Thursday, May 01, 2008

Maps of Amman

The other day in a five star hotel I heard a tourist ask for a map of Amman. The man at the front desk politely apologized that he didn’t have any maps, but that the hotel gift shop had some for sale. In the shop the maps sold for JD 3.500! In most cities one can get a free map in a hotel just for the asking.

I asked a travel agent why there were no free or cheap maps available and he said that when he wanted to print his own maps for his tourists, he was not allowed to do so. The only authority that can print maps in Jordan is the National Geographic Society. I would hope that National Geographic Society doesn’t have a monopoly on maps which are, after all, public information. The government and the private sector are putting a lot of effort toward making Jordan a tourist destination. Maps of cities, towns, and sites in the country should be part of this effort.

And now I wonder how we will locate the addresses we want using the new blue numbers on buildings. We need street names that are easy to read and a grid to help us find them. Before long we who live here may need to rely on a good map since Amman is expanding and the country is changing.



Blogger Hani Obaid said...

When I first came to Amman, I went to at least 15 different tourist offices in different parts of the city, and not a single one of them had a map.

I finally found an old really outdated one at the old university bookshop. If you find out how to get a real current street map here, please let me know.


Thursday, May 01, 2008  
Anonymous Jaraad said...

Maps are the most important service for tourists and as you mentioned they are free in many countries especially those who are promoting their country as a tourist attraction. “The only authority that can print maps in Jordan is the National Geographic Society.” That is interesting.

Thursday, May 01, 2008  
Blogger Nicole said...

Here is a decent link to a map.

I used to pick up good maps at the airport up in the terminal as you come in, but I think that once they are finished, they are not quickly replenished. There is also a good tourist office next to the Duty Free between the 5th and 4th circle. They have all kinds of guides and maps.

Friday, May 02, 2008  
Blogger Hani Obaid said...

Thank you for the link Nicole.

Friday, May 02, 2008  
Blogger nasimjo© said...
but i guess wikimapia is better if you want a softcopy.

if you want a print out, u can find a good one at Prime Megastore Mecca Mall with 2 JDs

Tuesday, May 06, 2008  

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