I won't have much time to look around the area, but I have observed that Amman is a growing city. Already at over 6 million residents, the construction boom is underway. Many American expats at the hotel I am staying at, and overhearing some of their conversations in the restaurants, it sounds like they have been here for quite awhile. Construction towers, beautiful new bridges, and I just read, a new thermal electricity powerplant that will be fueled using Jordan's oil shale deposits, rated at the third largest in the world.
Some of the hydrologists I am teaching remarked that climate change has been good to Jordan so far - the rains have come and are frequent. It rained much of yesterday and reminded me of the rainy season in Oregon that is currently underway.
A beautiful city, with very friendly people, and soon, a new huge airport ready for your visit in 2012.
former head of the United Nations Environment Program