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Jordanian scholar Delves into Time Measurement in Ancient Agrarian Societies

Jordanian scholar Delves into Time Measurement in Ancient Agrarian Societies

 AMMAN — Time has always preoccupied humans, and in order to organise daily life, ancient civilisations constructed different devices to measure time, said a Jordanian scholar.

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Jordan Sees 8.6 Per Cent rise in Tourism Revenue

 AMMAN — The Kingdom’s tourism revenue in the first seven months of 2019 went up by 8.6 per cent to $3.2 billion, compared with the January-July period of 2018 that registered $2.95 billion, the Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ) announced on Wednesday.

Scholar Delves into Intricacies of Early Islamic Architecture near Karak

Scholar Delves into Intricacies of Early Islamic Architecture near Karak

 AMMAN — An intricate mosaic medallion and marble capitals unearthed in a building in Shuqayra Al Gharbiyya, near Karak, speak to the wealth of the building’s original inhabitants, a Jordanian scholar recently told The Jordan Times.

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Researcher Says Byzantine-Era Artisans ‘Less Skilful’ than Predecessors

 AMMAN — Jordan has an abundance of sites filled with Roman wall paintings adorning temples and necropolises, but paintings from later periods are often only found in fragments, according to a Polish conservator.

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'Bint Bladi' Expo Celebrates Entrepreneurial Women

 AMMAN — Deputising for Her Majesty Queen Rania, Minister of Social Development Basma Ishaqat on Wednesday inaugurated the Bint Bladi Expo in support of productive Jordanian women.

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Tourism Sees Uptick in First Half of 2019

 AMMAN — Tourism revenues have increased by 8.3 per cent during the first half of this year, reaching $2.6 billion (some JD1.9 billion) compared with $2.4 billion registered in the same period last year, according to preliminary data released by the Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ) on Monday.

Mosaica’s ‘Mix-Tape’ Delivers to Packed Audience

Mosaica’s ‘Mix-Tape’ Delivers to Packed Audience

 AMMAN — Jordan’s award-winning vocal ensemble Mosaica Singers put on a thrilling performance Thursday night at the Terra Santa College Theatre. It was the opening event in the series of three performances held over the weekend.

Digital Archive Aims to Preserve Jordan’s Past for Future Generations

Digital Archive Aims to Preserve Jordan’s Past for Future Generations

 AMMAN — In spite of the widespread destruction of cultural heritage, a team of experts and interns recently finished digitising a private photo archive as part of a bid to save Jordan’s records and provide people with a resource to study the country’s history.

Young Directors Call for Real Life Take on Reel

Young Directors Call for Real Life Take on Reel

 AMMAN — Denouncing the misrepresentation of Jordanian life and culture in films, many aspiring local directors and actors are striving to break the mould by zooming in on an accurate display of daily life in the Kingdom.

Rose-Red City Witnesses Rise in Tourist Footfall — JTB

Rose-Red City Witnesses Rise in Tourist Footfall — JTB

 AMMAN — Visitors to the rose-red city of Petra rose by 44 per cent, or some 128,000 people, when comparing the first five months of 2019 with 2018, Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) Managing Director Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat said on Tuesday.

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Europe Tops Tourist Arrivals to Jordan

 

 AMMAN — The Kingdom welcomed 615,955 foreign visitors by the end of May, 76 per cent of which were overnight visitors, the Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) said on Sunday.

Pella Excavations Unearth Trove of ‘Exceptional’ Artefacts

Pella Excavations Unearth Trove of ‘Exceptional’ Artefacts

 AMMAN — The latest excavations of ancient Pella (modern Tabaqat Fahl) in the Jordan Valley uncovered beautiful art tools from a large stone building that archaeologists believe was the ruler’s palace, according to an Australian scholar.

German-Danish Team Unearth Building in Jerash

German-Danish Team Unearth Building in Jerash

 AMMAN — During an excavation work carried out by the German-Danish team in Jerash, remains of a building constructed on the bedrock and destroyed by the earthquake in 749AD were found.

Wadi Rum

‘Bubble Camps’ Bring More Tourists to Wadi Rum, Offer them Splendid View of Night Sky

 AMMAN — A new wave of luxurious camps have been spreading across Wadi Rum, contributing to attracting more tourists to the protected area, also known as the “valley of the moon”.

