A day in Amman – photo essay II

Unlike the cities in different regions of the world, Amman—the capital of Jordan—is getting populous for a different reason. Surrounded by Syria, Israel, Palestine, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Jordan became a safe haven for its neighbor and their neighbors as well. There is a Libyan community now in Amman who preferred to skip Egypt.

Jordan was inhabited by the Canaanites, Akkadians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Nabataeanians and many more. In the recent history, the last 100 years or so, the Chechens fled Russia to Jordan circa 1888. Then came the Armenians circa 1930. Later there was the Palestinians exodus in 1948 and 1967. The Iraqis came in 1991 and 2003. And our last group of guests are the Syrians who are still coming in.

Also, we have our temporary guests. The Malaysian students who used to study in Syria and Egypt and luckily chose Jordan because of what is happening in these two countries. In addition, the wealthy neighbors, the citizens of the GCC, who used to have their summer vacation in Syria and Lebanon.

So, maybe Jordan is poor in its natural resources but it is so rich in its unprecedented history and hospitality.


The American embassy, hands down the biggest embassy in Amman. When I was there two years ago I could tell from people’s accents that third of the visitors were Jordanians, third Iraqis and third Syrians.
DSCF6111Thankfully, palm trees are very desert friendly.
DSCF6110 DSCF6098These cranes are almost everywhere. Mostly, for building hotels. 
DSCF6102 DSCF6103 DSCF6104 DSCF6105 DSCF6106Rainbow street. One of the nicest in Amman. 
DSCF6107Books @ Cafe was one of its kind when it opened back in the 90s. It has a beautiful rooftop with a stunning view of Old Amman.


19 thoughts on “A day in Amman – photo essay II

  1. It is such a “welcoming” city amidst the region for sure!
    The last photo brought some memories indeed 🙂

    * Circassians -as far as I am aware- came and resided in Jordan around 1855 or there abouts. Allegedly they were they very 1st people who fled Russia and came to Jordan. (at least in big enough numbers) 🙂


    1. Thanks for the tip. I thought both Chechens and Circassians came together. Unfortunately, I know nothing about both of them.
      Unless, someone’s last name is Sheeshany I can never tell 🙂 I also know another one besides you with a last name like yours 🙂
      I guess you can tell if a person is Chechen or Circassian, right? Is there a way to tell besides the last name?


      1. The sheeshany / Sharkasi as last names are just something to be known with (Armani/ Shami/ Masri/ etc..) They are not real “names” :).

        I can tell which from which by the surnames but this only applies to the families/tribes who immigrated from Russia. If I was confronted with other names I would not be able to distinguish whether they were Chechens, Sharkasians, or even Daghestanis (3 neighbouring nations (countries! :)) whom all fled from Russia to the ,basically, south; Jordan being a major destination.

        I can tell of course from the speech if one is Chechen or not but I know nothing about Sharkasian language. If one spoke (other than Chechen) I would not be able to tell which language this is of Caucasian region.

        Long story short, Sharkasians fled the first, on foot (literally!) and some by sea. Some settled down in Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and majority went to Jordan (it was the least populated and sounded a rational choice; there was a lot of unoccupied land, contrary to the other three countries, + considerably good supply of water)

        The only other place there are Caucasians more than in Jordan is Turkey.


  2. Great pictures. What a pretty city! And I enjoyed reading of the various groups who have lived there.

    Also, I enjoyed the comments from Haitham. Interesting topic!


  3. Amman is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and your pictures are so beautiful, Amman is welcoming all visitors from all over the world , but not the locals !!


      1. I think because of the corruption people don’t feel they are getting any attention from the government. From what I have been hearing many countries recently are sending money to Jordan to accommodate the Syrians. The 1.5 million Syrians need places to live, send their kids to school and get money to buy food. As you may know Jordan can’t afford to do this. So, other countries from Europe, the Gulf and USA help by sending money or any other type of help.

        Jordanians and Syrians feel that some people in the government take a cut from this money to their pockets. Whether this is true or not I don’t know. But regardless of the truth of this claim, Jordanians feel they are scarifying so much without any benefits. Syrians are using our water, schools, streets, services all these things the government got paid for but not the citizens. For the Jordanians everything is got double price now. Even low paid jobs are been given to Syrians instead of Jordanians.

        So, the overall feeling here is that Syrians are a burden not just on the government but on the citizens.


  4. The outside of the Books @ Cafe looks interesting. I’d love to take a peek inside one day and see what it has to offer. I need to expand the books in my library at home. I’m just very picky. I don’t like anything that’s even slightly depressing or if I don’t agree with the ending. Haha. Very nice blog post. It gives a view into another country that I would like to visit one day.


    1. Tina – I am sure you will love Jordan. There are more things you want to photograph here than you can ever imagine 🙂 I am sure there many places here that you will find interesting.
      If you ever decided to visit shoot me an email. I will be your tour guide, for free 🙂 I may not know much about Jordan but at least I speak the language 🙂


      1. Thanks Malik. Usually the IT disable any plugins after some while but I managed to see it. Liked that Jon Stewart guy, is he famous or something 😛

        “u’ll marry one of my daughters & live here. I live outside.. bkz I just met u” haha

        couldn’t get truer than that I guess.


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