Jordan General Information

Jordan is a land steeped in history. It has been home to some of mankind's earliest settlements and villages, and relics of many of the worlds great civilizations can still be seen today.
WHERE IS JORDAN?
 
Jordan is located in the Middle East and borders Syria, Saudi Arabia, the Red Sea, Palestine, Israel, and Iraq. Covering some 89,342 sq.km., it is located at 31 00 N, 36 00 E.

JORDAN'S HISTORY
 
Jordan is a land steeped in history. It has been home to some of mankind's earliest settlements and villages, and relics of many of the worlds great civilizations can still be seen today.
 
As the crossroads of the Middle East, the lands of Jordan and Palestine have served as a strategic nexus connecting Asia, Africa and Europe. Thus, since the dawn of civilization, Jordan's geography has given it an important role to play as a conduit for trade and communications, connecting east and west, north and south. Jordan continues to play this role today.
Take a look at some of Jordan's historical treasures by clicking here or learn more about the history of Jordan's major attractions by selecting a destination from the list below:
 
Amman                                                           Folklore Museum
Hammamat Ma'in                                           Ajlun
Umm Qais                                                      Aqaba
Jerash                                                            As-Salt
The Dead Sea                                                Dana Biosphere Reserve
Wadi Rum                                                      Bethany Beyond the Jordan
Kerak                                                             Madaba
Petra                                                              Fortress of Pharaoh's Island
Jordanian Desert castles                               Mount Nebo
Shawbak Castle                                             Aqaba
Mujib Nature Reserve                                    Mukawir

THE ROYAL FAMILY
 
His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein assumed his constitutional powers as King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on February 7th, 1999, the day his father, the late King Hussein, passed away.
 
His Majesty King Hussein bin Talal, the father of modern Jordan, will always be remembered as a leader who guided his country through strife and turmoil to become an oasis of peace, stability and moderation in the Middle East. Among Jordanians, his memory is cherished as the inspiration for Jordan's climate of openness, tolerance and compassion. Known to his people as Al-Malik Al-Insan ("The Human King"), King Hussein was the forty-second generation direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

JORDAN'S CURRENT GOVERNMENT
 
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a constitutional. The monarch is the head of state, the chief executive, and the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. The king exercises his executive authority through the Council of Ministers. The cabinet, meanwhile, is responsible before the elected House of Deputies, which, along with the Senate, constitutes the legislative branch of the government. The judicial branch is a totally independent branch.
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