January 30, 2008

Happy Snow in Amman

I just went for a Snow Drive and shopping, it looks so great outside. I took these photos, the best I can get but I promise to post better pictures when the snow stops :)

Enjoy the beauty of the snow visiting Amman City and Jordan.
So what are you doing now?
- Eating the unfresh Jordanian KASTANA "Maple".
- Reading a Book
- BLOGGING, even the connection is so DEAD that I guess many people is on line now.
- Trying to move your car, just because you are bored.
- Playing Shjaddeah, cards.
- all of the above
- Or Nothing
- Any Hobbies?
or, but I doubt, you are working at home?

Type rest of the post here

January 29, 2008

Parallel Parking

The pictures shown were taken within 5min of circulating the boundary streets of one of the most important neighborhoods in Amman, Swefieh.

I am posting these pictures with comments trying to point out on the problems we have in the City. Hopefully, we understand our problems and try to give the right solutions.

I don't walk to work, like most of us, and i got so frustrated from what I experience when driving. I see drivers fighting, agressive, and mad at each other. Not a healthy way for people to interact with each other, not a healthy way of living.

Parallel parking is a major obstacle for driving in the city, it cause more traffic, and more accidents. People parallel drive either because there is no parking, or they are in a hurry and have no time searching for a spot, or loading and unloading.

This doesn't happen in the big cities but why we see it a problem here?

A solution for this is by re-structuring the transportation system in the city by providing the following solutions:

1) Focus on Green transportation alternatives and not cars: Pedestrian, and public transit.

2) More Garage parking

3) Metered parking

4) Alternative street side parking

And most important allowing drivers to curb their cars only for loading and loading or a small period of time, like 1/2 an hour. Many of the parking spots are lost due to the long term parking of the retail owners and employees.

This will improve our streets and will improve the quality of our public spaces.

Finally, I am not promoting for accomodating driving, we shall focus more on pedestrians and public transit and not imposing some driving rules.

Related Posts:
Promoting for transportation alternatives in Amman City
Amman Mini-Metro from the 1st circle to the 8th circle?
The new Traffic law

January 27, 2008

Road Accident Kills at least 23 passengers at Amman - Jerash road

CDD personnel examine the wreckage of a bus in the bottom of a valley on the Amman-Jerash highway on Saturday (Photo by Nader Daoud)

This is a sad begining of the week in Jordan. More than 23 people were killed on Amman-Jerash highway yesterday!

Is this ever gonna change? Public transportation is our biggest enemy in this country and it need to be improved before we hear more people being killed.

I have a friend died, 9 years ago, on the same road when I was studying at JUST. She was on her graduation year and was the only child for her single mother.

Around 94,257 road accidents were reported in 2007, resulting in the death of 789 people and the injury of 12,989. They cost the Kingdom JD255 million, while over the past 20 years, traffic accidents have claimed the lives of 11,000 citizens, according to official figures.

According to officials, the new traffic law is expecting to solve some of our traffic problmes however, I argue that it's gonna change anything. The problem is not with having a law. We have already many laws, but they aren't under effect. We need to focus first on solving the streets infrastructures and the transportation systems and the laws will come evenetually. We need also to develop the awareness and safty tips among drivers.

God bless them and their families.

AMMAN - At least 23 people were killed and 33 others were injured when a public transportation bus collided with a water tanker on the Amman-Jerash highway yesterday, police said.

According to a Public Security Department (PSD) source, a total of 53 passengers were on board the bus, which was heading from Amman to Irbid when it slid off the main road near Salhoub Bridge, 20km north of Amman, and hit a cliff foot then ricocheted and hit a water tanker.

Both vehicles rolled over down a steep valley, said the source, adding that the tanker’s three passengers were among the dead.

More than 60 PSD and Civil Defence Department (CDD) vehicles and 300 personnel from both agencies participated in rescue operations, PSD Spokesperson Major Mohammad Khatib said.

CDD Spokesperson Captain Bassem Khleif told The Jordan Times that due to the high number of causalities, rescue teams transported the victims to several surrounding hospitals.

Jerash Public Hospital Director Yousef Gogazeh said the hospital received 19 deaths and 13 injuries, five of whom were in critical condition.

