From a sleepy town to a bustling metropolis, Amman already has a thousand-year old history to tell the world and it only keeps on getting better. The cultural capital of Jordan has always been on a fast track rising to development since it was named capital of the Trans-Jordan in the early 1920s. At present, Amman earned the title of one of best cities in Middle East and North Africa in terms of economic, labour, environmental, and socio-cultural factors. Its economic growth is superb that it has earned a Beta-global city on the World city index, alongside with Abu Dhabi, Kuwait City, and Manama. A major tourist destination, Amman is a fine mix of old world cultural wonder of Roman ruins, lovely antique shops, world-famous sunset; all of which combined with young and hip entertainment options, bustling nightlife, and food variety. Amman proves that though it may be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, it has a young spirit that is always willing to make new and fresh developments for the generations to come.
What to see & do
No one goes and leaves Amman without visiting Roman Theatre. Carefully restored to detail, the Roman Theater itself brings pride to Amman, having stood the test of time since 2nd century AD. Its location in the northern side of the hill makes visitors in the Roman Theatre see picturesque views of the soft morning sunrise glow, and the bright reddish fire of sunset, both unique in its own right. To have a good impression, seek out for the beauty of sunset during the time of the muezzin call, wherein the magical view happens.
Meanwhile, the interactive Jordan Museum also deserves anyone’s attention, with its expressive scientific exhibition on the history of Jordan, as well as Petra. Standing strong between the old and new Amman, the Citadel also houses some of the beautiful remnants of the old civilization. The Ummayad Palace sits on the northern portion of the area and offers a great view of Amman. Here, you will also find the 5th-century built Byzantine church, as well as the quaint Darat al Funun, or Small House of the Arts, which overlooks the Amman city centre. See the old civilization come to life with daily activities on Rainbow Street, with old houses being restored and put to good use. Cafes and bars have also spring forth in the area, attracting more tourists.
Take a piece of Amman to your next destination. Seek beautiful antique collections from several dealers in the city. The downtown Balad is the go-to place for the best tourist shopping. The place emits an authentic shopping aura and the shop dealers offer negotiable prices. A few interesting things to consider buying include an antique brass tea or coffee pot, hand-crafted Jordanian daggers, Dead Sea products, among others. You can also shop in the western part of the town, where antique dealers speak a great deal of English language. However, prices tend to shoot up. You can also visit the downtown Amman and shop in the newly-built attractions on the picturesque Abdali Boulevard, surrounded by mixed-use buildings for shopping and dining.
How to get around within Amman
From the Queen Alia International Airport, you can reach Amman via hailing a taxi, or taking the Airport Express bus. Take note that taxi fares are fixed already and are good enough to cover a one-way trip to the city. Meanwhile, the Airport Express buses leave the airport every 30 minutes, and run its service between six o’clock in the morning and evening.
Don’t get confused upon reaching Amman city centre and arm yourself with basic knowledge and landmarks on three important areas: the 8 circles of Zahran Street, the districts of Amman, and the hills or Jebels. It is common among landmarks here to be inconsistent since the rapid change of the city in 1920s also called for rapid name-changing. With the knowledge of the three landmarks, you will never go wrong while touring the city.
How to get there
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