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Every country in the globe has its own distinct cultural characteristics and traditions that it is eager to share with visitors and tourists.
When visiting Jordan, the most charming cultural characteristic you will discover practically everywhere is their hospitality!

Bedouins playing traditional music

When they realize you are a tourist, they will smile. Be prepared to enjoy the ultimate Jordanian tradition whether you eat, drink, visit restaurants, and museums, or take a tour of one of its ancient monuments.

When you arrive at the airport, you will first hear “Ahlan wa sahlan,” which translates to “Welcome!” This word will become increasingly familiar to you during your vacation because you will hear it everywhere. To earn more points for your visit, react with “shukran,” which means “Thank You.”

But, aside from “ahlan wa shalan,” where can you find this lovely hospitality?

1- When visiting a Jordanian household

If this occurs and you are welcomed to a Jordanian home, you will witness the pinnacle of hospitality! Jordanians adore their tourists and make every effort to make them feel at ease during their stay, whether it is for an hour or three days!

You’ll feel at ease as soon as you walk into their home; everyone will be eager to greet you with a grin and friendly words. Jordanians will ensure that you have everything you need, from coffee to dessert.

 A woman preparing Mansaf for family and visitors

Drink the coffee that has been made for you; it is a welcome indicator that you will be able to speak and build a discussion. Jordanians will make the most delectable dinner for you after coffee!
Mansaf is their welcome supper; make sure you take food otherwise they will assume you are uncomfortable.

There might be other meals presented other than Mansaf, read our article “Try these dishes when you visit Jordan” and get to know the beauty of food in Jordan.

2- When drinking coffee in Jordan

In Jordan, drinking coffee is commonplace! A cup of coffee is a need whether you’re in the cities or the desert among the Bedouins.

You will come across Bedouins if you visit Petra or Wadi Rum. The desert is home to the Bedouin people, who live there primarily. The Bedouin people are exceedingly hospitable and like teaching outsiders about their cultures.

 A Jordanian offering coffee with a smile

When you first enter one of their camps or tents, they will start by offering you coffee. They will offer you coffee three times and you must accept it or they will consider it an insult.

As previously stated, coffee is the beginning of a conversation, thus you will have numerous conversations in the desert while drinking coffee and sharing all parts of your experience with your guide and Bedouins.

Bedouins preparing coffee with pan-roasted beans and kardamom, Jordan, Middle East, Orient

Book your favorite tour in Wadi Rum and Petra on our website now, and enjoy the true colors of the desert and its people! 

Even if you are only passing through the city, having a cup of coffee when welcomed to someone’s home or coffee shop is a great way to meet people. Try to take advantage of this opportunity as much as you can while you are in Jordan!

3- Visiting traditional markets and shops

Amman’s downtown has the greatest concentration of traditional stores. When you visit this region, you’ll step into a vibrant world of hues, attire, cuisine, and scents.

A local artist creating Sand Art

You cannot miss the store owners extending a friendly welcome, showing you through their establishment, and introducing you to various items connected to the culture. Free presents may be given to you as a sign of Jordanians’ welcome you there!

Souq Al Bukharieh – Downtown Amman, Jordan

Try visiting Souq Al Bukharieh (Al Bukharieh Market) and enjoy a full experience of hospitality and culture.

4- Walk around the city in Amman, Jordan

People in every Jordanian city will be pleased to assist you or even direct you to a certain location you are looking to find!

Jordanian Locals filled with happiness

Every city has its own distinct hues and vibe. If you’re in Amman, set aside some time to explore the city on your own. Take a stroll through the streets and try to take in the beauty of the locals. In every location you visit, you will undoubtedly hear “ahlan wa sahlan,” and you will be invited to join us for a cup of tea or coffee or even to make new friends!

Our Amman City Tour and Salt from Amman is ideal for you if you want to see more cities in Jordan. Enjoy visiting Amman and the Beauty of Salt together, or if you want to visit more places, we can help you find the best destinations throughout Jordan. Book Your Place NOW!

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