On location Jordan with Far Horizons: Amman
If Jordan were located in another part of the world such as Southern Europe or Southeast Asia, it would be one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Instead, stable and welcoming Jordan remains comparatively off the beaten path―which makes a visit for those who do venture here very pleasant. Amman, the capital of this small country with a big heart, appears at first to be an almost solid monolith of honey-coloured buildings crisscrossed by a few trickles of time. In many ways, Amman is a city of villages, with the historic centre attracting the lion’s share of visitors. That said, there are sights well worth seeing in in other neighbourhoods around the city as well.
The northwestern part of the city is home to some of the city’s nicest art galleries such as the Orfali Art Center and Foresight 32 Art Gallery, both showing works of contemporary Jordanian and regional artists. To see a comprehensive collection of modern Jordanian and regional art, head to the Jordan National Gallery Of Fine Arts, located in two fine buildings facing each other across a small park in a smart suburb in Amman’s Al-Abdali district. The National Gallery devotes one building to contemporary Jordanian artists and the other to artists from countries across the Islamic world. Despite the high quality of the works exhibited, few international visitors venture here. Nearby is the King Abdullah I Mosque, a strikingly modern mosque complex that allows non-Muslim visitors. A bit further away, the very modern building of the Royal Automobile Museum houses a splendid display of the late King Hussein’s personal car collection. Vehicles are exhibited with explanations of their roles in Jordanian history.
Though there are many museums, parks, and shopping centres to visit in Amman, the city’s main attractions are The Citadel and the Roman Amphitheatre, both located in its very centre. As with the other ancient sites in the country, these two are evocative of the past and well managed in the present. Evenings in Amman mean strolls along Rainbow Street, an avenue lined with local shops, restaurants, and the occasional impromptu concert. A favourite place for dinner is Sufra, a grand old house transformed into a delightful restaurant where the best of Jordan’s delicious cuisine is prepared to perfection and served in charming surroundings by some of the most cheerful staff ever encountered in a dining establishment.
The sights, scents, and sounds of Amman can be experienced with assistance from Far Horizons, a tour operator that specialises in archaeological tours led by some of the world’s leading authorities in their fields. Far Horizons offers organised group tours on specific itineraries and can also arrange totally private tours created according to individual interests and preferences. Explore the Jordan Tourism Board‘s helpful website to get to know more about Amman’s many sights. Thanks to Etihad Airways‘ service between Abu Dhabi and Amman, travellers have easy access to one of the world’s most satisfying travel destinations. Well situated between the sights of the city is Kempinski Hotel Amman, where Kempinski’s five-star service combines with Jordanian hospitality to give guests a comfortable stay.