Can I wear Jordan shorts in Amman

Behavioral tips for Jordan

Foreign countries, foreign customs - is a saying. So that you know how to correctly interpret the behavior of the people in Jordan and not make a mistake yourself: a few dos and don'ts

No shorts - no minis

As cozy as they are for most westerners, they have no place in Jordan: men's shorts. In Jordan, well-groomed clothing is very important to the people and wearing shorts is ridiculous in the eyes of Jordanian men.

As everywhere in the Arab world, women shouldn't dress too freely. Although liberal and tolerant, it is an Islamic country. You should therefore avoid tank shirts, mini skirts and low-necked tops. In Petra, Aqaba and in international hotels in general, people are more familiar with Western customs, which is why a largely Western style of clothing is common here and in the modern districts of Amman (Shmisani, Abdoun).

Exchange of tenderness

As everywhere in the Arab world, you will not recognize local couples on the streets of Jordan. They don't hold hands or kiss in public like we do. Even as a polite tourist, you should avoid this and refrain from exchanging caresses.

Travel during Ramadan

Ramadan, the month of fasting, is a special time for Muslims. They fast from sunrise to sunset - no one eats, drinks or smokes during the day. Of course, anyone who is in Jordan during these weeks does not have to fast, but should respect the general ban on eating in public. One is tolerant: drinking and smoking in the tourist facilities and sights are not a problem. In hotels and tourist restaurants, food and drinks are served as usual.

Shoes off in mosques

Not all mosques in the country are open to foreign visitors. So before you want to enter a mosque, you should definitely inquire whether it is allowed at all. If so, take off your shoes in front of the entrance. Men wear long trousers, women cover arms, shoulders and legs and wear a headscarf. In large, tourist mosques, the cloths are usually borrowed at the entrance.


Anyone who goes shopping in one of the traditional markets in Jordan should bring time. Not only because the offer is usually very diverse, but also because prices are haggled here - something that is almost expected. And that can take time - but it's a lot of fun. The golden rule is: only haggle if you really want to buy something. In modern shops, however, the prices are non-negotiable, here the number on the price tag applies.

taking photos

Be sensitive when photographing people. Not everyone would like to be photographed, so you should always ask before the camera is pointed at someone. It is forbidden to take pictures of military buildings.


For Jordanians, hospitality is almost a matter of course or an Islamic imperative. Especially with the Bedouins in the barren deserts, it was a "sacred duty" to take in and provide for guests without question. This understanding of "Abraham's hospitality" persists to this day. Visitors hear the phrase "Ahlan wa Sahlan fil Urdun", which means "Welcome to Jordan" often and seriously. No wonder that you quickly feel good.