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Ministry of Tourism in Jerash Centre

Ministry Launches Jerash Project to Train Students in Artefact Restoration

 JERASH — The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities on Tuesday launched the Jerash Centre for the Restoration of Ancient Artefacts project during a ceremony at the Jerash Department of Tourism.

Jordan Celebrates Petra Twinning with EU’s 2019 Cultural City ‘Matera’ in Italy

Jordan Celebrates Petra Twinning with EU’s 2019 Cultural City ‘Matera’ in Italy

 Amman — The Al Hussein Cultural Centre in Amman on Thursday played host to a concert by The Italian Cello Trio to celebrate the twinning of stone cities Petra and Matera, the latter of which is the 2019 cultural capital city of Europe.

Ghor Safi Women in Jordan

Ghor Safi Women Revive Ancient Jordanian Dye to Produce Homemade Textile, Accessories

 AMMAN — Under the patronage of Social Development Minister Basma Ishaqat, the Drosos Foundation and UNESCO Amman on Thursday launched the Safi Crafts line of handmade, eco-friendly textiles and accessories, which were made by women from the Ghor Safi village and will be sold in 20 stores across Jordan.

Tourism Sector in Jordan

National Income from Tourism up 10% in First Two Months of 2019

 AMMAN — The Kingdom’s national income from tourism increased by 10 per cent in January and February 2019, to JD573.9 million, compared with figures from the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities’ monthly statistical report issued on Sunday.

Petra City

Ancient Nabataeans Built Dams, Terraces to Mitigate Flooding in Petra

 AMMAN — A Jordanian scholar on Wednesday gave a lecture outlining the ancient Nabataeans’ water-harvesting prowess, exemplified by the Qantara-Hremeyyeh catchment area located 3km southwest of Wadi Musa.

Algerian Artist Celebrates Jordan’s Ecology in Solo Exhibition

Algerian Artist Celebrates Jordan’s Ecology in Solo Exhibition

 AMMAN — Jordan’s ecology is being celebrated through Algerian artist Hakim Jamain’s “Cultivating the Soul” exhibition; in a reawakening for the historical role of the artist as a scientist and a researcher driven by curiosity.

UJ Museum Aims to Preserve Jordan’s Cultural Heritage

UJ Museum Aims to Preserve Jordan’s Cultural Heritage

 AMMAN — Tucked inside the University of Jordan, a 33-year-old museum aims to preserve different aspects of local heritage for the Jordanian public and college students for “generations to come”.

King Hussein Cancer Foundation Announces Annual Hiking Initiative to Support Cancer Patients

King Hussein Cancer Foundation Announces Annual Hiking Initiative to Support Cancer Patients

 AMMAN — The King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF) on Wednesday announced that they plan on launching the “Steps for Life” initiative for the fourth year in a row.

Amman Launches Green City Action Plan, Becoming First in Region to Do So

Amman Launches Green City Action Plan, Becoming First in Region to Do So

 AMMAN — The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on Monday inaugurated the Amman Green City Action Plan (GCAP), making the city one of 20 worldwide now taking part in the greening project.

Mount Nebo, Baptism Site see Highest Inbound Tourism Growth Rates in 2018

Mount Nebo, Baptism Site see Highest Inbound Tourism Growth Rates in 2018

 AMMAN — Tourism revenues in January went up by 9.1 per cent to JD458 million, compared with JD420 million in the same month last year, the Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ) announced on Tuesday.

Jordan Heads Meetings of Working Group ‘Space 2030’

Jordan Heads Meetings of Working Group ‘Space 2030’

 AMMAN — Brig. Gen. Awni Mohammed Khasawneh, director general of the Royal Jordanian Geographical Centre (RJGC) and director of the Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education for Western Asia, has chaired the meetings of the Space 2030 Working Group, which extended from February 11-15.

UN Official to Visit Amman in Bid to Boost Volunteerism

UN Official to Visit Amman in Bid to Boost Volunteerism

 AMMAN — The UN announced on Thursday that Olivier  Adam, executive coordinator of the UN Volunteers (UNV) programme will visit Amman on Sunday to promote volunteerism.

Jordanian Teens to Climb Tanzania Peak for Underprivileged Cancer Patients

Jordanian Teens to Climb Tanzania Peak for Underprivileged Cancer Patients

 AMMAN — A team of 19 Jordanian teenagers will climb Tanzania’s Mount Meruto to raise funds for supporting the treatment of underprivileged cancer patients at King Hussein Cancer Centre (KHCC).

