Irbid anciently known as Arabella is Jordan's 2nd largest
city located about 85 km north of Amman, situated at an equal distance from
Pella and Umm Qais, and is a bustling community with a large university (Yarmouk
Though not an important city for sightseeing, Irbid
houses two very worthwhile museums, and forms a good base from which to explore
the northern Jordan Valley or to start a trip to Umm Qais, Pella, Ajloun, Umm
Al-Jimal, or Syria.
Artifacts and graves in the area shows that Irbid has been inhabited since the
Bronze Age. Irbid, nowadays, retains the bustle and charm of provincial Middle
Eastern town that has not been disfigured by the consumerism and modernism that
have made such a big impact on the large cities.