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Although relatively unknown due to its bigger and more vocal Arab neighbours, Jordan is country with a dynamic landscape. There is Wadi Rum with its red desert sands and then the rich palm-filled wadis in some parts of the countryside. Jordan's water supply may be insufficient at times, but what it does have is fascinating to see. The coral-filled Gulf of Aqaba and the salty Dead Sea make such a contrast. Its historical sites and the places mentioned in the Christian Bible are also attractions to add to the itinerary for tourists excited to explore this Arab country's lands.

Jordan's current demarcations were decided after World War I and the breakdown of the Ottoman Empire in the 1920s. Great Britain set aside a large chunk of Palestine for Transjordan which became the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan after it regained its freedom in 1948. The country took over the West Bank from Israel but the Jews managed to take it back. The kingdom relinquished its claim in 1988 and signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994. The following years saw the monarchy striving to uplift its economic situation with various reforms and financial aid from international organisations.

What to see & do

The Arab World has various ancient sites that stood at the forefront of world history. Jordan is no different with its own treasury of old cities. Its capital, Amman, has the Citadel which features various significant structures such as a temple of Hercules, the Umayyad Palace, and the Byzantine Church. There is also the 6,000-seat Roman theatre to look at, which is still used today due to its sheer size and fine acoustic properties. Travellers can also go around the city to view the displays in Jordan Archaeological Museum, Museum of Popular Traditions, and the Folklore Museum.

Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is another attraction not to miss in Jordan. This half-built, half-carved city is not just an architectural marvel that combined old Eastern tradition and Hellenistic designs. The intricate tomb and temple architecture is fascinating to look at, especially when one takes note of how the decorative design blends in with the water cisterns and reservoirs that helped manage consumption. It is also a major trading centre for incense, silks, and spices, which were major products during the olden days.

Travellers who want to explore more traditional sites can transfer to Jerash, an old Roman settlement. Various parts of it are still under the sand, but what have been uncovered and restored are fascinating to look at. The provincial urbanism is widely evident due to the dug-up colonnaded streets, handsome theatres, plazas, baths, and even fountains. From there, one must visit the Umm Ar-Rasas, another UNESCO-declared Heritage Site. This old Roman military camp features a variety of the ruins of Byzantine and early Muslim structures, as well as 16 churches. Tourists going here will find the mosaic floor of the Church of St. Stephen amassing due to its intricate appearance.

How to get around within Jordan

When going to Jordan, one will experience a functioning public transport system. The buses and minibuses transport passengers between various points in the city with others going across the country. The insides of the bus can get cramped, however, as some Jordanians bring with them their livestock. Unaccompanied members of the opposite sex are also not supposed to sit with each other, so passengers will have to do some shuffling of the seating arrangement to accommodate each other.

Driving around is also an option to take, but travellers should hire a driver to go along with a 4WD when going to far-flung places. This is due to the unfamiliar terrain, which travellers might find difficult to traverse when on their own.

How to get there

Travellers going to Jordan can look for flights going to Queen Alia International Airport. Airlines serving here are: Aegean Airlines, Air Algerie, Air Arabia, Air France, Arkia Israel Airlines, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, EgyptAir, Emirates, Etihad Airways, flydubai, Flynas, Gulf Air, Iraqi Airways, Jazeera Airways, Lufthansa, Middle East Airlines, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Royal Falcon, Royal Jordanian, Saudia, Sudan Airways, Syrian Air, TAROM, Turkish Airlines, UM Airlines, Yemenia, and Zagrosjet.

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