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Farewell, Seventh Circle, for now

I can’t say I’ll miss you.

But that doesn’t matter. This is Amman, after all.

In 15 years or so, the government will probably build you up again, like they did with the Fourth Circle.

It’s a story of taking apart and rebuilding our circles in this city anyhow.

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Support JoBedu!

The GENIUS JoBedu is up on Eureeca with a call for crowd funding.

Go ahead, support the awesome tribe:

YALLA! Do it :)


Adopt a Pet This Saturday

Do you want to adopt a cute little dog or charming kitten? Now is your chance…

Come adopt a pet in need this Saturday at the Pet Adoption Day. Here’s more info and the location:



Why are Amman officials so obsessed with super-tacky lights?

What is it with government officials and really ugly lighting in the city? For the past ten years, there’s always been a new and hideous way to pollute the city with horrendous light decoration.

Eight years ago, it was “xenon” stringy lights over all the bridges and tunnels in the city.

Three years ago, it was those Independence Day lights on every single street pole in town. It would have been okay if they were there for a month, but they stayed up for an entire YEAR. Last year, they turned the 8th Circle into a scene from an horror movie with waterfalls of string light attacking the trees.

It never ends.

Yesterday, I was driving home and I saw them install a BACKLIT SIDEWALK on the 5th Circle. In BLUE AND WHITE.

Aside from the ugliness… let’s talk about usability. Why the hell is this backlit sidewalk on a roundabout? What if someone crashes into the roundabout tomorrow or hits it by mistake? IT’S A ROUNDABOUT FOR GOD’S SAKE. People crash into roundabouts all the damn time. Vulnerable, backlit plastic just doesn’t work.

What is this stuff.


Image by Luma from BeAmman

Stop wasting the thousands of JDs I pay in damn tax money on wasted energy and ugliness.


Guest Post: On the occasion of International Women’s Day

– This is a guest post by Laura Haddad –

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, I wish to recognise Hind-Lara Mango’s positive contribution to society as publisher and director of Jordan’s parenting magazines Family Flavours and Nakahat ‘Ailiyeh. Nearly eight years ago, she founded the magazines to help empower families in the Middle East to live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives.

I’ve seen publishers who could care less about magazine content and quality as long as ads get sold. While Hind does throw the best marketing pitch I’ve ever seen, what makes me proud to work with her is her unwavering vision and staunch commitment to high standards of excellence.

Magazines locally and internationally subscribe to conventional notions of perfection, but Hind is all about breaking the mould. She meets with heads of companies and dines with ambassadors but directs the same energy to ensuring public sector representation in articles, that subscribers in Hashmi Shamali and Abdoun are given the same priority and that the fashion editor looks for bargains. Hind supported the cancer survivor who graced the cover bald and the father of three who opened up about his depression after being diagnosed with diabetes.

While magazines typically Photoshop images to erase wrinkles, bulges and scars, Hind promotes a culture that embraces diversity. When one fashion label expressed discontent over having their clothes worn by children with special needs in a photo shoot, Hind remained steadfast in championing people with disabilities as equals. She embraces her convictions rather than live by popular consensus.

Unlike many professionals who lack initiative, accountability and ownership (it’s always someone else’s job), Hind has an uncanny ability to convert mistakes into lessons and pressure into productivity. Despite the juggling act involved in owning a business and parenting four children, Hind keeps focused on the big picture (vision and strategy) while overseeing the details required to keep the team moving forward. She stays late with her team, washes her own mug in the office kitchen and acknowledges the creative outputs of others. And when we disagree, we do so with respect and move on.

This IWD, I encourage men and women everywhere to recognise a female mentor or role model who’s making a difference. Go see a female artist’s exhibit, attend an event promoting women’s health, donate to an organisation providing leadership opportunities for girls or simply watch a movie with strong female characters. Whatever you do, let it be an opportunity to celebrate the remarkable contributions of women!

Laura Haddad


Do Jordanians Smile? Looks Like the Answer is Yes! Another Happy Amman Video

This one was created by the BeAmman team.

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