New Terminal Opens at Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport

Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, JordanAll eyes are on Jordan’s Lost City of Petra after President Obama’s recent visit. And for those travelers wishing to check out the ancient site, the new and improved international airport in the capital city of Amman will facilitate the trip.

The acclaimed design firm Foster + Partners incorporated local Jordanian features into the building’s construction. As described by The Telegraph: “a series of domes branch out from supporting columns like the leaves of a desert palm; a geometric pattern based on traditional Islamic forms is applied to each exposed soffit… (and) the succession of domes that make up the terminal’s roof are designed to resemble the flowing fabric of a Bedouin tent.”

The expanded airport will encourage greater passenger capacity. In 2011, 5.5 million passengers flew through Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport, and the number will approach 12 million per year by 2020. For more information, check out

Image via Foster + Partners/Nigel Young

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