Amman (For All Seasons)…

…really ought to be the name of Jordan’s new year-round unified time zone after the country’s government, in a fantastic demonstration of impulsive decision-making, gave everyone two days’ notice that it’s cancelling winter, at least chronologically.

Jordanian standard time is two hours ahead of UTC but, instead of reverting back to this time zone on 26 October, the government has decreed that the country will remain on summer time, pushing its clocks 60min further east.

None of which is likely to endear the cabinet to travellers on Royal Jordanian Airlines whose passengers are being advised that, as a result of the government’s plan to extend summer to include, er, winter, they’ll need to mentally add an hour to the times on their tickets.

“[Royal Jordanian's] instructions are meant to save passengers’ time and not disrupt [its] international flight schedule,” insists the airline.

Since the government hasn’t really explained its reasons, it’s hard to say what it’s trying to achieve, so make up your own minds whether this is about brighter evenings round the Dead Sea or refusing to share the same breakfast time as neighbouring Syria.

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