Jordan at a Glance
Living in Jordan
With a population of over 6.5 million, Jordan is an intriguing Arab Kingdom that holds, amongst many other things, Petra – a historical, rock-cut city and one of the new 7 wonders of the world.
Education in Jordan
Often regarded as one of the best Arab education system, Jordan's international schools in particular offer an exceptional level of education. Among the institutions most suited to expats are the Asamiah International School, the Canadian International School, and the American Community School. The private school system in Jordan is subject to a great deal of tax, and fees range from 1000 USD to around 7000 USD. Islamic studies must be taken by all students with the exception of Christians.
Jordan's university system is also fairly extensive, with the University of Jordan (located in Amman) representing the largest institute. There are also Western universities, including the American Middle East University. Not surprisingly, most of the country's higher education facilities are located in the capital city, Amman.
Transportation in Jordan
The best way to get around Jordanian cities, including Amman, is by taxi. Either hop in a private yellow taxi or use the country's unique service taxis. Much like buses with fewer seats, these taxis have a final destination and a predetermined route. Simply ask to get out as you near your stop. Should you want to visit other cities such as Aqaba, or tourist sites including Petra, you should book a JETT bus in advance.
Safety and Security in Jordan
In comparison to some of its neighboring countries, safety in Jordan is not too much of an issue. With this said, it is not uncommon to encounter protests, usually in opposition to events in Gaza or the West Bank. These demonstrations will usually take place on Fridays. Safety is a slightly bigger issue at night, and areas outside of Amman should be avoided. Generally speaking, however, a little common sense will most likely prevent any issues. Keep abreast of events and any planned demonstrations.
It is not uncommon for certain border crossings in Jordan to be closed. A significant police presence will also be encountered close to the Syria and Iraq borders due to the ongoing conflicts in these two countries.
Thanks to the strict laws enforced by Jordan, as is the case with most Arab kingdoms, crime in the country is nothing to be too concerned about. With more serious offences such as murder practically unheard of, using a bit of common sense while living in Jordan will save a lot of hassle, as the most common types of offences are petty crimes, such as pick pocketing. Should an emergency occur, the numbers to ring are 191 (police), 199 (fire brigade), and 193/199 (medical emergency services).