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Opening hours of sights and museums in Jordan are perfect for early birds. Most sights and attractions open at 8 a.m. in the morning, while Petra can be visited as early as 6 a.m. Most sites can be visited throughout the year. What can be confusing about opening hours in Jordan is the fact that they vary according to the season and the day of the week. There are four types of opening hours: 1) during winter (except on Fridays), 2) during summer (except on Fridays), 3) on Fridays and public holidays and 4) during Ramadan.
* Winter opening hours are for the months November to March (1st November until 31st March).
** Trails in Wadi Mujib are only accessible during summer, from 1st April to 31st October. During Ramadan, only self-guided trails are open, as there are no guides available.
*** Exception: Royal Automobile Museums in Amman. Open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. during winter, Ramadan and on Fridays. Open til 9 p.m. during summer. Closed on Tuesdays.
Source: Jordan Tourism Board
Last update: March 2020
Subject to change without notice.
Fridays in Jordan
You might have wondered why there are different opening hours on Fridays. In Arabic countries, the weekend is on Friday and Sunday, not on Saturday and Sunday like in Western countries. Most muslims attend the prayer in the mosque every Friday. Shops, restaurants and bars are open all day on both Fridays and Saturdays. Banks, offices and governmental institutions remain closed on Friday and Saturday. Sunday is the start of the new working week in Jordan.
There are two types of public holidays in Jordan: those with a fixed date and those that fall on a different date every year.
Public Holidays with a Fixed Date
These national holidays take place at the same date every year.
- New Year on 1st January
- Labour Day on 1st May
- Independence Day on 25th May
- Christmas on 25th December
Public Holidays with Flexible Dates
These national holidays are based on the Islamic lunar calendar and fall on a different day each year.
- Eid al Fitr (end of Ramadan)
- Eid al Adha (end of the pilgrim month)
- First Muharam (New Year in the Islamic calendar)
- 12 Rabee al Awal (Birthday of prophet Mohammad PBUH)
Dates of public holidays in Jordan in the years 2020 – 2025.
Ramadan in Jordan
Same as the public holidays, the dates of the holy month of Ramadan vary from year to year. Until 2021, Ramadan will take place in the months April/May. Ramadan is a great time to visit Jordan if you would like to experience Jordanian culture. However, if you are planning a roadtrip through Jordan and do physical activities, we recommend picking a date outside Ramadan. Learn more about visiting Jordan during Ramadan and the dates of Ramadan between 2020 and 2025.