Jordan to the Kingdom, founded by King Abdullah I after World War I. It was ruled by his grandson, the late King Hussein, for 46 years until he died in 1999 when his son King Abdullah II assumed the throne. Jordan has grown into a modern nation that has enjoyed a remarkable measure of peace, stability and economic growth in recent decades. Images of the ancient Nabataean city of Petra, carved from the rock over two thousand years ago, have long been most people’s first impression of Jordan. While Petra is indeed one of the most stunning attractions in the Middle East, Jordan offers so much more for the modern traveller.
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A well-travelled bridge between sea and desert, east and west, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a land of mesmerizing beauty and contrasts. From the Jordan Valley, fertile and ever-changing, to the remote desert canyons, immense and still, visitors can explore splendid desert castles, gaze in awe at the haunting wilderness of Wadi Rum, or bathe in the restful waters of the Red Sea. For adventure lovers, there is horse riding, 4×4 safaris, rock climbing, canyoning, and hiking. For pure relaxation, nothing on earth compares to the Dead Sea and its many spa facilities.
The Jordanian flag symbolizes the Kingdom’s roots in the Great Arab Revolt of 1916, as it is adapted from the revolt banner. The black, white and green bands represent the Arab Abbasid, Umayyad and Fatimid dynasties respectively, while the crimson triangle joining the bands represents the Hashemite dynasty. The seven-pointed Islamic star set in the centre of the crimson triangle represents the seven verses of Surat Al-Fatiha, the first sura in the Holy Qur’an.
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