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Amman Boasts A Budding Nightlife Scene

In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world!

This week we visit: Jordan


For quite a while, Amman, Jordan’s capital, was seen as a mostly sleepy Middle Eastern metropolis where life stopped at 8p.m. and where you couldn’t hail a taxi once the sun went down. Over the last two decades or so, everything is changing. Expats and Jordanians alike are saying that Amman is trasforming and it is difficult not to notice it.

Whereas in the mid-90s you only had two real places where you could spend a night out (apart from fancy hotels), these days, you can get all spruced up and just go out, knowing that the night will take you somewhere where the crowds are fun, where the music pumping and where you can enjoy yourself.

One thing to remember is that Jordan is still a conservative country, one that holds its religious and traditional values in high regard. However, young Jordanians in Amman are warming to the western type of fun in the evenings and the city has exploded when nightlife is in question. One thing that also separates Jordan from many other Muslim countries is the fact that alcohol is not forbidden. This definitely contributes to Amman’s budding nightlife scene.

The clubs are many in Amman and the café culture is something the city has always had in its system. In short, if you are looking to have fun in the Middle East, Amman is pretty much the place to go these days.

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