10 things you need to know before visiting Jordan

Sunny Fitzgerald

Nov 30, 2023 • 7 min read

Female tourist at Petra famous archaeological site in Jordan's southwestern desert. Dating to around 300 B.C., it was the capital of the Nabatean Kingdom

From staying safe to understanding local etiquette, this guide to Jordan for first-timers will help you plan the perfect trip © Stefan Tomic / Getty Images © © Stefan Tomic / Getty Images

A small country that's big on hospitality, ancient history and culture – with numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites –  Jordan offers endless opportunities for adventure.

From afar, it’s often unfairly lumped in with regional conflict and, as such, overlooked by wary travelers. But in reality, it’s a welcoming and peaceful destination not to be missed.

Start planning the trip of your life today with our ten top tips for first-time visitors to Jordan.

People explore the ancient ruins of Petra, Jordan

1. Jordan is a safe place to visit

Despite being located in a region with a history of conflict, Jordan is a friendly oasis that’s open and inviting to visitors. Hospitality reigns supreme, violent crime is extremely rare, and Gallup’s 2022 Law and Order Report  ranks Jordan in the top ten for countries where people feel safe walking alone at night.

While you should take the usual precautions you would anywhere – purchase travel and health insurance, don’t carry large sums of cash, and keep valuables locked in a safe  – fear should not be a factor when planning a trip to Jordan.

2. Hospitality is a deeply rooted tradition

Don’t let the "Jordanian frown" fool you. Although you may be met with furrowed brows and what appear to be unfriendly faces, you’ll quickly learn just beneath the tough exterior of a resting frown face typically lies a fun-loving attitude and a deeply rooted tradition of hospitality that can be traced back to Bedouin culture.

It’s not uncommon to be invited for tea or even a meal by shopkeepers and strangers you meet. " Ahlan wa sahlan'"  (welcome), locals will say. "Where are you from? Welcome to Jordan."

Tourist and local Bedouin guide sit on a rock in Wadi Rum, Jordan, contemplating the landscape from the mount Jebel Burdah

3. When greeting someone, follow their lead

You’ll see people of the same gender greet each other with handshakes, hugs and even multiple air kisses beside each cheek. But if you put your hand out for a shake or lean in for a hug, you may be left hanging.

Out of respect for their religion and spouse, some Muslims will not touch people of a different gender unless they are related by blood. Don’t take it personally – be prepared and open to learning the local traditions.

When meeting someone, you can stand, say hello, smile and then let them take the lead. If they extend a hand or lean in for a hug, you can do the same. If they keep their hands at their sides or put their right hand over their heart rather than reaching out, that’s their way of acknowledging you.

4. It’s not always hot and sunny in Jordan

A common misconception about Jordan is that it’s always hot, dry and sunny. While that may be the case if you visit between May and September, Jordan does have a winter season .

From November to February, the country receives a great deal of cold and cloudy days, rain and even snow, sleet and hail on occasion. Temperatures can hover under 10ºC (50ºF) during the day and drop to freezing in the night (32ºF).

If you’re traveling from mid-October to mid-March, be sure to pack a waterproof jacket and warm layers and monitor the weather. Flash floods are extremely dangerous, and even Petra is known to close during inclement weather.

Bartender pours a glass of local Jordan River Shiraz with a view of Amman from Cantaloupe's upper terrace

5. Alcohol is legal, but heavily taxed

If you’re in search of sundowners , you can find alcohol at a number of restaurants, bars and, of course, liquor stores in the larger cities like Amman and Aqaba , as well as Christian towns such as Madaba and Fuheis (where you’ll find Carakale , Jordan’s first and only craft beer microbrewery).

St George and Jordan River also produce their own wine in the country but be prepared to pay a pretty penny for your libations – although legal, alcohol tends to carry hefty taxes.

Bear in mind that Muslim-owned properties and Islamic holidays may affect how readily alcohol is available. For example, it’s illegal to sell alcohol anywhere in the country during Ramadan (with the exception of some high-end hotels), and most camps in Wadi Rum don’t serve alcohol at all (but you can often bring your own).

Call ahead to inquire about availability and any restrictions, and if you do drink, be mindful of your hosts and consume in moderation.

6. Dress respectfully

Jordan is a Muslim-majority country, but Christians, Jews and people of various beliefs also coexist peacefully here. There is no law requiring women to wear hijab, but there is an expectation that visitors dress respectful ly – i t’s best to avoid low-cut and shoulder-baring tops, short skirts, and shorts.

If you plan to visit a place of worship, both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders, and women are typically expected to cover their hair, chest and neck. 

But covering up doesn’t mean dressing down: Jordanians are generally quite image-conscious and well-dressed. Some restaurants even enforce a sophisticated dress code, particularly in Amman .

Keep that in mind when packing and feel free to flaunt your personal style (respectfully) if you’ll be spending time in the capital.

7. Smoking shisha and cigarettes is common

Alcohol may be in somewhat short supply, but there is argeeleh (shisha) aplenty. For better or worse, smoking shisha is a national pastime, and you’ll find argeeleh cafes across the country. Cigarette smoking is also widely accepted – although it is banned in numerous indoor public spaces, the bans are often ignored by locals.

Travelers who smoke will be in good company, but the smoking culture in Jordan can prove challenging for nonsmokers and those with health conditions. When booking rooms, tours, restaurants and transportation, ask whether non-smoking options are available.

8. Bring a reusable filtration water bottle

Tap water is usually not drinkable in Jordan, though some higher-end hotels have their own water purification systems. Environmental education and recycling facilities are scarce, and you will see plastics and other rubbish littering the otherwise lovely landscapes.

Local businesses and organizations with an eco-aware approach and plastic-free policies like those of Feynan Ecolodge , the Jordan Trail and Eco Hikers are working to teach and inspire locals and visitors with their environmental initiatives.

Travelers to Jordan can be part of the solution by supporting these businesses and carrying their own reusable filtration water bottles (such as  GRAYL ) and reusable utensils.

