Nestled at the cusp of ancient and contemporary history, Dar Al-Anda is situated in a set of circa 1939 villas on the crest of Jabal Al-Luweibdeh, Amman’s art and culture hub.
The name is an authentically Arabic one. It best translates into “home of the giving“ and therefore exemplifies what we stand for. We aim to enrich the lives of our patrons, employees and community by giving them the opportunity to experience art in all of its forms, thereby provoking thought and dialogue.
Founded in 1998, Dar Al-Anda rapidly made a name for itself as a haven of fine arts emanating from the region. It has since then continued to build upon that legacy while staying true to its raison d’être. While still a gallery at heart, Dar Al-Anda also promotes and exhibits art in the auditory, visual and sensory forms. A series of musical concerts, literary events and cultural activities has fostered a devoted and growing group of advocates for the impact that Dar Al-Anda hopes to achieve within the art community.
The most striking element of the Dar Al-Anda experience is undoubtably the venue itself. The gallery occupies a complex of heritage villas in modern Amman’s most significant historic neighborhood, Jabal Al-Luweibdeh. The neighborhood’s narrow roads and countless hidden stairways that encase its villas are signature aspects of the budding Amman of the 1920’s. Following a period of decline and neglect in the later decades of the 20th century, Jabal Al-Luweibdeh has recently experienced a revival as a contemporary hub of arts and culture for both Jordan and the region.
The sweeping views that one experiences from Dar Al-Anda’s terraces are just as surreal as they are natural. The panorama evokes memories of numerous civilizations that have walked through Old Amman’s hills. These range from the ancient Roman, Byzantine and Umayyad civilizations that are represented by the Amman Citadel to the birthplace of modern-day Jordan in Jabal Amman and Jabal Al-Luweibdeh itself.
The 1939 villa in which the gallery today exists is characteristic of its period and heritage. The Arabesque tiles that adorn the halls of the villa were restored with the utmost care upon the relocation of Dar Al-Anda to this home in 2000. The guidance of the House of Architectural Studies, as led the architect Bassem Al-Shehabi, contributed to the just reinvigoration of the villas into a complex fit for fine art in all of its forms.
Due to the age of the buildings that house Dar Al-Anda, there are plenty of stairs to climb up and down to reach the main gallery stairs and to proceed further down to The Vault (our concept art store) and the garden.
If you have mobility issues, please call us in advance at +962 6 462 9599 or +962 7 7755 7570 so that we can better accommodate you.
HOW TO REACH
The best way to reach us from West Amman is by driving up from Wadi Saqra (Arar Street) and turning right onto Derar Bin Alazwar Street and driving all the way to the end (#3). If you're coming from the Abdali district or nearby, make your way to the Rond Point de Paris (Paris circle), take the first right by Shop & Stop Supermarket, drive all the way downhill and turn left onto Derar Bin Alazwar Street until you reach the end.
There are no entrance fees. The gallery is open to all those who appreciate arts and culture.
3 Dhirar Bin Al Azwar Street
Jabal Al-Luweibd Amman