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Preparing your trip to Amman: advices & hints - things to do and to obey

1. The locals are very hospitable and are always eager to help visitors. When communicating with the locals, travellers should definitely follow all the rules of the local etiquette. Shaking hands is a traditional form of greeting of men. You must use your right hand only for handshaking. Before you start a serious conversation, make sure you ask about the health of family members and children. Do not ask about wives – the local men do not talk about them as this is not accepted.
2. Amman taxis are one of the cheapest in the country, so you can easily use them to move around the city. If you want to make a trip to the city’s suburbs, it is better to use the services of the special buses – their rates are much more advantageous than in the usual taxi.
3. Amman suburbs are the location of a huge number of attractions located. It will take you no more than two to three hours to get to them from the city center. Every day tourists can participate in specially organized bus tours to the best attractions in the city’s suburbs.
4. The majority of public institutions, shops and museums are closed on Fridays. This day is considered a weekend day in the country. The local people, who belong to Christianity, can rest on Sundays.
5. Items made of olive tree wood, Madaba handmade carpets, goods decorated with pearls and animal figures carved from semiprecious stones remain the most popular souvenirs. Jewelry is better to buy in specialized souvenir shops and large shopping complexes. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
6. You should not forget to leave tips in the local restaurants and cafes. As a rule, they range from 10 to 15% of the total bill. Hotel staff should also receive a reward. As a rule, one-two dinars will be enough. Taxi drivers should get a tip of one and a half dinars. The reason for this is in the fact that tips make up the largest share of income of the local staff, so the absence of tips can greatly offend the locals.
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What to visit being in Amman - unique sights

City of David

From the series “The Surviving Artifacts of Jewish Civilization”
The City of David is remarkable for its unique engineering constructions. That’s an ancient tunnel of Hezekiah that has been dug almost 3 000 years ago. During tours around the historic district, travelers armed with flashlights walk through the tunnel. Despite the fact that excavations in the historic district have been going on for almost 200 years, much of the artifacts are still hidden under a layer of earth. The City of David is very popular among travelers. Every day, it is visited by hundreds of people. There are comfortable hiking trails and viewing platforms, from which you can see ancient sights in all its glory and make spectacular photos. … Read further

Al-Aqsa Mosque

From the series “Top Surviving Artifacts of Muslim Civilization”
Within the walls of the mosque, many believers discover new truths, once in the walls of this mosque the famous scholar Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali wrote his greatest book, Ihya Ulum ad-Din. A number of tragic events are connected with the history of the mosque's existence, one of the last tragedies occurred in 1969. Entered into the mosque, the Australian Zionist committed a fire, which caused a very severe fire, only miraculously relics, which were kept in the mosque, were not harmed. … Read further

Dome of the Rock Mosque

From the series “Top Surviving Artifacts of Muslim Civilization”
Over the years, the mosque has been repeatedly destroyed and restored, the last destruction occurred in 2008 when a strong earthquake happened in Jerusalem. The foundation stone is located in the main hall of the mosque, it is partitioned off by two fences - believers are forbidden to touch this shrine. The mosque building, which visitors can see today, remains practically unchanged since 1035. Visiting the mosque is accessible only for adherents of the Muslim religion, while absolutely everybody can admire this great mosque outside. … Read further

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Jordan: travelling advices

4. Don’t forget that it is prohibited to ask questions to wives of Jordanian men!
5. Women of all ages are recommended to wear modest and closed clothes during their vacation in Jordan. It is not allowed to stay in public places in short skirts and t-shirts.
6. Jordanian women wear hijabs, special scarves that cover head and neck. Their clothes don’t reveal wrists and ankles. When visiting sacred places, female tourists should also cover their heads.
7. If you have a romantic holiday, honeymoon, or simply feel in love with your partner, this doesn’t mean that all Jordanian people need to know about that. Kissing and hugging in public places is prohibited. … Open
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Travelling to Amman - advices and tips. What should be provisioned in advance, the rules you might want to follow, and the things you better avoid doing in Amman. We help you to make your trip smooth and easy, with no unexpected surprises.
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