Two people in traditional Jordanian dress look out over the heavily developed hillsides of Amman

9. Jordan is proof that big things come in small packages

Jordan is smaller than Portugal or the US state of Maine, but within its borders, you’ll find endless adventure possibilities, ancient history and culture, nature reserves, and community-based immersive experiences (such as those provided by Baraka Destinations , Engaging Cultures and Experience Jordan ).

There are also five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the architectural wonders of Petra and the expansive deserts and towering rocks of Wadi Rum.

If you’re eligible for a visa on arrival to Jordan, purchase the Jordan Pass to gain entrance to some of the best sites, castles and museums including Petra, Wadi Rum, the Temple of Hercules in Amman , the Roman ruins at Jerash and Ajloun Castle .

Keep in mind that although Jordan is small in size, the terrain is varied, roads may be rough and traffic can delay your plans. Traveling to sites may take more time than you anticipate, so plan accordingly and try not to schedule every moment of your itinerary. Immerse yourself in the experiences and allow time for the unexpected. 

10. You’re going to fall in love with Jordan

Maybe it will be the moment you fall asleep under a blanket of stars or stand in awe of enormous ancient stones. Or perhaps it will hit you when you reach the peak of a mountain and take in the view, far away from the rush of the city.

It might be the laughter and stories you share with your new Bedouin friends. Or the taste of tea brewed with sage and sugar over a campfire. It could be in the fresh mansaf (the Jordanian national dish of lamb, rice and yogurt sauce) made with love by your hosts and eaten with your hands. Or it could be when you hear the muezzin’s call to prayer while watching birds dive and swoop against a sunset sky.

There will be a moment – or more likely, many moments – when the magic of Jordan seeps into your soul. Jordan will welcome you, challenge you and it may very well change you. And you’ll find yourself making plans for your next trip before you even finish your first.

This article was first published Aug 20, 2019 and updated Nov 30, 2023.

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The map, released following the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development in 2017, addresses two overlapping trends of tourism: Demand from travelers for authentic, sustainable experiences that make a difference and the need to use the power of travel to help people and places thrive.

The Meaningful Travel Map of Jordan was released as part of th e Tourism Cares with Jordan delegation, a group of 70 leaders from the North American travel industry committed to exploring the travel industry’s potential to drive social impact through tourism.

Each of the twelve experiences is offered by a nonprofit organization or social enterprise that, in addition to providing a quality cultural experience for travelers, also has a program for directly benefiting a disadvantaged population.

“Any trip to Jordan wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Petra and Wadi Rum – and one or two of these enterprises that offer a unique insight into the spirit and people of Jordan,” says Ms. Lina Annab, Jordan’s former Minister of Tourism & Antiquities. “Our people and communities have as much to offer as our heritage, and the good news is that you don’t have to choose. You can make a special difference just by coming.”

The potential of these enterprises is illustrated in the story of Halima Al Qa’aydeh who started with the Bani Hamida Women’s Weaving Project as a volunteer, rose to supervisor and project manager, and now is one of six women elected in municipal elections. Another is Eisa, a hiking guide who, since the 2017 launch of the Jordan Trail, has seen business boom, so much that he has added a second floor to his home to host guests. Um Khalid has a longer story: Baker of shrak bread for the Feynan Ecolodge since its founding, tourism has allowed her to buy solar panels, electrify her goat hair tent and purchase a washing machine.

The Meaningful Travel Map of Jordan is distinctive for two reasons: The extensive due diligence and research behind each of the twelve listings, which is made available to travelers; and being designed explicitly as a resource for both travelers and the travel industry. These quality experiences will benefit from increased visibility and visitation, creating a win-win-win for travelers, company and community.

“The very act of travel can be a force for good and these experiences are really about connecting people: travelers who are exploring Jordan and the dynamic local leaders who are moving these communities forward,” said Derek Hydon, chairman of the Tourism Cares Board of Directors.

Are you interested in exploring the Meaningful Travel Map of Jordan? Check it and the amazing social enterprises out!

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The twelve organizations featured include:

  • Al Numeira Environmental Association : Bike, snack and get dirty in their gardens and other projects, learning with one of the Rift Valley’s newest social startups.
  • Ammarin Bedouin Camp : Any stay at this camp founded and owned by the local bedouin promises living heritage and impact in the shadow of Petra.
  • Bait Khayrat Souf : This tranquil kitchen and garden serves up local breakfast, goods, and cooking lessons while providing training and jobs to local women.
  • Baraka Destinations : The perfect detour for the social traveler – experience this cluster of local tourism experiences and businesses in villages off the beaten path.
  • Bani Hamida Women’s Weaving Project : Try your hand at traditional weaving, boosting women’s rights and livelihoods.
  • Feynan Ecolodge : Go green and local at this award-winning lodge at the Dana Biosphere – and build local jobs and conservation.
  • Iraq al Amir Women’s Cooperative : Learn traditional papermaking, pottery and more with your family at this renowned center for local training and knowledge.
  • The Jordan Trail Association : Hike any stretch of its 650 unique kilometers and drive communities forward with every step.
  • Montreal Hotel : Re-enact the battles of Saladin and the Crusaders and support the veterans of today.
  • Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature : Explore and shop with Jordan’s environmental champion, with things to do and impact everywhere.
  • Summaga Café : Take a break during your visit to Ajloun Castle to dine on 100% organic fare from a women-led farmers’ cooperative.
  • Syrian Jasmine : Celebrate multicultural Jordan by learning soap-making and crochet, helping their newest residents and women entrepreneurs.

The Tourism Cares with Jordan project is made possible by the TRIP Foundation, Trip Mate, The Travel Corporation, American Society of Travel Agents, Marriott hotels of Jordan, the Bob Whitley Memorial Fund and the Jordan Tourism Board.

