Basic Data

Area : 89,342 Square Km
Population : 8,185,384
Population Growth Rate : 0.83% (2016 est.)
Religion : Islam, Christianity
Government System : Constitutional Monarchy.
Languages : Arabic (official), English widely spoken
Weights and Measures : Metric system.
Principal main Cities : Amman (capital) (1,917,340), Irbid (898,955), Zarqa (792,635), Aqaba (101,285), Karak (202,570)
Currency : The unit is the Jordanian Dinar (JD) divided into 1,000 Fils (which is equivalent to US$ 1.41).
Climate :  Mostly arid desert; rainy season in west (November to April)
Working hours : Government offices generally are open: From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday - Thursday Business offices generally are open:
From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. During winter months offices close around 6 p.m. and many are closed either on Sunday or Thursday afternoons. Banking hours is 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
During the Moslem month of Ramadan, all working hours are shortened, and government and business activities are curtailed considerably
Direct Dial Country Code : Country Code (962), Amman (6), Irbid (2), Aqaba (3), Zerqa (5)
Holidays : January 1, January 30, May 1, May 25, November 14, December 25 and all Islamic holy days are national holy days and are based on the lunar calendar. Friday and Saturday are the official weekly holiday.
Principal Imports : Machinery and transport equipment, chemicals, food
Principal Exports : Crude oil 45%, natural gas, re exports, dried fish, dates
Time : GMT (+ 2 in winter, + 3 in summer), or 7 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time. Summer time is observed from April through September.


Business Customs
The use of electronic mail (e-mail) is increasingly common as Internet-borne communication links are developed in Jordan. The use of quick-payment methods is also becoming customary among Jordanian businesses. The average Jordanian businessperson visits at least two international shows a year, and prefers to schedule other business activities around such events.

Travel and Visa Requirements
Visas are required for entry into Jordan. Fees and length of stay vary according to the visitor’s nationality. Visas can be obtained from either a Jordanian diplomatic mission, or for some nationalities, at point of entry.

Work permits are required from the Ministry of Labor, and are issued for a period of one year.

Health certificate: Not required.

Business Infrastructure
The business infrastructure in Jordan is reasonably well developed with regard to business services, mail, and fax, telex and telephone networks. Business office space is available in major cities. In the business areas of Amman, rent for vacant offices range between US$ 5,000-7,000 per year. Most Jordanian hotels have business service offices for traveling business people. Car rental facilities are available in Jordan and some major hotels offer airport-to-hotel transport and assistance at airport customs clearance points. English is widely spoken in Jordan.