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Founded in 1946, the Kingdom of Jordan is a land of contrasts – from ancient ruins amidst desert sands to cutting-edge business. The capital, Amman, is a bustling city of two million people, spread across seven gentle hills. All of its buildings are finished in local white limestone, earning Amman its signature title as the White City. Friendly and safe for walking, the capital features a busy commercial and administrative centre and beautiful residential neighbourhoods.
While much of the city has been built over the past 50 years, significant archaeological remains give testament to its place in history. Within an easy day trip lie the ancient ruins of Jerash and Petra. The surrounding landscape ranges from the desert of Wadi Rum to the fertile Jordan Valley to the salty shores of the Dead Sea.
Dead Sea Ultra Marathon – A gruelling, 50-kilometre run from the highest elevations of the capital, Amman, down to the lowest point on earth. The race is split into four categories: the ultra marathon (50 kilometres/31 miles), marathon (42 kilometres/26 miles), half-marathon (21 kilometres/13 miles) and a relay (50 kilometres/31 miles). http://www.amman-marathon.com/program
Amman Marathon – There are events to fit all ability levels, including the featured 42 km marathon, a 21 km half marathon, a 10 km race, and a children's fun race. There is also a wheelchair race and a special category for the visually impaired. The Amman Marathon is especially unique in that participants get the opportunity to run through the streets of downtown Amman unhindered by traffic, which happens only once per year! Finishers are rewarded with the splendor of the morning sun reflecting off of ancient Roman ruins, an experience which leaves little to compare in beauty. http://www.amman-marathon.com/programs
Red Sea Half Marathon – In the heart of the coastal city of Aqaba, the event consists of three different races: a half marathon (21 km), a 10 km race and the 4.2 km run for junior runners. http://www.amman-marathon.com/programs
Discover Jordan Rally Tour – This is the driving event of the year. Discover Jordan Rally Tour is an organised road trip for the car enthusiasts, tourists and families alike. This highly enjoyable trek encompasses a great variety of the most significant historical, religious and touristic sites the country has to offer. https://www.facebook.com/DiscoverJordanRallyTour/
Jerash Festival for Culture and Arts – This festival premiered on the international cultural scene in 1981. It brings together Arab and international performances to showcase their unique talents, and has expanded to include theatrical performances, ballet productions and poetry recitals. Telephone: 962 (6) 5675199, Fax: 962 (6) 5686191
May to September
Souk Jara – In the summer months, Souk Jara is a popular, easy-going flea market of antiques, crafts, T-shirts and other street wear, art and food, established by JARA (the Jabal Amman Residents’ Association. It is held on Fawzi Malouf Street, off the lower end of Rainbow Street, every Friday between mid-May and early September, from 10am to 10pm, and often includes impromptu concerts, film screenings and other activities. https://www.facebook.com/SOUKJARA/
Dozan Wa Awtar – Dozan wa Awtar is the leading secular choir in Jordan, with a diverse membership and repertoire. They welcome people of all nationalities and faiths, who want to experience the joy of singing and exploring music as a way of building community based on love and respect. The choir performs several major concerts each year; its Christmas show and Spring classical concert in Amman are highly anticipated events. https://www.facebook.com/dozanawtar/
Amman Design Week – An annual, city-wide celebration of design and culture running from September 1 – 9, 2016, Amman Design Week showcases local and regional talent and innovation from across all design disciplines. It also provides learning activities for the whole family. Amman Design Week is an immersive experience, culminating in three main nodes in downtown Amman: the Hangar, the Jordan Museum and the Raghadan Tourist Terminal. Join any of our various activities, including exhibitions, workshops, talks, children’s events and cultural and food programs. https:/www.ammandesignweek.com