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About the Jordan Tourism Board-North America : The JTB was officially launched in March 1998 as an independent, public-private sector partnership committed to utilizing marketing strategies to brand, position and promote the Jordan tourism product as the destination of choice within international markets. The adopted strategies are tuned to reflect the true image of the Jordan tourism product, being a cultural, natural, religious, adventurous, leisure and MICE destination. The JTB has eleven offices in Europe and North America.

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Jordan Travel Guide: Everything You Need to Know Before you Visit Jordan

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Jordan was my first ever trip to the Middle East. I loved it so much that I came back just 5 months later and rented a small apartment with my two boys. This gave us a chance to explore everything that Jordan had to offer and in many visits since, this Jordan travel blog was born! I have put everything I know into this comprehensive Jordan travel guide and I am always happy to talk about Jordan. If you ever have questions or cannot find what you are looking for on my site, feel free to reach out! I am always happy to answer emails! You can also check out the Jordan Facebook group to ask your questions there as well!

Rest assured that Step into Jordan has everything that you need to plan your trip to Jordan from start to finish. I have tried to put this guide into a logical order for someone who has never traveled to Jordan before. I know when I was going on my first trip I wanted to know everything I should expect! Here you can start with the basics of a visit to Jordan and then dive deeper into in depth destination guides and itineraries and everything you need to know.

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Jordan Travel Guide

Jordan is one of the top adventure destinations in the world. I love that you can be exploring the wonders of Petra one day and then scuba diving stunning reefs off the coast of the Red Sea the next. In Amman, you can be enjoying street food downtown for lunch and then floating on the Dead Sea in the afternoon before retiring to one of the resorts on its shores! Wadi Rum is probably my favorite part of Jordan, but that should not take away from Petra or the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea. I always encourage everyone who visits Jordan to at least spend a night in Wadi Rum because my first tour to Jordan only had us there for an afternoon and I think that was a big fail on their part.

Overwhelmed with Planning a trip to Jordan?

Want to skip all of the planning and access my detailed Jordan Itinerary and Guide? I have been to Jordan several times and after being asked again and again for suggestions, not only did I build this website but I created an interactive PDF guide to help you plan the best trip to Jordan! It includes an interactive map, multiple itineraries for up to 10 days and as little as three days and plenty of practical information about renting a car and driving in Jordan. Get the guide by clicking the button below. 

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The Best Time To Visit Jordan

March until May and September to mid-November are the best time to visit Jordan . It offers the best temperatures and avoids the busy (and hot) summer travel season which sees locals as well as tourists from the gulf region spending their summer break in Jordan. You can read more about each season in Jordan in the link above. The only time I do not recommend traveling to Jordan is December to February as the poor weather can dampen many of the outdoor adventures Jordan is famous for.

What to Expect in Jordan

Visas: The vast majority of nationalities can obtain a visa on arrival in Jordan. Check before you visit. If you are planning on visiting Jordan independently, the Jordan Pass can save you some money as it waives the visa fees for entering the country if you are staying at least a few nights in the country.

Safety: Jordan is a safe country to visit and is known for its friendly locals who are very proud Jordanians. Visitors are unlikely to go a day in Jordan without a smile and a “welcome to Jordan” from a local. Women traveling solo are often questioned by locals about a “where their husbands are?” but it is most often polite small talk and curiousity. Smiling and chatting with locals can be considered flirting and it is reccomended women not take invitiations to visit caves in Petra at night with local tribes. Car accidents are typically the most dangerous part of Jordan.

Language: The official language is Arabic but English is widely spoken in the tourist areas. Road signage is in Arabic and English as are most menus, receipts and money.

Religion: 95% Muslim 4% Christian

Currency: The official currency is the Jordanian Dinar, which is tied to the USD. 1 USD is about JOD 0.71. When shopping you will often hear the currency referred to as “JD” such as “one JD” or “dinar” such as “one Dinar.”

Main Tourist Sites : Petra, Wadi Rum, Mount Nebo, Madaba, Dead Sea, Jerash, Jesus Baptism Site

Budget: While many countries in the Middle East are quite inexpensive to travel, Jordan is not one of them. A 1 JD bottle of water costs about USD1.41. Luxury Hotels and Resorts will run guests about USD150-200 and a bottle of wine in a liquor store will cost patrons about USD30. Taxi’s and street food are two things that are inexpensive in Jordan. There are ATM’s in almost every major hotel and in Amman there are plenty of currency exchange options. However, cash is still king in Jordan. Locals use cash for everything from grocery store purchases to roadside tea to hotel rooms. While you can use credit cards at major hotels and tourist shops, it is best to have cash on hand each day.

Electricity: The plugs in Jordan are Type C, D, F, G, and J. The standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. Use a universal adapter so you can adapt to the changing plug situation in the kingdom.

Airports: Jordan’s main international Airport is Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) located outside of Amman. Aqaba International Airport (AQJ) is located in the south of the country on the Red Sea in Aqaba. European Low Cost flights often fly into Aqaba on a seasonal basis offering the resort area as a getaway for Europeans looking to escape winter.

Tipping: Tipping is a big part of the service culture in Jordan, but unlike other countries (Egypt for instance), genuine tips such as driving directions are given without a second thought. When it comes to restaurants, it is common to add 10% to the bill, tip 1 JD for luggage service and round up to the next dinar for a taxi. Guides and drivers also work for tips and a base line guide for a group tour is JD3 per day for the driver and JD5 per day for the guide (per person in the group). A private guide JD25 per day is a typical tip for the group.

Cuisine: Jordanian food is a big part of a Jordan visit and taking advantage of the arabic flavors is part of the experience. From sweet Bedouin tea, hummus and bread to mansaf , make sure you enjoy all of the popular dishes in Jordan.

Alcohol: Although over 90% of the country is made up of Muslims, drinking is acceptable in Jordan, but not widespread. All 5 star hotels will have a well-stocked bar and there are plenty of liquor stores in Amman and Aqaba, but you will be hard-pressed to find much in places like Petra unless you are staying in a 5 star hotel like Movenpick or Marriott.