According to CDD, three injuries were sent to Al Hussein Medical City, seven to Al Israa Hospital, seven to Queen Alia Hospital, three to the University of Jordan Hospital, while one death and two injuries were sent to the Salt Public Hospital.

Also yesterday, one person died and 13 were injured in two other separate accidents which occurred in Karak Governorate, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

The accidents come as the Kingdom is engaged in a debate over a new harsher traffic law.

The new law, introduced by the former government of prime minister Marouf Bakhit, is seen as a necessity as the number of people killed in road accidents is constantly on the rise.

However, the Lower House rejected the draft law for the stipulated stiffer penalties which include huge fines and prison terms. The bill is still under discussion in the Senate.

January 25, 2008

Amman streets

Amman City has an enormous traffic problem. Streets are overrun with cars, pedestrians are jammed onto sidewalks, and forced into dangerous traffic, buses have no schedule, and deliveries, taxis, and emergency vehicles struggle to get through.

Amman's new traffic planning policy primarily attempts to maximize vehicular through put. This fails to consider how pedestrians, and transit-users can improve the total capacity of our streets.

Streets are more than just car corridors; they are valuable civic spaces and resources that need to be wisely allocated. Improving these public spaces is the simplest way to improve the quality of life for all Ammanies.

Amman city streets ate almost entirely devoted for cars. Cars are the most inefficient users of Amman City street space. A sensible, sustainable transportation policy would prioritize transit users, and walkers.

Related posts:
Unfriendly Streets
Mechanisms to reduce traffic accidents
Police Security Department
Toward improving the transportation system and decreasing car emission

January 23, 2008

The new Traffic law

Since we all wonder what's cooking regarding the new traffic law. I posted here the latest update. To read more about Amman Voice opinion and strategy to reduce traffic read the related posts below.

AMMAN (Petra) - The new temporary traffic law will remain in effect until constitutional requirements are finalised, Dean of the University of Jordan law faculty George Hazboun said on Monday. Under the Constitution, the government submits the draft law to the Parliament for deliberation. Once it is approved, the bill is submitted to His Majesty King Abdullah for endorsement, he added. The temporary law is now in the Senate after it was rejected by the Lower House.

Related posts:

Unfriendly Streets

Mechanisms to reduce traffic accidents

Police Security Department

Toward improving the transportation system and decreasing car emission

What 2 Do

When: Wednesday 30 Jan. 2008 @ 8:00 PM
Where: Zara Auditorium
What: Contemporary Australian Indigenous music concert
How: Free Entry

January 22, 2008

Unfriendly Streets

We need to re-imagine Amman as a "Livable City ". All amman streets need to be Pedestrian friendly, and not only Wakalt or Rainbow, the commercial streets, and ignoring the rest.

Streets can't be regulated by only imposing strict traffic laws. They should come with a campaign to re-imagine our streets to be more livable. To Educate The citizens about the potential Transportation policies changes that will improve quality of life across Amman City.

Below are some photos taken for Swefieh streets in Amman on saturday afternoon. Note that all photes were taken by circulatiung just once arround the boundary streets of Swefieh, and I posted some comments on the photos:

"The contractors must file for permission from the GAM for any construction work or use outside the propoert line" AmmnVoice

"Parking spots must be provided for all Pharmacies instead of commercial stores" AmmanVoice

Loading and unloading at main streets

Wrong way and parking, while pedestrian walking on the street and causing traffic jams.

An intersection of chaos: no stop signs, parallel parking, no pedestrian crossing path, and an uneffective sign for an alternative street parking for only one hour.

January 17, 2008

Queen Rania tours downtown Amman

Her Majesty Queen Rania greets shoppers in downtown
Amman on Wednesday (Photo by Abdullah Ayoub)

Ammn (JT) - Yesterday, Queen Rania toured downtown Amman, visited the old markets, spoke with storeowners and checked on the tourism situation. As she walked down Al Hashemi and Al Salt streets Queen Rania spoke with shoppers and also stopped by Abu Ahmad’s famous peanut stand, which has been serving downtown residents for some 35 years. Queen Rania also toured the Malhas Souq, one of the oldest markets in the city centre and visited the “Arab Culture Kiosk” where she purchased books on the capital’s history. Abu Ali, the kiosk owner, was honoured by His Majesty King Abdullah last year for his role in promoting culture and books across generations.

