imported from Lebanon) and local beer is of a reasonable quality. Araq – a strong aniseed flavoured liqueur similar to the Greek ouzo – is the favoured local spirit.
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