Jordan

Jordan

Etymology

Jordan is named after the Jordan River, where Jesus is said to have been baptized. The origin of the river’s name is debated, but the most common explanation is that it derives from the word “yarad” (the descender, “Yarden” is the Hebrew name for the river), found in Hebrew, Aramaic, and other Semitic languages. Others regard the name as having an Indo-Aryan origin, combining the words “yor” (year) and “don” (river), reflecting the river’s perennial nature. Another theory is that it is from the Arabic root word “wrd” (to come to), as in people coming to a major source of water. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Amman Drinking Meetup – Hi all we should meet every week abd try one kind of drink and we will decide where to go. [meetup]

Amman Girls Meetup – This is a group for any girl interested to make new girlfriends in Amman where we get to meetup first somewhere over coffee to talk and get to know each other. Next meetups will be different outings like: watching a movie, playing a game, going to yoga; language or dancing classes, going to a spa, meeting for a book club, going in a tour downtown or a karaoke night. [meetup]

Outside Amman – Most addictive free to play game, with 7+ billion active players, and real life graphics. This meetup group will be dedicated so players can share their experience, trade items, level up and finish quests in the city of Amman. Wanna join the game?! Come to our meetup. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Jordan Dating – Since its launch on Valentines Day 1997, RSVP has grown from strength to strength to become the largest singles site in Australia, with over 1,200 new members joining every day. RSVP is a great place for singles to meet other singles. You can search through profiles, message other members, and chat. [rsvp]

Jordanian Dating – Web’s favorite place for Jordanian dating worldwide. Whether you’re new to this or finding out about LoveHabibi for the first time, signup free today and connect with other people from Jordan looking for free online dating and find your very own LoveHabibi. [lovehabibi jordan]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Amman City Tours – Explore modern, multi-cultural Amman with a knowledgeable local guide. [tours by locals]

Experience Jordan – We specialize in adventure and experiential tours of the Middle East, offering hiking, biking and experiential sightseeing tours. Our experienced guides will take you off the beaten path, to see the real highlights of the region, meeting the people, experiencing the hospitality and tasting the delights of the Middle East. [experience jordan]

Jordan Select Tours – An independent professional destination management company (DMC), Jordan tour operator and travel agency founded in 1994. Our mission is to provide every client with the best product and service possible, combined with professionalism, integrity and value in a framework of responsible tourism. [select]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Canyoning – One of our favourite activities in all of Jordan was splashing around in the waters of Wadi Mujib for a day. Canyoning in the warm waters of Jordan was a fantastic thrill beginning with a rappel down a waterfall into fast flowing water. [the planet d]

Dana Nature Reserve – The Dana Biosphere Reserve cuts through the Rift Valley leading all the way to the heart of Africa. The town of Dana is a 15th century stone village overlooking the great valley. Once a thriving town, it has now been turned into an artist and farming community. Here you can explore the town and hike through the natural preserve seeing local life as it has been lived for centuries. [the planet d]

Dead Sea – The Dead Sea truly is filled with salt and you can float until your heart’s content. Book a hotel directly on the sea so you can enjoy a daily dip in the healing waters. People have been known to lay on their backs reading a newspaper in the Dead Sea and it’s true! You really float on top! The minerals of the dead sea have healing qualities and many people book retreats to help with ailments. If you rub mud all over your skin, it will be as smooth as a baby’s bottom. [the planet d]

Feynan Eco-Lodge – The Feynan Eco-Lodge is a luxury retreat that makes protecting Jordan’s natural resources and wildlife a priority. Hire a local guide from the lodge to take you on a nature hike through the reserve to point out the ancient ruins, local flora and fauna and to share personal stories of growing up in the area. [the planet d]

Hang out in Amman – Amman is a thriving metropolis that is worth spending a few days in. Enjoy a shisha at a local bar, shop at one of the many markets and be sure to visit the The King Abdullah Mosque. For some local flare make sure to enjoy a meal at the Hashem Restaurant an outdoor café located in an alleyway packed with patrons. [the planet d]

Jerash – If you like Roman ruins, you will love Jerash. Jerash is the most well-preserved ancient Roman city outside of Italy. Jerash dates back 6500 years and was an important city on Rome’s ancient trade route. Thanks to the dry climate, it laid untouched for centuries under stand waiting to be explored. Excavations began in 1925 and today it is one of the greatest examples of Roman architecture outside of Rome. [the planet d]

Mount Nebo – For a spiritual journey visit Mount Nebo known to be the spot where Moses saw the promised land before he died. Looking out over the valley, you too can witness spectacular views of the promised land. Mount Nebo houses an active monastery and Byzantium church that is a popular stop for pilgrimages. Be sure to check out the mosaics. [the planet d]

Petra – It’s one of the great ancient cities of the world. Petra is one of those places that lives up to the hype. With momentous buildings built into high cliffs, Petra will literally take your breath away as you step into the Treasury square after your 2km walk through the deep narrow gorge of the Siq. Dating back more than 2000 years, Petra was an important part of the Silk Route to China and India but was abandoned at some time around the 12th century. [the planet d]

