Whether you were born here, grew up here or just moved to our often eccentric and charming country, you may think you know it pretty well. No matter which of the three types of people you may be though, we bet there’s at least one thing you’ll be surprised to find out from our list!
1. Did you know that Amman has a club for your pets?
Yes, you read it right! You and your pets can enjoy the outdoors together, comfortably. Whether its the awesome panoramic view, the gazebo area, kids play area or the socialization area where you can drop the leash, Pets Country Club is a great time and a definite bonding experience for you and your pet.
2. Did you know that you can dine in the heart of a cave?
You might’ve been to a cave once or twice in your life, and you’ve certainly dined out before. But have you ever dined out in a cave? Definitely not for claustrophobics, Mrah Salameh is a traditional restaurant that lies in the heart of a cave west of Madaba. This is one experience you’ll want to gloat about to your friends.
3. Did you know that Amman has a time capsule?
Right in the heart of Amman, among the oldest buildings in the city, The Duke’s Diwan was built in 1924 and served as Amman’s first post office, the Ministry of Finance and a hotel. Today though , the well preserved building is a hub, with an open door policy, for artistic talents. If you’re ever in the mood to go back in time, visit The Duke’s Diwan.
4. Did you know that Amman has a skatepark?
Named after the 7 hills Amman was built on, 7 Hills Skatepark is the first of its kind in the city. The park is open to anyone and everyone, and has become more than just a skatepark to the community. A place where not only skateboarding takes place but also graffiti art, break-dancing, parkour and fire juggling. The park was built by a group of volunteers within a span of 18 days and most of the kids who helped build it, are now skaters. Head down to the park, channel your inner ‘ Sk8er Boi’ , and show off your moves.
5. Did you know that Amman now has Mansaf with a twist?
Jameeda Khanum is a trendy place that’s all about that Mansaf-love. Now you can be devouring your rolled Mansaf balls while listening to live music by local bands and this isn’t the best part yet. They have a JAMEED WATERFALL! How cool is that?
6. Did You know that you can now enjoy a complete smoke-free environment in Amman?
Wild Jordan Center is situated in a great location with a spectacular view, overlooking downtown. The center is completely smoke-free and has a strong recycling program. On a fun note though, musical events, meeting rooms and an exceptional dining experience are also offered at the venue. The center aims to generate an income for the rural communities of the 8 reserves in Jordan: Mujib Nature, Dibeen Forest, Ajloun Forest, Shaumari Wildlife, Dana Biosphere, Azraq Wetland, Fifa and Yarmouk.
7. Did you know that Amman’s oldest restaurant and bar opened in 1948?
Al-Kitkat, is the first restaurant and bar to open in Amman. The place opened its doors in 1948 and till today is the go-to place for people who genuinely want a historic and authentic Jordanian experience.
8. Did you know that we have an ecolodge that was nominated one of the top 25 ecolodges in the world by National Geographic?
Feynan EcoLodge, a true gem, is located in the middle of the Dana Biosphere. The ecolodge is an enchanting world, offering wilderness, history and Bedouin culture for those seeking a magical getaway. Break-free from all the technology surrounding your hectic life and retreat to the breathtaking sunsets, moonlit nights and the beauty of the still desert.
9. Did you know that Amman is home to the first internet cafe in the Middle East?
Who knew this 70’s looking coffeehouse with its psychedelic walls, was the first Internet cafe in the entire Middle East? Today Books@Cafe has become so much more though. It’s now a haven for so many hip young Jordanians, offering delicious food, a great atmosphere and memorable karaoke nights. Books@Cafe is as relevant today as it was years ago.
10. Did you know that you can buy Arabic costumes in Amman dating back from the 19th or 20th century?
With over 3,000 costumes Widad Kamel Kawar is bringing the traditional Palestinian, Jordanian, and other Arab thobes back to life. Tiraz is a non-profit organization that promotes the vibrant culture, heritage, and living traditions of our region.
The Tip n’ Tag Team
Yeah… Tiraz doesn’t SELL their antique heritage thobes and they’re not costumes, either. They were either bridal or daily dresses worn by women around the region.