Water: You will read conflicting reports about tap water being drinkable or not. It really depends if the tap has a filter on it (which is hard to tell unless you have rented an apartment and look under the sink.) Most locals use tap water for washing and have a separate filtered tap. Stick to bottled water just to be sure. Generally hotel water in restaurants has been filtered.

Toilets: All hotels, rest stops and most restaurants have western toilets, but almost none of them have toilet paper. If you are not comfortable using the bidet sprayer, ensure you have some packed. Some rest stops have a bathroom attendant who will supply you with paper for a small tip. The same goes in Petra.

I nsurance and Medical: Jordan has modern hospitals and plenty of doctors if needed. I even took my son to a local doctor while in Jordan and the experience was one of the most authentic things you can do in Jordan (not that I am recommending you visit a doctor, but you really get a sense of the locals when you end up doing things that people who live in Jordan do everyday! With that being said, I highly suggest you buy travel insurance for Jordan. It is an inexpensive peace of mind for when those big accidents happen. You can get a quote on travel insurance for Jordan from this site.

Jordan Dress Code and Local Customs

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While Jordan has modern cities, Jordanians have a typical conservative dress code. Men wear pants even in the hottest summer days unless they are at the beach. You will never see a Jordanian man topless, unless at a pool, on a boat or at the beach. Women should not wear low cut shirts or tank tops. Local Jordanian women generally wear tshirts or long sleeves and long pants all year round.

When visiting in the summer months, avoid short shorts unless at the beach resorts and pack a swim cover up to walk to and from the pool. I have plenty more advice on this post on what to wear in Jordan. Overall, locals are unlikely to comment on your dress, but it is best to dress respectfully.

Local Customs

Greetings: When it comes to greetings in Jordan, you will often see men hugging and cheek kissing (at least twice!) and women will often do the same. However, you will rarely see men and women in such an embrace. Shaking hands between men and women is totally fine. However, if you are a man greeting a conservatively dressed woman, let her be the first to extend a hand in greeting. Public displays of affection are frowned upon in Jordan. While in a resort you may see a couple holding hands, but that is about as much physical affection you will see from locals. When traveling in Jordan with your partner, keep your physical contact to a minimum.

Respecting Religion: It is normal for Muslims to pray in public. Be mindful of those praying outside and do not walk right in front of them or stare. You will see most drivers, even police officers with a prayer mat with them during the day. If you are visiting Jordan during Ramadan, it is advised to not eat in public. Locals will not say anything if you are drinking water, but if a local was to do it, they would likely be scorned by those who are choosing to fast.

If your visit does fall during Ramadan (or to get more info) check out Ramadan in Jordan

Photos: Always ask permission before taking photos of locals in Jordan. Especially women. Also, if you are a women traveling in Jordan and happen to run into a school group, do not be surprised if the students want to take photos with you! Jordanian children love interacting with guests to their country and practicing their English.

Visiting Jordan with Kids

Jordan is very kid-friendly and children are welcomed everywhere. My first trip to Jordan, my boys were just 5 and 3 years old. Jordan offers plenty of outdoor adventure that is perfect for kids! They rode camels, hiked in Petra , tried floating at the Dead Sea, snorkeled in Aqaba, rode a 4×4 in Wadi Rum and ate mansaf ! Do not be put off visiting Jordan with your children. Locals love children and while Jordan is not Disneyland, it is definitely a destination that can be enjoyed as a family!

If you are planning on coming to Jordan with your family, have a read of Jordan with kids.

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Jordan Travel Guide Planning Resources

Ok so now you have the basics, what you need to decide now is if you want to have someone else plan your trip and take a guided tour, or if you want to see the country on your own. Both ways are fine and both suit a different style of traveler. I have done it both ways and I enjoyed getting to meet other liked minded people on a group tour. I love having a private guide with my kids so they can pepper him with their hundreds of questions and I do not have to worry about other guests. I also love renting a car and hitting the road!

How Long Should You Spend in Jordan?

This is one of the first things you need to figure out. Many people just come for 3-4 days but you really need at least 7 days to be able to see all of the high lights without spending every day rushing from place to place. If you are flying from the other side of the world, see if you can allow 10 days as that will give you the best amount of time to see what makes Jordan so special.

If you are combining Jordan with Egypt or Israel you can pick your must-sees and work around those. For many visitors it is a long way to go and stretching your vacation will get you the best bang for your buck.

Ready to Plan your Trip to Jordan?

If you have decided when you are going to Jordan and have a general idea on how long you have to spend in the country you are ready to move onto the next steps.

Almost every day I get asked if visitors should rent a car. Because of the lack of infrastructure, renting a car is the best way to get around. I generally suggest using RentalCars.com to compare prices across various rental agencies.

Most trips start in Amman but increasingly there are more low cost airlines from Europe flying into Aqaba on Jordan’s south coast! You are going to want to read the top things to do in Amman and the best things to do in Aqaba.

While in the low season the hotel inventory is high, in the busy seasons hotels can sell out. Sometimes there are NO HOTELS AVAILABLE IN PETRA and on Jordanian holidays, Aqaba can be all booked up! If you are traveling in peak periods you should book your accommodation as soon as you have set your dates. Check for flexible cancellations. I generally suggest using booking.com as their policies are easy to read.

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The friendly heart of the Middle East glows beneath a clear and constant sun. Camels bob across the land, wild sage scents the air, and the melodic call to prayer echoes shepherds calling to their goats at dusk.

Jordan feels like the biggest small country in the world—nothing seems too far away, yet the sand and stars are infinite, and every standing stone marks the deep well of human history. A million things have happened here, and the bent olive trees are old enough to remember. These same slanted mountains and long desert valleys frame the scenes of holy books: Moses stood here, Jesus prayed in that cave, Muhammad spent the night in this town.

