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About Dead Sea, Jordan

Dead Sea budget travel is famous for its mineral-enriched waters which provide an invigorating, restorative experience. The Dead Sea is also home to many historical sights and cultures and is within easy reach of many other attractions nearby.

Airports

Dead Sea airports include the following:
•Queen Alia International Airport, Amman
•Marka International Airport - East Amman

Conservation

Dead Sea conservation is focused on preserving the sea itself. Projects are in place to top up the evaporating sea via pipeline, and to increase water availability to surrounding areas. Within the region there are protected areas, and tourism is limited to central places. Conservation of Dead Sea is funded by Jordan and its neighbours, Israel and West Bank.

Culture

Dead Sea culture includes the following aspects:
•Cuisine includes a diverse range of influences
•Spa and healing in the waters of the Dead Sea is a very popular aspect of this region
•Sports is a popular past time, with many Jordanians enjoying watching and playing sports
•Beach-going and swimming are central to the lives of many of the locals
•Music takes its influence from Arabic and Western styles
•Dead Sea lifestyle is relatively easy-going

Health

Dead Sea health info for travellers includes the following:
•Health facilities are advanced in the major cities, but not in the Dead Sea are itself
•Dead Sea is visited frequently for the curative and restorative properties of the mineral-rich waters and mud
•After swimming, shower before towelling, as the salt crystals may form in the towel
•Wear shoes when swimming to avoid cuts from sharp salt rock crystals
•Check with your doctor about any health risks or disease outbreaks that may have occurred recently before leaving for your trip

Languages

Dead Sea languages include the following:
•Modern Standard Arabic
•Jordanian Levantine
•English
•French
•Spanish
•Armenian
•Circassian
•Chechen
•Turkish
•Serbo-Croatian
•Greek
•Bosnian

Malaria

While malaria in Dead Sea is not a risk, there may be a malaria risk within Asia in general. Travellers who are visiting malaria-risk countries before or after travelling to Dead Sea should consider malaria medication.

Money

Dead Sea money and banking info is as follows:
•Most establishments accept payment in US dollars
•Credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, restaurants and shops
•Traveller's cheques are not widely accepted and may not be exchanged even in banks
•Cash machines are found in most supermarkets, banks and other commercial buildings

People

Dead Sea people include the following:
•Jordanian 93%
•Minority groups

Phrase

Dead Sea local phrases include the following:
•Hello: Marhaba
•Good morning: S-bahh Al-khair
•Good evening: Masa Al-khair
•Please: Men-fadllaak (m)
•Please: Men-fadllake (f)
•How much: Gha-daish?

Plants

The mineral-rich soils and waters of the region mean that Dead Sea plant life is very limited, although small-scale agriculture takes place on the outskirts. Essentially, plant life in the surrounding hills is typical of the arid region.

Religion

Dead Sea religion includes the following:
•Sunni Muslim 92%
•Christian 7%
•No religion 1%

Safety Tips

Dead Sea safety tips include the following:
•There is a high risk of terrorist attacks throughout the Middle East, including Jordan
•Avoid large crowds and demonstrations that may become violent
•The situation in Iraq has had an impact on local opinion, as has the violence between the neighbouring Israelis and Palestinians
•When swimming in the Dead Sea, always do so on your back, as the density of the water makes it difficult to lift your head
•Wear rubber-soled shoes while swimming as the salt crystals are extremely sharp

Transport

Dead Sea local transport includes the following options:
•Bus
•Taxi
•Car

Travel Books

Dead Sea travel guidebooks and literature include:
•Jordan (Lonely Planet Country Guides) by Jenny Walker
•The Rough Guide to Jordan by Matthew Teller and Rough Guides
•Walking the Bible by Bruce Feiler
•A History of the Arab Peoples by Albert Hourani

What To Buy

What to buy for holidays in Dead Sea:
•Spare batteries for torches and camera
•Guide books and Arabic phrase books
•Thick socks for hiking boots
•First aid kit for travel purposes
•Large refillable water bottle, or plenty of bottled water
•Rubber-soled sandals for swimming

What To Pack

What to pack for safari in Dead Sea:
•Sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses
•Bathing suit and towels
•Headscarves for women, plus long skirts and t-shirts that cover shoulders
•Comfortable walking shoes plus sandals
•Rubber soled shoes for swimming or other water activities
•Camera with spare batteries and memory card/film
•Guide book and phrase book
•Basic first aid kit

When To Go

When to go to Dead Sea:
•Dead Sea is popular throughout the year
•The temperature ranges from hot in spring (30°C) to extremely hot in summer (above 40°C)
•Winter can be chilly, with frost or snow in the higher areas
•For bathing or hiking in the Dead Sea region, the cooler temperatures are preferable, so spring (March/April), early summer or autumn is best.

 

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