CSAAR 2008

Responsibilities and Opportunities in Architectural Conservation: Theory, Education, and Practice


Location, Accommodation and Travel Information



Conference Venue

The conference will be held in the College of Architecture and Arts, Petra University, Amman, Jordan.

College of Architecture & Arts
Petra University
Queen Alia Airport Road
P.O. Box 961343
Amman, Jordan

Tel: (962-6) 5715546 / 5715549 / 5715558
Fax: (962-6) 5715570 / 5715561

Useful Links:

  • Click here to view map of Petra University.

  • Click here to view more information about Amman.


About Amman

Jordan, a young country dense with history, full of natural wonders and historical sites, a well-travelled bridge between sea and desert, east and west. Situated just east of the River Jordan, it continues to be a bridge between ancient and new civilizations and an open air museum in almost all its entirety.
Jordan is a country for all seasons. In winter it offers therapy at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth where "floating" rather than "swimming" is a unique adventure in the extremely saline and mineral rich waters.
Amman, the capital, is an ancient city, first known as Rabbath ‘Ammon in the Iron Age and later as Philadelphia which is one of several Greco-Roman cities in the urban confederation known as the Decapolis.
One of Amman’s treasures is the Roman Byzantine and early Islamic ruins on Jabal al-Qal’a (Citadel Hill); a 2C AD Roman theater built to hold 5,000 spectators, and an archaeological museum.
Northern Jordan is home to other ancient cities of the Decapolis. These include Jarash (Gerasa), Umm Qays (Gadara), Tabaqat Fahl (Pella), Bayt Ras (Capitolias), and Quwayliba (Abila). Jarash, straddling one of the ancient world’s key trade routes, offers extensive and breathtaking ruins of colonnaded streets, arches, temples, and baths in a remarkable state of preservation and completeness.
Umm Qays offers fascinating ruins; a stunning black basalt theatre, a colonnaded main street, a city gate and a museum in a restored Ottoman house, among others.

Within 2 hours driving, you can see lots of history and touristic sites:
Aqaba, Petra, Wadi Rum, Jerash, Dead Sea, Bethany, The King's Highway, Ajloun, The Decapolis, Desert Castles, Irbid, Kerak, Shobak, Madaba, Mount Nebo, Pella, Machaerus, Ma'in, Salt, Umm Arrasas, Umm Al-Jimal, Umm Qais (Gadara)




Weather  Overview

Jordan has a typical Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers (June-August) and mild, wet winters (December-February). Amman is sunny and cloudless from May to October, with average temperatures around 23c (73F). Spring time brings optimal weather , lush with greenery, and autumn is equally mild and pleasant.  Because of Amman city's elevation, evening are cool. Temperatures averaging 16-20c (61-72F) between November and April.

Temperature averages in Amman during November (1976-2005): 19.7 (67) high - 9.3 (49) low
Temperature averages in Amman during October (1976-2005): 26.5 (80) high - 14.5 (58) low


Travel Information

Getting to Amman
Most international airlines will go to Queen Alia International Airport. Easy and convenient airport transfer service is available between Queen Alia Airport and Amman City. The drive from Queen Alia Airport takes approximately 18 minutes to Petra university and about 30 minutes to suggested hotels. The taxi fare to Sheraton Amman hotel (6th circle) is around 20 Jordanian Dinars (0.708 JD = 1 US Dollar).  

Visa Requirements
Not everyone requires a pre-issued visa to enter Jordan.
Please check with your travel agent or the nearest Jordanian Consulate/Embassy to determine what applies to your case. visa application may takes more than 40 days, and thus we recommend to apply very early.

The Conference organizers can provide assistance, if required, in obtaining visitors' visas. If you need this help, please contact samer taweel and email him the required information before September 20, 2007, 8:00 pm (GMT).
Useful visa information can be found at this link >>

Letter of Invitation
Those who needs an official invitation letter in order to attend the conference may write to  Samer Taweel, conference secretariat, specifying the necessary details. This service is designed only to assist participants who need to obtain a visa or permission to attend the Conference. It should not be considered an official invitation covering fees or other expenses.

Foreign Exchange and Banking Arrangements
The official currency of Jordan is  the Jordanian Dinar, or JD  (1 US dollar= 0.708 JD).  Foreign currency can be exchanged at the airport bank upon arrival or at banks located throughout Jordan. Major credit cards are accepted in Jordan.



Hotels in Amman: The following hotels have corporate discount rate with CSAAR. To obtain the hotel rates listed on our website, you must contact directly the hotel reservation desk (in case of sheraton) or Plaza tours (in case of Le Royal) via phone, e-mail or fax in order to arrange for the reservation. Room reservations are subject to availability.  Reservation need to be done as early as possible as there are usually shortage of hotel accommodation in Amman at this period.


Sheraton Amman Hotel is providing a special corporate discount rate for CSAAR 2008 and DMACH 2008 participants. Rates are guaranteed until September 20, 2008. The hotel will not honor the room rate and availability if booking taking place after September 15th, 2008

Free transportation will be provided from Sheraton Amman Hotel to University of Petra Campus (morning) and from the Campus to Sheraton Amman (afternoon).


Sheraton Amman Hotel (5 Star)

Phone: +962(6) 593 4111
Fax: +962(6) 593 4222
Website: http://www.sheraton.com/ammanalnabil

For reservation please contact:
Ahmed Ramahi at:


Please mention (CSAAR 08 - University of Petra)

For reservation and payment, please click here >>

Special rates for conference attendants (Please mention (CSAAR 08 - University of Petra)
Single Room: JD105  + 10% service charge & 12% government tax
Double Room: JD115  + 10% service charge & 12% government tax


Le Meridian Hotel - Amman  is providing a special corporate discount rate for CSAAR 2008 and
DMACH 2008 participants through plaza tours agent. Rates are guaranteed until September 20.


Le Meridian Hotel - Amman (5 Star)

Website: www.lemeridien-amman.com

Reservation will be done through Plaza Tours,
For reservation please contact Ms
Sabina, from plaza tours.

Sabina phone: 962 777 939726
Plaza Tours phone: +(
962) 6 5651 773
email: , or
Please mention (CSAAR 08 - University of Petra)
Special rates for conference attendants (Please mention (CSAAR 08 - University of Petra)
Single Room: USD 125.0 Including Tax
Double Room: USD 146 Including tax

Other Hotels in Amman:
-There are many other hotels in Amman which can be reserved over the internet, click here for more hotels in Amman.  

For other hotels, you can contact plaza tours at the above contacts.  They can get you hotels, close to venue with cheaper price.

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