Hospitality is important to Jordanians. Proud of their Arab culture, they are happy to act as guides and keen to share their fascinating history and traditions with visitors. As 96% of the population are Sunni Muslims, Islam plays an important role in society and it is essential that Muslim beliefs are respected, so if possible avoid arranging Friday appointments. During social occasions, Arabic coffee is served continually, but you can indicate that a refill is not needed by slightly tilting the cup when handing it back. To refuse a refill of any other drink, put your hand over the cup and say 'da'iman', which means 'always' or 'may it ever be thus'.
Jordanian food is similar to that of Lebanon, Syria, Greece and Turkey, although most restaurant menus include European as well as local dishes. Many starters (meze) are based on pulses and cracked wheat, such as humus, fuul, falafel, kube and tabouleh. A main course speciality is mensaf, stewed lamb with yoghurt sauce served on a bed of rice and traditionally eaten with the fingers.
Other typical dishes are musakhan, chicken roasted in olive oil and onions with Arab bread, and mahshi waraq inab, vine leaves stuffed with minced meat, rice and spices. Bottled mineral water, beer, wine and soft drinks are widely available. There are no licensing laws, but during Ramadan smoking and drinking in public is forbidden between sunrise and sunset.
Hotels and restaurants usually add a service charge of 10% to 12%, with extra tips being discretionary. Tips for porters and drivers should be approximately 8%.
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