What’s App: The World of Apps in Jordan

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So, here you are in Jordan, with your smart phone unlocked and hooked up to your favorite pay-as-you-go service provider.  With mobile app downloads set to increase from 38 billion in 2011 to nearly 183 billion in 2015, it’s hard to keep up with the latest and greatest offerings in the tech world.

Visit Jordan

From Jordan Tourism Board. Providing general information, sample itineraries, weather, language tips and much more.  A checklist highlights the 25 experiences that are essential for a Jordanian tourist, including less well known locations like the Shawmari Wildlife Reserve, the desert castles and eating knafeh.  Simple to use and free.

Jeeran

Meaning neighbors.  Allowing you to search for and review restaurants, cafes, bakeries, stores, fashion , services, hotels, doctors and much, much more in cities across the Middle East, including Amman, based on google maps.  Although the listings do not seem complete yet, with more users, hopefully this app will gain more Jordanian content.  Free app.

Radio Spin Jordan

Stream your favorite Jordanian radio station anywhere with access to internet.

Jordan Cinema

For $1.99, you can have information about the latest movies at Grand (City Mall and Zara Center) and Prime Cinemas (Baraka Mall) at your finger tips.

Trix

A famous card game throughout the Middle East, Trix is very popular in Jordan.  This app lets you play anytime, anywhere for $0.99.

Jordan News

This app allows users to view updated news about Jordan, the Middle East region and the world in English and Arabic (although at the time of writing, the English news had not been updated recently).  It also provides location and contact information for the international embassies and consulates in Amman, with a one-touch calling feature.  Also features a list of important phone numbers in Jordan, including police, traffic, emergency, airport, the municipality and other governmental agencies and departments.  Free.

Shisha

If shisha is your thing, then you won’t want to skip this app, which tells you where your favorite shisha places are located, closest to your current location.  $0.99.

Student Competitions

In an effort to increase the technological base of Jordanian youth, the King Abdullah II Fund for Development, a semi-governmental organization in Jordan, has organized an annual app design competitions for students around the Kingdom the past two years.  Below are the two winning apps from the “App Challenges”.

Jordan In-n-Out

This app won the inaugural round of competition by providing tourists with all the information they need about Jordan.  Created by high school students from Amman National School,  the app includes must-see sites, transportation, dining, events and Arabic vocabulary tips.

Jordan Unearthed

Just released in February 2012, this app was created by students at the Ahliyyah School for Girls and won the second cycle of competition.  It provides tourists and app users with information related to authentic Jordanian products,  including arabic lutes, knives, coffee, ceramics, silver jewelry, natural beauty products, traditional clothing, woven rugs, thyme and olive oil.

So there you have it!  A guide to some of the Jordan-related apps out there.  We hope to see more app content relevant to Jordan coming out soon!

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