Amman Travel Guide, Jordan
An Overview of Amman, Jordan
Amman, also spelled as Amman, is the capital of Hashemite Kingdom, Jordan and its population is around 2,125,400 as per a 2005 estimate. The city serves as a major commercial center and administrative capital for Jordan, it is the biggest city of Jordan and capital city of the Amman Governorate.
Location: The city of Amman has been located in the hilly region of north-western part of Jordan at a height of 773 meters. The city spans a vicinity of more than 19 hills and each district of Amman has been named after the mountain it has been built upon.
Climate: Because it is located on a plateau, the city enjoys Mediterranean type of climate and has all the four seasons with excellent weather conditions as compared to the other neighboring places. Temperatures during the summer may range from 28 °C to 35 °C, breezes are frequent and humidity is very low. Fall and spring temperatures are very mild and pleasant and at winter nights, the temperature may fall as low as °C. Snow may happen in the area, cloudless skies prevail from June to September and rain may not take place during these months.
Transportation: Queen Alia International Airport is the biggest airport of the city, a major airport in Jordan for international flights and a hub for flag carrier, the Royal Jordanian. There are three terminals, one cargo and two passenger, in the airport and it handles around 4-5 million passengers every year. A new railway line is being built which will connect the airport with Mahatta, Zarqa and Raghadan. Buses and taxis also operate from here throughout the day and night. Domestic, military and nearby international flights are operated through the Marka International airport and the recently built Abdoun Bridge connects Abdoun Circle with the 4th Circle. The Hejaz railway is basically utilized by the tourists and new railway lines are planned to be built in the Kingdom, most of which will pass through Amman.
Culture: Amman is a liberal city of the Middle East presenting a thriving arts and culture scene. People have freedom to worship any religion and the media of Jordan is also very unrestricted. There are no particular dress codes that have to be followed by the men and women and it is not necessary for the ladies to wear veil. Amman has many religious sects out of which Christianity and Islam are the two major ones. Numerous churches and mosques are available in the capital.
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