With its rich history, Jordan is a great destination for those wanting a mixture of relaxation and the opportunity to discover history and culture. There are range of places to visit, such as the ancient ruins and citadels in Ammam as well as other tourist attractions such as The Mosque of King Abdullah.
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the ancient city of Petra is a popular place to visit for those with an interest in history, which is home to a range of remarkable temples and tombs carved out of rock. Many tourists love to sunbathe on the beaches of the Dead Sea and experience the natural phenomena of floating in the water due to the high salt content.
There’s plenty on offer for the more adventurous type of holiday maker such as water skiing and diving, as well as scuba-diving and snorkelling - the perfect way to see an array of amazing fish and exotic plant life in the Red Sea.
What are the roads like Jordan?
Main roads and highways are generally in good condition, however in more rural areas of the country, the roads are deteriorating somewhat. Camels and sheep are likely to wander into the road in the countryside.
How will I find the drivers in Jordan?
Driving standards vary somewhat. The tyres on many vehicles are not up to standard and the same goes for the brakes. It’s advisable to keep your distance and drive defensively. Drivers tend not to adhere to lane discipline and it’s common for drivers to turn without indicating.
What are the best times to drive?
It’s generally recommended not to drive outside the cities or other built up areas at night, as there is a tendency for drivers to drive without using headlights, which is particularly hazardous in rural and other areas that are unlikely to be unlit. It’s advisable to avoid driving around rush hour in the capital of Ammam, as it can take a long time to drive a relatively short distance.
What are the driving laws?
It is compulsory to wear seatbelts in both front seats of the vehicle. Failure to wear a seatbelt can result in a fine.
Children and babies must be seated using an appropriate child restraint for their size.
If you have an accident in Jordan, the law states that you must contact the appropriate emergency authorities and remain at the scene until the authorities have arrived and taken a statement.
It is compulsory to drive with a fire extinguisher and warning triangle in the vehicle at all times.
You cannot use a mobile handset for calls, texts or internet while driving as this is against the law.
Fuel-prices are a fixed throughout the country so you’re unlikely to find a petrol station that offers a cheaper price on fuel.
There are plenty of petrol stations in and around the capital city of Ammam. However, petrol stations are sparse in the south of the country, so if you’re travelling in this area, so be sure to fill up the tank when the opportunity arises.
Passport Control operates along highways and main road in Jordan, so it’s recommended to have your passport about your person at all times.
Always be aware of changes in speed limits as these tend to vary frequently along the same road. Be vigilant when adhering to the speed limit, as there are numerous radar speed traps along highways and main roads.