Today, the Hashemite Kingdom is a nation with open arms and a kind smile, beckoning all to come sit, have some tea, relax in the shade of a tent, then go and see all there is to explore.

Here’s what you need to know:

Hot days mean light, breathable clothing. Cooler evenings call for a sweater or a shawl. Sunglasses, hat, and sunblock are critical. Consider how you might pack for an African safari and add a few extra layers—modest fashion shows your respect for the local culture. Don’t be fooled by the desert—after sunset, temperatures can drop from 100ºF to near freezing. January and February are the coldest months, with rain and even snow up in the higher altitudes. Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots are best for exploring the terrain.

Jordan is best enjoyed in the open air, out in nature, even at night. Nothing compares to camping out under the stars in Wadi Rum , and the remote but luxurious Feynan Ecolodge is a favorite escape for anyone longing to unplug. For something more lavish, treat yourself to the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar on the Dead Sea. InterContinental Aqaba features its own private beach, fringed by palm trees on the pleasantly warm Red Sea coast.

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J ordan, a Middle Eastern gem, offers a blend of ancient history, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality. Known for the iconic Petra, the sprawling Wadi Rum desert, and the therapeutic Dead Sea, Jordan attracts travelers from around the world. The country boasts a rich cultural heritage, with bustling markets, delicious cuisine, and a population renowned for its friendliness. But for women considering a trip to Jordan, understanding the local culture and safety considerations is essential for a smooth and enjoyable experience.

About Jordan’s Culture 

In Jordan, the culture around women is influenced by traditional values, yet it is generally open and respectful. While Jordanian women actively participate in education and the workforce, the society remains somewhat conservative, especially in rural areas. It’s a place where foreign women are usually treated with respect and curiosity, often receiving warm welcomes and offers of assistance from locals. This welcoming attitude, combined with the need to understand and respect local customs, is crucial for a smooth and enjoyable experience. 

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Jordan is more liberal than its neighbors, but modest clothing is still advisable. Wear loose-fitting clothes covering the shoulders, arms, and legs is recommended. This  shows respect for the local culture and helps avoid unwanted attention. In cities like Amman, you might see more relaxed dress codes, but it’s always better to err on the side of caution. A light scarf can be useful for visiting religious sites or covering up when needed.

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2024 US Open highlights: Bryson DeChambeau survives at Pinehurst to win second career major

For the second time in five years, Bryson DeChambeau is the winner of the U.S. Open.

DeChambeau battled back and forth throughout the afternoon with Rory McIlroy to win his second career major title, this one played at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina.

DeChambeau shot a 1-over par final round Sunday to finish the tournament at 6-under – one stroke better than McIlroy. This also marks the second major title won by an active LIV Golf member, joining Brooks Koepka's victory at the 2023 PGA Championship.

"I haven’t really let it sink in yet," DeChambeau said during the post-tournament interview with NBC, before he gestured to his support team. "Tonight I want all of you guys, somehow, to touch this trophy, because I want you to experience what this means and what you all mean to me."

McIlroy missed two putts within five feet in the final three holes, including a bogey on No. 18, offering DeChambeau an opening to take the title. DeChambeau, though, struggled to find fairways throughout the afternoon and was forced to make tough shots in scramble situations. None was more impressive than the work he did on the final hole, needing to punch a shot over a tree root and under an overhanging branch.

DeChambeau, 30, won the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot, which was played with limited spectators because of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

"This will be the highlight of my life," DeChambeau said Sunday during the NBC interview. "I still can’t believe it."

This also becomes yet another devastating major finish for McIlroy, 35, whose last major title was at the 2014 PGA Championship, and who is stuck at four major championship victories.

Here's how the final round of the U.S. Open unfolded Sunday at Pinehurst:

2024 US Open leaderboard

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Final hole proves tricky for both McIlroy and DeChambeau

Both Rory McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau entered the final hole of the U.S. Open tied at 6-under par. And, as he did all day, it took an epic up-and-down for DeChambeau to save par and – eventually – win the tournament.

McIlroy’s tee shot sailed well left into the tall grass and his lie was complicated further as it sat behind a shrub. His second caught a lot of the grass, but it landed safely short of the green. He chipped onto the green to set up a very makeable putt within four feet, a putt that he didn’t hit with enough speed, causing it to rim out. He settled for bogey.

DeChambeau, meanwhile, hit an even worse tee shot, also well left of the fairway. His lie was in front of a root and under an overhanging branch. He punched the ball through and it rolled into a greenside bunker. His third shot was masterful, pinning the ball to within four feet. He sunk the putt to save par and win the tournament. McIlroy, whose putter had been his strength all day long, missed two putts within five feet in the final three holes.

U.S. Open playoff format

If two or more players are tied at the end of 72 holes, the U.S. Open will go to a playoff.

Until 2018, the winner was determined by an 18-hole playoff round the day after the tournament's scheduled conclusion. Since then, the USGA has opted for a two-hole aggregate playoff format. If two or more players remain tied after the two additional holes, the outcome would be decided by a sudden death playoff.

McIlroy, DeChambeau record bogeys after short misses

Bryson DeChambeau and Rory McIlroy have each hit several difficult shots Sunday. With the U.S. Open title on the line, they each missed some of their easiest.

Needing to sink a four-foot putt to save par on the par-3 No. 15, DeChambeau had his attempt roll around the cup, forcing his first three-putt of his U.S. Open, and his third bogey of the day. That momentarily moved him out of the co-lead with Rory McIlroy, who needed to sink a similarly short putt to convert par on No. 16.

McIlroy's was just two-and-a-half feet, but it rolled around the left side of the cup, leading to his bogey. Both players remained in a co-lead at 6-under.

McIlroy finds wire grass on par-3 15th

Once again, we are tied.

Rory McIlroy's line on his tee shot on the par-3 No. 15 was excellent; it was just hit with the wrong club. McIlroy's shot bounced on the green and then rolled off into a little valley, stopping just shy of wire grass. That complicated his second shot, and he was unable to save par on a 31-foot putt. Though it was just his second bogey of the day, McIlroy moved into a co-lead with Bryson DeChambeau, who converted par on No. 14 to stay at 7-under.

