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    I am not going to write about whats there to see or do in Amman but just my over all view of my experience here.
    First of all people here will not return smiles and most locals will start smoking at the most unexpected of places like a hotel lobby or even when waiting in ques at government offices for example where there are very prominent no smoking signs.

    Taxi drivers will tell you their meter doesn't work so instead of arguing just tell them to pull over so you could get off and it would magically start working all of a sudden.. Taxis are cheap but drivers don't speak or understand much English so it would be a mission to get your word across.
    Things to do.: You could spend a day at the dead sea. Instead of going to a public beach I suggest going to the Marriot as they have a private beach and a fine restaurant and you could get your drinks there. If you don't want to stay there then they have this day pass kind of thing which shouldn't cost much either. Shopping wise I dont suggest buying things here as you would get better quality and better prices back home.

    All in all I didn't like the people at the immigration counter as they made me feel like I am some kind of a criminal of some sorts.. Kept my passport with them for some reason never happened to me anywhere in the world before.. May be because I had stamps from Israel in my passport but I still don't see a good reason for me being treated this way. I didn't argue or ask why they were doing this as I had an important meeting to attend to and those guys didn't speak any English at all.

    More about Amman once I get back home
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    I have not been to Jordan but other Gulf countries such as UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait. I found that immigration officers in all these countries are ruder than others.

    I think that Indian officials are also rude.
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    yeah Indian officials are rude with Indians themseleves. Ask any first time traveller! When I was going abroad for the first time, I had the same feeiling with the immigation officials!! Now that the passport is stamped with multiple visas, they dont bother!

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    I agree Indian immigration officials used to be rude back in the days but these days they behave very well atleast in Delhi. I cannot say about other airports because port of landing into India has always been Delhi for me.

    I went for a quick trip to Amman again and the immigration official at the counter again kept my passport and told me I could get it back when I come for my return flight. I refused to move as I wanted my passport so I just stood there saying nothing for about 5 mins and he kept on asking me to leave so I decided to shout and scream about it and I did. Some 15-20 people gathered around me including two police men and one of them spoke decent English and I explained to him that I need my passport back and I am not going to leave the airport without my passport or they can deport me if they like. It took them 15 mins to discuss and decided to give my passport back to me.

    People in Amman have a certain coldness in their stares for some reason. Majority of people who like in Amman are actually Palestinians who came to Amman as refugees and then settled there. Most parts of Amman only get water supply once every week. I cannot imagine how they manage with that amount of water though the week.

    I would never go to Amman if I did not have to.