Allegorical Quest for Wisdom in Mystic Poem ‘Conference of the Birds’ Manifested in Digital art

Allegorical Quest for Wisdom in Mystic Poem ‘Conference of the Birds’ Manifested in Digital art

 AMMAN — The allegorical journey of the soul into unity and transcendentalism in the mystical epic “Conference of the Birds” by Persian Sufi poet Farid ud-Din Attar is now to be experienced in the duo exhibition by digital artists Zaina El Said and Mo Awwad.

Some 8.4 Million People Travelled Through QAIA in 2018 — Statement

Some 8.4 Million People Travelled Through QAIA in 2018 — Statement

 AMMAN — Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) welcomed 8,425,026 passengers in 2018, a 6.5 per cent increase from 2017, the Airport International Group (AIG) said.

Wadis Connecting Jordan Valley, Transjordanian Highlands Heavily Used for Thousands of Years

Wadis Connecting Jordan Valley, Transjordanian Highlands Heavily Used for Thousands of Years

 AMMAN — The Jordan Valley and the Transjordanian Highlands are two distinctive regions, however material culture found in the two areas point to a close cultural connection, according to a German archaeologist.

More Options for Travelers to Jordan

More Options for Travelers to Jordan

 Low-cost airlines like Ryanair, Easyjet, and Norwegian have all recently taken notice of Jordan as a prime winter destination for European travelers. As more and more travelers are eager to visit the Middle East, airlines are providing more efficient and cost-friendly options.

Petra’s Rarely-Excavated Tombs Still Hold Answers to Area’s Ancient Burial Practices — Researchers

Petra’s Rarely-Excavated Tombs Still Hold Answers to Area’s Ancient Burial Practices — Researchers

 AMMAN — Petra’s monumental tombs represent a familiar sight for researchers working in the area, however, less familiar are the chambers cut into the bedrock along the escarpment of the area’s North Ridge and left behind by the site’s inhabitants.

Key to Restoring Ancient Artefacts is Remembering Everything Is ‘Temporary’ — Conservator

Key to Restoring Ancient Artefacts is Remembering Everything Is ‘Temporary’ — Conservator

 AMMAN — During excavations in Petra, a team of researchers found two marble statues of the goddess Aphrodite in 2016, talks of restoration began and late last year the team turned to conservator Michael Morris for the project.

Toy Camels Found in Jerash Tomb ‘Lack Parallels’ in Jordan — Archaeologist

Toy Camels Found in Jerash Tomb ‘Lack Parallels’ in Jordan — Archaeologist

 AMMAN — Archaeologist Ina Kehrberg-Ostrasz has recently delved into the findings of an excavation of a small tomb containing the single burial of a young child, which was accompanied by “unparalleled” gifts.

Medical Tourism Has the Potential to Compete Internationally — King

Medical Tourism Has the Potential to Compete Internationally — King

 AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Sunday said that Jordan has all the ingredients to build a remarkable medical tourism industry, adding that such a potential should be tapped through providing high-quality products and better coordination between stakeholders.

Jordan Museum Records 26% Visitor Increase in 2018

Jordan Museum Records 26% Visitor Increase in 2018

 AMMAN — The number of tourists who visited the Jordan Museum increased by 26 per cent in 2018, reaching 79,550 compared with 2017, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported on Tuesday.

Scholar Believes He Has Answer to Jordan Valley Dolmens’ Exclusivity

Scholar Believes He Has Answer to Jordan Valley Dolmens’ Exclusivity

 AMMAN — Dolmens, above-ground tombs made of giant slabs of stone, are scattered throughout northwest Jordan, but their absence from other areas have perplexed researchers, until recently.

Nashama Victory Over Australia Offers Fans More Than Just ‘Dreams’

Nashama Victory Over Australia Offers Fans More Than Just ‘Dreams’

 AMMAN — Jordan’s victory against Australia during the team’s opening game of this year’s Asian Cup contributed to restoring its prestige, said Tayseer Omairi, a sports journalist.

