Jordan is one of the most attractive place for tourists in the region. The rose city of Petra, the Dead Sea and Wadi Rum are among the most important tourist destinations. Amman, the capital of Jordan and known as Philadelphia in ancient times, is a fascinating city of contrasts – a unique blend of old and new, ideally situated on a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley. Irbid, known in ancient times as Arabella, is Jordan's 3rd largest city located about 85 km north of Amman. The ancient cities of Jarash (Jarasia) and Umm Qais (Jadara) are within 1.5 hour drive from Dead Sea. Irbid hosts two important public universities: the Jordan University of Science and Technology and the Yarmouk University and two private universities, Irbid University and Jadara University.