The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (Arabic: المملكة الأردنية الهاشمية Al-Mamlakah Al-Urdunnīyah Al-Hāshimīyah), is an Arab kingdom in Western Asia, on the East Bank of the Jordan River.
Jordan is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the east and south, Iraq to the north-east, Syria to the north, Israel, Palestine and the Dead Sea to the west and the Red Sea in its extreme south-west with Egypt just a short Journey across the Gulf of Aqaba to Sinai.
Jordan is strategically located at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe. The capital, Amman, is Jordan's most populous city as well as the country's economic, political and cultural centre.
Jordan is named after the Jordan River, where Jesus is said to have been baptized. The name Jordan appears in an ancient Egyptian papyrus called Papyrus Anastasi I, dating back to around 1000 BC. The lands of modern-day Jordan were historically called "Transjordan", meaning "beyond the Jordan River". The name was Arabized into "Al-Urdunn" during the Muslim conquest of the Levant. During crusader rule, it was called "Oultrejordain". In 1921, the Emirate of Transjordan was established and after it gained its independence in 1946, it became "The Hashemite Kingdom of Transjordan". The name was changed in 1949 into "The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan". "Hashemite" is the house name of the royal family.
VISITING IN RAMADAN - WILL IT CURTAIL MY ENJOYMENT ? Definitely NOT !!!
Many people wonder what exactly happens in Ramadan - for example, "is everything closed?" What about the people fasting..? etc etc ...
Well, the good news is - everything carries on as normal with the exception being, that places open a little later in the morning and close a little earlier in the evening to facilitate the breaking of the fast of the faithful ... apart from that, everything is business as usual. In general most restaurants and cafes are closed during the fasting hours (only tourist restaurants are open - for tourists) ... supermarkets and bakeries are of course open - and you can purchase what you like.
However, as a matter of respect - in the Hashemite Kingdom - eating should be done indoors and out of sight of fasting people .... I'm sure you would agree, in general, its not nice to drink lashings of cool water in seering heats - in front of people who are fasting ... it would be extremely thoughtless and rather mean to do that.
So.. if you need to eat or drink - you may do that of course - in an appropriate place. If you aren't sure of anything - always ask. Locals don't mind clarifying and never expect you to abide by their religious obligations, only to be respectful and considerate. In any case, you probably wouldn't even notice any differences. You would eat and drink normally in your hotel.
More Good News - Ramadan time can sometimes be accompanied by great discounts on hotels, flights etc - so it can be a good time to travel if you have a restricted budget.
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