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Amman (عمان), the capital of Jordan, is a fascinating city of contrasts – a unique blend of old and new, ideally situated on a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley. In the commercial heart of the city, ultra-modern buildings, hotels, smart restaurants, art galleries and boutiques rub shoulders comfortably with traditional coffee shops and tiny artisans' workshops. Everywhere there is evidence of the city’s much older past. Due to the city’s modern-day prosperity and temperate climate, almost half of Jordan’s population is concentrated in the Amman area. The residential suburbs consist of mainly tree-lined streets and avenues flanked by elegant, almost uniformly white houses in accordance with a municipal law, which states that all buildings must be faced with local stone. The downtown area is much older and more traditional with smaller businesses producing and selling everything from fabulous jewelry to everyday household items. The people of Amman are multi-cultural, multi-denominational, well-educated and extremely hospitable. They welcome visitors and take pride in showing them around their fascinating and vibrant city.
There are a number of renovations and excavations taking place that have revealed remains from the Neolithic period, as well as from the Hellenistic and late Roman to Arab Islamic Ages. The site which is known as the Citadel includes many structures such as the Temple of Hercules, the Umayyad Palace and the Byzantine Church. At the foot of the Citadel lies the 6,000 seat Roman Theater, which is a deep-sided bowl carved into the hill and is still being used for cultural events. Another newly restored theater is the 500-seat Odeon that is used for concerts. The three museums found in the area offer a glimpse of history and culture; they are the Jordan Archaeological Museum, The Folklore Museum and the Museum of Popular Traditions.
Hosted by an independent theatre company in March every year, the Amman International Theatre Festival brings together some of the rawest and freshest talent from around Jordan. Taking on somewhat of a competitive format, each performer has the chance to showcase their skills in English or Arabic.
Amman is less hot than places more south in the country, mainly because of its elevation. In winter, frost and snow are not uncommon and in summer the dry heat is bearable. Best times to visit are probably spring and autumn, when temperatures are pleasantly warm and you avoid the wetter wintermonths as well. Summer is dry and usually warm to hot. Extremes have been recorded of 40 °C or more. Average highs are around 30 °C, while in winter most days are well above 10 °C.
|Avg Max||12.3 °C||13.7 °C||17.2 °C||22.6 °C||27.8 °C||30.8 °C||32 °C||32.4 °C||30.7 °C||27.1 °C||20.4 °C||14.4 °C|
|Avg Min||3.6 °C||4.2 °C||6.1 °C||9.5 °C||13.5 °C||16.6 °C||18.5 °C||18.6 °C||16.6 °C||13.8 °C||9.3 °C||5.2 °C|
|Rainfall||63.4 mm||61.7 mm||43.1 mm||13.7 mm||3.3 mm||0 mm||0 mm||0 mm||0.3 mm||6.6 mm||28 mm||49.2 mm|
Royal Jordanian Airlines is the national airline with many destinations served from Queen Alia International Airport (AMM), 32 kilometres south of Amman. Destinations are as far away as New York, but most flights are to major cities in the Middle East and Europe. Asian destinations include Bangkok and Hong Kong. Dozens of other airlines (mostly regional) fly to the airport as well. Buses and taxis serve the airport all day, with buses operating every half hour to Amman. A new rail line is being constructed that will link Queen Alia International Airport with central and downtown Amman. Domestic flights are an option you don't really need with travelling times overland just a matter of several hours, but travelling between Amman and Aqaba could be done with Royal Jordanian Airlines.
A twice weekly train travel between the capital of Syria, Damascus, and Amman. The train leaves both places on Mondays and Thursdays at 8:00am and take 9 hours to complete the schedule. Although slower than buses and shared taxis, this train ride comes as a welcome alternative for train fanatics.
Buses, minibuses and shared taxis ply the national routes and destinations include Madaba and Aqaba. International destinations include Damascus and even further away crossing Saudi Arabia to the United Arab Emirates.
Taxis are the mode of transport that are used the most to get around the city and are quite cheap and easily available. It is better to discuss the price at the outset if it is not a metered cab. Though the cab drivers are generally friendly, talkative and reasonable, it is better to have discussed the price beforehand. Taxi rides should cost between JD1 to JD3 within city limits. Also, it is better to have a map of the place and the area where you want to go marked out as it is easier to navigate if one knows the nearby landmarks of the place you want to go to. Especially when going into residential areas, it is quite difficult to know where you are as there are very limited street signs and the taxi drivers expect you to tell them where to go, at least to explain in Arabic what exactly you are looking for beyond the street name and number.
There are buses but information on the routes and times are not easily available for the first-time visitor.
For a cheap meal, there are the KFCs, McDonalds and Burger Kings available in most places. Also, there are tiny kiosks selling burgers and kebabs on most roads. However, to experience the delicious local cuisine which is comparable to Lebanese cuisine, it is better to go to cafes and restaurants that serve such food.
Zalatimo Brothers is a great shop for buying some divinely delicious sweets.
