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    Amman – a brief overview

    Affectionately dubbed ‘the Middle East for beginners’, easy-going Amman is one of the safest cities in the region and is home to some incredible Roman ruins. One of the oldest cities in the Middle East, Amman was old even before the ancient Greeks renamed it Philadelphia, although little of its past, beyond the Roman forum and amphitheatre, remains intact.

    Nevertheless, behind the modern buildings, you can still find glimpses of the past, along with interesting galleries and an entertainingly bizarre museum dedicated to royal cars.

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    Roman Philadelphia

    Al-Hashami Street
    Amman
    Jordan
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0830-1900

    The ancient Greeks may have renamed the city Philadelphia, but it was the Romans who left the most permanent mark. You can still see the remains of the forum and the amphitheatre.

    Al-Husseini Mosque

    Al Shaeb
    Amman
    Jordan
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    Built in 1924 by the late King Abdullah, the pink and white stone mosque was constructed in Ottoman style and was restored in 1987. Note that only Muslims can go inside.

    Jabal al-Qala'a

    King Ali Ben Al Hussein
    Amman
    Jordan
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    Opening times:
    Sat-Thu 0800-1900 (Apr-Sep)
    Sat-Thu 0800-1600 (Oct-Mar)
    Fri 1000-1600

    One of Amman’s most historic sites, the Citadel (Jabal al-Qala’a as it’s known to locals), is home to the Temple of Hercules which was begun in 161BC, as well as the domed eighth-century BC Al-Qasr palace.

    Museum of Popular Traditions

    Roman Theatre complex
    Al Hashimi
    Amman
    Jordan
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    Opening times:
    Sat-Thu 0800-1800
    Fri 0900-1600

    Guarded by a statue of a bejewelled Bedouin, the Museum of Popular Traditions is dedicated to the cultural history of Jordan and boasts a quirky selection of traditional costumes, face masks and jewellery.

    Darat Al Funun

    Nadeem Al Mallah St 13
    Amman
    Jordan
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    Opening times:
    Sat-Thu 1000-1900

    The former home of ‘Peak Pasha’ aka the commander of the Arab Legion, Captain Frederick Peak, this tranquil spot includes a beautiful garden and a gallery featuring the works of local artists.

    Amman Archaeological Museum

    Citadel Hill
    Amman
    Jordan
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    Opening times:
    Sat-Thu 0800-1800
    Fri 0900-1600

    Beginning with the Neolithic period and ending with the 15th century, Amman’s archaeological museum has an impressive selection of artefacts on display, including a bronze Dead Sea scroll and an 8,000-year-old plaster relief.

    Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts

    Hosni Fareez St.
    Amman
    Jordan
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    Opening times:
    Sat-Mon and Wed-Thu 0900-1900 (summer)
    Sat-Mon and Wed-Thu 0900-1700 (winter)

    Home to more than 5,000 contemporary artworks, Jordan’s National Gallery of Fine Arts focuses on the work of Arab artists, drawn from 43 countries including Brunei, Morocco and Jordan itself.

    Hejaz Railway Station

    Madina Al Munawarah Street
    Mahatta
    Amman
    Jordan
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    Amman’s bustling station is a relic from Jordan’s colonial past and boasts trains of a similar vintage, as well as steam locomotives used for tourist pleasure rides. A small railway museum is nearby.

    Nymphaeum

    Quraysh St
    Amman
    Jordan
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    Opening times:
    Sat-Thu sunrise to sunset

    Once a two-storey complex complete with fountains, mosaics and a swimming pool, the Roman Nymphaeum, built in AD191, is now reduced to a handful of columns and an elegant archway.

    Royal Automobile Museum

    King Hussein Park
    Umm As-Summaq
    Amman
    Jordan
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Mon 1000-1900

    A quirky little museum dedicated to luxury cars once owned by members of the ruling Hashemite dynasty. Highlights include the late King Hussein’s 1952 Lincoln Capri.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    Most travellers visit Jordan with its history in mind and understandably so – Jordan is steeped in stories from the distant past, with the majestic relics to prove it.

