Jordan is a relatively small country
situated at the junction of the Levantine
and Arabian areas of the Middle East. The
country is bordered on the north by Syria,
to the east by Iraq, and by Saudi Arabia on
the east and south. To the west is Israel
and the occupied West Bank, while Jordan's
only outlet to the sea, the Gulf of Aqaba,
is to the south. Jordan occupies an area of
approximately 96,188 square kilometers
including the Dead Sea, making it similar in
size to Austria or Portugal. However,
Jordan's diverse terrain and landscape belie
its actual size, demonstrating a variety
usually found only in large countries.
Western Jordan has essentially a
Mediterranean climate with a hot, dry
summer, a cool, wet winter and two short
transitional seasons. However, about 75% of
the country can be described as having a
desert climate with less than 200 mm of rain
annually. Jordan can be divided into three
main geographic and climatic areas: the
Jordan Valley, the Mountain Heights Plateau,
and the eastern desert, or Badia region.
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Queen Alia International Airport Services
modern Queen Alia International Airport in
Amman is Jordanís "home hub" and an
increasingly popular transit point for world
travelers and international air freight.
Jordan's "gateway to the world" smoothly
welcomes as many as five million passengers
a year, with plans for expanding capacity to
ten million passengers in the future.
Passenger facilities include Royal
Jordanian's exclusive first class and
business lounges, an extensive Duty Free
shopping mall and a variety of handcraft
displays and restaurants. Amman's Queen Alia
International Airport (QAIA) is located 32
km south of Amman, and can be reached by
regular taxis or buses transport. On
arrival, book a taxi at the booth on Level
One. For QAIA flight information, telephone
4453013 OR 4453014.
Yellow taxis, with meters, are very
reasonable and are the most convenient form
of transportation. The white 'Service' taxi
system applies set routes, stopping on
request, charging standard fees. There are
also good public bus services between major
points in Amman.
Alia Gateway Hotel
one kilometer from Queen Alia International
Airport (QAIA), the hotel provides comfort
and convenience to transit passengers and
executive travelers in a modern ambiance
warmed by traditional Jordanian hospitality.
Full secretarial services, airline
reservations office, and limousine service.
Food and beverage outlets and services: *Al
Saqer formal restaurant *Al Waha transit
dining room *Al Ain lounge-bar *The Grand
Ballroom for banquets Guest rooms have local
and satellite TV service.
conference will be hosting day-trips to
Jerash, Petra, and an overnight trip to Wadi