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About Amman

Amman is the capital of Jordan, An amazing city of contrasts. Within a short walk, see ancient ruins and lifestyles, and experience the vibrant culture of contemporary Middle Eastern life.

Airports

Amman airports include the following:
•Queen Alia International Airport - Amman
•Marka International Airport - East Amman

Conservation

Amman conservation is focused on preserving the natural heritage, as well as ensuring that water supplies to human settlements are maintained and do not impact negatively on the uninhabited areas. Overhunting and other forms of poor resource-management are counteracted by local legislation, and constant academic studies analyse causes of resource depletion and provide innovative solutions.

Culture

Amman culture includes the following aspects:
•Cuisine includes a diverse range of influences
•Sports is a popular past time, with many Jordanians enjoying watching and playing sports
•Traditional culture is also evident in the older parts of Amman
•Music takes its influence from Arabic and Western styles
•Pop culture is popular with the youth and progressive Jordanians

Health

Amman health info for travellers includes the following:
•The most common health risk is travellers tummy from rich foods or tap water
•Health facilities are advanced in the major cities, but not in rural areas
•Pack a basic first aid kit with medication for upset stomachs, nausea and other minor ailments
•Check with your doctor about any health risks or disease outbreaks that may have occurred recently before leaving for your trip

Languages

Amman languages include the following:
•Modern Standard Arabic
•Jordanian Levantine
•English
•French
•Spanish
•Armenian
•Circassian
•Chechen
•Turkish
•Serbo-Croatian
•Greek
•Bosnian

Malaria

While malaria in Amman is not a risk, there may be a malaria risk within Asia in general. Travellers who are visiting malaria-risk countries before or after travelling to Amman should consider malaria medication.

Money

Amman money and banking info is as follows:
•Most establishments accept payment in US dollars
•Credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, restaurants and shops
•Traveller's cheques are not widely accepted and may not be exchanged even in banks
•Cash machines are found in most supermarkets, banks and other commercial buildings

People

Amman people include the following ethnic groups:
•Jordanian 93%
•Circassians
•Chechens
•Armenians
•Turks
•Gypsies
•Iraqis
•Palestinians
•Lebanese
•Syrians
•Egyptians
•Kurds

Phrase

Jordan local phrases include the following:
•Hello: Marhaba
•Good morning: S-bahh Al-khair
•Good evening: Masa Al-khair
•Please: Men-fadllaak (m)
•Please: Men-fadllake (f)
•How much: Gha-daish?

Plants

Amman plants are relatively fertile in comparison with the rest of the country, with the Jordan River nearby. There are scattered forests and many local wildflowers these being popular within the city as garden plants. In addition to flowering plants, a local beekeeping industry supplies the rest of the country with honey.

Religion

Amman religion includes the following:
•Sunni Muslim 92%
•Christian 7%
•No religion 1%

Safety Tips

Amman safety tips include the following:
•There is a high risk of terrorist attacks throughout the Middle East, including Amman
•Avoid large crowds and demonstrations that may become violent
•The situation in Iraq has had an impact on local opinion, as has the violence between the neighbouring Israelis and Palestinians
•Crime is not a huge issue, however petty crime such as bag snatching may occur
•Keep valuables safe and out of sight, especially in the busier cities

Transport

Amman local transport includes:
•Bus
•Taxi
•Car

Travel Books

Amman travel books include the following:
•Jordan (Lonely Planet Country Guides) by Jenny Walker
•The Rough Guide to Jordan by Matthew Teller and Rough Guides
•Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by Johan Lewis Burckhardt
•Kingdom of the Film Stars: Journey into Jordan by Annie Caulfield
•Walking the Bible by Bruce Feiler
•A History of the Arab Peoples by Albert Hourani

What To Buy

What to buy for holidays in Amman:
•Spare batteries for torches and camera
•Guide books and Arabic phrase books
•Thick socks for hiking boots
•First aid kit for travel purposes
•Large refillable water bottle, or plenty of bottled water

What To Pack

What to pack for safari in Amman:
•Sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses
•Bathing suit and towels
•Headscarves for women, plus long skirts and t-shirts that cover shoulders
•Comfortable walking shoes plus sandals
•Camera with spare batteries and memory card/film
•Guide book and phrase book
•Basic first aid kit

When To Go

The best time to visit Amman:
•The best time to visit climate-wise is in Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November)
•April offers warm temperatures and wildflowers are in bloom during this month
•Winter (December-February) can be extremely cold, with snow in some parts
•Summer (June-August) can be unbearably hot, with temperatures near the desert hitting extreme levels

 

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