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Entertainment in Jordan

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Cocktails: Ranging from local drinks (like Arak-Mezze) to Champagne receptions.
Local traditional shows: Dinner parties in private palaces (Dinner parties with special arranged custom-made shows of religious dancing with recitation of acts play type shows, Held in medieval palace's courtyards or exquisitely decorated oriental halls that can accommodate up to 500 people).

Specialty restaurants: special local restaurants with narration of legendary stories from the Jordanian mythology - very unique in feature events as well as food & drinks.

Desert barbecue parties: Desert parties of swing dancing Bedouin weddings where whole lambs are grilled in front of participants as well as open buffet where everybody is invited to join and or experience the preparations in a very open and friendly way.

Gala dinners with belly dancing: Belly dancing during dinner featuring the well known Belly dancing with Jordanian music songs where practicing to do the same is welcomed with prizes for those who are successful.

Evening Entertainment

Evening entertainment is possible in varied colorful ways like dancing tournaments, local wedding simulation facilities which is varied from city to city in methods, festivities, and ceremonies which involve several stages of acts animated all through the night.

Food & Beverage

There are many fine restaurants that offers a wide selection of authentic Arabic, European and Eastern cuisine, some of the main Jordanian traditional dishes are:

Mansaf (a whole stewed lamb with cooked yoghurt sauce served on a bed of rice), Musakhan (chicken with onions, olive oil, pine seeds and seasoning, cooked in an oven on a thick loaf of Arabic bread), Maglouba (meat or chicken and vegetable stew served with rice), and Shish Kabab (pieces of lamb, marinared chicken and patties of minced and spiced lamb meat all cooked over a charcoal fire with onions and tomatoes).

Sweets are common in Jordan like: Kunafa (shredded wheat over goat cheese baked in syrup), Baklawa (layered flaky pastry, filled with nuts and drenched in honey), Kullaj, and Awwama.

Coffee is an important symbol of hospitality and it is common to be offered.

Alcohol is served in most restaurants and bars except during Ramadan (can be served in rooms).

Note: The Holy month of Ramadan is respected by abstention from food or drink during daylight.


Shopping in Amman is entertaining and comfortable for the tourist. Most of shop assistances are able to communicate in English.

Jordanian handicrafts and gift shops are to be found in shopping centers and hotels.

Gold and silver shops are located in the gold souq (bazaar) in downtown and bordering on King Faisal Street, opens from Saturday till Thursday (closes on Sunday afternoon).

Shops open from Saturday till Thursday 08:30 - 20:00. Some department stores like SAFEWAY opens 24 hours.


Jordan Archaeological Museum: housing Jordanian antiquities dating from prehistoric times till the 15th century. Daily from 9:00 to 17:00 except Tuesday - Friday.

Jordan Museum of Popular Traditions: A collection of Jordanian costumes and jewelry. Daily from 9:00 to 17:00.

Jordan Folklore Museum: daily from 9:00 to 17:00 except Tuesdays.

Martyr's Memorial: Chronological display of military memorabilia dated from Arab revolt of 1916.

University of Jordan Archaeological Museum.

For more details, please see Museums in Amman

Other Jordanian Museums:
Petra Archeological Museum - Al-Habees Museum (Petra) - Jerash Archaeological Museum - Umm Qais Archaeological Museum - Madaba Museum - Salt Archaeological Museum - Irbid Museums - Kerak Castle Museum - Aqaba Museum.

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