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Discovery of Sundials in Jordan Necessitates Establishment of Astronomy Museum

Discovery of Sundials in Jordan Necessitates Establishment of Astronomy Museum

The first specialised study on the discovery of sundials in Jordan has great potential to deepen public awareness and appreciation of the Kingdom’s astronomical history, according to the study’s author.

Scholar Examines Fiscal Policies of Mediaeval Muslim States

Scholar Examines Fiscal Policies of Mediaeval Muslim States

The Eastern Mediterranean and the Biladi Sham, also known as the Greater Syria, regions were linked to other regions through trade routes, according to an American historian who specialises in the history of mediaeval Muslim states and their fiscal policies.

36th Jerash Festival

36th Jerash Festival

Deputising for His Majesty King Abdullah, Prime Minister Bisher Al Khasawneh on Wednesday inaugurated the 36th Jerash Festival in the northern theatre in the ancient Greco-Roman city of Jerash, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

King Visits Umm Al Jimal Archaeological Site

King Visits Umm Al Jimal Archaeological Site

His Majesty King Abdullah, accompanied by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, visited the archaeological site at Umm Al Jimal in the Northern Badia region on Wednesday.

Amman Int’l Film Festival Begins Today

Amman Int’l Film Festival Begins Today

This year’s return of the Amman International Film Festival (AIFF) will continue to highlight debut achievements in film from around the world, with a focus on Arab cinema. 

New Excavations point to Iron Age Settlement in Tell Deir ‘Alla

New Excavations point to Iron Age Settlement in Tell Deir ‘Alla

The site of Tell Deir ‘Alla, in the central Jordan Valley, was a settlement during the 13th century BC and functioned as a town, noted a Jordanian archaeologist.

Inbound/Outbound Tourism to See Spikes during Eid Al Adha

Almost 25,000 Jordanians have booked their flights and are planning to travel out of the country during Eid Al Adha, according to tourism sector representatives. 

2-Day Tour Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea from Amman won a Travelers' Choice Award winner

JPTT 2-Day Tour won a Travelers' Choice Award winner

2-Day Tour Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea from Amman is a Travelers' Choice Award winner

PDTRA highlights investment in hospitality sector in Petra

PDTRA Highlights Investment in Hospitality Sector in Petra

Petra hotels continue to attract interest from foreign investors, thanks to the investment incentives granted to investors in the hospitality industry, Chairman of Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA) Board of Commissioners Suleiman Farajat said on Tuesday.

COVID 19 New Instructions

COVID 19 New Instructions

Proof of health insurance that covers medical treatment for COVID-19 is no longer required to enter Jordan. Based on the recommendations of the National Epidemiological Committee, Minister of Interior and acting Minister of Health Mazen Faraya on Wednesday decided that travel medical insurance that covers medical treatment for COVID-19 is no longer required for arrivals to the Kingdom.

International Museum Day

International Museum Day

The Ministry of Tourism on Wednesday marked the International Museum Day (IMD), which falls on May 18. The ministry's celebrations entailed the reopening of a museum at the lowest point on Earth, after seeing renovation works, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Royal Jordanian Records a New Achievements

Royal Jordanian Records a New Achievements

Royal Jordanian (RJ) has renewed the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registration for the year 2022, which means that the company meets the IATA set safety and quality standards and can maintains its long-standing IATA membership, according to a statement from the national carrier.

Tourism Revenues in First 2 Months of 2022

Tourism Revenues in First 2 Months of 2022

Tourism revenues in the first two months of 2022 increased by $306.3 million to $462.3 million, marking an increase of 196.5 per cent compared with the same period of 2021, the Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ) said on Thursday.

Tafileh's Hot Springs start Receiving Visitors

Tafileh's Hot Springs Welcomes Visitors

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities mentioned in a decleration that Tafileh's Afra Hot Springs has begun receiving visitors. The ministry highlighted efforts towards updating the site's base to be placed on the Jordanian tourism map.

Petra is Listed on CNN Best Destination

Petra is Listed on CNN Best Destination

 Where to travel in 2022: It's safe to say most people didn't take their dream vacation in 2021. Here are some places to dream about for when the world becomes accessible again. First up: the twin islands of Antigua (pictured) and Barbuda.

