Amman (or Ammann) is the capital city of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Amman is also the administrative capital and commercial center of Jordan. Amman is the largest city of Jordan with 2,525,000 inhabitants (2008 estimate). Early Amman was located on 7 hills (the seven pointed star on the Jordanian flag) and is 773 meters (2534.4 feet) to 1029 meters (3373.8 feet) above sea level. Nowadays it's located on 19 hills or jabals.
First recorded civilazation is from 10,000 years ago, which makes Amman (and Jordan) a very old and historic area. But Amman is also a very modern city, it's important for communication, transportation, education, medical tourism and healthcare, business and investment. It's skyline changes continuously.
East Amman is the older, traditional and historical part of the capital, with a strong Arabic and Islamic character, but very tolerant of foreigners.
West Amman is a very modern, western like city with elegant boulevards, very modern and luxurious hotels and beautiful and expensive villas or apartments, all between big office buildings
Amman has a (very) big diversity when it comes to the inhabitants. Amman was a safe haven for political asylum seeking refugees or workers from many countries s.a. Iran, Palistine, Lebanon, Armenia, Egypt, Syria or Chechnia. Many Westerners now live in Amman/Jordan working for international organizations or as diplomats.
Amman's has a very nice Mediterranean climate, it has 4 different seasons with summer temperatures around 30ºC (86ºF), low humidity with nice breezes and winter temperatures around -5ºC (23ºF) at night with snow.
Amman is one of the most liberal cities in the Middle East and also one of the more westernized cities in the region ahead of places like Cairo or Damascus.