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Tourism in Jordan
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Tourism in Jordan
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Tourism in Jordan
If a person wants to enjoy a real royal treatment and still feel at home even on foreign
grounds and amidst a totally Middle East culture, he or she should visit Jordan. It is a beautiful
country and an exotic escape, which can be rightfully called the mixture of the traditional and
modern and the ethnic and the latest trend. The tourist number is increasing, but still Jordan
continues to follow the past traditions and also bear the burden of the challenges of
modernization (Walker, 2015). It is still safe to be in Jordan and enjoy the Middle Eastern culture
with a slightly modern touch. The natural beauty and the architecture of the country are worth
the visit and at the same time the religious places and the historical places can woo the tourists to
come again and again. The tourism department is working hard to attract the tourists and provide
all the modern amenities, and still provide the glimpses of the old world. The people are friendly
and the food is another attraction of this place. If you want to visit a country that is unique and
different from your own and shows the mixed trends of the past and present, then you should
History of Jordan
The history of Jordan is as old as mankind. Stone Age hunters lived in Jordan before
8000 BC. After 1500 BC, Moab, Edom and Amon were the highly organized kingdoms of
Jordan. The Nabateans, the Arabs who had migrated to Jordan, developed sea routes and made
Petra their capital. The historical ruins of Petra can show the grand impact of the Roman and
Islamic rule. Jordan did not change much till the 19 th century, but after its independence in 1946
and under the rule of King Abdullah it developed into a beautiful country. The population of the
country is 6.5 million today and in spite of poverty and unemployment Jordan is fighting hard to
deal with the economic issues. The country has a great potential for tourism (Lambert, 2012).
Population and Demographics
The overall population as of July 2014 is 7,930,491. There are around 35.8% people
belonging to the age group of 0-14 years, there are 20.4% people belonging to the age group of
15-24 years, there are 35.7% belonging to the age group of 25-54 years and 4.2 % are people
belonging to 55-64 years. The total population of males versus females is 1.03 males per female.
The literacy rate in Jordan can be called as good because people above the age of 15 and over
can read and write. Muslims are in majority and predominant are the Sunnis (97.2%), Christians
and the different sects of Christians are the next (2.2%), Buddhist form 0.4% of the population,
Hindus form 0.1%, and other folk religion are lesser than 1 (Jordan Demographics Profile 2014,
2014). King Abdullah II is the ruler of the country and the Prime Minister is Abdullah Ensour.
The type of government in Jordan is constitutional hereditary monarchy (Jordan, n.d.).
The population and demographics show that the country is not heavily populated and literacy
rate is good. The government encourages tourism and has launched the Jordan Tourism Board
that has been planning strategies to attract more and more tourists.
Location in the World and Physical Geography
Jordan is a small and beautiful kingdom located in the Middle East (Jordan, 2015). On
the west, it is bordered by Israel and the Dead Sea and on the north it has Syria and on the east it
has Iraq. Jordan is bordered by Saudi Arabia on the south. The country is usually hot and has
dry, hot and long summers and short and cool winters. August is the hottest month and January is
the coldest month. The country also gets sandstorms when the winds are strong and receives
rainfall between November and March. Rainfall may vary year to year and according to seasons
and local flooding may occur in the winter months (Jordan , 2015).
The tourists can enjoy different landscapes. They can see the dry hills and mountains and
also the flat desert plateau. The Jordan River is another attraction for the tourists apart from the
Great Rift Valley (Jordan, n.d.). One natural barrier for tourism is climate, but the mountainous
regions, desert plateaus and Mediterranean type climate can help the tourists to adjust with the
climate. Still, spring and fall are the best seasons for the tourists to enjoy the different attractions
of Jordan, such as The giant red mountains, the Jordan valley, the Dead Sea, the shrines, the
treasury, the vast mausoleums and museums, and the ancient-cum- modern city of Petra (Jordan ,