Fun Facts of Jordan

Jordan was the first Arab country to allow female police officers

In 1970 Jordan made the progressive move to allow women to train and serve as police officers. The number of female police officers in the Jordanian police force is still rising. 

1. Jordan has more than 100.000 archaeological and tourists sites

Wow! Jordan is home to more than 100.000 archaeological, religious and tourists sights like; Petra, Dead Sea, Wadi Rum and Jerash. The country is rich in history and culture.

2. It also has the oldest dam

The Jawa Dam is the first dam to be built and was constructed in 3.000 BCE located in the driest area of the Black Desert of Eastern Jordan. 

3. and is home to the lowest point on earth

The Dead Sea has ten times the amount of salt than any sea, it lies 420 meters below sea level and people say there is magical healing power in the Dead Sea mud. 

4. You can walk across Jordan in 40 days

Walk the Jordan Trail and you can cross the country in 40 days. You will pass by the country’s best-known places such as Petra, Wadi Rum and the Greco-Roman ruins at Gadara. The trail is about 650 kilometres. 

5. The Black Iris as national flower

Wherever you go in Jordan you’ll find Black Iris hotels, restaurants and other establishments. Jordan chose the mega-rare black Iris as it’s national flowers. This flower only grows in Wadi Rum and only in spring. 

6. Shake that coffee cup

When you’re having coffee as a guest in Jordan they’ll fill your cup until you shake the cup from side to side to let the host know when you’ve had enough. When asking why they do that we got several answers and all very plausible. 

7. Jordan is one of the least forested countries of the world

Yes, it’s dry very dry. Forests account for less than 2% of the country’s ecosystems, that’s way below the international average of 15%. One of the only forested regions in Jordan is in the northern mountains home to oak trees and wild olive trees.

MY posts

With our rental car we drove from North to South checking all the highlights of this small but amazing country. We saw ancient sights, floated on the Death sea, went diving in the Red Sea, spend the night in Wadi Rum desert and had tea in Petra. 

The good, the bad and the desert

The good, the bad and the desert

To the desert we go!  After visiting Petra it was time to visit one of the most beautiful areas of Jordan: Wadi Rum! It’s also called ‘Valley of the Moon’. We first drive for a long while through more and more empty landscape until we arrive in Rum village. We...

Holiday in Jordan

Holiday in Jordan

Time flies when you’re having fun. It really does. One week in Lebanon was over within what felt like a second. The flight to Jordan (1.5 hour) felt longer than the whole week in Lebanon and we guess that’s a good sign.  Arrival in Jordan Up to now crossing...

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