Is it safe to rent a car and drive in Jordan
Car hire in Jordan is increasingly popular and widely available to tourists and business visitors alike. Driving here is very safe and there is little to be concerned about beyond usual considerations of driving in a foreign country. Rental cars are generally to a very high standard and under 1 year old, particularly those supplied from major international rental agents such as Thrifty, Enterprise and Sixt.
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Jordan Mini Guide
The development of modern Jordan has been dominated by one man for over 30 years - its ruler King Hussein. His courage has seen the country through constant political crises. Jordan remains a front line state in relation to its neighbour Israel
and among the Arab countries, no other has shown a greater interest in negotiating a lasting settlement to the Arab Israeli conflict.
King Hussein allowed refugee militants from the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) to raid Israel from bases in Jordan. However, the guerrillas defied the government's authority and Hussein's army acted in 1971 and expelled them from the country. The bitter conflict that ensued ended with the expulsion or imprisonment of the guerrillas until Hussein declared a general amnesty for all political prisoners and exiles in 1973. The following year, Jordan acknowledged the PLO as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinians.Today, over half of Jordan's population is Palestinian. Many live in the ten UN refugee camps. All have been granted Jordanian citizenship and all take a full part in the political and economic life of the kingdom.
The rich Arab states, such as Kuwait and Saudi Arabia
, give substantial economic aid to strengthen Jordan as an Arab country bordering Israel. The recent civil war in Lebanon has allowed Jordan's capital AMMAN to replace the Lebanese capital, BEIRUT, as the financial centre of the region. Jordanians have a reasonably high standard of living and 70% of adults are literate. Although they have no oil they refine it, and have an efficient system of intensive agriculture.
Only one-fifth of Jordan is fertile enough to be farmed; the rest is desert. The fertile areas include the disputed West Bank and the valley of the Jordan. To the east lie the hills and mountains of Biblical history which are also fertile. All these areas have cool winters with moderate rainfall.
With a hire car in Jordan you can travel around in comfort and at your own leisurely pace, without having to worry about unreliable public transport or expensive taxi fares. Whether you are travelling to Jordan on business or for pleasure we will have a vehicle to suit your needs. Our rates include collision damage waiver, theft waiver, taxes, insurance and unlimited mileage so there are no hidden costs to worry about.
Facts about Jordan
- Jordan is officially known as the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
- The King of Jordan is Abdullah II.
- Tourism is an important part in Jordan's economy and it contributes between 10% and 12% to the country's GNP.
- The largest airport in Jordan is Queen Alia International Airport in Amman that serves as the hub of the regional airline Royal Jordanian.
- The currency in Jordan is the Jordanian dinar.