Over the last 10 years, Jordan has experienced steep developments in the service sector, in general, and tourism, in particular. A wide variety of services is available around the country’s many malls, restaurants, marketplaces and banks, there is widespread acceptance of VISA and MasterCard, and public transport is cheap and in relatively large supply.

Restaurants in Amman

Even the pickiest eater will have no problems finding a suitable restaurant in Amman.

Whereas a regular, quick meal (ideal for students) might cost around 5 USD, with 10 USD you can eat very well in many higher-quality restaurants.

Shopping In Amman

Shopping in Amman can be an exciting experience. Designer boutiques, particularly those in Sweifieh, Abdoun and Jabal al-Hussein, offer the very latest in clothing and accessories. Amman also boasts a wide assortment of shopping centres such as Abdoun Mall, Amman Mall, Mecca Mall, Barakeh Mall, Sweifieh Avenue, Istikalal Mall, City Mall and the Zara Shopping Centre.

The Gold Souq, located in the downtown area, is famous for its dazzling array of very competitively-priced handmade gold and silver work; you can still practice your bargaining skills for these.

When you purchase goods in Jordan, the purchase price you pay includes a sales tax (similar to VAT) of 16%. However, if you are a tourist from outside of Jordan, you are entitled to receive a sales tax refund on the goods purchased; therefore making great savings on your holiday purchases.

Shop where you see the Premier Tax Free sign. Many stores in Jordan use the Premier Tax Free service to ensure that their customers receive their sales tax refund. You simply pay the purchase price in the store (including sales tax) and Premier Tax Free will send you your sales tax refund directly. For more information please visit

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Bargaining is acceptable but not always necessary, especially on low price items. Do not expect to knock off more than one third of the original asking price.

Al-Bayan Corporation Malaysia There are also a number of excellent shops selling beautiful traditional handicrafts, such as hand-woven rugs and cushions, pottery, marquetry work, and embroidered items, many of which now come in contemporary designs.

Wherever you shop, don't be surprised if the shopkeeper offers you a cup of coffee while you decide on your purchase - it’s all part of the friendly, Jordanian shopping experience.

Handicrafts Producers Association

The Jordan Handicraft Producers Association is a voluntary non-profit association, which was established in 2005 by the Ministry of Culture. The association is the hub for all handicraft producers and workers in the traditional handicraft trade in Jordan. The association is made up of hundreds of members across the country, who collectively offer a diverse range of handicrafts and traditional handmade products.

Location

In keeping with the traditional nature of the products that JHPA supports, the association has located its premises, along with a handicraft showroom, in a century old heritage house in one of Amman's older neighborhoods. The location gives visitors a taste of tradition and offers spectacular views over some of the city's limestone landscape.

The option of using VISA or MasterCard is widely available, especially in Amman.

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Malls

Mecca Mall is situated in Western Amman, Jordan. This 65000 meter square five-story class "A" suburban shopping mall is conveniently located by Mecca Street - a main city-highway that provides quick and east access to several major sectors of Amman. The Mall's premium site centers residential areas, schools, various businesses, Al Hussein Medical Center and King Hussein Park. Mecca Malls spacious floors have been designed for comfortable and joyous shopping. This fascinating establishment comprises 490 shops including supermarket, gaming center, kids play area, 8 cinemas, and the food court of 22 different restaurants, recreational areas, as well as all other facilities. Mecca Mall is an ideal place for the whole family where leisure, safety and quality are all central considerations. Mecca Mall features diversified dining and entertainment, highlighted by a stunning interior. The mall's parking area can comfortably accommodate 1200 cars source:ammanyah0.com/sites/meccamall.htm

City Mall - situated in King Abdullah II St. - is Jordan’s premier one–stop family shopping destination offering an extensive range of new international brands, restaurants, coffee shops, 10 screen Cineplex and an exciting family entertainment zone, distributed over four levels of elegantly designed space. City Mall has a total built up area of 160,000 sqm, of which 55,000 sqm is leasable. Furthermore, City Mall has ample parking space with the country’s largest parking lot, with a 2400 car-capacity. Host to Jordan’s largest hypermarket, Carrefour, and housing many 1st time international brands to Jordan like Virgin Megastore, River Island, Aizone, Bershka and many more, City Mall provides visitors with a world class family shopping, dining and entertainment experience.