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Experience Amman with Jazeera

Discover Amman

Amman is the capital and largest city of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Steeped in history, modern-day Amman is an exciting city and one of the friendliest in the Middle East. Tourists are surprised as to how lively and open-minded the city is. Downtown Amman in particular is well worth a visit, and renowned for its laid-back cafe culture.

Western Amman is more urban and boats of green residential districts, malls, art galleries, cafes and bars; whilst the eastern side of the city is clearly more conservative. Amman is the perfect start to your tour before you head off to Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea.

Hilly in character, the city features spectacular Roman ruins, a well-stocked museum, and plenty of souqs, boutiques, and coffee houses.
 

Essential Facts

Time
21:29
Date
6/3/2020
Time Zone
+03:00
Weather
20°C
Language
Arabic
Currency
Jordanian Dinar
Electricity
230v/50Hz
Best Time To Visit
June

Things To Do

Citadel

Citadel

The area known as the Citadel sits on the highest hill in Amman, Jebel Al Qala’a (about 850m above sea level). This is the site of ancient Rabbath-Ammon and is surrounded by a 1700m-long wall that's been rebuilt many times during the Bronze and Iron Ages, as well as the Roman, Byzantine and Umayyad periods. 
 

Darat Al Funun

Darat Al Funun

Translated as the ‘small house of the arts' the building is situated in Jabal el Weibdeh. The works are spread across three adjacent villas from the 1920s and has a permanent collection plus regular new exhibitions.
 

Jordanian National Gallery Of Fine Arts

Jordanian National Gallery Of Fine Arts

If you’re interested in contemporary Jordanian art this is the place to be. You’ll also see stunning sculptures, paintings and pottery, and the beautiful layout of the gallery is a showcase of contemporary art from around the Middle East and the Muslim world at large.
 

Shopping

Shopping

City Mall is Jordan's biggest shopping mall selling well-known international brands. You also have the more upmarket Taj Mall in Abdoun and Mecca Mall, the other large mall on Mecca Street.

A must-visit for every tourist is the old Downtown area. Make sure you walk through the network of streets with their quaint alleys whilst you bargain with the friendly vendors. Here you’ll find everything from spices, fruits, souvenirs, clothes and ornaments.

Then there’s the large outdoor Abdali Market – a popular haunt for visitors. The market sells mainly second-hand clothing and shoes. Don’t forget to haggle for prices. Baraka Mall in Sweifiyeh is small but as a bonus it has an in-house multiplex cinema. You might want to try Majdi Mall located close to the University of Jordan on Wakalat Street or the street in Sweifieh with big western stores, selling mainly international clothes labels. 

Food And Drink

Food And Drink

Amman is a gourmet’s paradise with a whole range of restaurants from traditional Middle Eastern to international fast food chains. The Arabic food particularly is delectable and affordable. Make sure you try ‘mansaf’, the country’s local favourite. It is a sumptuous lamb dish mixed with rice and served with plenty of fresh salad. Other favourites include foods made from chick peas like hummus, falafel, and fuul.

La Maison Verte is an outstanding French restaurant, serving excellent food in a relaxing atmosphere. Not to be missed. Also recommended is Entrecote, a steak and sea food restaurant. Also, Levant is a very comfortable restaurant which serves authentic Arabic food. For atmosphere there’s nothing better than Kan Zaman – a restaurant set in a medieval castle on top of a hill. Make sure you ask the waiter for their red wine called ‘Kan Zaman’. Before you leave, you can’t ignore the numerous shawarma shops with their down-to-earth prices. 

Things To Know


Visa Requirements

 
  • Visas are required by all visitors and are available on arrival at the immigration desk for around JOD 40 for most nationalities.
  • Fortunately, there’s no form to fill in.
  • Payment must be made in Jordanian dinars.
  • Confirm any additional visa requirements with your embassy or airline/travel agent before you fly.

  Getting Around

 
  • Use the yellow and grey taxis which can be found almost anywhere in Amman. Taxis for Amman will have a green logo on the driver and passenger doors. All you do is wave them down. Or pick the yellow taxis which by law are required to use meters.
  • For convenience, there’s nothing better than renting a car. There are several car rental companies, just ask at the airport as you arrive. If you’re lucky you may even get a driver for free.
  • Riding in a municipal bus is a good experience, which are safe and cheap.
  • You can also hop on board a private minibus where the conductor usually shouts out the various stops.
  • Or if you are the adventurous type discover parts of the city on foot but be prepared for chaotic traffic and crowds.