5 King Abdullah II & Queen Rania ChildrenHussein- 1994Iman- 1996Salma -2000Hashem-2005King of Jordan 1999-present
6 AreaTotal: 89,213 sq. km (34, 445 sq. miles) It can be crossed in a car in about 3 hoursLand: 88,884 sq. km (34, 318 sq. miles)Water: 329 sq. km (127 sq. miles)The area of Washington state is 71,342 mi. About twice as big as Jordan- Indiana is little larger than Jordan
9 Iraq War Impact on Jordan It was estimated that 750,000 to 1 million Iraqi’s have fled to Jordan after the Iraq war, Most of them were, well educated people like doctors, businessmen and former government officials who brought with them great potential for investments.
10 Iraq War Impact on Jordan ( cont. ) This influx of cash helped boost the Jordanian economy, but also fueled inflation and wage shortages, which aggravated existing inequalities.
11 Historical Background Jordan has been a home of many civilizations: Moabites, Assyrians, Nabataens, Greeks, Romans and Arabs.Written history goes back to 2000 B.C
12 New Wonders of the world Treasury, thousands of years ago, was a city kept in secret until 19th century. Questions about who built it. Indiana Jones in the last crusade and in the Mummy returns.
18 Words Needed in Daily Life Marhaba (Hello) Inshallah ( God’s willing) Assalamu alaykum (May peace be upon you) Sabah Alkhair (Good morning) Massa Alkair ( Good evening) Shukran ( Thank you) Afwan ( You’re welcome) Kafe halak? ( How are you?) Mabsuit , Alhamdullillah ( Well, thank God)
20 Education Institutions: Schools: K-12 (2787 public & 1493 private) Community Colleges (48)Public Universities (10)Private universities (17).
21 Education cont…A graduate of Deerfield Academy in 1980, King Abdullah requested the $65 million academy to be established.King’s Academy, the Middle East’s first boarding coeducational school in Jordan opened fall of 2007.Grades 9-12 with American advanced placement system.600 students, English and middle eastern history are required. Some resistance of some groups about having a oed school in Jordan which forces more security measures to be taken into consideratations. Boys and girls dorms are far apart.
22 University of JordanThe university of Jordan is the oldest public university in the country.Located in the capital of Jordan, Amman
23 LiteracyJordan has one of the highest literacy rates in the Arab World.95.1% men84.6% women
24 UNIQUE DESTINATIONS The meeting of four countries The lowest point on earth
25 AQABAOn a clear day, you are standing in Aqaba, Jordan, Which of the following countries can see?Saudi ArabiaEgyptIsraelAll the above
29 The Dead SeaThe Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth (1,320 feet) below sea level.It is highly concentrated with salt, so much in fact that you float rather than sink.During the Roman occupation times the Essenes settled in Qumran, located on the northern shore. In local caves they hid their library of scrolls, which became known as the Dead Sea Scrolls.Essenes is a religious group who lived there and kept secrets about the life of Jesus
30 Pillar of SaltThe transformation of Lot's wife in the Bible seems like a story straight out of Ovid's Metamorphoses, except that the mention is all too brief: "But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt."
33 Customs (cont.) Jordanians most important value is the family. Children are given much attention, and the elderly are greatly respected and cared for by their children.Large families are traditionally desired, but family sizes are declining due to economic necessity.
34 Customs (cont.)Parents will often help or support their children even after marriage.The father is considered head of the family and is expected to provide for the family financially while the mother is expected to take care of the children and household was true for thousands of years, however, this is changing at a fast rate.
36 Wedding in JordanParents play a significant role in marriages. Young people often meet at the university or at work and request their parents’ involvement. Women tend to marry in their early 20s, and men marry when they can support a family, early 30’s.
43 Ancient Sayings Do not stretch your feet beyond your carpet. Do not praise the beginning until you see the end.Do good and cast it into the seaDo not cry over which is gone.Many words hurt more than swords.Misfortunes make us wise.