GAM to Renovate Jabal Luweibdeh in 2019, but Try to Preserve Area’s ‘Cultural Essence’

GAM to Renovate Jabal Luweibdeh in 2019, but Try to Preserve Area’s ‘Cultural Essence’

 AMMAN — The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) is planning on renovating, yet preserving, Jabal Luweibdeh in 2019, according to a report made available to The Jordan Times.

German Research Team Incorporates Local Community in Preservation

German Research Team Incorporates Local Community in Preservation

 AMMAN — An exhibition organised for the Atharafoqa area, in the northern part of Umm Qais, was the crown jewel of seven years of cooperation between a German research team and the local community.

‘Four More Petra Hotels to Benefit from Energy-Saving Project’

‘Four More Petra Hotels to Benefit from Energy-Saving Project’

 AMMAN — The Energy Ministry on Wednesday signed agreements, under the electricity rationalisation project, to support four hotels in Petra at a total cost of JD303,000. 

GAM Food Truck Project Set to Begin with 30-50 Assigned Locations

GAM Food Truck Project Set to Begin with 30-50 Assigned Locations

 AMMAN — The Greater Amman Municipality’s (GAM) new food truck project will begin operation on January 2019, with 30-50 new locations being allocated for trucks, according to GAM Spokesperson Mazen Farrajeen.

Ancient Lead Sarcophagus Jerash

Ancient Lead Sarcophagus Unveiled to Public in Jerash

 AMMAN — The Jerash Department of Antiquities on Thursday unveiled a "unique" lead sarcophagus that dates back to the Byzantine era.

King’s Visit to Al Quds Latest in Long Line of Renowned Clientele

King’s Visit to Al Quds Latest in Long Line of Renowned Clientele

 AMMAN — The recent Royal visit to Al Quds restaurant went viral on social media, emphasising how much the tiny, but well-known, restaurant has grown since its establishment in 1966.

Umm Qais Aqueduct Opens as Preservation Project Concludes

Umm Qais Aqueduct Opens as Preservation Project Concludes

AMMAN — A project to better preserve the Roman Aqueduct of Gadara in Umm Qais recently concluded, according to a statement sent from the US embassy in Jordan.

Approximately 350 Out of Jerash’s 250,000 Residents Work in Tourism — Stakeholders

Approximately 350 Out of Jerash’s 250,000 Residents Work in Tourism — Stakeholders

 JERASH — Despite being the second most visited tourism attraction in Jordan, Jerash’s tourism sector does not provide jobs for 99 per cent of its population, experts said.

Young Artists Create Murals in Jabal Nuzha for Human Rights Day

Young Artists Create Murals in Jabal Nuzha for Human Rights Day

 AMMAN — Royal Jordanian (RJ) celebrated its 55th anniversary on Wednesday with a performance by the Jordanian Army Band and a ceremony marking the company’s establishment.

‘Spiritual’ Petra By Night Offers Tourists Something More

‘Spiritual’ Petra By Night Offers Tourists Something More

 PETRA — Canadian tourist Roxanna Ferguson has recently had what she called a “spiritual trip”, when she walked among the warm candle lit walls of Petra and towards its venerable Treasury at night. 

SCHEP Finalises Draft Bid to Include Um Al Jimal on World Heritage List

SCHEP Finalises Draft Bid to Include Um Al Jimal on World Heritage List

 AMMAN — A draft nomination request to include Um Al Jimal archaeological site on the World Heritage List has been finalised, the mission preserving the Byzantine town said on Sunday.  

Italian Excavation of ‘Extraordinary’ Jaya Palace Concludes Season

Italian Excavation of ‘Extraordinary’ Jaya Palace Concludes Season

 AMMAN —  The Italian archaeological mission to Jordan's Medieval Petra recently concluded its 2018 excavation season in Al Jaya village (some 200 kilometres south of Amman), which resulted in the excavation of the urban Jaya Palace.

Artists Work with Refugees to Create Mosaic Park in Azraq Camp

Artists Work with Refugees to Create Mosaic Park in Azraq Camp

 AMMAN — What once was a dull desert area in the middle of the Azraq refugee camp was transformed into a new space for art and community engagement by the London-based organisation Artmongers, recently.

19th National Olive Festival Kicks Off

19th National Olive Festival Kicks Off

 AMMAN — The 19th National Olives Festival kicked off on Wednesday allowing farmers to showcase their olives and other rural products.

