The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is an Arab country in Western Asia, on the East Bank of the Jordan River; bordered by Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Israel and Palestine.
The Dead Sea is located along its western borders and the country has a 26-kilometre coastline on the Red Sea in its extreme south-west. Jordan is strategically located at
the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe. The capital, Amman, is Jordan's most populous city, economic, political and cultural centre. Jordan has been inhabited by humans since the Paleolithic period. 3 stable kingdoms emerged there: Ammon, Moab and Edom. Later rulers include
the Nabataean Kingdom, the Roman Empire, and the Ottoman Empire. After the Great Arab Revolt against the Ottomans in 1916 during World War I, The Emirate of Transjordan was established in 1921 by the Hashemite, then Emir, Abdullah I, became a British protectorate. In 1946, Jordan gained independent and known as the Hashemite Kingdom of Transjordan, but was renamed in 1949 to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan after the country captured the West Bank during the 1948 Arab–Israeli
War and annexed it until it was lost to Israel in 1967. Jordan's population numbering 10 million, the 11th-most populous Arab country. Sunni Islam, by around 95% of the population, and coexists
with a Christian minority. Jordan is referred to as an "oasis of stability" in a turbulent region.
Jordan is a country of "high human development" with an "upper middle income" economy. The Jordanian economy, one of the smallest economies in the region, is attractive to
foreign investors based upon a skilled workforce. The country is a major tourist destination, attracting medical tourism due to its well developed health sector.
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