Amman

Expansion and modernisation is evident in all types of infrastructure in Amman currently, from roads to skyscrapers and glistening shopping malls to trendy districts with a blossoming arts scene. Thankfully, Amman seems able to balance futurism without losing its heart and soul, which invariably emanates from downtown. Continued hotel development and investment from the Gulf States and beyond reflects Jordan’s reliability as commercial hub, with an open economy and political stability. Jordanian industry includes tourism, textiles, aerospace, defence, ICT, cosmetic and pharmaceuticals.


Amman

Sleeping
Amman’s new wave of hotel openings, such as the W Amman scheduled to open this year, is ensuring plenty of choice and encouraging established properties to diversify. The clever architecture of the Kempinski Hotel Amman, meanwhile, brings the light and energy of the city into the hotel’s recently refurbished bedrooms. Additionally, a new MICE wing will open in early 2018. The hotel is 30km from Queen Alia International Airport in the popular and business orientated district of Shmeisani.

Eating
Amman’s burgeoning choice of smart restaurants and cafes cater for all tastes – and types of meetings. History, architecture and fine Arabian cuisine combine in Fakhreldin Restaurant in the upmarket 2nd Circle area. This elegant diner was the former home of H.E. Mr. Fawzi Al-Mulki, the first Prime Minister of Jordan. The award-winning City Mall in Abdali district is crowned by Oud Café & Restaurant which offers stylish interior design, a sweeping balcony with great vistas and a fusion menu that reflects Amman’s growing sophistication. Consider the über modern Wild Jordan Foundation café for informal brunch meetings and has a birds-eye view over downtown Amman.

Drinking
Artsy, entrepreneurial and hipster describes the district and the crowd at Al-Weibdeh. Home to a respected arts scene and contemporary galleries, head to the cool, modern and of course artistic Canvas Lounge. Admire the panorama from Books@cafe located in the Rainbow Street area. Corners Bar is moments away from Fakhreldin Restaurant and is a more relaxed setting, both inside and out, in which to continue networking or simply to enjoy an al-fresco drink.

Getting there
Royal Jordanian airlines, part of the oneworld alliance, has a daily service to Amman, which is complimented by alliance partner British Airways. The flight duration is around five hours. RJ has also added a once-weekly onward service to Aqaba via Amman (with a two hour transit) specifically for the UK leisure and MICE market. Pegasus Airlines’ rapidly expanding route network gives a low-cost option to Amman via Istanbul/Ankara.

Getting around
The white-coloured Service (shared) taxis follow fixed routes, have fixed fares and are the most economical means of transport, while the yellow taxis are for individual hire and run on the metre which is also competitive. Both can be hailed from the street and are by far the easiest and most affordable way to get anywhere in the city.

The details
The official language is Arabic but English is widely spoken. The Currency is the Dinar (JD). Spring and autumn are climatically the most comfortable seasons to visit, whilst high summer from June to August is very hot. The time difference is GMT +2hrs. For more information go to visitjordan.com

Must see
Visit Amman’s Roman citadel, amphitheatre, and archaeological museum before visiting and viewing key points in Jordan’s modern history through the ‘Royal Automobile Museum’. Imbue the hustle and bustle of a typical Arab market along Bin Talal Street in downtown; continue the Roman legacy at the city of Jerash. Float in the Dead Sea first before visiting the Red Sea resort of Aqaba, the gateway to the bewilderingly beautiful Wadi Rum, Petra, Shobak Castle and so much more.

Last updated summer 2017