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Jordan: Modern Kingdom amidst Desert with Historic Past

The Ottoman Empire collapsed after World War I that provided an opportunity to British to govern much of Middle East including Jordan. Britain carved out a semi-autonomous region of Trans Jordan from Palestine in the early 1920, and later on this area gained independence in 1946. In 1950 the name Jordan was adopted in place of Trans Jordan. After that King Hussein ruled Jordan from 1953 to 1999 and following his death his son King Abdullah II assumed the throne. Since then, he has consolidated his power and undertaken aggressive economic reforms. Jordan became a part of global economy by becoming the member of World Trade Organization in 2000 and European Free Trade Association in 2001.

Jordan Profile: Overview of Facts and Figures

  • National Name: The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  • Capital: Amman
  • Total area : 89,342 sq km (34,492 sq miles)
  • Population: 5.9 million (UN, 2007)
  • Currency: Jordan Dinar
  • Languages: Arabic (official), English widely understood among upper and middle classes
  • Ethnicity/ Races: Arab 98%, Circassian 1%, Armenian 1%
  • Religion: Sunni Muslim 92%, Christian 6% (majority Greek Orthodox, but some Greek and Roman Catholics, Syrian Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, and Protestant denominations), other 2% (several small Shia Muslim and Druze populations) (2001 est.)
  • GDP (Per Capita): $4,700 (2007 est.)
  • Life Expectancy: Male: 76.19 years, Female: 81.39 years (2008 est.)
  • Literacy Rate: 90% (2007 est.)

Geographical Information on Jordan :

The Jordan is an Arab country in Southwest Asia spanning from the southern part of the Syrian Desert to the Gulf of Aqaba. The Middle East kingdom of Jordan is bordered on the west by Israel and the Dead Sea, on the north by Syria, on the east by Iraq, and on the south by Saudi Arabia.

The climate in Jordan is semi-dry in summer with average temperature in the mid 30°C and relatively cold in winter averaging around the −1.3 °C. The western part of the country receives greater precipitation during the winter season from November to March.

Jordan Culture, Cuisine and Tradition:

Jordan has many different cultural aspects owing to multiple invasions at different points in its history. Jordan is a cultural potpourri with assimilation of beliefs, faith and practices from different cultures and religions. Though it is a land that has seen the influence of various cultures yet the Islamic beliefs and faith dominate Jordan. The cultural legacy of world's mightiest civilizations can be seen trough the relics and ruins of monuments that are scattered throughout the country.

Jordan culinary preparation is influenced from Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine and regarded as the world's most sophisticated and elaborate cuisines. The Jordanian cuisine ranges from grilling shish kababs and shish taouks to stuffing of vegetables of grape leaves, eggplants, meat and poultry.

Jordan Tourist Attractions:

The cultural and historical legacy of Jordan attracts tourists from around the globe. The stunning architectural monuments with rustic view of landscapes make Jordan an enchanted place on the world map.

Amman and the North Amman: Often referred to as the ?white city. The copycat of Roman lay out and its location on hills remains the center of attraction for tourists.

Petra: Petra is one of the wonders of the Middle-Eastern world. It is a gigantic natural amphitheater hidden in the rock. It can be reached only through a winding narrow gorge. After reaching there the sight of Nabataean King's tomb and its treasury is truly awe-inspiring.

Major Sight-seeing Places in Jordan include:

  • Irbid
  • Jerash
  • Zarqa
  • Madaba
  • Kerak

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April 22, 2012 at 9:09 AM

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April 19, 2012 at 11:01 AM

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April 15, 2012 at 5:23 PM

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March 24, 2012 at 11:57 AM

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March 24, 2012 at 9:04 AM

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March 21, 2012 at 9:26 PM

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March 21, 2012 at 1:33 PM

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March 15, 2012 at 9:25 PM

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March 5, 2012 at 3:10 PM

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February 24, 2012 at 4:07 PM

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February 21, 2012 at 9:59 PM

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February 21, 2012 at 7:24 PM

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February 14, 2012 at 4:37 PM

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February 13, 2012 at 5:41 PM

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February 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM

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February 7, 2012 at 9:21 PM

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February 7, 2012 at 6:01 PM

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'Osama's right-hand man in Europe' gets bail despite posing 'grave threat to UK national security'

February 7, 2012 at 12:25 PM

London, Feb 7 (ANI): Abu Qatada, a radical Muslim cleric described as 'Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe" will be released on bail within days, despite accusations that he poses a grave threat to Britain's security.

Charlton ace Jordan Cousins held on suspicion of rape

February 6, 2012 at 7:08 PM

London, Feb 6 (ANI): England footballer Jordan Cousins has been arrested over accusations of raping a 12-year-old girl.

Charlton ace Jordan Cousins held on suspicion of rape

February 6, 2012 at 1:13 PM

London, Feb 6 (ANI): England footballer Jordan Cousins has been arrested over accusations of raping a 12-year-old girl.

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January 30, 2012 at 8:29 PM

London, Jan 30 (ANI): Will Smith, who doesn't get to spend as much time in his native Philadelphia as he used to, seemed delighted to be able to make up for his absence as he watched his beloved 76ers in their NBA match-up with the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night.

Will Smith delighted to watch basketball game with family in hometown

January 30, 2012 at 2:36 PM

London, Jan 30 (ANI): Will Smith, who doesn't get to spend as much time in his native Philadelphia as he used to, seemed delighted to be able to make up for his absence as he watched his beloved 76ers in their NBA match-up with the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night.

David Cameron to confront court over extraditing suspected Osama aide

January 23, 2012 at 8:26 PM

London, Jan 23 (ANI): British Prime Minister David Cameron is going head-to-head with the European Court of Human Rights over its ruling that the man dubbed Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe would remain in the UK.

Abu Qatada cannot be deported to Jordan: EU judges

January 18, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Strasbourg (France), Jan.18 (ANI): Abu Qatada, once described as "Osama bin Laden's right hand man in Europe", cannot be extradited to Jordan, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.

Abu Qatada cannot be deported to Jordan: EU judges

January 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Strasbourg (France), Jan.18 (ANI): Abu Qatada, once described as "Osama bin Laden's right hand man in Europe", cannot be extradited to Jordan, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.

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