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Amman is the capital and largest city of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Amman is the country's political, cultural and commercial centre and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Amman is a regional hub in communications, transportation, medical tourism, education, and investment.Jordan is in the Middle East, northwest of Saudi Arabia. Mostly arid desert; rainy season in west (November to April). Mostly desert plateau in east, highland area in west; Great Rift Valley separates East and West Banks of the Jordan River.The official language is Arabic. English is widely spoken at all levels of society, including by taxi drivers and hotel staff. Other European languages are less commonly understood. It is appreicated if an attempt is made to use a few basic greetings and other words. Visitors are advised to learn the pronunciation of place names, particularly districts of Amman. The main religion is Islam.The economy of Jordan is small with limited natural resources, but has improved much since its inception as a country. Jordan's economic resource base centres on phosphates, potash, and their fertilizer derivatives; tourism; overseas remittances; and foreign aid.The population in Amman is 2.1 Mil (2014 est.), while the inflation rate is 3.74% (2014 est.).