Celebrating Trees

Their Royal Highnesses Prince Ali and Princess Rym Ali attend a
ceremony marking Arbor Day in Al Jiza on Tuesday (Petra photo)

The Kingdom marked Arbor Day on Tuesday with tree-planting ceremonies across the country. Thats how an article covering the "Kingdom Marks the Arbor Day" being posted @ Jordan times. If you read the article you will be surprised how we celebrate tree planting in this country. How we see this country by investing in Housing projects at newly planted trees. That was my perception from this article. You can read it here at Jordan Times.

It ends up being a Housing project! Planting trees is called " Construction Plants" then it continue talking about housing construction projects. Then the real estate investment company were introduced to talk about their housing projects. Later a sub titile talkes about "Increasing the Green Cover"

Deputising for his Majesty King Abdullah, HRH Prince Ali acted as patron at a ceremony making the occasion in Al- Jiza. I am sure Prince Ali, whose leading the country trees planting initiative, will be surprised to read this article.

Whose editing these topics at Jordan Times?

AMMAN (JT) - The Kingdom marked Arbor Day on Tuesday with tree-planting ceremonies across the country.

Deputising for His Majesty King Abdullah, HRH Prince Ali acted as patron at a ceremony marking the occasion in Al Jiza.

The Prince, accompanied by HRH Princess Rym Ali, planted a sapling at the site of the Ahl Al Azm residential city project, one of 25,000 newly planted pine tree saplings on the 13-dunum plot.

Prince Ali, who launched the project yesterday, was briefed on construction plans.

Minister of Public Works and Housing Sahl Majali said the $900 million first phase of the residential city, expected to be completed by 2012, will include the construction of 15,754 housing units on a 3 million square metre (sq.m) plot.

Around 1,005 villas will also be built under the project, according to Majali.

“Construction work on the project, which is expected to benefit some 84,000 people, will commence in two months,” Majali told The Jordan Times yesterday, adding that the ministry seeks to make affordable housing units available to various segments of society.

Taameer Jordan Holdings (TJH), a real estate developer, is implementing the project in cooperation with the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDC).

TJH Chairman Khaled Dahleh said apartments will range between 80-180sq.m in area, noting that the city will also include 100-200sq.m of commercial units for stores and offices.

The residential city will be provided with water, electricity, communication infrastructure and road networks, and will also house schools, commercial centres, parks and parking lots, he added.

“The project, formerly known as Al Jiza residential city, is a model of the partnership between the private and public sectors,” Dahleh noted.

Located 35 kilometres from the 7th Circle, the plot of land, owned by HUDC, is on the airport road.

HUDC Director General Sana Mehyar said the project will be a model for other residential cities to be built in different governorates.

“The increasing demand for housing accompanied by rising property prices necessitated the construction of a project that will serve limited-income citizens,” Mihyar told The Jordan Times yesterday.

Prime Minister Nader Dahabi and the King’s Adviser for Tribal Affairs Sharif Fawwaz Zaben attended yesterday’s event, while members of the We are All Jordan Youth Commission took part in planting saplings at the site.

Increasing green cover

Ministry of Agriculture Secretary General Radi Tarawneh praised Arbor Day as an opportunity to plant trees across the Kingdom to increase green cover and combat desertification.

“The ministry annually distributes 40 million forest saplings free of charge to individuals and nurseries; part of its plan for this year is to plant trees on 5,000 dunums,” Tarawneh told reporters at yesterday’s event.

The ministry will also plant saplings on roadsides and other areas across the country in order to increase the country’s green cover and combat climate change, Tarawneh added.

Only 1 per cent of the country’s total area is covered with forests, according to agriculture officials, whereas it is 20-25 per cent internationally.

In September last year, the Agriculture Ministry announced a strategy to protect the country’s forests from climate and socio-economic threats.

