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Jordan
  1. Ammar Fayez Mubaidin
  1. Correspondence to Dr A F Mubaidin, Consultant Neurologist, King Hussein Medical Centre, PO Box 855122, Amman, Jordan; anoud{at}hotmail.com

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The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is located in the Middle East, northwest of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It also shares borders with Iraq, Israel, Syria and the West Bank. The capital is Amman. The climate is arid with the rainy season in the west from November to April. The terrain is mostly desert plateau with a highland area in the west. The population is approximately 6 million. Our official language is Arabic, while English is the language used for science and technology and among the educated in their professional capacities. Medical and other university students are also taught in English.

The Jordanian flag. Three equal horizontal bands of black (top), representing the Abbassid Caliphate, white, representing the Ummayyad Caliphate and green, representing the Fatimid Caliphate. A red isosceles triangle on the hoist side represents the Great Arab Revolt of 1916, and bears a small white seven pointed star symbolising the seven verses of the opening Sura (Al-Fatiha) of the Holy Koran.

Although Jordan is layered with neither green hills nor meadows, and nor is it sprawling with elements of night life, nevertheless this country has something unique; it is a holy land marked by the footprints of the prophets, the prophet's companions, stories from the Qur'an and the Bible. Petra, an ancient city in the south of Jordan, is considered one of the seven wonders of the world. Moreover, in 2009, the National Geographic adventure magazine selected the Feynan Lodge as …

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