For the pub crawlers, Nai bar is a trendy bar and restaurant located in Shmeisani.
|Abbasi Palace Hotel||Quraish Str Down town - old city||HOTEL||-|
|Bdeiwi Hostel & Hotel||Down Town, Al-Khyyam Street (Behand Orange Telecom)||Hostel||78|
|Cameo Hotel||Amman Forth Circle||Hotel||-|
|Canary Hotel||Jabal Al Weibdeh||Hotel||-|
|Caravan||Jabal Al Waibdeh||Hotel||61|
|Cliff Hotel||Jordan- Amman - Down Town Prince Mohammed st-front off hashem restorant||Hotel||80|
|Darotel||5 Ibn Sayyeda Str. Shmeisani||Hotel||-|
|Farah Hotel||Down town cinema on Alhussein St behind Arab Bank||Hostel||74|
|Hotel Hisham||Abu Firas Al Hamadani, Jabal, 11183 Amman||Hotel||-|
|Mansour Hotel||Amman - Down Town King Faisal St||Hostel||79|
|New Park Hotel||Amman King Hussein Str Opposit Old Court||Hotel||77|
|Palace Hotel||King Faisal st||Hotel||-|
|Sun Rise Hotel||king hussein street abdali sta||Hotel||76|
|Sydney Hostel||Amman - Down town Prince Mohammad street||Hotel||-|
|Toledo Hotel||Al Razi Street Jabal Al Hussein,po box 927335||Hotel||84|
|Amman Palace||Zraikat complex - Sakife al sa||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Bellevue Amman||840385 Amman||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Region||Dahiet Alrasheed||Hotel||-|
|Alarz Hotel||2 Al Zamakhshari||Hotel||-|
|Arab Tower Hotel (Burj Al Arab)||Downtown, Al Hashimi Street||Hotel||-|
|le vendome hotel||Shmeisani Issam Ajlouni Street||Hotel||-|
|Dove Hotel||16 Riyad Al Mefleh Street. Jabbal Amman 4th Circle||HOTEL||-|
|Jordan Tower Hostel||Hashmiyeh Street Amman||Hostel||85|
|Torwada Hotel||Downtown AL Reeda St Amman||Hotel||71|
|Asri Hotel||Jordan - Amman Behind AL-Hussein Mosque||Hotel||-|
|Asia Hotel||Saqf Al-Sail St||Hotel||-|
|Nihal Hotel||Talal St. Near Al-Hannini Restaurant||Hotel||-|
|MerryLand Hotel||Amman - Abdali - king hussein street||Hotel||50|
|Coral Sadeen Amman Hotel||Wasfi Al-Tal (Gardens) St. - Amman - Khalda||Hotel||-|
|Normas Hotel||Amman-Downtown-King Faisal Street||HOTEL||61|
|Mamaya Hotel||Downtown King Hussein Street||Hotel||51|
|Nefertiti Hotel||26 Jahed ST.shmissani opposite Ambassador Hotel Amman Nearby Kimpinski Hotel||HOTEL||-|
|AL-Houriat Hotel||Quraish St Amman Down Town||HOTEL||-|
|Roman Theatre Hotel Amman||Amman-Down Town- opposite the Roman Amphitheatre Amman||HOTEL||79|
|AL Saleh Hotel||Prince Moh. Street||HOTEL||-|
|Riviera Hotel Amman||King Hussein Street Opposite Jerusalem Restaurant||HOTEL||-|
|Amman Pasha Hotel||Shabsoug Street Building number 4||HOTEL||-|
|The Boutique Hotel Amman||AMMAN DOWN TOWN PRINCE MOHAMAD STREET NEAR POST OFFICE BUILDING 32 ,SECOUND FLOOR||Hotel||80|
|Almonzer Hotel||alabdale amman-alabdale street||Hotel||-|
|Raghadan Hotel||Hashmi Street Downtown||HOTEL||-|
|Orient Prince Hotel||Alhashimi Street 1118 Downtown||HOTEL||-|
|Amman House Hotel Apartment 2||University Street||HOTEL||-|
|Cairo Hotel Amman||Downtown - King Faisal Street opposite Arab Bank||HOTEL||-|
|Sultan Hotel||Salah Eldeen St Amman Down Town Opposite Sabel Alhouriat||Hotel||-|
|Corp Executive Hotel Amman||Queen Alia Street||Hotel||-|
|Kahramana Hotel||Behind Raghadan Tourist complex, Down Town||HOTEL||-|
Jordan is relatively well connected to the internet compared to many other countries in the Middle East. Internet cafes are all around Jordan and range from 1- 2 JD for half an hour. Wifi is getting more and more popular in Jordan, but is not very common everywhere. In larger places, you find free wifi and some coffee places and restaurants. Hotels tend to charge for wifi, but not always, so check beforehand.
See also International Telephone Calls
Jordan's international country code is 962. The emergency numbers include 112 and 911, you can use them both.
Most of Jordan has mobile coverage. There are three mobile operators: Zain - the first and largest mobile provider, Orange and Umniah. You can buy SIM cards at any of these providers and if you are planning to make international calls, use Umniah as they are the cheapeast. Otherwise Zain is the better choice of mostly domestic calls. Using your own SIM in Jordan can be expensive, especially for internet.
Card-based temporary numbers can be purchased at the airport or any mobile shop for JOD5. These numbers can be subsequently recharged with a prepaid card starting at only JOD1. Temporary "throw away" phones can be bought at many mobile phone shops across the country for around JOD20-30, but a Jordanian must buy the phone before possession can be transferred to you.
Jordan Post runs the postal services in the country. It has fairly reliable and cheap services and international post usually takes several days up to a week or more for countries further away. Opening hours of post offices are mostly between 7:00am and 5:00pm Saturday to Thursday and 7:00am to 1:00pm on Friday, although this depends whether it's a main city or smaller villages. In summer, there might be slighty longer opening hours. For larger packages, it might work out cheaper and certainly faster to use international courier services, including DHL, FedEx, TNT or UPS for example.
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