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Welcome to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, a young country located at the crossroads of the world and built on a kaleidoscope of colourful cultures whilst retaining its rich Arabian heritage.

 

A country of almost six million inhabitants, Jordan is firmly rooted in the Islamic traditions of Arabia. Courtesy and hospitality are among the most highly prized of virtues, and the visitor is sure to be charmed by the genuine warmth and friendliness that awaits.

 

Jordanian society is marked by a high degree of tolerance for different lifestyles. Foreigners are free to practice their own religions, alcohol is served in licensed premises and the dress code is liberal. Women face no discrimination and can move around as freely as they would in their own western city.

 

From the golden beaches of the Red Sea resort of Aqaba, to the world-famous stone city of Petra and the soothing calmness of the Dead Sea, Jordan is steeped in 5,000 years of history, with a distinctive blend of modern city and timeless desert, east and west, old and new.

 

Under the astute guidance of King Abdullah II, a twice former national rally champion himself, Jordan has set sail into the new Millennium with a vision to make it one of the most dynamic and ambitious countries in the world.

 

At the heart of this renaissance and very much a driving force for change and development lies motor sport, which captures the imagination of Jordanians the length and breadth of this wonderful country.

 

While unstinting support for the FIA World Rally Championship comes from the King himself, it is the people of Jordan who crave to see the best the sport can offer and it is this passion and enthusiasm that is steering Jordan’s determined bid for FIA WRC status.

 

For a new and small country Jordan has consistently played a vital role in the Middle East on various fronts, stemming from the visionary leadership of the Late King Hussein.

 

In the face of regional tensions and wars, Jordan proved to be resilient and a bedrock of stability throughout the reign of the late King and has been continued by his eldest son King Abdullah II, who assumed the throne in 1999. Since then, aggressive economic and political reform programs have improved the lives of Jordanians and raised Jordan’s image onto the international stage.

 

Establishing a free and liberal economy, the Kingdom has been granted membership to the World Trade Organization and was also the region’s first country to sign a free trade agreement with the USA. A Free Trade Association with the European Union followed in 2001. Nationally, the Social Economical Transformation Program was also launched.

 

Jordan now boasts duty free access to EU markets, access to more than 10 Arab countries through the Arab Free Trade Association, bilateral agreements and favorable protocols with over 25 countries, duty and quota free access to US markets through the Qualifying Industrial Zones (QIZ), the establishment of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone (ASEZ) and membership in the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA).

 

For a country with a population of nearly six million, 50% of which are 18 years and younger, and no natural resources, it was no easy task to place Jordan where it is today, on the world investment map. Educational reforms contribute to the over 90% literacy rate and initiatives aiding in creating an information based society, such as the “Connecting Jordanians Initiative” among many others, have all transformed Jordan into a regional IT hub.

 

Real GDP Growth Rate increased from 3.1% in 1999 to nearly 8% in 2004 with total exports rising by over 31% and total imports by nearly 40% between 1999 and September 2004.

 

On the political front, parliamentary and municipal elections took place in 2003 and the appointed Prime Minister and Government have pledged their commitment to accelerated economic and political reforms. Women have found their voices in this free society, with an unprecedented number of women heading three ministries.

 

Under the leadership of King Abdullah II and an ambitious young population, Jordan has truly become the gateway to the new Middle East and the lighthouse of the region.

 

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Few countries in the Middle East can lay claim to a track record for hosting major international events like Jordan.
 
Its location in the heart of the region has positioned it as an ideal venue to host regional and international conventions in world-class venues across the country.
 
As a bedrock of stability, Jordan has been chosen time and time again to host major international political summits while in 2003 it hosted the World Economic Forum for the first time, welcoming world leaders and decision makers to the banks of the Dead Sea.
 
Such was the popularity of that first Forum, a multi-million dollar convention centre has been built on the Dead Sea which hosted the World Economic Forum once again in 2004 and has done so several times since.
 
Jordan’s world-class sporting facilities have hosted numerous Arab, Asian and World Championships but the highlight came in 1999 when more than 5,000 athletes from 21 countries competed in the Pan Arab Games at venues throughout the country.
 
Venues were packed and the Games were hailed as an overwhelming success as sport captured the Jordanian public’s imagination like never before.
 
It has encouraged the country to welcome more events and to date it has hosted World Championships in rallying, cross country running, triathlon, snooker and fencing. It also hosted the IOC World Conference on Women and Sport in 2009.
 
Sport is seen as a vital component by the country’s visionary leaders to develop the nation and 44 sporting federations have been democratically elected to represent each and every sport with the objective to increase the standards and raise the country’s profile in the international arena.
 
While the FIA World Rally Championship represents one of the country’s most exciting sporting projects, more high profile events are expected in the coming years.
 
Jordan’s geographical location makes it a perfect destination for staging events. Amman’s international airport is connected to more than 100 countries worldwide and more than 2.2 billion people live within a five-hour flight away.
 
Jordan represents a gateway to the new Middle East, a Middle East crying out for change and global acceptance and sport has an important role to play in winning over the hearts and minds of the outside world.
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karting Before reaching the dizzy heights of the FIA World Rally Championship or Formula One, most of the world's leading drivers have learned their trade in go carts. details
rallies There are four national rallies organized annually in addition to the Jordan Rally, the leading round of the FIA's Middle East Championship since 1982. Participation has increased over the years. details
alhusseinn Jordan's Al Hussein Rumman Hill Climb is one of the Middle East's longest standing sporting events and has become a highlight on the Kingdom's social and sporting calendar. details
speed tests With the rallying scene booming, speed tests were introduced to the motor sport calendar in 1964 and have been held at various locations throughout Jordan since. details
speed tests Drifting has taken the world by storm over the past 10 years and 2014 will see the introduction of Jordan's first Drifting National Championship. details
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