Jordan hosts Under 17 women’s football world cup
Jordan is proud to be the first country in the Middle East to host the first ever female world cup in the region, taking place from 30 September to 21 October 2016.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup is the fifth edition of the 2016 FIFA U-17 tournament. International female youth are competing in this championship, that is represented by the under-17 national teams of the member associations of FIFA.
‘Jordan is our Playground’ is this tournament’s official song, it was especially written and composed for this event that is taking place in Jordan right now. This song is considered an essential component of every FIFA tournament, as it represents the host country (Jordan), and it reflects the spirit of soccer.
The town of Salt nominated to become the 6th UNESCO World Heritage Site in Jordan
First it was Petra then Wadi Rum, Quseir Amra, Um El Rassas, The Baptism Site, and now the town of Salt, in Balqa, is to be presented for nomination. When one reads the criteria of the nomination, one cannot help but immediately muse on the town that gave its name to the sultana (the tasty dried grapes produced there for centuries).
To be an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement, land-use, or sea-use which is representative of a culture (or cultures), or human interaction with the environment especially when it has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible change;
To be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance.
Salt, which is located just north west of Amman, has attracted settlers since the Iron Age at least. It is located on the ‘Frontier of Settlement’; the line between desert and fertile soil and plentiful water. The town has always provided security from marauders, and was also perfectly placed on the north-south trade routes, and those running from east to west, linking the interior with Jerusalem, Nablus, Nazareth and the Mediterranean coast. It has a mixed Muslim-Christian population and its trading tradition helped create an atmosphere of tolerance and coexistence. Salt has witnessed many a golden age making it unique in Jordan and beyond.
The rich history of Saltos Hieraticon is evident from the Roman tombs on the outskirts of the town, and the 13th century Mameluke fortress, where you can feel the trace of all these civilizations as you walk from it and onto the centre of the city.
As Ammon declined, officials of the Ottoman Empire declared in 1596 that Salt was the only true prospering town in the district. By the early 19th century Salt was a well-off frontier town on the edge of the Ottoman Empire and the desert. Useful to all, but ruled by none!
The town was the center of lucrative trading between the region and urban industries in Palestine. Travelers wrote of a flourishing town with shops stocking cotton from Egypt, to the famous soap of Nablus. Salt began to expand and new construction and architecture sprung. The first modern Church was built, along with the first hospital and school. Shops spread, and houses made from yellow stone, that incorporated indigenous and European styles, with more than one storey, domed roofs and inner courtyards, some with frescoed ceilings painted by Italian artists.
When you walk the streets of Salt today, and take in its aura of timelessness, stop and remember that it has stood the test of time, being continuously inhabited for centuries upon centuries……….
Another Archaeological Mystery unfolds in Jordan
Archaeological Aerial Photography has recently revealed a puzzling ancient wall that runs 150 KM north-northeast to south southwest across the country. This wall which is now referred to as ‘ Khatt Shebib’ is speculated to have been built sometime between the Nabataean period (312 B.C.–A.D. 106) and the Umayyad period (A.D. 661–750). Though any one of the many kingdoms or empires that ruled Jordan in that long stretch of time could have built the wall, the structure might not have been constructed by a large state. It is possible that local communities, seeing what neighbours have done and persuaded of its usefulness, simply copied the practice.
But in truth archaeologists cannot agree on who really built the wall, when or for what purpose, as they dig deeper the purpose of the wall becomes even more bewildering; it is low in height and narrow, so how can it be explained as a defensive barrier? And to add to the mystery there are about 100 towers spread along the wall. Were they watch towers, or simply higher places to better hunt from? Maybe points of refuge for travellers…
The more extensive research becomes, the more it leaves archaeologists with even longer series of questions and mysteries.
These constantly emerging wonders are not strange to Jordan, as it is the land where you are always walking in the footsteps of many civilizations.
Jordan Select Tours, Professional Conference Organiser (PCO) for the IWA conference 2015
Jordan Select Tours has been chosen as the professional Conferenece Oragniser (PCO) for the International Water Associations’ (IWA) 2015 Conference and Exhibition at the King Hussein Convention Centre at the Dead Sea from October 18-20, 2015
The conference which features world renowned authorities on water resources and management, has attracted over 800 participants from 110 countries. Keynote speakers include HRH Prince El-Hasan Bin Talal, Mr. Akel Biltaji, Mayor of Amman, and numerous ministers, international professors and leaders on the subject of water management.
Jordan Select Tours seamlessly organised all events, receptions, dinners accommodations, transfers and logistics for the conference and exhibition, include the pre and post tours.
This conference is of great relevance to Jordan, the world’s 3rd poorest country for water resources, and where water issues are the underlying factor for many of the world’s most pressing issues.
Jordan Hosts the World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum took place in the heart of the Dead Sea for the 9th time from the 21st till the 23rd May 2015, with full support and presence of Their Majesties King Abdullah and Queen Rania. More than 800 leaders and ministers from 180 countries attended this conference.
His Majesty King Abdullah opened the World Economic Forum reaffirming his commitment to reform and investment to achieve regional prosperity and peace. He mentioned that “Our 10-year economic blueprint – Jordan’s 2025 – will enable us to move fast to diversify resources, to develop infrastructure, and capitalize on strengths.”
The World Economic Forum publishes a comprehensive series of reports which examine in detail the broad range of global issues it seeks to address with stakeholders as part of its mission of improving the state of the world. Besides reports on its key events and standalone publications such as the Global Competitiveness Report, the Global Risks Report and the Global Gender Gap Report, the Forum produces landmark titles covering the environment, education, individual industries and technologies.
The topics discussed reflect Jordan’s commitment to the region’s challenges and realizing it’s true potential through building a productive and investing in human capital and talents.
Jordan Looks forward to playing a very active role in helping achieve its World Economic Forum goals of enhancing regional cooperation and partnership in the future.
Jordan takes steps to promote tourism
Tourism is one of Jordan’s most important resources, and is the largest generator of foreign currency in the kingdom, therefore, it rightly receives a great deal of attention by the Jordanian government.
In order to encourage more tourism to Jordan, the Jordanian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is considering lowering the entrance fees to one of the world’s wonders; namely Petra. It is no secret that there has been a significant drop in the number of tourists visiting Jordan in 2015, mainly due to perceived threat in the region, although Jordan remains an oasis of calm and peace in the region, in the same way it has always been.
Other steps that will be taken shortly are the lowering of visitors’ visa fees and lowering the electricity tariff for hotels, making it in line with industrial electricity tariffs.
These decisions aim at reviving the tourism industry in Jordan by making it more affordable and increasing the number of tourists visiting the kingdom.
Turkish Airlines makes Aqaba a new flight destination
Jordan’s tourism is about to gain a significant boost from increased direct flights between Aqaba and Istanbul. The new route gives millions of travelers direct access to Jordan along with a superb location to three of the country’s key tourism attractions. The launch of Turkish Airlines Aqaba flights marks a historic moment for Aqaba; the first foreign international network carrier to make scheduled flights to Aqaba airport. Tremendous opportunities for tourism for Aqaba will emerge and be utilized through the Turkish Airlines network of 97 countries and 215 cities. Tourists and businessmen will have the convenience to travel directly to and from Aqaba from all around the world. Worth to mention that the Turkish Airlines makes direct return flights to Aqaba three times a week.
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