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Working in Jordan is not really an option for most foreigners passing through, but it is possible for anyone with the right qualifications or interests who has done some planning before leaving home. Your employer in Jordan should be able to deal with the bureaucratic requirements of working permits.

Business hours

Government departments, including most tourist offices, are open from about 8am to 2pm every day apart from Friday - and sometimes they also close on Saturday. Visitor centres keep longer hours. Banks are normally open from 8.30am to 3pm every day but Friday and Saturday. The opening times for post offices vary from one town to another, but tend to be from about 8am to 6pm every day except Friday, when they close about 2pm. Many sights, government departments and banks close earlier in winter.

Almost all major tourist attractions are open every day, normally during daylight hours.

Smaller shops and businesses are open every day from about 9am to 8pm, but some close for a couple of hours in the middle of the afternoon, and some do not open on Thursday afternoon and Friday. The souqs (markets) and street stalls are open every day and, in fact, Friday is often their busiest day.

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