King Visits Umm Al Jimal

His Majesty King Abdullah, accompanied by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, visited the archaeological site at Umm Al Jimal in the Northern Badia region on Wednesday.

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Airport

Decision to Reopen Airport Will Be ‘Gradual’

 AMMAN — The decision to reopen the airport is going to be “gradual” and coordinated between the ministries of health and tourism, the Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission and the Crisis Management Cell, Minister of Transport Khaled Saif said on Saturday.

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Wadi Rum Full Moon Desert Marathon

Wadi Rum Full Moon Desert Marathon

The 13th edition of the Wadi Rum Full Moon Desert Marathon took place in Wadi Rum on 13rd of May with the participation of 285 runners from all over the world, according to organisers.

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Amman Airport

RJ Sees First-Half Profits Rise

 AMMAN — For the first time since 2007, Royal Jordanian (RJ) registered JD3.4 million profit from continuing operations in the first half of 2019 against JD11.1 million loss for the same period in 2018 and a net profit of JD1.5 million, according to RJ CEO Stefan Pichler.

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New Discovery in Jordan

New Discovery in Jordan

The General of the Department of Antiquities Fadi Balawi announced during a press conference the important archaeological discovery in Jordan of a 9,000-year-old archaeological capsule.

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Ancient Nabataeans

 AMMAN — The early adaption of an ancient heating system by the Nabataeans point to an outward-facing society, according to a Canadian archaeologist.

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Tourist Cooperation with Petra

Chief Commissioner of Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA) Suleiman Farajat was invited from the Royal Commission for Al Ula (RCU). He formed a delegation & headed to the ancient city in Saudi Arabia - Al Ula.

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Jordan’s Ancient History ‘Comes Home’

 IRBID — After being on display at the Jordan Museum from July through December 2019, the exhibit "Tall Ziraa — Mirror of Jordan’s Ancient History" opened on Tuesday at Yarmouk University’s Museum of Jordanian Heritage in Irbid, with a scheduled duration of five months.

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Jerash Festival

 AMMAN — Deputising for His Majesty King Abdullah, Prime Minister Omar Razzaz on Thursday inaugurated the 34th Jerash Festival for Culture and Arts, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.

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Petra Tour - Jordan Perfect Tours

 Where to travel in 2022: It's safe to say most people didn't take their dream vacation in 2021. Here are some places to dream about for when the world becomes accessible again. First up: the twin islands of Antigua (pictured) and Barbuda.

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Veteran archaeologist Hammond’s Role in Unraveling Petra’s Past Remembered

 AMMAN — In tribute to American arcaelogist Philip Hammond, a French scholar recalled his unearthing of information about Nabataean architecture and worship practices.

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World Population Day

 AMMAN — Hundreds of Jordanians released balloons filled with messages of hope at the Amman Citadel on Sunday for a ceremony marking World Population Day.

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Wizz Air Launches New flight

 AMMAN — Wizz Air, a Hungarian low-cost airline, on Wednesday launched its first flight to Jordan coming from Bucharest, Romania, and landing in King Hussein International Airport in Aqaba. 

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Aqaba Prepares to Welcome Waves of Tourists after Successful 2019

 AMMAN — Sixty-three cruise ships docked at the port of Aqaba in 2019, bringing 120,000 tourists; an increase of five ships and 9,000 tourists from 2018, according to the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA).

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 AMMAN — Deputising for HRH Crown Prince Hussein, the Regent, Culture and Youth Minister Mohammad Abu Rumman on Friday attended the launch of activities by Al Hussein Camps for Work and Construction 2019 in Aqaba.

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 On October 29, 2021 at 1 in the morning the clocks are changed back from Winter Time to Daylight Savings Time in Jordan. The clocks have to be shifted from 1 to 0 am. So, the people can enjoy this very hour twice. The winter time, also called normal or standard time, is going to be valid until the next Time Change to daylight savings time in the upcoming year

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Baptism Site Nearly Triples Visitor Numbers over Last 4 Years

 AMMAN — The number of visitors to the Baptism Site, recorded at more than 170,000 through November of this year, has almost tripled in the last four years, according to the commission that oversees the site.

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How ‘Pre-Conceived Notions’ Are Hindering Access to Heritage

 AMMAN — “Collecting artefacts is a part of our nature, it is after all a human trait”, said Jordanian archaeologist and museum specialist Arwa Badran.

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Jordan tours

 AMMAN — The Kingdom’s tourism revenue increased by 14.3 per cent in the first eight months of 2021 to JD958.8 million compared with the same period of 2020 that witnessed a decline of 70 per cent, the Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ) announced on Wednesday.

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‘Karama’ Human Rights Film Festival Kicks off in Amman

 AMMAN — The Human Rights Film Festival “Karama” is holding its 10th edition under the slogan “Think Forward” from December 5-12 at the Royal Cultural Centre in Amman.

