Jordan is known for the historical runes in Petra and the exquisite mud baths that make your skin soft and supple. It’s also home to the dead sea where using any muscle energy to stay afloat is unnecessary. If you’re moving here as an expat we have some tips to get you and your family started off in your new lives.
- Expat Clubs
- Local News Sources
- Country Information
- Resident and Work visa information
- How to get a driving license
- Where to live and about the accomodation types
- Healthcare information including Hospitals and Insurance
There are no expat meet up clubs as such in Jordan and most expats communicate online through websites such as ExpatWoman.com.
King’s Academy is a private, not-for-profit, co-educational boarding and day high school (grades 9 to 12). The school, which integrates the New England boarding school experience in the historical and intellectual context of the Middle East, has a dynamic curriculum includes an integrated co-curricular program of athletics, activities and community service. King’s graduated its sixth group of seniors in May 2015. In 2014-2015, King’s students numbered 509 and hailed from Jordan and 38 other countries.
Curriculum: Advanced Placement AP
Address: Manja - Madaba
Tel: +962 6 4300230
Fax: +962 6 4300259
The International Academy
IAA delivers an holistic international education that exemplifies life-long learning and responsible citizenship.
IAA belongs to the Jordanian community, fostering an atmosphere of pride and identity, celebrating our traditions, and promoting a sustainable future.
IAA equips its students with the skills, principles and experiences that empower them to fulfill their academic, personal, and social potential.
IAA promotes ethical development, intercultural empathy, and a duty to the global and local community.
Curriculum: KG1-IB Diploma
Address: Sa'ad Khair Street, King Hussein Parks, Amman
Tel: +962 65502055
Fax: +962 65502052
International Schoolf of Choueifat Amman
The International School of Choueifat – Amman first opened its doors in September 1997 to both Jordanians and International students K-12. Today some 1500 students are enrolled in ISC Amman. Over the past three years our students our students have won many Queen Rania Outstanding UK Learner Awards. These have included top student in A-Level subjects, top student in IGCSE subjects, top in Jordan for English, Chemistry, Economics, Computer Studies, Classical Arabic (top 10 in the world) as well as outstanding performance awards from the AP College Board and AP Scholar Awards.
Curriculum: SABIS International Curriculum
Address: Wadi Essir, Amman
Tel: +962 6 4291133
Fax: +962 6 4291155
Canadian International School Amman
CIS Amman is the first school in Jordan to offer an accredited Canadian International Curriculum, through the Alberta Ministry of Education in Edmonton, Alberta.
CIS Amman’s program has been approved by the Ministry of Education in Jordan, and is evaluated and regulated on a bi-annual basis by the Alberta Ministry of Education. Alberta’s education system is recognized internationally as one of the best learning systems in the world.
Curriculum: Canadian Curriculum
Address: Deir Ghbar, opposite Al Kazem Mosque, Amman
Tel: +962 79 6097609
International Community School
The International Community School here in Amman is home to families of many nationalities and has been so now for 60 years. Three years ago we moved to our new campus. This was officially opened by our patrons HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal and HRH Princess Sarvath El Hassan, in May 2012. HRH Prince Hassan is an alumni of the school having been a student in 1953.
Address: Um El-Basateen, Amman
Tel: +962 64 790666
Fax: +962 65 725416
Amman Academy is an IB World School and a center of academic excellence and creativity. Our core strategic objective is to prepare our graduates to join the finest universities in the world.
AA aims to prepare principled future leaders who are tolerant, caring and responsible. Our graduates are disciplined life-long learners capable of making a positive impact on the world around them.
Amman Academy students are proud of their national heritage and its contributions whilst appreciating and respecting other cultures.
Curriculum: Jordanian National Curriculum and IB Diploma
Address: Khalda, Amman
Tel: +962 6 5374444
Fax: +962 6 5331760
American Community School
The American Community School opened its doors in 1955, when Mr. and Mrs. Ben Parker opened their residence to American families interested in a school with an American curriculum. During that first year, there were only 12 students in grades 1 through 8. As the young Kingdom grew, so did the demand for an American day school, which could provide an education that would allow students to reintegrate into the American system back home.
In 1965, a small piece of land just outside of town was acquired with the vision of building a real campus. The students moved out of the Parker’s home and into a school with 5 classrooms, a library and a round multi-purpose room. As the city expanded, so did the school: that rural plot of land is now in the center of metropolitan Amman. Today, ACS boasts 60 classrooms, a fully equipped sports facility, a performing arts center and state-of-the-art science and technology labs.
Curriculum: Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12
Address: Abdulrahman Khaleefah Way2 12, Amman
Tel: +962 65 813944
Fax: +962 65 823357
Amman Baccalaureate School (ABS)
The Amman Baccalaureate School (ABS) is situated on the west side of Amman in Jordan; it was established in 1981 by the Hashemite Society for Education, a charitable society registered with the Ministry of Social Development.
ABS is a non-profit organisation, whose educational and administrative policies are set by the school's Board of Trustees, chaired by Her Royal Highness Princess Sarvath El Hassan.
The school was founded with the aim of providing a bilingual education which would meet, in quality and breadth, the highest international standards, whilst remaining firmly rooted in the Arab heritage and culture. At the same time, the school has increasingly attracted students from the international community who wish to take advantage of the opportunity offered in the Middle Years School and IB Diploma College to pursue an education in English which, nonetheless, sustains close contact with the culture of the host country.
Curriculum: Kindergarten-Diploma College
Address: Al Hijaz Street Dabouq
Tel: +962 6 5411191
Asamiah International School
ASAMIAH International aims to develop inquiring, self-confident, independent, productive, respectful and caring lifelong learners.