Bryson birdies No. 13, moves to within one

On the hole following his second bogey of the day, Bryson DeChambeau responded with a clean tee shot on No. 13, setting himself up for a makable eagle try that would've instantly erased the two-stroke lead Rory McIlroy had just built.

DeChambeau's putt, however, didn't have the pace it needed and came to a stop just short of the pin, though the read was pure. His birdie moved him to 7-under par, one stroke shy of McIlroy.

Rory surging late, takes two-stroke lead

All day long, Bryson DeChambeau has been rather aggressive off the tee and his mishit shots have forced him to scramble to stay in the lead. On the 12th, it finally caught up to him. DeChambeau was forced to lay up after he landed in the tall grass wide of the fairway. That set up a number of difficult shots that culminated with his second bogey of the day.

Not only did he drop out of the co-lead, but Rory McIlroy also continued the heater he is on, recording his fourth birdie in his past five holes. His birdie on No. 13 was his second in a row and moved him to 8-under par, and 4-under for the round.

And just like that, the co-lead is back on

If this is any indication for what we're in for the rest of the way, the golf will be good.

Rory McIlroy recorded his third birdie in his past four holes, the latest on the par-4 No. 12, to reclaim a co-lead with Bryson DeChambeau at 7-under par. And, as he has done all day Sunday, it was McIlroy's putter that was the highlight. He calmly and confidently drained a 22-foot birdie putt — two holes after he sunk a 27-footer for birdie on No. 10.

Both McIlroy and DeChambeau are three strokes ahead of the next closest player, Patrick Cantlay.

And just like that, the co-lead is gone

Bryson DeChambeau, per the NBC broadcast, heard from the gallery as he headed to the tee box at No. 10 about Rory McIlroy's consecutive birdies to move into a co-lead.

DeChambeau – who entered Sunday with a combined score of 5-under on the back-nine through the first three rounds (best in the field) – recorded his first birdie of his final round as soon as he made the turn.

Again, DeChambeau relied on precise shot-making with his short game to place a pitch shot to within five feet of the pin. He confidently flushed the putt to move to 7-under par and the solo lead.

McIlroy, meanwhile, left his approach shot on the par-4 11th well to the left of the pin, leaving him with a par save. He is in second place at 6-under, with Patrick Cantlay in third at 5-under.

McIlroy makes it consecutive birdies to claim co-lead

We have our first tie atop the leaderboard in the final round.

After making the turn, Rory McIlroy recorded his second consecutive birdie to move to 6-under par and a tie with Bryson DeChambeau. McIlroy's birdie came on the par-5 No. 10, on an excellent read on a curving, 27-foot putt. That followed McIlroy's birdie on the par-3 ninth, whose tee shot he landed within 15 feet.

Not to be outdone on No. 10, McIlroy's playing partner, Patrick Cantlay, sunk his own lengthy putt for birdie to move to 5-under par, and stay within one stroke of the lead.

Competition heating up as final group makes the turn

Perhaps Bryson DeChambeau is aware of the leaderboard and saw that Rory McIlroy birdied No. 9 to get to within one stroke. Perhaps he just knows what’s at stake.

Either way, DeChambeau – as he has much of his final round Sunday – had to piece together some remarkable shots to scramble. His tee shot at the eighth sailed well right of the fairway and into the tree line. His second was blasted through the pine straw, though it settled below a ridge on the back side of the green, a very difficult location.

DeChambeau’s third shot was well played and left him with a makeable, 12-foot putt to save par. DeChambeau was fired up and fist-pumped toward the crowd.

Still, even as he holds a one-stroke lead, DeChambeau did not record a single birdie on the front-nine.

Neal Shipley edges Luke Clanton for low amateur

Following up on a strong showing at Augusta, Neal Shipley claimed low amateur honors at the U.S. Open by two strokes over Luke Clanton.

Shipley battled Clanton head-to-head on Sunday, only the second time in the past 40 years that two amateurs have been paired in the same group for a final round of the U.S. Open.

With Shipley up by a shot going into the final hole, Clanton missed the fairway off the tee, but somehow managed to hit his approach shot to five feet. After Shipley converted a routine par to finish the tournament at 6-over, Clanton just missed his birdie putt to tie, then missed a comebacker and had to settle for bogey.

Shipley, who played collegiately at James Madison and as a postgraduate at Ohio State, was also the low amateur at the Masters – a feat accomplished by a select few in golf history, including Jack Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson.

Cantlay gets a birdie, within two of lead

Patrick Cantlay very nearly birdied the par-3 No. 6 as he tried to close the lead, but his putt attempt just missed. He would go on to capitalize on the next hole. Cantlay recorded his first birdie of the day, on the seventh, to move into 4-under par and a tie for second place with Rory McIlroy.

They are both chasing Bryson DeChambeau who uncorked an absolute bomb of a drive on No. 7 that cleared a bunker and traveled 341 yards. It left him just 88 yards to the pin, and an excellent chance to build his lead.

DeChambeau drops first stroke of the day

What appeared to be inevitable through the first three holes took place at No. 4.

Bryson DeChambeau recorded his first bogey of the day after a failed up-and-down attempt just rimmed out. DeChambeau had to scramble to set himself up with a very difficult par save. He read the putt quite well, and it appeared to be on line, except that it curved around the cup and sloped away.

The good news for DeChambeau was that Rory McIlroy, who was within striking distance, bogeyed the par-5 fifth to drop to 4-under par.

The bad news for DeChambeau is that his tough start continued on No. 5; his tee shot found thick rough to the right of the fairway and his second shot sailed into a greenside bunker off to the left.

Bryson pars first three through uneven start

Bryson DeChambeau came into the final round at Pinehurst with a three-stroke lead; it's currently down to two after Rory McIlroy (-5) birdied No. 1, but the more concerning thing is that DeChambeau's play to open the final round has been rather uneven.

