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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.

Salon Displays Works of 11 ‘Very Different’ Emerging Artists

Salon Displays Works of 11 ‘Very Different’ Emerging Artists

 AMMAN — A varied selection of artworks created by 11 local emerging artists last week was presented to the public, as part of the Bayt Al Graphic’s first salon show held in Jacaranda Images art gallery in Jabal Amman.

Darat Funun Launch in Jabal Luweibdeh

Darat Funun Launches Last Phase of 30th Anniversary Celebration

 AMMAN — Art lovers on Tuesday evening flocked to the iconic Darat Al Funun — Khalid Shoman Foundation in Jabal Luweibdeh, where they witnessed the unfolding of the third and last iteration of the art foundation’s 30th anniversary celebrations, held under the theme “Truth is black, write over it with a mirage’s light”.

Ryanair Flight from Rome Reaches Aqaba

Cheap Flights From Europe to Amman, Aqaba Announced

 AMMAN — European low-cost carriers Ryanair, EasyJet and Norwegian Airlines will start flights from several European cities to Amman and Aqaba as of November 1, an official said on Tuesday.

Jordan Trail Association to Receive World Tourism Award

Jordan Trail Association to Receive World Tourism Award

 AMMAN — The 2018 World Tourism Awards will be presented to the Jordan Trail Association, alongside two other winners on November 5, as part of the opening day of World Travel Market London, according to a statement by World Tourism Awards.

New Khalda Gallery Jordan

30 Emerging Artists Display Work at New Khalda Gallery

 AMMAN — The works of 30 emerging Jordanian artists on Saturday was inaugurated at the JODAR Artistry community art space, as part of a unique creative event held under the patronage of HRH Princess Alia. 

Ajloun castle trip

Ajloun Named One of Top 100 Sustainable Destinations in World

 AMMAN — An international competition organised by 10 leading sustainable tourism organisations and networks has named Ajloun Forest Reserve as one of the world’s top 100 sustainable destinations for 2018, in recognition of its responsible and sustainable tourism initiatives.

Tourism Sector Says Visitor Numbers Beginning to Bounce Back After Years of Safety Concerns

Tourism Sector Says Visitor Numbers Beginning to Bounce Back After Years of Safety Concerns

 Destinations such Petra, Amman Citadel and downtown Amman have received more visitors since beginning of this year, according to Jordan Tourism Board.

Archaeologists team in Zarqa

Archaeologists Unearth Historic Lime Floor in Zarqa

 AMMAN — A Spanish archaeological team has recently restored a 10,800-year-old painted lime floor unveiled at the Neolithic site of Kharaysin (Quneya, Zarqa), which is considered by the experts as “one of the first locations in the world where communities started building households and grouping as agricultural societies”.

Burqu as a nature reserve

Burqu Nominated for Consideration as Nature Reserve

 AMMAN — The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) has submitted the nomination of Burqu as a nature reserve to the Ministry of Environment, pending an approval from the Cabinet, RSCN Director General Yehya Khaled said on Wednesday.

Italian Scholar Highlights 'Musealisation' Efforts of Wadi Rum Discoveries

Italian Scholar Highlights 'Musealisation' Efforts of Wadi Rum Discoveries

AMMAN — In order to protect the rich cultural heritage of the Hishma Desert (Wadi Rum), two measures involving the local community are keys to success, experts said, citing the education of schoolchildren and the training of tour guides.

Annab Opens Tourism Horeca Jordan 2018

Annab Opens Tourism ‘Horeca Jordan 2018’ Torum

 AMMAN — Tourism Minister Lina Annab on Tuesday opened the 5th International Forum for Hospitality, Food Industries and Hotel Equipment “Horeca Jordan 2018” at the Zara Expo Exhibition Centre.

Amman tour Roman Theatre

Jordanian, British Writers Swap Places for Creative Literary Exchange

 AMMAN — A unique creative exchange programme is bringing together the seemingly opposite worlds of the small, medieval city of Durham in northeast England and the hilly metropolis of Amman, under the title "Alta'ir" (or "bird" in Arabic).

Zeus and Aphrodite Sculptures Have Been Discovered in Jerash

Zeus and Aphrodite Sculptures Have Been Discovered in Jerash

 AMMAN — New archaeological discoveries in Jerash have been described as “priceless” by historians and archaeologists, among them was an almost-whole sculpture of the Greek goddess of love and beauty "Aphrodite".

Jerash Labneh Festival

Jerash Labneh Festival

 Local women showcase their homemade dairy products including Labneh (strained yougurt) during Jerash Labneh Festival, a one-day event that was held Friday at the ancient Roman city of Jerash, 45km north of Amman, and included many activities such as kids games, traditional dancing and films.

Amman Book Fair

Amman Book Fair

 AMMAN — The annual Amman Book Fair attracted scores of people from all over the country who enjoy books, various cultural activities and signings from distinguished Jordanian authors over the weekend.

Ramtha Host Tunisia’s Etoile Sportive Du Sahel in Qualifier

Ramtha Host Tunisia’s Etoile Sportive Du Sahel in Qualifier

 AMMAN — Ramtha hosts Tunisia’s Etoile Sportive Du Sahel in the return leg of the Arab Club Champions Cup at Al Hassan Stadium in Irbid on Friday.

The Activation of Madaba Archaeological Museum

The Activation of Madaba Archaeological Museum

 AMMAN — Through the centuries, Madaba has been a symbol of cultural interaction and peaceful coexistence between different religions and cultural traditions, and its long history testifies of the important role of the area, said Italian archaeologist and co-director of the Madaba Regional Archaeological Museum Project (MRAMP) Andrea Polcaro, adding that "we believe it is one of the main values to be highlighted in the new museum of Madaba”.

Strong Regional Entry for New-Look Jordan Baja in Awe-Inspiring Wadi Rum

Strong Regional Entry for New-Look Jordan Baja in Awe-Inspiring Wadi Rum

 AMMAN — Jordan Motorsport has confirmed there will be a strong regional flavour to the official entry lists for this week’s inaugural Jordan Baja, the Kingdom’s first cross-country rally to run since 1990, according to the Jordan Motorsport Media Service.

Amman tour Roman Theatre

12 Things to Know Before You Go to Jordan

 Jordan is generally considered a carefree country with very few rules and regulations, but as in any Arab country, there are still certain cultural norms you should be aware of. Here’s a list of things to bear in mind while travelling to this beautiful nation.

KHCF Organises Annual Charity Hikes

KHCF Organises Annual Charity Hikes

 AMMAN — Moving away from the traditional fundraising techniques, the King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF)  is organising “Steps for Life”, an initiative that gives citizens the opportunity to support the treatment of underprivileged patients at the King Hussein Cancer Centre’s (KHCC) by engaging in an entertaining and healthy  hiking experience.

European Film Festival in Amman

European Film Festival in Amman

 AMMAN — The European Film Festival will kick off in Amman on Wednesday, and will be screening 19 movies. It will also launch a competition for local filmmakers.

jerash day trip

Jerash a ‘Significant Urban Community of the Early Islamic Period’

 Jerash, considered an important Roman and Byzantine city, is slowly revealing its role during the Early Islamic period.

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Jordan's tourism revenues reach $3.9 billion end of October

Tourism revenues rose by 12.7 per cent during the first ten months of this year to around $3.9 billion, up from $2.4 billion generated during the same period in 2016, the Central Bank of Jordan said.

Jordan Church

Number of overnight religious tourists increases

Jordan this year witnessed an increase in the number of overnight religious tourists from countries targeted by promotion efforts, an official said on Wednesday.