The strategy is designed to preserve the Kingdom’s diminishing forests and to protect its biodiversity. It also seeks to train the ministry’s forestry department employees on forest conservation.

Illegal logging also poses a threat to the country’s limited forests, Minister of Agriculture Muzahim Muhaisin said at the event.

“The ministry is trying to stop such violations in cooperation with environmental rangers, however, it is not possible to deploy a ranger for each tree… we need the public’s cooperation,” Muhaisin told The Jordan Times yesterday.

Arbor Day, a nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care, was founded by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska in 1872, according to the National Arbor Day Foundation’s website.

The tradition of Arbour Day in the Kingdom began in 1939 with a ceremony held at Jabal Qalaa.

Since then, it has been an annual national celebration, with the Ministry of Agriculture choosing a different location each year to plant various saplings.

January 14, 2008

Amman Featured in NY Times

At NY times Travel section, an article posted on Jan. 13 featuring Amman food, culture, and restaurants. The writer wrote about politics more than eating in Amman. In the article you can feel the personal frustration from Amman, it's food, people and most important to her culture and heritage. I didn't expect this to be on the travel section at the well know and read newspaper like the NY times.

Shouldn't we react? How can an owner of a Famous restaurant show his dislike to the Jordanian food being Oily and lack of flavors compared to the Iraqi food? Trying to sell his own meals?

Amman is like most other modern cities. It contains many cultures from different origins and they all participate in shaping the culture of the city. We don't call Hummus, Falafel, shawerma etc a lebanese, palestinian, Syrian or Jordanian. I call it Belad El-Cham food, or the region.

Why should someone do this?

Israelis are heavily promoting for their culture by taking from other cultures. Many restaurants in NY city sells: Falafel, Humus, Salad, Tabouleh, Shawermah and many other cultural elements as being part of the Israeli heritage. They even branded them and opened retail chains with names like: Humus, or Pita. Even the Belly dancing, which was first introduced in NY city by an Israeli couples is considered an Israeli culture.

I once entered a restaurant in NYC called Nefertiti, an Egyptian queen, and wasn't surprised to see everything being Arabic from: food, music, interior design, and Argelleah ( Called with it's Hebron name: Hookah). I was shocked to see the logo of the store with the pyramids and David Star on the top. Moreover, the menu have names like: Israeli Salad, Israeli Hummus, etc. The owner was Israeli, while the waiters were Egyptians.

Food, and culture is part of our identity and heritage. The challenges of existence that we face is not only within the rights of Lands, it includes the Culture and Heritage.

The challengies we face in the global world are more than political or geographic. Art and Cultural sustainability are important to our development and Identity that requires from us to maintain and preserve.

Jason Florio for The New York Times

All the Foods of the Mideast at Its Stable Center
Published: January 13, 2008

In Amman, you’ll find the bright vegetables from Lebanon, crunchy falafels from Syria, juicy kebabs from Egypt and, most recently, spicy meat dishes from Jordan’s southern neighbor, Iraq.

All the Foods of the Mideast at Its Stable Center

ON a warm evening last fall, a handful of old men shuffled into Al Quds, a big, overly lit restaurant on a bustling stretch of King Hussein Street in downtown Amman. Platters of syrupy pastries, crispy phyllo shells and fried dough were artfully stacked in the windows. But the men were there for the house specialty: mansaf.

Mansaf, a lamb shank served on a heap of yellow rice with chopped, blanched almonds and warm yogurt sauce, is the national dish of Jordan. But over the past few years, as other cultures and nationalities have moved in, the menu has expanded beyond mansaf and Jordan’s culinary borders.

Call it a product of political turmoil. Jordan is smack in the center of the Middle East. In Amman, its capital, you’ll find the bright vegetables from Lebanon, crunchy falafels from Syria, juicy kebabs from Egypt and, most recently, spicy meat dishes from Jordan’s southern neighbor, Iraq.

It’s known as the food of the Levant — an ancient word for the area bounded by the Mediterranean Sea and the Arabian peninsula. But the food here isn’t just the sum of its calories. In this politically, religiously and ethnically fraught corner of the world, it is a symbol of bloodlines and identity.