To this end, ASAMIAH International is committed to the achievement of academic excellence by providing our students with high quality education. Our school ensures that all our students grow intellectually, emotionally and physically in a creative, loving and respectful environment. ASAMIAH International strives to develop international-minded students whilst instilling in them a sense of belonging to their country. AIS prepares students to meet their future with confidence, contribute positively to their local and global society and take pride in their cultural heritage.
Curriculum: KG-Diploma Programme
Address: Abu Moh'd Al Sajjad St 5, Amman
Tel: +962 6 5335 301
Mashrek International School
The school is located in Dabouk-Al Hashmieh, about 15 minutes from central Amman. The campus comprises spacious facilities and classrooms that are colorful and conducive to a comfortable and secure learning environment. Mashrek International School is a private, bilingual, co-educational IB World School recognized by the Jordanian Ministry of Education. It was established in 1992. Mashrek International School is an International Baccalaureate World School which offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) for grades 11 and 12; the Middle Years Programme (MYP) for grades 5 to 10 and the Primary Years Programme (PYP) for PreKG to grade 4.
Address: Unnamed 46, Amman
Tel: +962 799577771
Fax: +962 65411143
The Jordan Times is an independent English-language daily published by the Jordan Press Foundation since October 26, 1975. The Jordan Press Foundation is a shareholding company listed on the Amman Stock Exchange.
Ammon News is a serious effort to build an alternative media outlet that gives a voice to the "silent majority" by allowing readers to obtain the news and to publicly post their reactions to local, regional and global developments in real time. It is an outlet for those who wish to express their opinions and become part of the decision-making process in their country, while adhering to professional ethics and conduct of fair and objective journalism.
Location: Middle East
Capital City: Amman
Currency: Jordanian dinar
Calling Code: +962
Internet TLD: .jo
Electricity: 230V 50Hz
Expats who would like to work in Amman, Jordan are required to obtain a work permit from the Ministry of Labour, which is renewable for one year.
Here are the types of visa:
- Single Entry visa valid for two months = 40JOD
- Double Entry visa valid for three months = 60JOD
- Multiple Entry visa valid for six months = 120JOD
Common documents required when applying for visa:
- Original passport valid for six months
- Jordanian visa application form
- One recent 2x2 passport photo (white background)
Expats living in Jordan have an option to rent or buy a property. Here are some rental options if you are new to Jordan.
Within City Centre:
1 Bedroom flat: 279.50 JOD per month
3 Bedroom flat: 553.69 JOD per month
Outside City Centre:
1 Bedroom flat: 201.31 JOD per month
3 Bedroom flat: 387.43 JOD per month
Here are some websites you can use when choosing accommodation in Jordan.
Aqar Estate - is an online One-Stop-Shop market place for real estate in the Middle East, where buyers and sellers, individuals and corporations are connecting through to find, evaluate, select, and conduct online deals supported by a state of the art platform with highly indexed data bank and sophisticated tools.
Tel: + 962 79 6171768
Edraj Real Estate - Edraj is a fast growing regional investment and real estate services firm focused on delivering a comprehensive range of integrated services to clients. We offer a wide array of integrated and research-based services, leveraging several joint ventures and strategic alliances with major regional and international business partners.
Tel: +962 6 5777339
Expats who have obtained a driver’s license from a neighbouring Arab country can get a license without taking the driver’s license examination.
For new drivers, you must comply the following documents when obtaining a new driver’s license in Jordan. You can submit the following documents to the Ministry of Interior.
- Valid passport
- Valid travel document
- Permit from one of the driving centres
- Valid residence permit
Jordan offers an advanced health care system and was ranked by the World Bank as the number one health care services provider in the region and among the top 5 in the world. The country’s health care system is divided between public and private institutions. Let’s take a look at the top hospitals in Amman, Jordan.
Amman Hospital has been established in 1993. At that time it consisted of only two floors. In 1998 after it's expansion, it's capacity increased to 95 beds distributed on six floors. The hospital treats patients coming from inside Jordan and abroad including Arabs and other nationalities.
Amman hospital provides patients care and treatment in almost all medical and surgical specialties including sophisticated and technically advanced medical interventions and surgical operations.
Tel: + 962 64 641261
Fax: + 962 64 645307
Jordan Hospital is a 300-bed comprehensive modern multi-specialty medical center that provides advanced medical services in all fields of medicine.
Main referral Center in the Middle East providing world-class medical expertise and medicine: staffed with competent well-trained physicians in all fields of medicine, and equipped with modern medical technology.
Address: Queen Nour Street, Amman
Tel: +962 65 608080
Fax: + 962 65 607575
The story of The Farah Hospital began in 1978 with a small clinic specialized in obstetrics and gynaecology serving around 25-30 patients daily. This small modest clinic was founded and run by Dr. Zaid Kilani who later on established The Farah Hospital.
There were key milestones in the history of The Farah Hospital. In 1985 just a few years after the birth of the world's first In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) baby in Great Britain, Dr. Zaid Kilani decided to venture into a journey that proved to be indeed bitter and challenging at the beginning yet sweet and rewarding at the end. This was the journey of introducing IVF to the country and the region.
Address: Ar Radwan, Amman
Tel: +962 6 460 3555
Fax: +962 6 461 4440
Al Khalidi Medical Center
The hospital is highly equipped and internationally qualified to provide comprehensive healthcare services and specialized medical treatment, accommodated in our expanding state-of-the-art modernized Center and safeguarded by the expert medical team and staff.
Address: Iben Khaldoun, Amman
Tel: +962 6 4644281