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Amman Information

With a population of over 2.8 million residents, Amman is the largest city in the Kingdom of Jordan. Amman also serves as the nation's capital.

Amman, and its surrounding area, has been inhabited far back in ancient history. Some archeologists believe that artifacts discovered in the area prove that Amman was inhabited as early as the 7th century BC.

The area of Jordan and Amman was known as Ammon in ancient history. This kingdom is often mentioned in the Old Testament historical books.

Over the course of time, Ammon was invaded by various world powers including the Greek armies of Alexander the Great. Later, the area fell under the control of the Nabateans and was then ruled by the Roman Empire. The area came under the rule of the Byzantine successors of the Romans until Arab invaders came into the area in the 8th century AD.

The modern history of Amman begins in 1921 when King Abdullah I made Amman the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Since this time, Amman has grown into a cosmopolitan city popular with both tourists and business leaders.

Amman is located in a desert region and has a climate to match. The area is very dry during the summer months. While the city does not experience temperatures like those in the Arabian Desert, the temperature in the summer often reaches the 95-degree mark. In the winter, Amman can be cold in comparison to other cities in the Middle East. The area is known to experience a few snow showers during the heart of winter. However, the temperature in winter is usually around 50 degrees.

The government of Jordan has sought in recent years to attract major business development to Amman. Several high-tech firms have established headquarters in the city.

Amman is also considered a leader in Middle East investment banking. Many of the world's largest banks and investment institutions are based in the city.

Amman is also a regional leader in the delivery of healthcare services. Several thousand people travel to Amman from throughout the Middle East each year to take advantage of the services provided by Amman's numerous high-quality medical institutions.

Unlike some cities in the Middle East, Amman is becoming more Western in its orientation. Several nightclubs and trendy restaurants are located in the city including several US restaurant chains. The city also contains numerous large shopping centers filled with goods from around the world.

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