At the bottom of the Jordanian food chain is street fare — fast, greasy, cheap. There are dozens of roadside stands in town, serving everything from lamb kebabs to hot falafel, but only one has had a line 10 people deep for, more or less, 30 years.

Reem Cafeteria (Jabal Amman, Second Circle; 962-6-464-5725) is a tiny wooden shack next to a traffic circle in the neighborhood known as Jabal Amman. It’s open 24 hours a day and commonly regarded as the best street food in maybe the whole country. Six men in curiously neat, pressed red jackets and matching baseball caps stand shoulder to shoulder in an assembly line making Reem’s only dish: warm roast beef sandwiches.

The beef is charred, sliced off a rotating spit, layered into a fresh pita, topped with slices of tomato and sweet onion, and sprinkled with salt and sumac, the tart, ubiquitous spice of the Middle East. Then it’s wrapped in foil and handed over drippy and warm.

The chefs will accommodate special orders — meaning, hold the tomato — but not when they’re busy, which was the case on a recent Monday, when a dozen people were waiting at 1 a.m. for their late-night snack. In front of me was a family of four, the father holding his sleeping daughter on his shoulder. Behind me was a group of teenage boys with gelled hair and bright, cuff-linked shirts, smoking cigarettes and leaning against a shiny Mercedes.

As an enterprise, Reem is legendary. “The owner makes a few million a year,” said one of the young cuff links. But the sandwiches are only the equivalent of 45 cents I told him. “You see?” he said. “That’s many, many sandwiches.”


A click above street food is Hashem — a culinary institution that hasn’t changed its menu or its décor since it opened in 1952. The outdoor cafe (962-6-463-6440), painted robin’s egg blue, is on an alley off Al-Amir Mohammed Street in downtown Amman, where three men take turns mashing chickpeas, molding them into golf ball-size rounds, and dunking them in vats of bubbling oil.

The alley, known simply as Hashem Alley, is lined with strings of light bulbs and flimsy plastic tables. Seated in the middle, in front of an old wooden cash register, is the owner, Hashem Turk, a heavyset, bald man with a trim white beard and a voice of gravel. “The king came here last year,” he said. “He paid for everyone in the restaurant and said, ‘Whatever you serve the people, serve me.’ ”

Lucky thing, because Hashem only serves one main dish: falafel. Every country in the region claims falafel as its own, but according to Mr. Turk it was invented in Jordan, more specifically in his kitchen. Hashem has no menus, napkins or utensils. And dinner, 1.25 Jordanian dinars per person (about $1.80 at $1.45 to the dinar), is served only one way — all at once.

Soon after my Jordanian friend Sahm and I sat down, our waiter brought us a plate of steaming, bite-size falafel and another plate of large falafel stuffed with onions and peppers. Then came the sides: pita bread, hot pepper sauce, fuul (an earthy fava bean paste with olive oil), garlicky hummus with pickles and ground pepper and, finally, a plate of raw onion wedges and a pile of mint leaves (for tea). It’s just what he served the king, Mr. Turk proudly told me.

I did what the men around me (there were no women) were doing: tear pita, dunk falafel in hot sauce, chew, tear pita, dunk in hummus, chew, tear pita, dunk in fuul, chew, and so on.

At the end of the meal, the men leaned back in their chairs, patted their bellies and bit into the raw, sweet onion. They yelled out compliments, which Mr. Turk accepted with a short, unsmiling nod. He’d heard it all before. Did he mention the king was here?


A meal at Fakhr el-Din is a starched tablecloth affair in an elegant Lebanese restaurant with flickering tabletop candles and speakers hidden in courtyard trees. It’s the kind of place where the reservation book is bound in leather, waiters move silently, and dishes arrive with sprigs of greenery that aren’t for eating (40 Taha Hussein Street, Jabal Amman; www.fakhreldin.com; 962-6-465-2399). Even Jordanians will reluctantly agree that Lebanese food is the most refined in the Middle East.

My dinner companions were friends from Amman and New York. We sat outside under a large canopy umbrella, surrounded by tables of local families, couples on dates and European diplomats. We started with mezze, small plates of food that might be called tapas, antipasto or hors d’oeuvres in other countries.

