Amman

The capital city of Jordan, Amman is situated on a hilly area between the desert and the Jordan Valley. With the interesting blend of the new with the old, this dynamic city offers its guests a truly unique experience. There are many exciting things to do in Amman and around the city for tourists with varied interests.

The capital city of Jordan, Amman is situated on a hilly area between the desert and the Jordan Valley.  With the interesting blend of the new with the old, this dynamic city offers its guests a truly unique experience.

Modern architecture, up market hotels and restaurants, boutiques and art galleries lie comfortably side by side with workshops of local artisans, traditional markets and coffee shops.  It is this very aspect of Amman that makes it so very fascinating and intriguing.

Amman is built on seven hills, or jabals, each of which more or less defines a neighborhood. The seven hills of Amman are a mixture of ancient and modern. Honking horns give way to the beautiful call to prayer, which echoes from the stately minarets that grace the city. Gleaming white houses with cafes and kebab stalls are mixed with bustling markets (known in Arabic as souks) and the remains of civilizations and ages long past. 

Amman has been home for many civilizations through history ranging from Ammonites, Romans, to modern Arabs. The city is rich for its biblical mention and plethora of historical attractions dating to the Stone Age. The city itself was renamed from " Philadelphia " to " Amman " during Ghassanian era in honor of the ancient Ammonites. Originally built on seven hills, Amman now rests on 19 hills and still growing, with each hill standing for a certain area of the city. The ancient seven hills, or "Jabals", are the heart of the city's cultural events such as Jabal Amman and Jabal Lweibdeh.

Most of Amman's noteworthy historical sites are clustered in the downtown area, which sits at the bottom of four of Amman's seven hills, or jabals. The ancient Citadel, which towers above the city from atop Jabal al-Qala'a, is a good place to begin a tour of the city. Close to al-Qasr are the remains of Byzantine basilica. Corinthian columns mark the site of the church, dated from the sixth or seventh century CE. About 100 meters south of the church is what is believed to have been a temple of Hercules, today also known as the Great example of Amman.

A visit to the Amman is recommended for travelers who enjoy discovering a different way of life and making excursions to unique and interesting outlying sites, like the famous 'Rose City', the historic town of Madaba with its beautiful mosaics, and the Dead Sea.

Sightseeing opportunities are rife, with Jerash, the best-preserved and most complete city, Decapolis with its magnificent mosaic maps and biblical references, Mount Nebo with its views of Jordan and the Dead Sea.

Dead Sea is 75 kilometres long and from 6 to 16 kilometres wide. It is fed by the Jordan River, without outlet. As its name suggests, the Dead Sea is entirely devoid of plant and animal life. This is due to an extremely high content of salt and other minerals-350 grams of salt per kilogram of water, as compared to about 40 grams in the world's oceans. The Dead Sea is also famous geographically as "the lowest point on earth," lying some 400 meters below sea level. In addition to the historical significance of the "Salt Sea," as it was referred to in the Bible, the Dead Sea is today an important and rich source of minerals essential for agricultural and industrial development.

Arts & Culture

Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts

The Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts Compound comprises two buildings flanking a sculpture park that is also a model garden for water conservation with children's playground, an open-air stage, a Japanese garden, Andalusian fountain and an art lounge and restaurant.

Al Hussein National Park

The Children's Museum

This exciting venue is the first hands-on establishment of its kind in the Kingdom and is filled each day with the joy of new discoveries. Opened in May 2007, CMJ was brought to life as part of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah's commitment to children's well-being, education and development.

CMJ is dedicated to serving children, families, schools and the community at large. With over 150 interactive exhibits, the Museum is guaranteed to delight visitors of all ages. A variety of inventive, educational programs and dynamic activities ensure that the Museum is a stimulating setting where learning and fun go hand in hand. Above all, CMJ is a place where children can touch, experiment, create and interact comfortably with their environment and with each other.

The Royal Automobile Museum

The 5210m2 museum consists of an entrance hall for reception and orientation, with a library and auditorium with four other exhibition halls.  Wide passages lead to four halls, of different shapes and sizes where cars and motorcycles are exhibited in a away that reflects the true passion King Hussein had for his cars and tells the story of his eventful life.

National Center for Culture and Performing Arts

The National Center for Culture and Arts (NCCA) was established in 1987 with the aim of developing an understanding and awareness of the value of the arts in the educational process and to promote social development issues in addition to enhancing the theater and dance movements in Jordan and the region.

The NCCA established the National Interactive Theater Troupe which produces plays that deal with contemporary issues related to comprehensive socio-economic development utilizing the interactive theater methodology. The NCCA also established the Dance Theater Troupe, which comprises of 20 male and female performers who are trained in classical ballet, jazz and contemporary dance techniques, in addition to traditional Jordanian folk dance.

National Music Conservatory

The National Music Conservatory (NMC), established by the Noor Al Hussein Foundation in 1986, is Jordan's premier institution for the development of talented local musicians and the promotion of music appreciation in Jordan. NMC demonstrates the power of music to promote understanding, peace and unity across cultural divides.

NMC has trained thousands of students since its inception. It assists advanced students to pursue their music specialization abroad, and it campaigns in Jordan to integrate music as a fundamental component of education.

The Amman Symphony Orchestra is one of NMC's most distinguished initiatives. With invaluable support from the Greater Amman Municipality, the Amman Symphony Orchestra has become an integral part of Jordan's cultural scene.

Wild Jordan

Visitors can now find unique Nature Crafts to purchase in reserve shops and enjoy a range of visitor facilities and tour programs that are constantly being developed, while local people proudly hold all reserve management jobs. We have also opened an exciting wild Jordan centre in downtown Amman that sells and promotes all of our crafts and programs.

Royal Cultural Center

It is considered one of the first cultural centers established in Jordan and houses many facilities for the performing arts as well as other facilities for visual arts, presentations and seminars. The main facility, the Royal Theatre

Shopping Locations

City Mall

City Mall is situated on King Abdullah II Street and is Jordan's premier one stop family shopping destination. It offers a distinctive mix of international brands, restaurants, coffee shops, 10 screen Cineplex and an exciting family entertainment zone, distributed over four levels of elegantly designed space. 

Mecca Mall

Mecca Mall accommodates the total customer capacity of the 195,000 m2 and 350 shops, and provides abundant parking space on all sides of the mall, including a parking tower. In addition, a new phase to the mall is being added and will hold a new shopping mall area accompanied by a five-star hotel, office tower, and entertainment city within an area of 180,000 m2.

Abdoun Mall

The first of all luxury shopping malls in Jordan, located in one of the most prestigious areas of Amman.  Abdoun Mall carries 74 brand names in an elegant atmosphere spanning three floors.

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