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Wadi Hammeh, One of the Largest Repertoires of Natufian Art

 AMMAN — Wadi Hammeh 27, located 2 kilometres north of Pella, represents one of the largest and most complex Natufian base-camps in the southern Levant, an Australian archaeologist has said.

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Flora, Fauna Remains in Wadi Al Zarqa Offer Scholars Insight Into Ancient Settlement

 AMMAN — The abundance of water in Wadi Al Zarqa enabled the region around archaeological site of eh-Sayyeh to establish a “very attractive” settlement area, according to a German scholar.

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 AMMAN — Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) welcomed 804,153 passengers in April, a 10.6 per cent increase over last year’s numbers for the same period, according to a statement from the Airport International Group on Monday.

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Roman Times

 AMMAN — Following the intervention of Roman general Pompey the Great (106 BC-48 BC) in the Levant, Gerasa (Jerash) and Philadelphia (Amman) were integrated into a new province in the autumn of 63 BC, noted a French scholar during a lecture titled “Philadelphia-Amman: the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine City” recently organised by the French institute Ifpo.

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Traveller Lauds Jordan’s Security and Hospitality

 AMMAN — “Amman the 28 country I have visted, Jordan is the best so far thanks to the hospitality of Jordanians,” Moroccan traveller Yasin Allam said on Monday. Allam, 33, who arrived in Jordan on September 21, said that he visited 27 African countries before Jordan during a trip that took him three years on his bicycle.

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Petra Maintains Upwards Trend in Number of Visitors

 AMMAN — The Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA) Chief Commissioner Suleiman Farajat on Sunday said the number of visitors to Petra increased by approximately 33 per cent during May, compared with the same period last year.

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Aqaba Carnival

 AMMAN — The Aqaba Carnival, an annual event that aims to encourage both locals and foreigners to visit the port city and its tourist attractions, will be held in August, according to an official.

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British Scholar Takes Aerial Glance at Jordan’s Past

 AMMAN — World War I marks the beginning of using aerial photography in archaeology, as cameras and airplanes improved rapidly during the war, according to a British researcher.

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Tourism Revenues up 6.1% to $1.7b in T1-2019

 AMMAN — Jordan’s tourism revenues during the first third of the year (T1-2019) have increased by 6.1 per cent to $1.7 billion, approximately JD1.2 billion, compared with around $1.6 billion generated in the same period last year.

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Burqu Nature Reserve

 AMMAN — The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) and the Public Security Directorate (PSD) on Thursday signed an agreement to establish an office for environmental affairs and tourism in Burqu Nature Reserve, as part of a memorandum of understanding previously signed by both parties.

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Tradition Meets Avant-Garde at ADW’s Kabariti Village

 AMMAN — Tucked away in a hidden corner of Jabal Amman, the Amman Design Week’s Crafts District offered its visitors design installations, exhibitions, shops, and a cultural programme in the Kabariti Village.

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Several Projects in Jerash to Preserve Heritage, Employ Locals

 JERASH — As numbers of visitors continue to grow, Jerash Archaeological Park has received 20 per cent more tourists during first third of this year than the same period of 2018, an official said.

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Ancient Cave

 AMMAN — Cave dwelling was practised on a large scale in Sahab, located 12 kilometres southeast of Amman, during the Chalcolithic period and the beginning of the Early Bronze Age (4000 BC-3300 BC), noted a Jordanian archaeologist.

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Jordan Pass Contributes to Uptick in Tourist Footfall

 AMMAN — Sales of a unified ticket designated for tourist areas in Jordan have increased during the first eight months of this year, according to Tourism Ministry official figures.

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Winners of ‘Our Heritage, Our Identity’ Video Competition Announced

 AMMAN — The winners of the “Our Heritage, Our Identity” student video competition were announced at a ceremony on Saturday at the historic Odeon Theatre in Amman.

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Batch of Sinopharm COVID Vaccine Arrives in Jordan

 AMMAN — A batch of the China-produced anti-coronavirus vaccine (Sinopharm) arrived at Queen Alia International Airport Sunday evening, purchased at preferential prices, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

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Jordan Tours

 AMMAN — Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Majd Shweikeh, along with Véronique Vouland-Aneini, French ambassador to Jordan, and Akel Biltaji, president of the Franco-Jordanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, launched the 5th edition of the French Week in Jordan on Saturday during a press conference at the Amman Rotana Hotel.

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Petra Region Still Holds ‘Completely Untapped Potential’ — Archaeologist

 AMMAN — In contrast with the area of Wadi Musa, Beidha is still free from modern development, so the natural landscape is still unspoiled and the archaeological heritage is still accessible to researchers, according to an Italian archaeologist.

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Spring

 AMMAN — Saturday marks the spring solstice or vernal equinox, the beginning of spring and the end of winter in the northern hemisphere.

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Historical tour

 AMMAN — Even in ancient times, people already had an effect on the environment by cutting wood for fires and by letting goats and sheep graze around the villages, which caused erosion of the landscape, said an archaeologist specialising in the topic.

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