Written by Bradt Travel Guides
Getting there and away
p. 50 In March 2013, His Majesty King Abdullah officially opened the new passenger terminal at Queen Alia International Airport. The new 103,000m² terminal was designed by renowned British architect Norman Foster, and it is expected to handle more than 12 million passengers a year.
Public holidays and festivals
p. 77 Ramadan is set to fall on 1 July to 30 July 2014, 20 June to 20 July 2015, 9 June to 8 July 2016 and 30 May to 27 June 2017. The festival of Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and is a public holiday. Thousands of Jordanians take their holidays during Eid al-Fitr, with many heading for the coastal city of Aqaba. Be aware that hotel rooms can be both difficult to find and expensive here during Eid al-Fitr. However, these dates are not fixed and you should always check before making travel plans.
Getting there and away
p. 95 The main bus station in Amman is Abdali and from here travellers can obtain all the information, departure/arrival points, timetables, prices, etc, needed to get around Amman, and to cities throughout Jordan. Services, mostly intercity, also operate out of Raghadan Central, Tabarbour, 7th Circle and Wihdat, in addition to Abdali. Timetables and routes are subject to change and it is advisable to check with your transport company before travelling.
What to see and do
p. 116 The Jordan Archaeological Museum is now housed in a new purpose-built, climate-controlled building next to the Greater Amman Municipality building between Omar Matar Street and Ali Bin Abi Taleb. Opening hours are 10.00-14.00 Sat-Mon. Although presentation of the museum’s full collection and its official opening isn’t expected until later this year, the current scaled-down display is remarkable.
p. 123 The Haya Centre in Shmeisani, Amman has now been demolished and is in the very early stages of being rebuilt. More news when available.
p. 124 A reader has recommended the Children’s Museum in Al Hussein National Park, off King Abdullah Street in Amman, as a good place to take children when not sightseeing. Although it has nothing to do with Jordan as such, it offers lots for children to do. It kept the reader’s children aged 7 and 9 amused for hours.
Dead Sea and around
Zara Cliff Walk
p. 185 The Zara Cliff Walk, located next to the Dead Sea, has four stop stations from which you can return to the starting point outside the Dead Sea Panoramic Complex at any time. The walk is just over 700m long, which includes return to the starting point.
p. 201 In July 2013, the first of 22 eco camps was officially opened in the Petra region. In the coming months, a new retail centre will be opened where local cooperatives can display their goods with a new trademark, Made in Petra. The kingdom’s new ecotourism initiative will eventually see a network of camps and nature trails linking Petra with Shammakh at Shawbak, Umm al-Amad at Finan and the Dana Biosphere Reserve.