Jordan's new Royal Tank Museum gives a glimpse into the stormy military history of the country and the region with displays of Nazi tanks used in North Africa and Jordanian tanks painted to look like Syrian tanks used in the 1973 Yom Kippur War in the Golan Heights. The first of its kind in the Arab world, the museum is located near Amman and stretches over 20,000 square meters (5 acres). A warehouse-type structure, the museum showcases 110 tanks and armored vehicles.
The museum is the result of a royal decree issued by King Abdullah II in 2007. Abdullah is the supreme commander of the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF) and has had a personal affinity for tanks since his childhood. He desired a unique museum showcasing the history of tanks.