By Christopher Feddersen

Amman, Jordan is one of the Middle East’s fastest growing cities. Attractive to newcomers for its political stability and thriving cultural scene, it also boasts one of the longest histories of any inhabited place on earth. In Amman there are pristine Roman ruins neighboring beautiful mosques. Even after having seen so much history, Amman continues to modernize at it grows; exhibiting the best of the ancient and nomadic cultures that have helped to give it is character.

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To begin your Amman visit, recommends seeing the Citadel or Jabal al-Qala. Dominating much of the city, this hilltop complex is an appropriate metaphor for Amman in that mosques, churches, a Roman temple – the Temple of Hercules, a museum and a palace can all be found next to one another. In addition to its multi-religious and multi-ethnic purpose, like Amman, geography is everything and from here you can see the city of Amman stretch out over its hills. Look for the Roman Theater below as well as the Raghadan flagpole, the tallest free-standing flagpole in the world. While at the citadel, suggests visiting the National Archaeological Museum. This well-presented and stylish museum displays artifacts from every major archaeological site in the country in chronological order. Museum specialties include beautiful jewelry and coin collections, the eight thousand year old figures of Ain Ghazal and the famous bronze Dead Sea scroll.

Below the citadel is the Roman Theater which has become one of the city’s icons. A well-preserved amphitheater built during the reign of Roman emperor Antonius Pius, the theater can seat more than 6,000 spectators and thanks to remarkable Roman engineering for acoustics and sightlines, the theater is enjoyed in the same way today as it was two thousand years ago. Built into the theater are the air-conditioned museums of Jordanian Popular Traditions and the Amman Folklore Museum.

Not far from the theater is the King Hussein Mosque, in many ways the center of life in Amman. Here, the souqs are bustling with buyers and sellers, refreshment such as fruit juices, and the flow of people to and from prayer at the mosque itself. On one side of the mosque is the famous gold souq, a part of the market that sells beautifully hand-crafted golden and silver trinkets and treasures.

For a glimpse of how the nation has modernized, plan a visit to Amman’s Royal Automobile Museum. The royal family of Jordan is beloved by its people. This very modern museum lets you walk through history from the founding of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan by King Abdullah I to the present day alongside many of the royal family’s prize automobiles. The classic cars are of course, stunning, but you also enjoy learning about the royal family and the growth of the country over the decades.

Evening is a wonderful time to stroll around Amman. Even during the summer, the dry air cools considerably after dark. The city is safe to walk in, well-lit and taxis are convenient. Consider spending an evening at Rainbow Street, one of Amman’s modern and cosmopolitan neighborhoods. Here you will find cafes with free internet access as well as traditional Jordanian cafes mingled next to sleek, modern restaurants with some of the best cuisine in the region. Rainbow Street also offers beautiful views of the city and is where Amman’s international, jet-setting crowd convenes.

Sharing meals with friends, family and even tourists is a big part of Jordanian culture. You will enjoy learning about Jordan by enjoy the city’s tea and hookahs; its hummus, tabouleh, olives and pickles; and its labneh, baba ghanoush and kouba. The wonderfully fresh and lemony flavors of Jordanian food are to be enjoyed socially. Give yourself ample time for a long Jordanian meal and visit a baklava bakery afterwards.

Short distances from Amman are some of the most prized sites in the world. The Dead Sea, for example, is just a short drive westward. Along the Dead Sea coast, Jordan has maintained public beaches, but there are also luxurious resorts, some that allow you to use facilities during the day. As you float above the water, know that you have swum into history. From here you can see the ancient city of Jericho and above you is Mount Nebo where Moses first saw the land of Palestine. In the distance you may be able to see the sparkling Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, which gleams reflected sunlight from gold donated by the Royal Family of Jordan. If you are feeling adventurous, consider signing up for an eco-friendly canyoning tour of the wadis – or valleys- running into the Dead Sea. You will never feel more vigorous than on these refreshingly wet climbs down waterfalls and through canyons. The reason is that here at the lowest altitude in the world, the oxygen content of the air is so high that it provides a permanent feeling of euphoria so that you never feel tired.

Also nearby Amman is the city of Jerash to the north, a remarkably well-preserved Roman city that holds weekly chariot races in its hippodrome and, to the south, Madaba, the center of the mosaic-making world. Further south, a long day-trip or more, is Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Aqaba, Wadi Rum and the Red Sea.