First, the cold mezze: grape leaves stuffed with rice and mint, creamy hummus, mashed eggplant with pomegranate seeds, crunchy green olives in spicy pepper sauce, crumbled mild goat cheese with tomato and various spices, tabbouleh and burghul, a cracked wheat. Everything tastes green and faintly spicy, as if it were all just dug up from the soil, rinsed and served. Almost all the vegetables in the region are organic and macrobiotic by default.

Next came the hot mezze; this is where the chef shows off his gastronomic acumen. The hot mezze started mild with the traditional crispy fried slivers of hallum, or goat cheese, and savory phyllo pastries of spinach and cheese. Then the dishes graduated to the exotic: sautéed sheep testicles, which looked and tasted like sausage, served in olive oil with a wedge of lemon. And finally, fried baby sparrows — bones and all — served with lemon and olive oil.

“Be careful of the beaks,” said the waiter. It was an idle warning — fried bird was a Lebanese specialty in which I wouldn’t indulge.


An estimated 750,000 Iraqis have arrived in Jordan since the start of the war. And like every diaspora in history, this one has brought a culinary tradition. Dozens of Iraqi restaurants have opened in Amman in the past few years, serving Kurdish dishes like shredded chicken or beef served with vegetables and rice, and another Iraqi favorite similar to a quesadilla: shredded beef, raisins, onions, pine nuts, tomatoes, beet root and peppers stuffed between two cornmeal flatbreads.

The most popular of the Iraqi restaurants is Zad el-Khair (Um Uzayna Main Street; 962-6-554-0057, www.zadelkhair.com), where etchings of famous Iraqi musicians line the walls and the ceiling is covered in colorful tapestries. On the night we arrived, the two large dining rooms were filled with men in business suits and women in hijabs, though none at the same table.

After the waiters returned from a brief moment of prayer in the corner, we ordered the house specialty: grilled fish. The chef retrieved a big, gray Syrian river fish from a large tiled pool. Then the brutal part: he laid the fish next to the massive grill and beat it soundly with a small wooden club. He proceeded to slice the fish open with a small knife, and propped it in front of the fire using two wooden stakes.

When the fish was slightly charred, he slapped it on a dinner plate, drizzled it with olive oil and squirted it with lemon. The whole affair took about 10 minutes and, despite the savage preparation, the result was delicious — the fish was delicate, flaky and faintly briny.

At the end of our dinner, the owner, Yosef Aku Obiyn, came over to welcome us, the only non-Iraqis in his restaurant. I asked him how Iraqi food compared with the food of his adopted country. “To me, well, Iraqi food is much better,” he said. “We like our food full of flavor and the Jordanians like their food full of oil.”

Will he ever go back? “I had two restaurants in Baghdad, but I had to leave,” he said. “But I am not a political man. I don’t follow war. I follow food.”

January 9, 2008

5.4% the Inflation Rate in Jordan for 2007

This means that the price of purchasing goods increased about 5.4% over the past year. Also, means that the purchasing power of money decreased the same amount. With the food items increase in price reached up to 19% and 9% over the last year.

Compared to the USA last year inflation rate increased about 3.9%. And the consumer price index reached 210

Is this a reasonable increase?

(MENAFN Press) The data issued by the Department of Statistics indicate an increase in the Consumer Price Average during December 2007 by 1.57% compared with the previous month (November 2007) following the relative stability of prices witnessed since the end of 2006.

The Consumer Price Index (which represents the weighted average for all commodities and services in the consumer basket) reached 124.62 percentage points during December 2007 (as compared with 124.62 during November 2007).

The report shows also that the increase which took place in December 2007 (as compared with November 2007) is due to an increase in the prices of some commodities namely:" Meats and Poultry", "Diary and its products and Eggs", Rents, "Clothing and Footwear" and Vegetables. Meanwhile, prices of some commodities have retreated in December (Fruits, Communications and Personal Care).

The Annual Inflation Rate, which measures the percentage of price increase between 2007 and 2006, reached 5.39% in 2007 as compared with 2006. Meanwhile the inflation rate was 6.25%in 2006 as compared with 2005. The report shows that the registered price rise of food items by 9.3% was the main reason behind the registered increase of the inflation rate in 2007.