DeChambeau has seen his driver on No. 2 find the brush on the right side of the fairway, his tee shot on No. 1 land in a divot on the fairway and his putt on No. 3 end up well short. Still, DeChambeau converted par on all three of those holes to stay at 7-under par on the tournament and in the lead.

McIlroy, after birdying his first, converted three straight pars to remain at 5-under.

Leaders tee off with US Open title on the line

Starting the day with a three-shot advantage, Bryson DeChambeau has begun his final round at Pinehurst.

The 2020 U.S. Open champion finds himself in uncharted territory as he has never in his career held the lead entering the final round of a major. He'll be paired with Matthieu Pavon, who's looking to become the first Frenchman to win a major since 1904.

The penultimate group has Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, the 2014 U.S. Open champion and the runner-up last year, matched with American Patrick Cantlay.

McIlroy immediately birdied the opening hole to cut DeChambeau's lead to two strokes.

How to watch Sunday's US Open final round

NBC Sports will televise the final round of the U.S. Open from Pinehurst. Here is Sunday's broadcast schedule:

  • 9 a.m.-noon: USA Network
  • Noon-7 p.m.: NBC/Peacock

Live streaming coverage of select featured groups is available on USOpen.com and on  Peacock .

Rory McIlroy not happy having 'eureka moment' revealed on TV

As Rory McIlroy played the 13th hole of the 124th U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s No. 2 Course on Saturday, NBC Sports analyst Brad Faxon shared an insight into McIlroy’s game this week that was telling.

Faxon told the story of McIlroy turning to Sean O’Flaherty, his agent, during a flight Sunday evening following the Memorial Tournament and boasting, "Sean, I just figured it out."

But when interviewer Kira Dixon, working on-site for Sky Golf this week, told McIlroy about what Faxon had shared on national TV and asked him to elaborate on what she called his "eureka moment," McIlroy was none too pleased.

"OK?" he said, eyebrows arching. "Umm, it may be true. I don’t know if I want to disclose it right now. I’m not sure why Fax is giving away sort of all my secrets."

Faxon and McIlroy have a unique relationship among players and announcers given that Faxon serves as his putting coach, too.

– Adam Schupak, Golfweek

Hole to watch on Sunday: No. 13

If there's some Sunday afternoon drama at this year's U.S. Open, a potential turning point could be on Pinehurst's short par-4 13th hole.

The USGA has moved the tees up for today's final round, so the hole measures just 316 yards from the tee markers to a very accessible pin placement.

With a slight breeze at their backs, golfers will be tempted to drive the green and give themselves a possible putt for eagle. Daniel Berger did just that, becoming Sunday's first to record an eagle when he hit his drive to within 12 feet of the hole and nailed the putt.

Can anyone go really low in US Open's final round?

Roughly half the field of 74 golfers to make the 36-hole cut have begun their final rounds, and Pinehurst isn't showing a whole lot of mercy. Only 21 players shot rounds under par 70 in Saturday's third round, led by Collin Morikawa's 66 and DeChambeau's 67.

So far on Sunday (as of 11:15 a.m. ET), only eight players are under par for their rounds. Seonghyeon Kim has the best round of the day so far -- a 2-under 68.

The lowest round of the week came on Thursday, when Patrick Cantlay and Rory McIlroy opened with 5-under 65s. Both of those players remain in striking distance, starting the day just three shots behind leader Bryson DeChambeau.

What's the greatest comeback in US Open history?

The greatest 54-hole deficit ever overcome to win a U.S. Open happened in 1960, when Arnold Palmer stormed from seven shots back to win at Cherry Hills Country Club outside Denver. Palmer birdied six of his first seven holes on his way to a 6-under 65 and a two-stroke victory over Jack Nicklaus.

Unless someone can somehow top Palmer, this year's U.S. Open champion will be one of the 11 golfers who begin today's final round at even par or better. In fact, in nine of the last 10 U.S. Opens, the winner has come from one of the top two spots entering the final round.

Sunday's weather forecast for Pinehurst

As it's been all week, the weather forecast for Sunday's final round of the U.S. Open will be for partly sunny skies with hot and humid conditions and a high temperature around 90. Winds will be out of the east at 7 mph, with gusts up to 11 mph.

US Open Sunday tee times for final round

Tee times for the final round of the U.S. Open:

All times Eastern

  • 7:30 a.m.: Seonghyeon Kim, Gunnar Broin (amateur)
  • 7:41 a.m.: Matthew Fitzpatrick, Jackson Suber
  • 7:52 a.m.: Brandon Wu, Austin Eckroat
  • 8:03 a.m.: Francesco Molinari, Ben Kohles
  • 8:14 a.m.: Dean Burmester, Ryan Fox
  • 8:25 a.m.: Sepp Straka, Martin Kaymer
  • 8:36 a.m.: Greyson Sigg, Cameron Young
  • 8:47 a.m.: Nico Echavarria, Brendon Todd
  • 8:58 a.m.: Justin Lower, Sam Bennett
  • 9:09 a.m.: Adam Scott, Brian Campbell
  • 9:25 a.m.: Matt Kuchar, Frankie Capan III
  • 9:36 a.m.: Adam Svensson, Harris English
  • 9:47 a.m.: Jordan Spieth, Si Woo Kim
  • 9:58 a.m.: Max Greyserman, Sahith Theegala
  • 10:09 a.m.: Daniel Berger, Keegan Bradley
  • 10:20 a.m.: Scottie Scheffler, Tom McKibbin
  • 10:31 a.m.: Brooks Koepka, Tim Widing
  • 10:42 a.m.: Nicolai Højgaard, Emiliano Grillo
  • 10:53 a.m.: Isaiah Salinda, Christiaan Bezuidenhout
  • 11:04 a.m.: Cameron Smith, Wyndham Clark
  • 11:15 a.m.: J.T. Poston, Tommy Fleetwood
  • 11:31 a.m.: Shane Lowry, Zac Blair
  • 11:42 a.m.: Billy Horschel, Chris Kirk
  • 11:53 a.m.: Denny McCarthy, Min Woo Lee
  • 12:04 p.m.: Neal Shipley (amateur), Luke Clanton (amateur)
  • 12:15 p.m.: Sam Burns, Stephan Jaeger
  • 12:26 p.m.: Brian Harman, Mark Hubbard
  • 12:37 p.m.: David Puig, Thomas Detry
  • 12:48 p.m.: Akshay Bhatia, Russell Henley
  • 12:59 p.m.: Davis Thompson, Xander Schauffele
  • 1:10 p.m.: Sergio Garcia, Taylor Pendrith
  • 1:26 p.m.: Aaron Rai, Tom Kim
  • 1:37 p.m.: Corey Conners, Collin Morikawa
  • 1:48 p.m.: Tony Finau, Tyrrell Hatton
  • 1:59 p.m.: Ludvig Åberg, Hideki Matsuyama
  • 2:10 p.m.: Patrick Cantlay, Rory McIlroy
  • 2:21 p.m.: Matthieu Pavon, Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau on a major roll

