Within Amman there is plenty of fun to be found including water parks with lots of thrilling rides to keep the children entertained. There is a wide range of health clubs and fitness centres, as well as facilities for paintballing and other action-packed sports.
For information on paintballing, contact: The Mountain Breeze Country Club
Tel. + 962-777-234569 or visit their
Horse riding is a very popular activity and Amman’s riding centres offer excellent facilities:
Princess Alia Centre for Riding
Hussein Sports Club
Arabian Horse Club
Country Riding Centre of Jordan
Those interested in getting off the ground, in any of Jordan’s main resorts, should contact the Royal Aero Sports Club of Jordan, a highly professional organization that provides a range of flying activities including skydiving, micro-light flying, hot air ballooning & parachuting, as well as single engine flight training.
Amman has an excellent 9-hole 'brown' golf course, with par of 67; the Bisharat Golf Course is the first proper golf course to be found in Jordan., Nestled in the hills alongside Amman’s Queen Alia Airport, and located just 14km outside the city, the club provides caddie service, a pro-shop and professional coaching.
History & Culture:
Amman's history spans nine millennia dating back to the Stone Age. It boasts one of the largest Neolithic settlements (c.6500 BC) ever discovered in the Middle East. The Citadel hill contains early Bronze Age tombs (3300-1200 BC).
By the beginning of the Iron Age Amman had become the capital of the Ammonites, referred to in the Bible, and was called Rabbath-Ammon. It was here that King David of Israel killed Uriah the Hittite. Fortress towers ringed the city at that time - the best preserved of these can still be seen today - but they were little protection against King David's attack. His forces toppled the Ammonites and, apart from a brief revival in the 9th and 8th centuries BC, the area was ruled in succession by the Assyrians, Babylonians and Persians for several hundred years. By the 4th century BC the city had been renamed "Philadelphia" after its Ptolemaic ruler, Philadelphus.
Incentives & Conferences:
For thousands of years Amman has been a meeting place for commercial traders and rulers throughout the region. This fact still holds true but things have changed. Today, the city offers the best and most modern comprehensive conference and meeting facilities within the region.
Almost all of the major hotels in Amman offer extensive facilities with state-of-the-art equipment, as well as experienced and dedicated staff that are skilled at arranging any type of event from huge conferences and banquets to exhibitions and incentives. Amman also offers many convention and conference centres, as well as the option of hosting events at some of the castle, like Karak Castle, and the Citadel.
Royal Cultural Centre
The Royal Cultural Centre is considered one of the first cultural centres established in Jordan and houses many facilities for the performing arts as well as other facilities for visual arts, presentations and seminars. The main facility, the Royal Theatre, is a fully equipped modern auditorium seating 300 persons. The theatre is equipped for all forms of plays, dance and musical performances. In addition to performing arts, the theatre is equipped with 16 and 35mm cinema and translation systems.
The conference auditorium is the largest hall in the centre and is fully equipped with a language translation system and A/V systems. For smaller functions, the studio theatre is a flexible theatre seating up to 180 persons and is fully equipped with A/V systems. Other facilities include a Visual Arts Exhibition Hall, a large dance teaching and rehearsal room, and small conference and meeting rooms.
Tel: + 962 6 5661027
Fax: +962 6 5661026
Leisure & Wellness:
A wide range of leisure and wellness opportunities are available for visitors to Amman. Most of the leading hotels have swimming pools, tennis courts and excellent, fully-equipped and professionally managed spas and fitness centres.
Within the city are many private gyms and sports facilities as well as clubs and sports organizations for everything from horseback riding, cycling, and flying to golf, basketball football and running.
Amman also has a large water park, with lots of slides and rides, to keep children and the young at heart cool and entertained for hours.
A visit to the Hammam is a good way to discover more about the local culture. This is an Arabic-style communal bathhouse, highly popular throughout Jordan and the region since Roman times. The baths consist of three main rooms - a Frigidarium, Tepidarium and Calidarium – the cold, warm and hot rooms respectively. This is a totally invigorating experience for both mind and body.
After a long day of visiting Amman’s many attractions, there is no better way to unwind than by visiting one of the luxurious spas found in many of the city’s leading hotels. The spas combine Eastern and Western techniques and offer luxurious body treatments, rejuvenating facials, cleansing scrubs and body wraps, and relaxing massages.
The Jordanian people are extremely health-conscious, so it’s hardly surprising that the country’s clinics and medical and research facilities are notable within the region.
Religion & Faith:
Amman is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and there are many Biblical references to the city, which was then known as Rabbath-Ammon. Later renamed Philadelphia (after the Ptolemaic ruler Philadelphus), the city also became part of the Decapolis League, an alliance of ten Roman-ruled cities including Jerash, Gadara (present-day Umm Qays), Pella, Arbila (Irbid) and others. During the Byzantine period, Philadelphia was the seat of a Christian bishop, and a number of impressive churches were built here.
The Citadel, which towers above the city from Jabal Al-Qala'a, is the site of ancient Rabbath-Ammon, and excavations here have uncovered Roman, Byzantine and early Islamic remains. The most impressive of which, known simply as Al-Qasr ("the Palace"), dates back to the Islamic Umayyad period. Nearby are the ruins of Umayyad palace grounds.
Close by are the remains of a small Byzantine basilica while roughly 100m south of the church is what is thought to have been a temple of Hercules - also known as the Great Temple of Amman - which was built during the reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius.