This article was requested by a reader who is making the move from India to Amman and said he couldn’t find any information about Amman’s neighborhoods.
All cities have certain shared views when it comes to neighborhoods, districts, etc., this article seeks to explain what the popular view of Amman’s neighborhoods is if you had to describe each one in maximum 2 sentences.
Boulevard, the half-abandoned Abdali Mall, Rotana Tower and many other skyscrapers in the making.
Rich area, full of embassies, one of the most desirable neighborhoods due to its proximity to the city center. Many expats live here.
Really rich area, home to the King’s Palace and the King Hussein Mosque, the largest mosque in Jordan. Many large villas, not many foreigners living here.
Nothing to do or see and still somehow, always trafficky and crowded for no reason at all.
The city center and official “downtown”, many art galleries, best know for Amman’s most famous street – Rainbow Street.
Full of restaurants, especially waffle houses, and to balance it out, also is full of gyms.
Coffee houses everywhere.
The place to buy clothes, you can find absolutely anything and everything.
Gold, diamonds and expensive watch shops galore.
Where the hipster and single expats live. Full of relatively low-cost bars, pubs, and restaurants with live music nights.
And when it comes to Amman, you can’t get around without referring to which circle somewhere is. Here’s a brief run-down of what you can find in each circle, from 1st – 8th.
1st circle – 2nd circle
Jabal Amman. Amman’s city center.
Many 5 Star hotels (Le Royal, Intercontinental, etc.)
Major junction where you can find the Parliament, many embassies, and medical services.
Home of those 2 towers that have been under construction for ages.
The “circle” that isn’t really a circle anymore since it is full of stoplights. It is the closest circle headed to the airport and you can spot it by the huge digital billboard looming over it.
Full of government buildings.