While he hasn't won a major tournament yet this year, Bryson DeChambeau has arguably played better than anyone else has in the three majors to date. He finished tied for sixth in the Masters and runner-up in the PGA Championship before leading the field through 54 holes at the U.S. Open.

And he's been remarkably consistent in doing so. Saturday's round of 3-under 67 was DeChambeau's seventh consecutive round of 69 or lower in major championship play.  If he can do it again today, he will tie the all-time record.  Rickie Fowler (8 in row during 2014) and Greg Norman (8, 1993) currently share that record. 

2024 US Open purse

The U.S. Open had the largest purse of the four men’s major championships in 2023, and that amount has gone up in 2024 .

Mike Whan, the CEO of the United States Golf Association, announced Wednesday the purse for the 2024 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 will be $21.5 million, a $1.5 million increase from last year. In addition, the winner will take home $4.3 million, up from $4 million in 2023.

The winner of the first U.S. Open in 1895 took home $150.

In addition, every player will make at least $10,000, as players who miss the cut will pocket that amount.

At the Masters, the purse was $20 million with $3.6 going to the winner, Scottie Scheffler . The PGA Championship had a record purse of $18.5 million, with Xander Schauffele taking home $3.33 million .

– Cameron Jourdan, Golfweek

Spotlight on Pinehurst No. 2

The Donald Ross-designed Pinehurst No. 2 is no ordinary U.S. Open test, and many of the shots and decisions required will be entirely different than those typically employed by tour professionals. The layout is ranked by Golfweek’s Best as the No. 1 public-access course in North Carolina, the No. 3 resort course in the U.S. and the No. 18 Classic course in the U.S.

It’s not just the chipping –  or putting – onto No. 2’s notoriously domed greens. As we've seen this week, Open contestants have been forced to deal with acres of sandy scrub, where luck holds great influence on outcome. Additional wiregrass was planted in the sandscapes just off the fairways for this U.S. Open, adding even more intrigue as any ball bounds off the firm but ample fairways.

– Jason Lusk, Golfweek

Another 'frustrating day' for Scottie Scheffler

Moving day didn’t mean much for Scottie Scheffler, who stayed in nearly the same position after posting a 71. The Texan is in an uncharacteristic tie for 42nd at 6 over for the tournament.

"The game of golf is a mental torture chamber at times, especially the U.S. Open," the reigning Masters champion said. "Another frustrating day. Today was a day where I thought I played a lot better than my score."

Scheffler barely made it to the weekend and he hasn’t improved on his position since then, losing more than 5 strokes on the greens this week.

"I’m having a lot of trouble reading these greens. I had a lot of putts today where I felt like I hit it really good. I looked up and they were not going the way I thought they were going to go," he said.

– Tim Schmitt, Golfweek

Matthieu Pavon hoping to make his mark

Matthieu Pavon was even with leader Bryson DeChambeau after 10 holes and slipped a bit down the stretch, but still finds himself in a tie for second at 4 under with Rory McIlroy and Patrick Cantlay, and will be part of the final pairing.

So if he does win, what will Pavon want Americans to know about him?

"Nothing special. I just love golf. That’s the thing. I’m just so happy to compete here in America. It has been a remarkable journey for me. I just love so much competing here, and this is what I like people to know about me. I’m a pretty regular guy, and it’s just awesome to be here," he said. "It’s so much different. The golf courses here feels like − playing the signatures so far, it feels like we play majors every week.

"This golf course, there is nothing even close on the European Tour. Nothing which comes even close. This is really different. I’m not really used to hitting it in the rough and not being capable to go to the green."

Leader Bryson DeChambeau deals with hip issue

Coming to the 10th tee Saturday, Bryson DeChambeau was tied with Matthieu Pavon at 6 under, when his hip started to tighten. Per the rules, the 2020 U.S. Open champ called for physio help and after a session that was caught by overhead cameras, he came back to boom a pair of his best drives and subsequently took command of the tournament.

By day’s end, the session seemed a turning point as the SMU product stretched out to a three-stroke lead, and he’ll now enter Sunday with a second major title well within his grasp.

As for the magic session, DeChambeau said it was fairly routine, and even insisted some renovations to his home could have contributed to the tightness.

"It was tougher to get through on a couple shots. It’s okay. I’ve had it for a long time now. It’s just something that popped up," he said. "I’ve been playing a lot of good golf lately, and working on my house, trying to get my house finished, so I haven’t really had time to rest like I want to. The two weeks I had off after PGA, I was really grinding and focusing on some stuff there. I wasn’t really able to rest. I’ve just been pushing myself a little bit, pushing the horse a bit. Consequently, that’s going to happen.

"But I’ve got a great team around me to help fix some stuff up."

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