Oxford Researcher Explores Social Changes in Early Islamic Era

Oxford Researcher Explores Social Changes in Early Islamic Era

 AMMAN — During the Umayyad period, a freed slave would become a “mawla” (client) of their former master, and non-Arab converts would become the client of the person who witnessed their conversion, said a British historian.

Nearly 2 million Travellers Go Through Queen Alia Airport in Q1-2019

Nearly 2 million Travellers Go Through Queen Alia Airport in Q1-2019

 AMMAN — Some 1.9 million passengers travelled through Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) during the first three months of the year (Q1-2019), according to a statement sent to The Jordan Times on Thursday.

Petra City

Scholars Investigate Whole Quarter of the Ancient City Petra as Part of North-Eastern Petra Project

 AMMAN — A team of scholars involved in the North-Eastern Petra Project (NEPP) investigated for the first time a whole quarter of the ancient city and not merely a single building.

RJ’s Operational Revenues Reach Around JD653 Million in 2018 Thanks to Growth in Passenger Numbers

RJ’s Operational Revenues Reach Around JD653 Million in 2018 Thanks to Growth in Passenger Numbers

 AMMAN — The operational revenues of Royal Jordanian (RJ) in 2018 reached JD653.3 million compared to JD605.8 million in 2017, marking an increase of 8 per cent of JD47.5 million, Chairman of RJ’s Board of Directors Said Darwazah announced on Sunday.

Petra Scores Unprecedented Record of 7,720 Visitors in One Day

Petra Scores Unprecedented Record of 7,720 Visitors in One Day

 AMMAN — Chief Commissioner of the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority Suleiman Farajat on Thursday said that 7,720 tourists of various nationalities visited Petra today, thus breaking the record number of visits to the site in one day.

Shehadeh Touts Potential of Jordanian Tourism Sector

Shehadeh Touts Potential of Jordanian Tourism Sector

 AMMAN — Deputising for His Majesty King Abdullah, Minister of State for Investment Affairs Muhannad Shehadeh on Tuesday inaugurated the annual MENA sales and marketing conference.

Tourism Revenue Rises 5.2 per Cent During First Quarter of 2019

Tourism Revenue Rises 5.2 per Cent During First Quarter of 2019

AMMAN — The Kingdom’s tourism revenue climbed 5.2 per cent and reached $1.3 billion during the first quarter of this year, in comparison to the same period of 2018.

ASEZA Launches World’s First Diving App Offering Underwater Navigation

ASEZA Launches World’s First Diving App Offering Underwater Navigation

 AMMAN — The Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) on Saturday released the world’s first diving app offering personal GPS-based navigation technology underwater.

Children’s Museum Jordan Opens Infectious Diseases Exhibit

Children’s Museum Jordan Opens Infectious Diseases Exhibit

 AMMAN — The Children’s Museum Jordan on Monday launched a special temporary exhibit titled, “Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World”, which will run until the end of the year, according to a statement sent to The Jordan Times.

Techworks-Designed Map Gives Investors Interactive Look at Jordan

Techworks-Designed Map Gives Investors Interactive Look at Jordan

 AMMAN — Displayed at the World Economic Forum is an interactive map of Jordan, one comprised of three different digital layers highlighting Jordan’s tourist attractions, innovation hubs and investment opportunities.

Jordanian Filmmaker on Using her Lens to Trigger Change

Jordanian Filmmaker on Using her Lens to Trigger Change

 AMMAN — According to Jordanian filmmaker Widad Shafakoj, there are other more influential means to exercise activism and press for change than taking to the streets and forming unions — the camera.

Some 5.9m Passengers Travelled Through QAIA in February 2019

Some 5.9m Passengers Travelled Through QAIA in February 2019

 AMMAN — More than half-a-million passengers went through Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) in February, according to statistics released by the Airport International Group (AIG) on Monday.

Petra

Petra Visitors Continue to Increase in First Quarter of 2019

 AMMAN — The number of foreign visitors to Petra in the first three months of 2019 increased by 53 per cent to 219,503 guests, compared with the same period of 2018, when the ancient city welcomed 143,345 visitors, the Petra Development and Tourism Regional Authority (PDTRA) announced on Monday.

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.