AMMAN

AMMAN

Things to do - general

Amman, 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.

Country Jordan
Languages spokenArabic, English
Currency usedJOD, USD, EUR

Culture and history info

Amman's history spans nine millennia dating back to the Stone Age. It boasts one of the largest Neolithic settlements (c.6500 BC) ever discovered in the Middle East. The Citadel hill contains early Bronze Age tombs (3300-1200 BC).

By the beginning of the Iron Age Amman had become the capital of the Ammonites, referred to in the Bible, and was called Rabbath-Ammon. It was here that King David of Israel killed Uriah the Hittite. Fortress towers ringed the city at that time - the best preserved of these can still be seen today - but they were little protection against King David's attack. His forces toppled the Ammonites and, apart from a brief revival in the 9th and 8th centuries BC, the area was ruled in succession by the Assyrians, Babylonians and Persians for several hundred years. By the 4th century BC the city had been renamed "Philadelphia" after its Ptolemaic ruler, Philadelphus.
Seleucid and Nabataean rule followed until 63 BC, when it was absorbed into the Roman Empire and the Roman general, Pompey, annexed Syria and made Philadelphia part of the Decapolis League - an alliance of ten free city states with overall allegiance to Rome. The Romans rebuilt the city with colonnaded streets, baths, a theatre and impressive public buildings. Philadelphia found itself at the centre of the new Roman province of Arabia and of lucrative trade routes running between the Mediterranean and an interior that stretched to India and China as well as routes north and south. The city flourished.

Four Seasons Hotel

Four Seasons Hotel

5th Circle, Al-Kindi Street, AMMAN
Four Seasons Hotel Amman sells fast on our site. Located on the highest hill of Amman, Four Seasons More info
Grand Millennium Hotel Amman

Grand Millennium Hotel Amman

07 lliya Abu Madi Street , Shmeisani, AMMAN10 / 10
Located in the commercial district of Shmeisani, Grand Millennium Hotel is contemporary designed hot More info
Le Royal Amman

Le Royal Amman

3rd Circle, Zahran Street, Amman,, AMMAN10 / 10
Le Royal is home to a luxurious 3-floor shopping mall. Panoramic fitness rooms, a mudroom and a hair More info

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Mercedes S Class

Mercedes S Class

Price per day 660 $
Car typeLuxury cars
Max people5
Door count4
Minimum driver age18
TransmissionAutomatic
Air-conditioned?Yes
Unlimited mileage?Yes