Amman

Etymology

Amman derives its name from the 13th century BC when the Ammonites named it “Rabbath Ammon”, with the term Rabbath meaning the “Capital” or the “King’s Quarters”. Over time, the term “Rabbath” was no longer used and the city became known as “Ammon”. The influence of new civilizations that conquered the city gradually changed its name to “Amman”. In the Hebrew Bible, it is referred to as “Rabbat ʿAmmon” (Biblical Hebrew: רבת עמון‎, Tiberian Hebrew Rabbaṯ ʿAmmôn). However, Ptolemy II Philadelphus, the Macedonian ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom who reigned from 283 to 246 BC, renamed the city to “Philadelphia” (Ancient Greek: Φιλαδέλφεια; literally: “brotherly love”) after occupying it. The name was given as an adulation to his own nickname, Philadelphus. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Amman Drinking Meetup – Hi all we should meet every week abd try one kind of drink and we will decide where to go. [meetup]

Amman Girls Meetup – This is a group for any girl interested to make new girlfriends in Amman where we get to meetup first somewhere over coffee to talk and get to know each other. Next meetups will be different outings like: watching a movie, playing a game, going to yoga; language or dancing classes, going to a spa, meeting for a book club, going in a tour downtown or a karaoke night. [meetup]

Outside Amman – Most addictive free to play game, with 7+ billion active players, and real life graphics. This meetup group will be dedicated so players can share their experience, trade items, level up and finish quests in the city of Amman. Wanna join the game?! Come to our meetup. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Jordanian Dating – Web’s favorite place for Jordanian dating worldwide. Whether you’re new to this or finding out about LoveHabibi for the first time, signup free today and connect with other people from Jordan looking for free online dating and find your very own LoveHabibi. [lovehabibi jordan]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Amman City Tours – Explore modern, multi-cultural Amman with a knowledgeable local guide. [tours by locals]

Experience Jordan – We specialize in adventure and experiential tours of the Middle East, offering hiking, biking and experiential sightseeing tours. Our experienced guides will take you off the beaten path, to see the real highlights of the region, meeting the people, experiencing the hospitality and tasting the delights of the Middle East. [experience jordan]

Jordan Select Tours – An independent professional destination management company (DMC), Jordan tour operator and travel agency founded in 1994. Our mission is to provide every client with the best product and service possible, combined with professionalism, integrity and value in a framework of responsible tourism. [select]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Arabian Horseback Riding – I had the opportunity to visit the Arabian Horse Club of Amman and I have to admit it was pretty special. I grew up around horses but never had the chance to ride an Arabian. [the blonde abroad]

Enjoy a Cup of Arabic Coffee – My love for coffee does not falter in any particular region. I am a devout café-holic. Arabic coffee can be distinguished between two types; Turkish and Saudi. In Jordanian tradition, coffee is served in small portions and the host/waiter will continue to serve more until the guest gestures he/she has had enough. [the blonde abroad]

Indulge in Mezze – Oh, how I miss mezze! Food is a very important part of Jordanian culture and mezze is the most popular style of eating. Mezze is basically what tapas or appetizers might be to other parts of the world; small plates cover the table before the main courses are served. [the blonde abroad]

Learn to Cook Arabic Food – This was my favorite activity in Amman! Beit Sitti is an Arabic cooking school hosted in a cozy homestyle setting. You’ll learn to cook delicious Jordanian style food; like hummus, saffron rice and fattoush. [the blonde abroad]

Make Your Own Perfume – Ever had the chance to choose from hundreds of scents to create your own perfume? It definitely beats shopping in a department store! [the blonde abroad]

Relax at a Turkish Bath – For all you spa lovers, a traditional Turkish bath is quite the experience. My first Turkish bath came as a bit of a surprise as you spend the day in nothing but your birthday suit! [the blonde abroad]

Try Sugar Cane Juice – In New York, you can grab a hot dog on just about every street corner. In Mexico, street tacos are easy to come by. In downtown Amman, be sure to try some of the freshly squeezed sugar cane juice. [the blonde abroad]

Visit a Spice Shop – A flavorful and colorful visit to the spice shop is a must! There are countless spices, nuts and other goodies! A few traditional Arabic spices you may not have heard of are Za’atar and Sumak. Be sure to grab some spices to bring back home to cook with! [the blonde abroad]

Visit the Citadel – Located in the center of downtown Amman you’ll find the ancient ruins of the Citadel. The site sits high on a hill and provides full panoramic views of the city. The most fascinating thing about this historical site is that it’s one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited places dating back to the Neolithic period. [the blonde abroad]

Visit the Royal Automobile Museum – Last, but not least, be sure to check out the Royal Automobile Museum in Amman. It showcases the private collection of cars and motorcycles of the late King Hussein from the early 1920’s through present day. [the blonde abroad]

