The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, which once captivated ancient travellers, continues to enthrall a whole new generation as a modern, vibrant nation.
From the haunting, primeval starkness of Wadi Rum, to the teeming center of urban Amman, from the majestic ruins of bygone civilizations to the timeless splendor of the Dead Sea, Jordan is unveiled as a unique destination offering breathtaking and mysterious sights, high standard accommodations, exquisite cuisine and countless activities that can provide visitors with inspiration, motivation, and rejuvenation.
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a constitutional monarchy. The monarch is the head of state, the chief executive, and the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. The king exercises his executive authority through the Council of Ministers. The cabinet, meanwhile, is responsible before the elected House of Deputies, which, along with the Senate, constitutes the legislative branch of the government. The judicial branch is a totally independent branch.
Jordan is a primarily a Muslim country, although the freedom of all religions is protected. Some Muslim women's clothing often covers their arms, legs and hair. All women are not subject to these customs, but very revealing clothing is not appropriate and modest dress is advisable for both men and women in the old part of Amman (downtown), and outside the cities. Shorts are rarely worn by either sex, and would be out of place in the downtown Amman area.
- from Jordan Tourism Board
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SECURITY IN JORDAN
Located in the heart of the Middle East, Jordan blends the rich cultural heritage of Arabia with the contemporary ideals of the modern-day world. Bordered by Israel and the Palestinian Territories to the West, Iraq to the East, and Syria to the north, it is also located in the midst of quite a volatile part of the world. With that in mind, we realize that some schools might be hesitant to visit Jordan due to security concerns. However, we assure you that Jordan is proudly one of the safest and most secure countries in the region, it has been dubbed “the Switzerland of the Middle East”. In 1994, Jordan signed a peace agreement with Israel, and is on good terms with both its Palestinian and Iraqi neighbors. King Abdullah II is adamant on taking measures to promote change that will ensure stability in the region. With anxious tourists canceling trips to the Kingdom because of unrest in the region, two American tour operators decided to prove just how safe the country is—by hitchhiking from one end to the other.
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