To explore Amman, Jordan for yourself, go to the links above and plan your trip to this exciting Middle East capital with


  • 1. The Citadel and Museum
  • 2. Roman Theater
  • 3. King Hussein Mosque
  • 4. Jordan Folklore Museum
  • 5. The Royal Automobile Museum
  • 6. Rainbow Street
  • 7. The Dead Sea
  • 8. Jerash
  • 9. Madaba Mosaics
  • 10. Ajloun Castle


  • 1. Amman International Theater Festival - April
  • 2. Dead Sea Ultra - Marathon - April
  • 3. Independence Day - May
  • 4. Amman Summer Festival - July
  • 5. Global Village Festival - July
  • 6. Jerash Festival - July
  • 7. Amman Food Festival - September
  • 8. Islamic New Year - November


Sheraton Amman Al Nabil
5th Circle, P.O. Box 840064 Amman, 11184 Jordan
By Kelsie Sinagra

Upon arriving to the capital city of Jordan, it takes but moments to notice a land drenched with historical significance, as well as beauty.  As one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Amman marries ancient charm with flourishing modern day lifestyle.  Amid the many layers of antiquity the city boasts sits the sleek and stylish Sheraton Amman Al Nabil Hotel.  A hilltop haven in the heart of the city’s business district, the Sheraton Amman Al Nabil is just 25 minutes from the Queen Alia International Airport.

The Sheraton staff works toward a seamless check-in process.  They provide an escort to each guestroom to assist with luggage and to answer any inquiries regarding the property.  The hotel offers free guest parking, and will help to arrange any transportation necessities including taxis and rental cars.

In each of the hotel’s 268 soundproof and air-conditioned rooms are the famous Sheraton Sweet Sleeper® Beds.  Each guestroom boasts complimentary cable and satellite TV choices, with High Speed Internet Access available for a nightly fee.  The Sheraton Amman also offers a variety of room types such as poolside rooms and private terrace suites.

The Sheraton Amman Al Nabil is equipped with a plethora of top-notch amenities.  Within the resort reside a total of six restaurants, bars, and lounges with a variety of fare and décor to match the tastes of every traveler.  There are two pools, one indoor and one out, as well as a spa, fitness center, and business center.   Beyond the resort limits lays an array of historical cultural attractions, and stunning landscapes including the Dead Sea and the renowned Rose Red City of Petra.

Jordan is one the few countries where past and present truly come together, and Amman sits as a perfect base to begin the exploration.  When visiting Amman, the Sheraton Amman Al Nabil is a wonderful accommodation option.  Book your stay hassle-free through (


Le Meridien Amman
Queen Noor Street, Shmeisani, Amman, Jordan
By Sarah Hay

Business travelers and dignitaries traveling to Jordan know the best address to stay when in Amman: the Le Méridien, Amman. Located within the Seven Hills, in the heart of the Shmeisani diplomatic and commercial business area, the hotel puts visitors in the center of local attractions, shopping and dining options. A short walk from the Le Méridien is the Roman Theater and the Amman Citadel, and the Dead Sea, Aqaba, Petra, and Jerash are all a within a day trip away. There are four embassies less than five miles from the hotel, and the shops of the Housing Bank Complex are on site.

The 430 guest rooms offer a wide selection of standard amenities to help visitors relax during their stay, including 32” flat screen televisions, free high speed Internet access, bathrobes and slippers, coffee and tea makers, fruit baskets, mini bars, irons and ironing boards, and international direct dialing. Connecting rooms and suites are available, and check-in time is 3 p.m.; check-out is 12 p.m.

The Le Méridien excels in customer service, and the on-site features of the hotel provide guests with so many options to indulge. You’ll find heated indoor and outdoor pools here, a whirlpool, a steam room and sauna, a health club and spa, and even facial and massage treatments. There are medical services on site, along with child care, 24-hour concierge and room services, a gift shop, valet and laundry services, a car rental desk, and airport pick-up and drop-off services as well.

For business guests, there are secretarial services on site, and a business center, along with teleconference tools, audio visual equipment and projectors, and technicians available, to help keep you on track. The Royal Convention Center on site is the largest of its kind, complete with 16 meeting spaces, which can host up to 1,200 guests. So, when your next business or personal trip finds you in Jordan, find the perfect room for you at the Le Méridien, Amman, and let find the best rate for your room, by following this link: (