Interesting facts about Jordan

Posted on Mar 11, 2022      114

Of all the Middle Eastern states, Jordan boasts the greatest number of interesting cultural and historical heritage along with Israel. Despite the rather arid climate, Jordan is quite prosperous under the king and can be safely classified as a prosperous country. There is something to see here for both lovers of antiquity, and those who like clean beaches and blue sea.

Facts about Jordan

  • The ruins of the ancient city of Petra, which are about 3800 years old and are on Jordanian soil, are included in the list of modern wonders of the world. Each year, they are visited by about half a million tourists.
  • Once the Jordanian royal family invited Ukrainian designers for a fashion show during the Ukrainian Fashion Show.
  • At different times, the lands of Jordan changed hands a lot. They were governed by the ancient Greeks and Romans, and various Arab caliphates, and the Ottoman Empire.
  • Until the middle of the twentieth century, the country was not called Jordan, but Transjordan.
  • Jordan was officially under British control until 1946.
  • Less than 1% of this country is covered by forests, and the water surface is only about 0.01%.
  • The border between Jordan and neighboring Israel runs along the Jordan River, which gave its name to the state. It is mentioned in the Bible.
  • This country remains one of the few where polygamy is still officially allowed.

  • Approximately 90% of Jordan comprises hot, arid deserts and semi-deserts with little water or vegetation.
  • Jordanian families usually have many children, at least 5-6 and sometimes 10-12.
  • Despite the almost complete absence of trees and greenery, the air in Jordan is about 8% more oxygen-rich than in any other country in the world.
  • Snowfall is the official reason not to go to work. True, it snows rarely, once or twice a decade.
  • There are four times as many olive trees as people.
  • The flower black iris is the national plant of Jordan.
  • Jordan’s King Abdullah II is a man of many talents. He is an accomplished skydiver, a rally driver, a diver and a qualified pilot. When his father was on the throne, Abdallah II served for a long time in the Jordanian Special Forces, making this army structure one of the most professional in the world.
  • Jordan only has access to the Red Sea. It also has access to the Dead Sea, but the latter, strictly , is a salt lake, not a sea.
  • Queen Rania of Jordan is officially recognized as the most beautiful queen on the planet. She comes from Kuwait, and met her future husband when she was working in a bank. Shortly after their first meeting, Abdallah II proposed to her.
  • The Gulf of Aqaba, partly owned by Jordan, attracts a huge number of divers because it is home to about 230 different species of coral.
  • One of the most interesting Jordanian sites is Kousseir Amr Castle, built in the 8th century. It has been partially destroyed by time and natural forces, but the parts that have survived are enough to thrill any history buff.
  • About half of Jordan’s inhabitants have Palestinian roots.

  • In Jordan, archaeologists have discovered the ruins of the world’s oldest Christian temple, which is about 1700 years old. They are located in Aqaba.
  • Limestone statues found in Jordanian lands were made by ancient people who lived here about 7000 years ago.
  • In Jordan, it is customary to use only the right hand when eating. Left-handed people here probably have a hard time.
  • According to an ancient Jordanian tradition, a guest who has been invited to the table must refuse three times before giving in and agreeing to the meal.
  • About 6 percent of the Jordanian population is Christian, two-thirds of whom are Orthodox.
  • Since less than 10% of Jordan’s land is suitable for agriculture, the country depends on foreign food imports.
  • Unlike most other Middle Eastern states, Jordan has a definite shortage of oil, which partly slows down the growth of its economy.
  • Jordan’s Wadi Rum desert, known as the “valley of the moon” is the only desert in the world protected by UNESCO. Many Hollywood movies like “The Martian,” “Transformers,” “Last Days on Mars” and other sci-fi movies have been shot here.
  • Because of the conservative nature of local traditions, it is almost impossible for Jordanian women to find a husband if they have not done so before the age of 25-26.