About Jordan

About Jordan

Geographical Information

Jordan is a relatively small country situated at the crossroads of the Middle East. Comprising some 92,300 square kilometers (57,354 squares miles), it is bordered on the north by Syria at the east by Iraq, and by Saudi Arabia on the East and South.

Also, to the south one finds the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea, while Israel and Palestine lie to the west. Jordan’s diverse terrain and landscape belay its actual size, demonstrating a variety usually found only in large countries.

Distance from Amman the capital to the port of Aqaba in the south is a bout 350 km. Queen Alia International airport is located about 35 km outside of Amman.


The local currency is the Jordanian Dinar, symbol D, which is often called "JD". There are 5, 10, and 20 JD notes commonly used.


From October through March, Jordan is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time; the rest of the year, it is three hours ahead of GMT. Jordan is seven hours ahead of US Eastern Time.

Business Hours

Most Jordanians work a five and half day week with Thursday afternoon and all day Friday off, but business and shopping hours are flexible.

Some establishments are open from 09:30 - 13:30 and again from 15:30 - 18:00; others may be open straight through the day, from 08:00 - 20:00.

Government offices are open from 08:00 - 15:00. All businesses and most shops, are closed on Fridays, Banks are open from 08:00 - 15:30, Having Friday and Saturday off.