AMMAN, the capital of Jordan, is a fascinating city of contrasts – a unique blend of old and new, ideally situated on a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley. A bustling city of 2 million people, sits atop seven hills. The people of Amman are multi-cultural, multi-denominational, well educated and extremely hospitable. They welcome visitors and take pride in showing them around their fascinating and vibrant city. It is a safe, friendly city for walking, with a busy commercial and administrative centres. While much of it has been built over the past 50 years, significant archaeological remains give testament to this ancient city’s place in history.


Time zone

GMT +2 hours during winter time
GMT +3 hours during summer time

Eastern Europe Time

Language(s) spoken

Arabic is the official language spoken locally. English is widely spoken.


Any time of the year is a perfect time to visit Jordan as the country boasts almost year-round sunshine. Spring and autumn are fresh and crisp with rain being more common in the spring. Wintertime can be cold in the desert, but is pleasantly moderate in most of the country.

Electrical system

Local voltage is 220 to 240 volts AC. Adapters available; please request through the Concierge.

Shopping hours

Most Jordanians work five days a week, with Friday and Saturday off, but business and shopping

hours are flexible. Some stores open from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm, but close for a few hours in

mid-afternoon. Other stores may remain open all day, from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Working hours

Government offices are open from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. All businesses and most shops, other than those in the souqs, are closed on Fridays. During the Holy Month of Ramadan, working hours are more flexible and generally shorter.

Time and distance to shopping & financial district

Swefiyah shopping area 10-minutes drive
Abdoun Mall 7-minutes drive
Zara Shopping Centre 12-minutes drive
Mecca Mall 12-minutes drive

Shmeisani financial district 3 minutes drive
Swefiyah financial district 10 minutes drive