Saraya Aqaba Celebrates Christmas Season

Saraya Aqaba Celebrates Christmas Season

Saraya Aqaba celebrates Christmas season every weekend until January, Jordanians and tourists celebrate the occasion at its Beach Club, which is decorated and adorned with Christmas lights. 

Jordan

‘Jordan one of most Peaceful, Safe and Tourist-Friendly Arab Countries’

Polish ambassador speaks about potential for trade, tourism, humanitarian cooperation with Jordan,

Jordan Tourism

Tourism Revenue Increased by 14.3% in First Eight Months of 2021 — CBJ

 AMMAN — The Kingdom’s tourism revenue increased by 14.3 per cent in the first eight months of 2021 to JD958.8 million compared with the same period of 2020 that witnessed a decline of 70 per cent, the Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ) announced on Wednesday.

Jordan's desert

New Book Offers Insight into Archaeological Discoveries in Jordan’s Desert Region

AMMAN — Recent fieldwork at the vast desert region in north-eastern Jordan has revealed an immensely rich heritage of an area that is difficult to access and archaeologically less known, according to a Dutch archaeologist.

QAIA

QAIA Welcomed over 1.2 million Passengers

 AMMAN — Airport International Group (AIG) revealed that Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) welcomed 1,233,484 passengers (PAX) during the first half of 2021, marking a 20.9 per cent and 70.3 per cent decline against 2020 and 2019 figures, respectively.

Tourism Sector in Jordan

Gov’t’s 3-Tiered Reopening Plan Brings much-Needed Relief to Tourism Sector

 AMMAN — Stakeholders in the tourism sector have welcomed the government’s three-stage plan to reopen closed sectors after months of pandemic-induced closures.

Jordanian Tourism

Dutch Project to Support Jordanian Tourism Industry

 AMMAN — The Centre for the Promotion of Imports (CBI), an agency in the Netherlands funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has announced a project to support the Jordanian tourism industry for a period of four years. 

Heritage Preservation

UNESCO Project Envisions Twin Goals of Heritage Preservation, Job Creation

 AMMAN — UNESCO project “Employment Opportunities for Cultural Heritage Safeguarding in Jordan” aims to invest in cultural heritage preservation while creating short-term job opportunities for Jordanians and Syrians, according to Giorgia Cesaro, senior project officer.

Project Seeks to Conserve Natural Water Ecosystem at Yarmouk Nature Reserve

Project Seeks to Conserve Natural Water Ecosystem at Yarmouk Nature Reserve

 AMMAN — Integrated Water Conservation and Management Project at the Yarmouk Nature Reserve, through a participatory process, aims at conserving the natural water ecosystem, according to the project manager.

World Wildlife Day Brings to Focus Forests, Livelihoods

World Wildlife Day Brings to Focus Forests, Livelihoods

 AMMAN — World Wildlife Day, which falls on March 3, this year celebrates forest-based livelihoods and seek to promote forest wildlife management models and practices that accommodate both human well-being and the long-term conservation of forests.

Aqaba tours

TripAdvisor Lists Ayla Oasis Among It's Global Tourism Destinations

 AMMAN — Ayla is now recognised as a global tourism destination on global travel platform TripAdvisor for travellers looking for a one-stop experience in Aqaba.

Petra City

Petra Ranked Top In The Lonely Planet Ultimate Travel List

 Jordan has been recognised for its amazing attractions and experiences in the latest Lonely Planet Ultimate Travel List, released today, with four of the country’s sights making the list in total. The spectacular sandstone ancient city of Petra has been named as the number one bucket list experience in the world, with Jordan’s otherworldly rose-sand Wadi Rum desert, the Dead Sea and its natural healing powers, and the beautiful Dana Biosphere Reserve also making the list.

Jordan Tours

Amman, Jordan Receives ‘Diversity & Inclusivity’ Award by Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel picks for 2021

 Global travel authority Lonely Planet has unveiled a radical reimagining of its much-anticipated Best in Travel picks for 2021, reflecting an unprecedented year of disruption in the travel industry, and Amman, Jordan has been singled out as one of the destinations which are helping transform travel experiences. 

Jordan Attraction

2020 Travelers' Choice Best of The Best Winner

 Jordan private tours and travel is proud to announce the winning of 2020 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Award winner.