    Geography

    Jordan borders Israel (and the Palestinian National Authority Region), the Syrian Arab Republic, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. At 400m (1,300ft) below sea level, the Dead Sea, in the northwest of Jordan, is the lowest point on earth and one of the country’s most distinctive features; the Red Sea, to which Jordan has a narrow access at Aqaba in the southwest, is teeming with life.

    The River Jordan flows into the Dead Sea, and there are plans to build a canal – the Two Seas Canal (or the Dead-Red Canal) - that would link the Dead Sea to the Red Sea.

    Capital Amman perches above the Dead Sea Depression, at a height of 800m (2,625ft), surrounded to the north by undulating hills, and by desert escarpments to the south, on which graze the sheep and goat herds of nomadic tribes.

    Jordan’s northeastern flank is flat desert sprinkled with oases, while the spectacular southeastern desert is characterised by wind-eroded forms and brightly coloured sandstone cliffs.

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    Key facts

    Population: 6552078

    Population Density (per sq km): 73

    Capital: Amman.

    Language

    Arabic is the official language. English is widely spoken. French, German, Italian and Spanish are also spoken in many tourist areas.

    Currency

    Dinar (JOD; symbol JD) = 100 piastres or qirsh, or 1000 fils. Notes are in denominations of JD50, 20, 10, 5 and 1, and 500 fils. Coins are in denominations of JD1, 1/2 and 1/4; 10, 5, 2 and 1/2 piastres; and 1 and 1/2 qirsh.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Both round European-style two-pin plugs and square British-style three-pin plugs are used.

    General business opening hours

    Sun-Thurs 0830-1800 with a lunch break from 1300-1500.

    Government office hours: Sun-Thurs 0800-1500. During the month of Ramadan, working hours are greatly reduced.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2015-December 2015 period.

    Note

    (a) Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given below are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha may last up to several days, depending on the region.

    (b) Easter holidays are observed only by Christian business establishments.

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2016
    Good Friday: 25. March 2016
    Easter Monday: 27. March 2016
    Labour Day: 28. March 2016
    Labour Day: 01. May 2016
    Lailat al Miraj (Night of Ascension): 04. May 2016
    Independence Day: 25. May 2016
    Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan): 07. July 2016
    Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice): 13. September 2016
    Islamic New Year: 03. October 2016
    Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad): 12. December 2016
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2017
    Good Friday: 14. April 2017
    Easter Sunday: 16. April 2017
    Easter Monday: 17. April 2017
    Labour Day: 01. May 2017
    Democracy Day: 29. May 2017
    Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan): 26. June 2017
    Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice): 02. September 2017
    Independence Day: 01. October 2017
    Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad): 01. December 2017
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2017
    Boxing Day: 26. December 2017

    All information subject to change.

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    Nightlife in Amman

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    Despite having a reputation for conservatism, Amman’s nightlife has undergone a mini revolution in the last decade, with shisha bars, nightclubs and lounges sprouting up all over the city.

    Canteloupe

    Al-Rainbow St
    Amman
    Jordan
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    A stylish rooftop bar with incredible views over the Roman citadel.

    Oobé

    Al Qasr Metropole Hotel
    Al Oroub St 4
    Amman
    Jordan
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    Vibrant décor and huge windows give this laid-back lounge bar a bright and airy feel.

    The Living Room

    Mohammad Hussein Haykal St 3
    Amman
    Jordan
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    A local institution, The Living Room boasts a roof terrace and a long cocktail menu.

    Canvas

    Hosni Fraiz St 1
    Amman
    Jordan
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    Dotted with paintings by local artists, Canvas is where Amman’s bohemian set goes to drink.

    Beer Garden

    Second Circle
    Jabal
    Amman
    Jordan
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    Daily happy hours and live DJs have made this a local sundowner spot of choice.

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    Restaurants in Amman

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    Like neighbouring Israel, Jordanian food is a tasty blend of Arabic and Mediterranean.

    There’s no shortage of places to try it, or indeed any other type of cuisine you might fancy.

    Fakhr el-Din

    Second Circle, Jabal Amman
    Amman
    Jordan
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    Price: Expensive

    Terrific Lebanese cooking with plenty of grilled meat and endless mezze.

    Wild Jordan Café

    Othman Bin Affan St 36
    Amman
    Jordan
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    Price: Moderate

    Delicious organic salads and sandwiches in the middle of a craft centre.