Wadi Rum – Wadi Rum is an incredible desert valley filled with narrow gorges, towering cliffs and natural stone arches. It’s home of the Bedouins where the human race has inhabited this land for nearly 12,000 years. T.E. Lawrence began his journey through the Arabian desert here. Lawrence of Arabia is so linked to Wadi Rum, that the beautiful rock formation known as the Seven Pillars of Wisdom was named after his autobiography. [the planet d]

Festivals

Festivals

Amman International Theater Festival – This annual, theater festival is regarded as the biggest of its kind across the entire Middle East and in North Africa. Held annually in April, the festival is an attempt to promote native theater artists and their cultural heritage. The performances are rendered in English and Arabic. This has become a sought-after theater event in the Arab world. Many international dignitaries and some Hollywood stars too can be spotted. Usually, the festival is hosted for about 8 days. Many days are reserved for shows by a single, participant country. Visitors can choose the days on which they want to attend. This is an excellent way to get acquainted with the cultures of various nations in an easy-to-understand medium. [world66]

Festival of Rabee’ Awal – Rabee’ Awal refers to an entire month of religious festivities in Jordan. This is one of the most sacred months in the Islamic calendar. During this month, the Mawlid or the birth of Prophet Muhammad is celebrated. The dates are often changed according to the lunar calendar but usually, in Jordan, it is celebrated around the end of March. The entire nation seems overpowered with a feasting frenzy. The local markets are adorned with fluorescent lighting and food stalls. This is perhaps the best time to taste the native delicacies of Jordan. [world66]

Hakaya Festival – Hosted in the capital city of Amman, this is one of Jordan’s most prestigious, annual cultural festivals. The festival is essentially an attempt to rejuvenate the traditional art of storytelling. In Jordan, storytelling isn’t just about recreation. In a society still bound by conservations regarding progressive education and commercialization, storytelling is a medium of informing the masses. [world66]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bike – Very few Jordanians cycle, and this is reflected in the limited facilities for cyclists – and limited awareness of cycle safety among motorists. The mountainous terrain, extremes of temperature and conservative outlook among rural people all mitigate against long-distance cycling in the countryside. [world travel guide]

Car hire – Major international car hire companies and a number of local companies operate services in the main towns, including Amman and Aqaba; car hire is also available from hotels and travel agents. Drivers are available for the day. [world travel guide]

Coach – Buses are the main means of inter-city transport in Jordan – mostly small 15-seater minibuses, which ply between neighbouring towns as well as to/from Amman. These are small shoestring operations: the best advice is to ask around locally for where buses depart from, and how to proceed. Larger coaches follow a few major inter-city routes. [world travel guide]

Taxi – In Amman all taxis operate a meter and can be hired for the day. A shared-taxi service to many towns on fixed routes is also available and can be hired for private use. Tips of around 10% are appreciated but not obligatory. Note that taxis often display the fare in fils rather than dinars and if you overpay by mistaking one for the other, no one is likely to correct you. [world travel guide]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

3D Print Amman – Everyone can join us on this super event, we will talk about the 3D Printing Industry and the latest news about it. [meetup]

Agile Amman – Agile Amman is an informal professional group focused on developing relationships, exchanging ideas, and fostering Agile project innovation. We provide an open, comfortable environment for fellow Scrum Masters, Agile gurus, and newcomers alike to meet and discuss related news, best practices, tips and anything else that might arise in this exciting and rapidly evolving project management niche. [meetup]

Amman Data Science Meetup – This is a group for anyone interested in data science, learning to code, machine learning, python, data mining and everything in between. I started this group to connect with other data science enthusiasts (either professionals or just people who just want to try it out). I’m looking forward to exploring the subject together, through workshops, informal meetups and talks. [meetup]

User Experience & Design Amman (UX) – User Experience & Design Amman (UX) is for anyone interested in user experience and usability research, design, development and testing. All levels of UX are welcome, from expert UX ninjas to users who enjoy a good user experience. [meetup]

WordPress Jordan – We’re a group of local WordPress developers, designers, and publishers who get together to share our knowledge and experience, and to meet other WordPress users in the area. This WordPress Meetup is open to all who love WordPress — join us! [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Amman Arabic – Spanish Language Exchange – Let’s get together in Amman for conversation in Spanish and Arabic in a friendly atmosphere.. The idea is to meetup, have a coffee/drink, and socialize, for let’s say, one hour in Spanish and one hour in Arabic. We can choose a nice venue and arrange the event to be weekly (Every Thursday at 7 PM). Tell your friends! [meetup]

Language Exchange Community – Everyone is welcome to join this group. We will exchange the languages between individuals and i hope i will get a good variety in our group. [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

LGBT Jordan – Informal group, Advocate for a better humanitarian environment in Jordan. Lets all work together for a better Jordan, out of discrimination against LGBT. [facebook]

LGBT Jordanian Youth Support – This group has been created in support of the LGBTQ community in Jordan and the Arab World. [facebook]

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Resources

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