Safe to travel in Jordan this December?
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Oct 6, 2012 12:14 AM Last Post By: hp2010
Oct 4, 2012 8:24 PM
Safe to travel in Jordan this December?The King has just dissolved the parliament; the Muslim Brotherhood is talking about demonstrating in central Amman; a rally in support of the King was canceled due to fears of violence. We live and work in Abu Dhabi and are eager to see Petra, Jerash, and baptisms in the Jordan River at Christmas. However, I'm pretty conservative in terms of visiting "edgy" populations and cities.
Oct 4, 2012 10:54 PM
Oct 5, 2012 3:30 AM
2In order for the Independent Elections Committee to be able to set a date for the next elections, parliament had to be dissolved, per the new constitution. This was expected to happen. The King wanted elections to be held by the end of the year; per the constitution, elections now have to be held within 85 days. To get candidates registered, campaigns run, polling logistics completed, etc., it will probably take most of those 85 days, putting the elections early next year.
The rallies were announced before the King dissolved parliament. Yesterday (Thursday) the happy pacers of reform demonstrators called off their rally for this weekend to avoid the possibility of any clash. Wise decision.
Rallys usually happen every Friday after noon prayers in some of the larger towns. They, except for a few, have been peaceful, with the Public Security Department maintaining order and protecting people and property if anyone gets unruly.
Tourist sites are unaffected by these demonstrations, except for maybe the Citadel and Roman Amphitheatre in downtown Amman. See these sites on a day other than Friday.
There are also a few ongoing demonstrations outside the Syrian embassy, and recently, demonstrations have popped up around the US embassy due to that movie.
Check out your country's embassy site online for any warnings or travellers advisories that might exist.
Henkbos and I have lived and worked here for quite awhile and can attest that this is one of the safest countries, not only in the region, but in the world.
Jordan is also well known for its hospitality. Not many edgy people here.
Oct 5, 2012 3:34 AM
Oct 5, 2012 9:40 PM
Oct 5, 2012 11:43 PM
5Hi All the above posts are absolutely correct. If you stay in Madaba, just 20 minutes from Amman, then you can go to all of your sites and avoid Amman for a Hotel stay, if you are nervous. A one day tour of Amman is all you need and yes, avoid Fridays after prayer time. In Madaba, there are things to see and do also. I stay at the Salome Hotel and they are great for helping you to organize tours, transport etc. And yes, the Jordanian hospitality is wonderful and the country is very safe, during any month of the year. Have a great trip. t.
Oct 6, 2012 12:03 AM
Yes, good advice. Better to fly into Amman and stay elsewhere.
Oct 6, 2012 12:14 AM
(5 star Hotel)
From US$190.41 per night
(5 star Hotel)
From US$176.45 per night
(5 star Hotel)
From US$169.00 per night