Jordan Tours

The Amazing Way to Explore the Rich Nation

 Jordan is a nation rich with history and excellence. Since they are so iconic, Jordan visits unavoidably include a visit to the Dead Sea and Petra; however, guests likewise have astonishment by the stunning global food plans of Amman and the modern urban areas they can visit. Though small, the nation has been at the focal point of the absolute most noteworthy exchange courses for quite a long time. The Roman, Greek, Persian, Nabataean, and Byzantine Empires have all ruled over this zone, each adding special and fabulous ancient rarities that you can, in any case, discover, which means history lovers will discover bounty to write.

Covid-19 Travel

COVID-19 Update

 All domestic tourism destinations are now open at full capacity for locals and expatriates residing in Jordan, COVID-19 is being effectively monitored, controlled and treated in Jordan.

Jordan Tours

World Travel & Tourism Council Declares Jordan a Safe Destination

 (Jordan - Sunday, July 5th The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced today that the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has awarded Jordan the “Safe Travels Stamp” thanks to Jordan’s health safety protocols that were deemed to be in line with the Council’s standards, which makes Jordan a safe destination for Travel & Tourism.

Museum of Jordanian Heritage Preserves Ancient Cultural Gems

Museum of Jordanian Heritage Preserves Ancient Cultural Gems

 AMMAN — The Museum of Jordanian Heritage (MJH), initiated by Yarmouk University in Irbid in 1988, aims to present the social history of not only Jordan, but also the region since the dawn of civilisation, said a Jordanian scholar.

Rare Oystercatcher Spotted in Aqaba

Rare Oystercatcher Spotted in Aqaba

 AMMAN — The Aqaba Bird Observatory (ABO) has registered sightings of the migratory oystercatcher, which is locally considered a rare bird.

Scholar Recounts Tales of Female Roman Elite’s Pilgrimages Across Region

Scholar Recounts Tales of Female Roman Elite’s Pilgrimages Across Region

 AMMAN — During late antiquity, wealthy women often travelled from western parts of the Roman Empire to visit holy sites and shrines in the Levant and Egypt, according to an archaeologist.

Holding Layers of Mystery, ‘Great Wall’ of Jordan Winds its Way Through the Ages

Holding Layers of Mystery, ‘Great Wall’ of Jordan Winds its Way Through the Ages

 AMMAN — Known locally as Khatt Shebib, Jordan’s own “great wall” is the second-longest structure built by humans next to the Great Wall of China, according to a Jordanian scholar.

Rose-Red City of Petra Wraps up 2019 with Record-Breaking 1,135,300 Visitors

Rose-Red City of Petra Wraps up 2019 with Record-Breaking 1,135,300 Visitors

 AMMAN — During 2019, Petra witnessed unprecedented trourist activity, ending the year with a record number of 1,135,300 visitors of all nationalities, an increase of 37 per cent compared with 2018.

Tourists Flock to Kingdom as Istanbul Beckons Jordanians During Holiday Season

Tourists Flock to Kingdom as Istanbul Beckons Jordanians During Holiday Season

AMMAN — Istanbul, Sharm El Sheikh and Prague top Jordanians preferred destinations during this holiday season, according to travel agencies.

Jordan’s Feynan Ecolodge Celebrated for Pioneering Sustainability in Region

Jordan’s Feynan Ecolodge Celebrated for Pioneering Sustainability in Region

 AMMAN — The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) on Sunday celebrated Feynan Ecolodge receiving the “Golden Award” at the World Travel Market (WTM) Travel and Tourism Awards 2019 in the category of reducing carbon and other greenhouse gases.

Aqaba, Petra Look Forward to one Million Tourist Mark in 2019

Aqaba, Petra Look Forward to one Million Tourist Mark in 2019

 AMMAN — Aqaba is expected to celebrate 1 million tourists by the end of 2019, Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) said on Tuesday.

QAIA Witnesses Surge in August Visitors

QAIA Witnesses Surge in August Visitors

 AMMAN — Official statistics issued by the Airport International Group revealed that Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) received 1,053,225 passengers (PAX) during August 2019, indicating a 5.1 per cent surge set against the same month last year.

