Discover the sites of wonder in Jordan from this bustling base
Time Out Dubai staff
The Old: Reem Cafeteria This might look like a basic wooden shack, but it serves up some of the best street food in town and, best of all, it’s open around the clock for that late-night shawarma fix. Jabal Amman, Second Circle (+962 6464 5725)
The New: The Blue Fig One of the hippest hang outs in Amman, this funky restaurant has modern, arty decor with a menu spanning numerous cuisines. Prince Hashem bin Al-Hussein Street, Abdoun (+962 6592 8800; www.1stjordan.net/bluefig)
The Old: Al Qasr Metropole Hotel Set in the centre of town, the Metropole is a good option if you don’t want to splash out on a five-star stay but still need all the creature comforts. Plus, the hotel’s signature salad and sushi bar on the seventh floor has some seriously eye-popping views over the city. Shmeisani (+962 6568 9671/2; www.alqasr-hojo.com)
The New: Evason Ma’In Hot Springs & Six Senses Spa It’s a 45-minute drive from Amman, but it’s worth it for the spectacular scenery. Set in dramatic, mountainous terrain, this luxurious, ecologically aware spa has its own hot spring waterfalls. (+962 5324 5500; www.sixsenses.com/Evason-Ma-In)
The Old: Petra It’s around three hours from Amman, but you simply can’t go to Jordan without seeing the ancient city of Petra, carved into pinkish-hued mountain rock. Just avoid the touts with donkeys who will tell you it’s too far to walk from the gate to the actual city – it’s only around 20 minutes.
The New: Jerash Only less than an hour’s drive north of Amman, this city offers a new spin on an age-old tradition: chariot racing. Don’t miss out on a performance at the newly restored hippodrome, where chariots race and gladiators demonstrate the Roman warfare that made Russell Crowe a household name.
Flights from Dubai to Amman with flydubai currently cost around Dhs970 return