    Blue Fig Café

    Al Ameer Hashem Bin Al-Hussein St
    Abdoun
    Amman
    Jordan
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    Price: Moderate

    It does great world fusion food but it’s the buzzy atmosphere that makes this place a must-visit.

    Habibah

    Marwan Madi Complex
    Al Hazar St 2
    Amman
    Jordan
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    Price: Cheap

    Enormously popular with locals, Habibah sells honey baklava in a bewildering number of varieties.

    Hashem

    Complex No 4
    Prince Mohammad St 4
    Amman
    Jordan
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    Price: Cheap

    Houmous, falafel and foul medamas is the sum total of what’s on the menu here, but it’s all delicious.

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    Calendar of events

    Jordan Rally

    5 – 7 May 2016
    Website

    Venue: Throughout the Jordan Valley

    Jordan’s premier motor sport event.

    Eid al Fitr

    7 July 2016

    Venue: Throughout Jordan

    Feast held at the end of Ramadan to celebrate the ending of fasting.

    Jerash Festival of Culture and Arts

    23 July – 1 August 2016
    Website

    Venue: Jerash

    Poetry readings, concerts and films.

    Eid al Adha

    13 September 2016

    Venue: Throughout Jordan

    The festival of sacrifice follows the annual Islamic pilgrimage and commemorates the trials of the Prophet Abraham. Please note that most venues do not serve alcohol the night before, and the first day of eid.

    Dead Sea Ultra Marathon

    April 2017
    Website

    Venue: Course close to Amman

    Participants from around the world are invited to ‘Run to the Lowest Point on Earth’ in the annual Dead Sea Ultra Marathon (DSUM). The race begins on the high ground of Amman and follows a course that drops by 1,300m (4,265ft) ending at the low ground of the Dead Sea. The event includes five separate categories: the Ultra Marathon, the Marathon, the Half Marathon, the Fun Run and the Junior Marathon. Each year over 1,500 runners take part in this fun event usually representing about 50 different nationalities. Runners raise sponsorship money for the Society for the Care of Neurological Patients (SCNP).

    The race was cancelled in the year 2016 and will be held again in 2017.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Amman

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    From luxury 5-star towers to quiet little bed and breakfasts in the diplomatic quarter, Amman has no shortage of hotels to choose from and prices are generally low.

    Kempinski Hotel Amman

    Abdul Hamid Shouman Street - Shmeisani
    Amman 11194
    Jordan
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    Category: Expensive

    A huge city centre hotel with luxury on tap and a beautiful spa.

    InterContinental Amman

    Al Kulliyah Al Elmiyah Al Eslamiyah St 66
    Amman 11181
    Jordan
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    Category: Expensive

    A swish affair with over 400 rooms, the InterContinental has a top-notch spa with indoor and outdoor pools, as well as chic rooms.

    Toledo Hotel

    King Hussein Street
    11190 Amman
    Jordan
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    Category: Moderate

    As the name suggests, the décor here owes more than a little to the Spanish Moors.

    Amman International Hotel

    Al Habbab Ibn Al Mundhir
    Amman
    Jordan
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    Category: Moderate

    Smart rooms and a lovely outdoor swimming pool make this 4-star place worth checking out.

    Le Vendôme

    Issam Ajlouni Street
    Shmeisani
    Amman 11194
    Jordan
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    Category: Cheap

    With an indoor pool and modern fittings, Le Vendôme is a good-value choice for business travellers.

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    Climate & best time to visit Jordan

    Jordan is a year-round destination. Even in high summer (June-August), Amman and most areas around the country are not excessively hot, chiefly due to the moderating influence of altitude – Amman stands around 850m (2800ft) above sea level. Similarly, Petra enjoys an elevated position – around 1,100m (3600ft) above sea level, so here, too, although days in summer can be hot, nights are often rather chilly. For Petra, as well as decent walking shoes – the only way in and out of the ruins is by a moderately testing walk over stony ground – also bring something warm for the evenings, even in summer. In winter, Petra can be very cold, with rain and even snow.

