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.
Demonstrations in Petra
The truth about the Petra riots.
While it is true that the town of Wadi Musa, Petra has seen some limited disturbances in the past few days, it is important to note that these demonstrations stem from financial disagreements between tribes, and therefore are no way are they meant to harm tourists.
The people of Petra realise the importance of visitors to their city and will never harm any tourists or guests. Although there have been demonstrations and resulting police activity in Wadi Musa and Petra, no tourists were injured and the situation should not escalate. The Jordanian police are taking steps to calm the situation.
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.