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Amman’s Aura and Jewels

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Amman, originally uploaded by Yazan Malakha.

My favorite thing about Amman her jewel-like mountains, glittering every night regardless of whether you are in the desert or not, because the mountains love to show off these jewels in the dark sky. It blows my mind.

There’s this little portion of Jordan Street that is unlit, and it directly overlooks a really tiny village with around a 100 specks white neon light, and there’s also Baq3a a little farther left. But there’s a mountain that blocks the view of Amman, and you can see her aura. Not so bright, but quite beautiful against the black mountains.

When we were back in Saudi, my dad would take us on a road trip to Sharqeyeh (the Eastern province) during short holidays. On the return journey to Riyadh, which was always quite late at night, we would just drive and drive and drive for hours in the pitch blackness of the vast Saudi desert to the music of Kathem il Saher, Majida il Roumi, and Asala.

I, lacking the ability to nod off in anything other than a bed, would spend all those hours staring out of the window and amusing over how it seemed like someone has spray painted the entire world with a black can of spray paint. I would also stare waiting for my favorite part of those trips- waiting to get closer to Riyadh to see her aura.

Riyadh, Riyadh. Riyadh has so many lights- orange lights mind you. So from the pitch black desert, you could start seeing her aura- a purplish orange haze in the distant horizon of the blackest black sky, and this aura would signal home.

The picture above, taken in Jabal Amman and overlooking downtown, represents Amman to me- jewels of light on neverending mountains.


Bent il Balad


Razzle Dazzle


  1. Gus

    amazing picture.. I was blown away!

  2. Yeah I know what you’re talking about. I like the reflection of city lights on the clouds.

    To me, my favourite view of the city is from above. When it’s past midnight and I’m either leaving or arriving by plane. Looking outside the window the whole landscape looks like a giant piece of cloth embroidered with thousands of orange lights and a few blue ones here and there. And when you’re still beneath the clouds you can still see the reflections of its lights on the sky and it really does give out this feeling of looking at a treasure chest full of gold. You know how they always draw the glow of gold around a treasure chest. I like it.

  3. This picture
    called “The Earth at Night” is one of my all-time favorites. I found it years ago, but could still spend hours looking at it.

  4. yeslam temmek!

  5. Having been shuttling between the eastern province & Riyadh bimonthly over a spam of one year, I found that beside the thrill of befriending the, desert & it’s amazing road; the final approach towards Riyadh was perpetually entertaining for the very reason you wrote about…

    Though for some reason, I developed resilience towards keeping the thrust of such amusement once I enter Riyadh!

  6. beautiful Roba! I love when you post pics about amman and jordans greatness because come on lets face it its the greatest :P

    i wish i was coming this tuesday with my parents :(

    keep it up roba :)

  7. husam

    I just love the way you talk, I just don’t need to have much imagination to draw wonderful mind images from your words.

  8. This is one of the most beautiful posts I have ever read for you; brought tears to my eyes because I discovered inside me how much I really DO relate to what you are saying. My God, I guess there is true love for Jordan in me after all! This was truly beautiful Roba, thanks thanks thanks!

  9. Ghazi Eng-3

    your help is needed to access MADAS new blog at the Jordanian Planet which was readily available ,when I tried for the past 2 days to read her post ,I get a log in Word Press !!! asking me user name and pass word !! do you have a clue ,that can help me read her blog ? if you do my thanks in advance

  10. As someone who only visits Amman periodically, it’s nice to see pictures and hear descriptions of the city. It’s a shame that some people don’t appreciate Amman. Some of the best times I’ve had were spent outdoors in Amman on a breezy summer night overlooking a view like this one. Great post.

  11. You got me somewhere else with your words Roba:)

    Loved the picture both visually and wordly

  12. Note to self: Never read blogs in boring meetings, I think there are some people who now think I get emotional about GTM plans, that can’t be cool!

  13. its a great picture
    thanks ;)

  14. Gus, I didn’t take it :) But thanks anyway!

    Hamzeh, yeah, hehe, let’s get it through with the physics.. reflection of city on the clouds. Ha, I wouldn’t have thought of saying that in a million years :)
    And i know what you mean about the view from planes.. it amuses me how Amman looks so tiny from the sky. ‘

    Rebecca, oh, yeah, I have that picture saved! I think of it more as information aesthetics.. it’s just a really cool way to represent the disturbution of electricity.

    Nasim, lol, thanks!

    Basem, lol, cool. And resilence, eh? I always thought it was pretty how the lightpoles of the airport road of Riyadh are so.. grand. It always seemed to me like they have pride.

    Linda, wallahi inno it’s too bad that you’re not coming!!

    Husam, thanks :) much appreciation.

    Hal, thanks! Hehe, and how can you not love Jordan? With all its eccentricities and stuff…

    Ghazi, I have forwarded your email to Madas.

    Akram, oh, yeah, I know what you mean. Especially the views from Jabal Amman right around dusk when there’s a little daylight as well as the light of the streeetligyhts.

    Ohoud, thanks :)

    Keko, hehe, you totally cracked me up! Emotional about GTM plans :D hehehe.
    And never read blogs in boring classes either :P

    Wedad, glad you like it :)

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