About Amman, Jordan
Located in central-north Jordan, Amman is the capital city of Jordan and the largest city in the kingdom. It has a vibrant economy with healthy growth, and is also a popular travel destination that attracts many travelers from Europe and the Persian Gulf. Based on labor, socio-cultural, environmental and economic factors, Amman was named one of MENA’s best cities. The city is also the base location for multinational corporations, including Aramex and Arab Bank.
Popular Destinations in Amman
Here is a look at some of the most famous tourist destinations that Amman has to offer:
Darat Al Funun: Otherwise known as the Small House of Art and located in Jabal el Weibah, Darat Al Funun is a collection of three villas dating back to the 1920s. The art gallery is a remnant of a Byzantine church built during the sixth century over a Roman temple. There is a permanent exhibition, as well as other changing exhibitions hosted here. Also, the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts can be found nearby.
Amman Citadel: The history of Amman Citadel can be traced to more than 18,000 years ago when it was first inhabited by humans. The Romans, however, wiped everything out including the remains of Rabbath Ammon when they occupied the hill. The most impressive attraction of the hill is the Ummayyad Palace complex, which dates back to the early eighteenth century. The Temple of Hercules is also bound to impress anyone who makes it to Amman Citadel.
Roman Theatre: It was built during the reign of Marcus Aurelius and can accommodate up to 6000 people. The theatre is built into the hillside of what was once used as a graveyard. Sporting activities as well as cultural events are occasionally hosted here. Two museums, the Folklore Museum and Museum of Popular Traditions, are built into the foundation of the theatre too.
Nymphaeum: What is now an elaborate fountain was once a two-story complex adorned by a series of water features, stone carvings, a 600-square meter swimming pool and mosaics, all of which were dedicated to the nymphs. It was built in 191 AD and renovation works began in 1993. The place is serene and with excavations still in progress.
Rainbow St.: A little different from the other tourist destinations (mostly historical and cultural ones in Amman), Rainbow St. offers a great place for you to take a relaxing walk at sunset or when you are tired as a result of exploring the city for a whole day. It is located at 1st Circle in Jabal Amman and was named after the Rainbow Cinema. With the area undergoing revival through renovation of buildings along the street, visitors can actually see the modernization process unfolding while visiting this area.
Luxury Lodgings in Amman
Since it’s one of the most visited cities in the country, Amman has plenty of luxurious accommodation facilities which include:
- Evason Ma’In Hot Springs
- Four Seasons Amman
- InterContinental Amman Jordan
- Kempinski Hotel Amman
- Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea
- Le Royal Hotel Amman
- Movenpick Resort and Spa Dead Sea
- The Marriott Amman
Airports In or Nearby Amman
Seeking a private jet charter to Amman, Jordan? Amman has a number of airports that can be used by private aircraft users. Some of these include:
- Queen Alia International Airport (AMM): Queen Alia airport has won several quality awards including the Airport Service Quality Survey 2014. It is located 20 miles south of Amman at an elevation of 2400 feet above sea level. It has one concrete and one asphalt runway, both measuring 12,000 feet in length. It records an average of 68,000 aircraft movements in a year.
- Amman Civil Airport (ADJ): The Amman Civil Airport is located around six miles away from the city. It serves as the main airport for chartered flights as well as VIP flights. It has also been developed into an aviation training hub over the past few years, and is a joint public/military airport that has one asphalt runway around 10,700 feet in length. It records an average of 7,000 flight movements a year.
- Ben Gurion Airport (TLV): Ben Gurion Airport is the largest international airport in Israel and is located around 90 miles away from Amman. It serves as a hub for major airlines including El Al and Sun D’Or Airlines. Ben Gurion Airport is quite popular with clients on private charter flights. The airport has three asphalt runways measuring 9,000, 10,000 and 13,000 feet in length. It has an average of 112,000 flight movements every year and serves over 14 million passengers a year.
- Ovda Airport (VDA): Ovda Airport is located in the city of Eilat in Israel, around 140 miles from Amman. It is the country’s second largest airport and has two runways measuring 3,000 and 2,600 feet in length. The airport has slightly over 1,200 flight movements a year, making it ideal for private aircraft users who enjoy more privacy. The airport is located at an elevation of 1,500 feet above sea level and is a joint public/military airport.
- Gurayat Domestic Airport (URY): Gurayat Airport serves the city of Gurayat in Al Jawf Province, Saudi Arabia. It is located around 100 miles away from Amman, and sits at an elevation of 1,600 feet above sea level. It has one asphalt runway measuring 10,000 feet in length.
- Haifa Airport (HFA): This is an airport located in the city of Haifa in Israel, around 150 miles from Amman. It sits at an elevation of 28 feet above sea level and has a single 4,300 asphalt runway. The airport serves as a hub for several airlines including Israir Airlines, and is also a popular airport choice for general aviation.
- King Hussein International Airport (AQJ): Also known as Aqaba Airport, King Hussein International Airport is around 90 miles away from the city of Amman. It has a single runway measuring 9,800 feet in length, and is equipped with a category 1 ILS landing system.
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