60 Years Since, Jerash’s Oldest Hummus Restaurant Still Serves the Ancient City

60 Years Since, Jerash’s Oldest Hummus Restaurant Still Serves the Ancient City

 JERASH — Having zero additives is the secret behind the “unbeatable” taste of hummus and broad bean dishes, or foul, served at the Smadi Restaurant in the northern Jordanian city of Jerash, the owner said, and customers seconded that. 

Local NGO Builds Programme to Train Jordanians in Archaeology

Local NGO Builds Programme to Train Jordanians in Archaeology

 AMMAN — In order to solve an outdated approach to cultural research management (CRM), a local NGO recently decided to build and manage a vocational training programme that would directly involve local communities.

An Exploding Meteor May Have Wiped Out Ancient Dead Sea Communities

An Exploding Meteor May Have Wiped Out Ancient Dead Sea Communities

 DENVER — A superheated blast from the skies obliterated cities and farming settlements north of the Dead Sea around 3,700 years ago, preliminary findings suggest.

Young Artists Community Turns Ordinary Into Works of Art

Young Artists Community Turns Ordinary Into Works of Art

 AMMAN — A group of young people passionate about art have followed the lead of a 23-year-old Syrian artist in supporting local communities through creativity. 

Polish Archaeologists Unveil Large Neolithic Settlement in Southern Jordan

Polish Archaeologists Unveil Large Neolithic Settlement in Southern Jordan

 AMMAN — A team of Polish archaeologists recently unveiled the largest discovered Neolithic settlement in the mountain valley of Munqataa in southern Jordan, some 170 kilometres from Amman.

Women Find Independence, Art in Weaving Newspapers

Women Find Independence, Art in Weaving Newspapers

 AMMAN — For many people in Jordan, old newspapers are usually discarded, burned, used for cleaning or repurposed to wrap delicate objects and protect them from breaking.

World Renowned ‘teamaker’ Exposes Philanthropic Philosophy to Local Tea-Lovers

World Renowned ‘teamaker’ Exposes Philanthropic Philosophy to Local Tea-Lovers

 AMMAN — “Business is a matter of human service,” said founder of Dilmah Tea and of the the MJF Charitable Foundation Merrill J. Fernando, who visited the Kingdom for the first time last Thursday, aiming to spread his belief that “we come into this world with nothing, we leave with nothing and the wealth some of us acquire is owed to the efforts and cooperation of many other around us”.

Ghor Safi’s Ancient Sugar Production Brought to Life by Greek Scholar

Ghor Safi’s Ancient Sugar Production Brought to Life by Greek Scholar

 AMMAN — “Tomb looting became endemic in the 1970s and 1980s in the area of Ghor Safi, and my role has been to preserve and document as much of the heritage as possible,” said a veteran Greek archaeologist.

Full House for Local Slam-Poets

Full House for Local Slam-Poets

 AMMAN — “From now on, my voice will be heard, and I start with this — my first spoken word.” The assertion comes from Sanaa Asim, concluding a poem about her experience with discrimination based on gender, ethnicity and religion. 

Scholar Explores Jordan’s Use of Planes, Trains, Cars During Great Arab Revolt

Scholar Explores Jordan’s Use of Planes, Trains, Cars During Great Arab Revolt

 AMMAN — While southern Jordan witnesses an abundance of ancient sites, a British archaeologist decided to study the 20th century archaeology during the Great Arab Revolt, with a focus on trains, planes and automobiles.

‘Tourism Income Reaches $3.6 Billion by End of August

‘Tourism Income Reaches $3.6 Billion by End of August

 AMMAN — Tourism revenues have increased by 15.4 per cent at the end of August 2018, reaching $3.6 billion (some JD2.6 billion), compared to around $3.1 billion registered in the same period last year, according to preliminary data released by the Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ) on Monday.

Unearthed Graeco-Roman Statues Unveiled in Jerash

Unearthed Graeco-Roman Statues Unveiled in Jerash

 JERASH — After years of meticulous work, a French archaeological team that has been excavating the eastern Roman baths in Jerash, unearthed several intact sculptures from the Graeco-Roman period.

Ryanair Flight from Rome Reaches Aqaba

Ryanair Flight from Rome Reaches Aqaba

 AMMAN — A low-cost Ryanair plane flying from Rome on Tuesday landed at the King Hussein International Airport in Aqaba, the first of many direct flights reaching the port city from Italy, Greece, Bulgaria and Germany.