Swiss Scholar Studies Ancient Map to Navigate Petra’s Past

Swiss Scholar Studies Ancient Map to Navigate Petra’s Past

 AMMAN — European interest in cartography of the Levant dates back to at least the 16th century, according to a Swiss researcher.

 “The first map which I detected as showing the exact location of Petra, including an abbreviated view of the city surrounded by mountains, was the one in Palazzo Colonna in Rome,” noted Ulrich Bellwald in a recent e-mail interview with The Jordan Times, adding that the map was drawn by Bartolomeo Bonomi in 1572.

 The map is called “Portolano del Mediterraneo” (“Mediterranean ports”) and the commissioner of the work was Marcantonio Colonna (1534-84), an Italian aristocrat serving the Spanish Crown, Bellwald said.

 As Bartolomeo Bonomi was an illustrator and engraver, rather than a surveyor or an engineer, the scholar said he wondered which models Bonomi would have used for creating the map.

 Colonna was an admiral in the battle of Lepanto, a naval engagement that took place in 1571, in which a coalition of European Catholic states arranged by Pope Pius V inflicted a major defeat on the fleet of the Ottoman Empire. Thus, Bellwald thinks these models “would most probably have come from the Ottoman side”.

 The scholar referenced “Kitab-i-Bahriye” (The Book of Navigation) by Hadji Ahmed Muhiddin Piri, saying that its first edition was printed in 1521, and its second shortly after, in 1525.

 After finding the original cartographic drawings in an archive in Istanbul, he said he was sure that Bonomi used Piri’s maps as models for his own Portolano at the Palazzo Colonna, not only copying the size and shape of the maps, but also the surveying lines, locations and names of the port and other cities.

 Piri’s work did not only show the most important ports, but also depicted cities in the hinterland, such as Petra and Damascus, Bellwald said, adding that it must have been rather easy for either Bonomi or Colonna to get a copy of Piri’s book as “there were numerous copies in the great libraries all over Europe”.

 When the Swiss orientalist Johann Ludwig Burckhardt famously rediscovered Petra in 1812, the name and location of the ancient Nabatean city was already known to a large group of well-educated people in Europe, he stressed.

 The third edition of Piri’s book, which gained even more popularity, included newer maps from Italian geographers Battista Agnese and Jacopo Gastaldi, and Dutch geographer Abraham Ortelius, Bellwald said, adding that this shows that there was a well-organised cooperation between Ottoman and Western scholars.

 The scholar also said that the findings infer that “the rediscovery of Petra by Burckhardt in 1812 was not purely occasional, but he went to the area of Wadi Musa with the knowledge that Petra must be located there”.

 Source: www.jordantimes.com

Scholar Focuses on Pottery to Get Insight into Ancient Diet

Scholar Focuses on Pottery to Get Insight into Ancient Diet

 AMMAN — Middle Islamic pottery is an understudied subject and until recently no comprehensive typology existed for pottery from this period, according to an American archaeologist.

Wadi Quseiba Excavations Offer Clues to Yarmoukian Lifestyle

Wadi Quseiba Excavations Offer Clues to Yarmoukian Lifestyle

 AMMAN — Excavations at a Late Neolithic site in north-western Jordan revealed the existence of an agrarian society in which pottery held a key role, a Canadian archaeologist has said.

Jerash Tour

‘Great Jerash Baths Bear Marks of Human Destruction’

 AMMAN — Marble statues found in 2017 probably decorated the Great Eastern Baths in Jerash, said a German scholar.

karak castle

Mamluk Sultans Sent Sons to Karak Castle to ‘Toughen them up’

 AMMAN — In the Mamluk period, some of the most politically dangerous persons went to Karak Castle, said an American scholar.

Best of Petra

Petra Records 30 per Cent Rise in Visitors in First Eight Months of 2019

 AMMAN — A total of 657,918 tourists of various nationalities have visited Petra in the first eight months of 2019, compared with 507,299 visitors during the same period of 2018, marking a 30 per cent increase.

Khirbet Jazzir

Scholar Refutes Tentative Identification of Khirbet Jazzir with Biblical Site

 AMMAN — Khirbet Jazzir, some four kilometres southwest from Salt, was mentioned in scholarly literature as biblical site Jazer, according to a German archaeologist.