Introduction to Amman
Marhaba (hello)! Welcome to the capital of the Arab Kingdom of Jordan — a modern and urban metropolis self-proclaimed to be ‘built on the sands of time’ and for good reason. Here modern buildings, five-star hotels, an emerging nightlife and high-end art galleries go hand-in-hand with old-school coffee shops, local stone buildings (a local law, all buildings must have this) and bazaars of the city’s long history.
Amman is located in a hilly section between the desert and the Jordan Valley. An agreeable climate and attractive city complete with picturesque tree-lined streets, it is home to nearly half the population of Jordan (nearly 3 million people). Overall, the people are friendly and hospitable here, adding to an enjoyable tourist experience for visitors.
The city tends to be conservative and Islamic to the east, which includes the historic downtown area that will welcome you with open arms as well as the poorer areas of the city, and more trendy towards to the West. The latter, emerging cultural scene is partly due to a high number of young Jordanians coming of age said to be influenced in a multi-cultural manner in cases like the arrival of thousands of educated Palestinian and Iraqi refugees. The place offers a great nightlife, different to most places in the Middle East.
Amman’s history is said to date back to the Stone Age as one of the largest Neolithic settlements of the Middle East was discovered here. One of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, Citadel Hill, has Bronze Age statues dating back to 3300 BC). The city was a backwater town for some time until it was rejuvenated with the introduction of the Hejaz Railway in 1902. It was named the capital of Jordan when the country regained its independence in 1946.