Festivals

Festivals

Amman International Theater Festival – This annual, theater festival is regarded as the biggest of its kind across the entire Middle East and in North Africa. Held annually in April, the festival is an attempt to promote native theater artists and their cultural heritage. The performances are rendered in English and Arabic. This has become a sought-after theater event in the Arab world. Many international dignitaries and some Hollywood stars too can be spotted. Usually, the festival is hosted for about 8 days. Many days are reserved for shows by a single, participant country. Visitors can choose the days on which they want to attend. This is an excellent way to get acquainted with the cultures of various nations in an easy-to-understand medium. [world66]

Hakaya Festival – Hosted in the capital city of Amman, this is one of Jordan’s most prestigious, annual cultural festivals. The festival is essentially an attempt to rejuvenate the traditional art of storytelling. In Jordan, storytelling isn’t just about recreation. In a society still bound by conservations regarding progressive education and commercialization, storytelling is a medium of informing the masses. [world66]

Public Transit

Public Transit

By bus – Big, municipal buses serve many parts of Amman. They are used by low-income workers, working-class youth and foreign workers, but are perfectly safe. As of August 2014, the fare was JOD 0.35. Pay the exact fare (or overpay); bus drivers have no change! You can also load a bus fare cash card with a few Jordanian dinar and swipe the card past a reader as you enter the bus, but places to buy and recharge the card are rare. [wikitravel]

By Car Rental – Stations are available at Queen Alia International Airport, downtown Amman and in Aqaba. In case of any problems with your car, it’s advisable to choose a bigger company with several branches (like in Amman and Aqaba). Then you have a better chance to receive faster road assistance or a replacement vehicle. [wikitravel]

By taxi – Yellow and grey taxis are readily available and can be easily found anywhere in Amman. Just hail them in the street as Jordanians do. Taxis for Amman will have a green logo on the driver and passenger doors. The grey ones have an advertisement on top of the car. Resist hailing cabs with another color logo; these cabs are based in other cities and it is illegal for them to pick up fares in Amman. [wikitravel]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

3D Print Amman – Everyone can join us on this super event, we will talk about the 3D Printing Industry and the latest news about it. [meetup]

Agile Amman – Agile Amman is an informal professional group focused on developing relationships, exchanging ideas, and fostering Agile project innovation. We provide an open, comfortable environment for fellow Scrum Masters, Agile gurus, and newcomers alike to meet and discuss related news, best practices, tips and anything else that might arise in this exciting and rapidly evolving project management niche. [meetup]

Amman Data Science Meetup – This is a group for anyone interested in data science, learning to code, machine learning, python, data mining and everything in between. I started this group to connect with other data science enthusiasts (either professionals or just people who just want to try it out). I’m looking forward to exploring the subject together, through workshops, informal meetups and talks. [meetup]

AMMxDROID – AMMxDROID (Amman Android Developers Group) is a community powered by Jordan Open Source Association in collaboration with other community partners. Our community is a knowledge sharing platform for Android developers, designers and enthusiasts around Amman where both product and technical perspectives will be covered. [meetup]

FreeCodeCamp Amman – This is a group for anyone doing the exercises and challenges offered by FreeCodeCamp for free online. (You can find those at freecodecamp.com, by the way). We will mostly just do coding meetups where we all sit together and do a mixture of coding and socialising in a semi-structured fashion. It’s an opportunity to meet others at the beginning of their coding journey. [meetup]

Hacks Hackers Amman – The worlds of hackers and journalists are coming together as reporting goes digital and Internet companies become media empires.Journalists call themselves “hacks,” someone who can churn out words in any situation. Hackers use the digital equivalent of duct tape to whip out code. [meetup]

JOSA TechTalks – Open source geeks of Jordan, unite! Monthly tech hands-on sessions, discussion and lectures spanning different topics in the open source sphere, organized by the largest and most dynamic open source community in Jordan, the Jordan Open Source Association. [meetup]

User Experience & Design Amman (UX) – User Experience & Design Amman (UX) is for anyone interested in user experience and usability research, design, development and testing. All levels of UX are welcome, from expert UX ninjas to users who enjoy a good user experience. [meetup]

WordPress Jordan – We’re a group of local WordPress developers, designers, and publishers who get together to share our knowledge and experience, and to meet other WordPress users in the area. This WordPress Meetup is open to all who love WordPress — join us! [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Amman Arabic – Spanish Language Exchange – Let’s get together in Amman for conversation in Spanish and Arabic in a friendly atmosphere.. The idea is to meetup, have a coffee/drink, and socialize, for let’s say, one hour in Spanish and one hour in Arabic. We can choose a nice venue and arrange the event to be weekly (Every Thursday at 7 PM). Tell your friends! [meetup]

Language Exchange Community – Everyone is welcome to join this group. We will exchange the languages between individuals and i hope i will get a good variety in our group. [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

LGBT Jordan – Informal group, Advocate for a better humanitarian environment in Jordan. Lets all work together for a better Jordan, out of discrimination against LGBT. [facebook]

LGBT Jordanian Youth Support – This group has been created in support of the LGBTQ community in Jordan and the Arab World. [facebook]

Resources

Resources

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