    The Jordan Valley and the Red Sea coast around Aqaba is warm during winter (December-February) – a pleasant relief from the chill elsewhere – but extremely hot in summer (June-August). In the Eastern Desert, the winter can be bitterly cold and dry and the summer intensely hot. Some high-altitude areas, such as Ajloun, Dana and Petra, can receive snowfall in winter. Rain falls in many areas across the country on higher ground between October and March.

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    Jan26 °C-6 °C12 °C3 °C71 %62 mm75.8 h
    Feb29 °C-6 °C14 °C4 °C65 %54 mm76.5 h
    Mar32 °C-3 °C17 °C5 °C60 %51 mm57.3 h
    Apr39 °C0 °C22 °C9 °C50 %17 mm38.6 h
    May40 °C3 °C27 °C12 °C42 %3 mm110.6 h
    Jun42 °C7 °C30 °C16 °C39 %0 mm012.3 h
    Jul41 °C11 °C31 °C18 °C41 %0 mm012.5 h
    Aug42 °C11 °C32 °C18 °C44 %0 mm011.8 h
    Sep40 °C8 °C30 °C16 °C49 %0 mm010.4 h
    Oct37 °C4 °C26 °C13 °C48 %8 mm18.9 h
    Nov32 °C-3 °C20 °C8 °C57 %25 mm37.5 h
    Dec27 °C-4 °C14 °C4 °C69 %51 mm55.8 h
    year42 °C-6 °C23 °C10 °C53 %271 mm329.0 h
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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing code: +962

    Telephone

    Phone cards are available in most big cities and major tourist sites; cards can be purchased at numerous shops. International calls from hotels and post offices carry a three-minute minimum charge and calls made from hotels can be expensive. Internet cafes offer free or low-cost VOIP calling.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with many international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good.

    Internet

    There are internet cafes throughout the country.

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    Shopping in Amman

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    Key Areas

    Balad in the city centre is the souvenir capital of Jordan with vendors both in and outside waiting to sell you bottles of coloured sand (definitely not worth buying) and Petra postcards. That said, it’s not hard to unearth a gem or two: it’s well worth haggling for traditional coffee sets. Elsewhere, Wakalat Street in Sweifieh is the place to go for international high-street brands, while Rainbow Street has a quirky selection of fashion and homeware boutiques, some more expensive than others.

    Markets

    Balad’s King Talal Street is always packed with vendors, while the huge weekly Abdali Market is the place to go for olive oil and other local produce.

    Shopping Centres

    TAJ Mall (Prince Hashem bin al-Hussein Street) is the newest and most upmarket, while City Mall (King Hussein Street) is the biggest and home to all the major international brands.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Handshaking is the customary form of greeting. Jordanians are proud of their Arab culture and hospitality is a matter of great importance. Visitors are made to feel very welcome and Jordanians are happy to act as hosts and guides, keen to inform tourists about their traditions and culture. Islam always plays an important role in society. Arabic coffee will often be served continuously during social occasions. To signal that no more is wanted, slightly tilt the cup when handing it back, otherwise it will be refilled.

    If invited for dinner, a small gift is customarily given. Women are expected to dress modestly and beachwear must only be worn at private beaches or poolside.

    Photography

    It is polite to ask permission to take photographs of people and livestock; in some places photography is forbidden.

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    Health

    Food & Drink

    Jordan’s tap water is safe to drink – it is heavily chlorinated, so may taste bad, but it will not do you harm. Nonetheless, if you can, it is advisable to stick to bottled water and pasteurised milk. Avoid dairy products made from unboiled milk. Be careful with food and water in rural areas: ensure meat and fish are well cooked and avoid raw vegetables and ready-peeled fruit.

    Other Risks

    Vaccination against tuberculosis and hepatitis B is sometimes recommended. Otherwise, the main health risks come from over-exposure to the sun: sunburn, sunstroke and dehydration are all real concerns. Take care to cover your skin – both to prevent skin damage and to limit dehydration.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Qutob, Tarek
    Digestive & Liver Associates
    Abdoun Clinics
    5th Circle
    22 Suleiman Hadidi Street
    next to Arab Medical Center
    Amman
    Jordan
    Tel. +962-6-592-2388 / 7

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.
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    Visa & Immigration

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    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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