Queen Alia International Airport is Jordan’s largest airport and located in the Zizya area, 20 miles south of Amman. Jordan is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the ancient Nabataean city of Petra, which is noted for being the most dramatic ‘lost city’ on the planet. The climate is mostly hot and dry, so make sure you pack your sunblock and shades. Jordan is steeped in biblical history and has many religious landmarks, such as the brook where Jesus was baptised and the mountain top where Moses first came across the Promised Land. The capital city of Amman proves that Jordan is not a place stuck in the past, as it is a modern and culturally diverse Arab city with a wealth of things to do.
A hatchback would be perfect for getting round the city, and also nippy and compact enough to negotiate the winding hillside roads.
Driving in Queen Alia
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Important things to note
The highways in Jordan are in pretty good shape, but be aware that there are some run down vehicles and bad drivers on the road.
Some people have a tendency to drive at night with no headlights on, so it’s best not to venture outside the capital of Amman after dark.
Act with extreme caution whilst travelling down the Desert Highway. The stretch where the road rapidly descends into the highlands of Amman features a series of steep, hairpin curves which has seen many accidents occur, usually involving badly maintained oil trucks.
Highlights & Hotspots
Head to Amman and check out the many historic and religious sites. In the Citadel area, you can go up to the Jebel al-Qala’a, which is a hill 850m above sea level. It is the site of the ancient Rabbath-Ammon and features artefacts going back as far as the Bronze Age.
The Romantheatre has recently been restored and is an incredibly dramatic remnant of Roman Philadelphia and is one of Ammans most visited tourist hot spots. The theatre is cut into the side of a hill that was once a crypt and can seat 6000 people.
Go to the Treasury in Petra, a World Heritage site immortalised many times over in books, magazines and even appeared in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. You will be taken aback by the sheer ambition and magnitude of this city which was carved out more than a thousand years ago.
If you want to teach yourself how to cook the local food, then try Beit Sitti, who share the secrets of cooking great Middle Eastern cuisine. If you’re looking for a more conventional restaurant experience then head to Abu Jbara, which is noted for serving up delicious hummus and falafel.
Queen Alia International Airport is Jordan‚Äôs largest and just 20 miles south of Amman. It has two passenger terminals and one cargo. It is the main hub of Royal Jordanian Airlines.
Built in 1983 it was named after the third wife of the late King Hussain.