This increase has contributed to an increase in the inflation rate by 3.7 percentage points while the non-food items contributed to 1.6 percentage points. It is worthy to mention that prices of food items have increased at varying percentages in 2007 and reached 19.9% at the maximum for the vegetables group, and 1.1% at the minimum for the spices and food additives.

2007 Jordan Real Estate Trading

Sharing some numbers of 2007 Real Estate trading:

(MENAFN - Jordan Times) Real estate trading went up by 8 per cent last year to JD5.6 billion compared to JD5.2 billion in 2006. As such, Land and Survey Department revenues increased by 6 per cent during 2007, reaching around JD355.4 million.

North Amman ranked first with revenues totalling around JD5.4 million, followed by that of Amman at around JD4.5 million while the registration department of south Amman ranked third at JD3.45 million.

West Amman came in fourth place, accounting for around JD2.8 million in revenues, according to the Land and Survey Department. Iraqi investors continued to top the list of non-Jordanian investors, accounting for JD60 million while Kuwaiti and Saudi investments totalled JD18 million and JD11 million respectively.

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Toward improving the transportation system and decreasing car emission

To improve the transportation system and minimizing old vehicles emission. They can now be replaced with new ones with exempted or reduced taxes, according to an article published at the Jordan times newspaper today.

Cabinet endorses exemptions for mini-buses

AMMAN (Petra) - Owners of mini-buses that have passed their operational age can now purchase a new vehicle that will be exempted from customs tariffs in return for scrapping two old small cars, under a decision taken by the Cabinet on Tuesday. In addition, they will pay a reduced sales tax of 7 per cent. The decision, which does not apply to investment companies, was taken in line with the country’s strategy to replace old passenger mini-buses with safer, newer ones, in a bid to improve the transport system. During their weekly session yesterday, the Cabinet also decided to reduce the sales tax on locally manufactured transport vehicles to 4 per cent. In addition, the Council of Ministers decided to exempt passenger vehicles, which are re-exported to be replaced with newer ones, from income and service tax.

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January 7, 2008

Limiting Chain Stores in our neighborhoods

Should chain stores be required to fit in with the character of a neighborhood, and should their proliferation be capped? Those are some of the crazy ideas being tossed in my mind. But, WOW these are some drastic measures for a capitalist society. We need to start working toward formulating a retail zoning plan for the neighborhoods that would prevent chain stores from displacing local businesses and generally keep them from swamping the area more than they already have. Will local politicians' endorse the plan? It's way too early to tell, but we may be approaching the day when enjoying a gingerbread latte, Starbucks latte, while strolling Rainbow St. could be considered a dangerous political high-wire act.

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January 6, 2008

A 400JD Laptops or a 75JD Laptops per child?

A 70 JD Laptop Per Child

I read in the news today about the Jordan Post Company initiative offering affordable desktops and laptops computers for a JD300 - JD500. Applications to purchase the laptops starts today and it needs Bank approval for funding. Not sure what's the specifications of the laptop, but it looks that there are some guildlines. Good news, but 300 JD in not that cheap.
Alas, we can get a better deal at A $100 laptop per child initiative, thats if you need an educational laptop.
" $100 laptop per child, is an education project, not a laptop project. To
provide children around the world with new opportunities to explore, experiment
and express themselves.”

How to give a laptop to a child?

You can donate through the website. However, dont we need this laptop in our Schools too?

JPC begins receiving applications for computer

AMMAN (JT) _ Jordan Post Company (JPC) offices across the Kingdom today
will start receiving applications for purchasing affordable desktop and laptop
computers under an initiative launched by the JPC. Under the initiative,
citizens can fill out an application to purchase a desktop or a laptop. Once
approval is received from the bank, the applicant immediately will be provided
with a computer. The monthly installment for the desktop stands at JD6.75, while
the monthly payment for the laptop is JD12. The payback period ranges from 48-55
months. The price of laptops and desktops ranges from JD300 to JD508, depending
on the specifications of the device. There are no downpayments required.