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Sharaf Kilani is more than an adrenaline junkie. After mastering every extreme sport in Jordan, he found his passion fulfilled in windsurfing, where water and wind met his fire for the ultimate experience of athletic excellence. Go’s in-house windsurfer Wendy Merdian talks to Jordan’s premiere board-sailing enthusiast

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orn and raised in Jordan, Sharaf Kilani had always been a sports enthusiast. He had done it all, excelling in scuba diving, sky diving, rock climbing, and even getting his pilot’s license to fly a single engine plane before most people could master a single one of these sports. “With sky diving you get the rush right way, then you land; with scuba diving you get the calmness, but no rush; with rock climbing, it’s you against the rock, but the rock is the always the same,” explains Sharaf, who founded Climbat Amman, Jordan’s first indoor climbing center. “But windsurfing embodies it all. It’s a matrix of components: you, the wind, and the water. Every day is a different experience, the conditions are never the same: the wind speed, direction, current, water, gusts... It’s always challenging and there’s always something new to learn NEED TO in a new combination.” KNOW He first saw the sport If you want more on TV and thought it than a weekend of looked like boring. One Dahab and train with pro weekend in Aqaba, six windsurfer Guy Cribbs years ago, however, who hosts his clinic twice a year! Visit www. Sharaf decided to try it, guycribb.com for and to his great surprise, he details. enjoyed it. “It was a, ‘Wow! What is this sport?’ moment,” says Sharaf. He went through a couple of instructors who taught him the basics of the sport, but in due course both of them left the country. By then, however, Sharaf had a good foundation in windsurfing so he went looking for

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more ways to enjoy it. Eventually, he found Guy Cribb’s Website. A professional windsurfer himself, Guy Cribb holds windsurfing clinics around the world, including one in neighboring Dahab, Egypt. “I went to one of these clinics and that’s when I had the combination of the right tools and training, and found the determination to practice,” explains Sharaf. “Windsurfing is a very tough sport; it’s even humiliating in the beginning. You need motivation to do it, and I found it there.” It’s the humiliation factor that keeps many from trying to windsurf, and that keeps most who do try it from continuing. Windsurfing is certainly not a sport you can practice in privacy; you have to get out on the water, in

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OUT ART GALLERIES

4 Walls, Sheraton Amman Hotel, Zahran St., Jabal Amman, (06) 592 0902 Alexander Art Gallery, Four Seasons Hotel, Al-Kindi St., Jabal Amman, (06) 551 2202 Baladna Gallery, (06) 5537598 The Gallery, Jordan InterContinental Hotel, Zahran St., Jabal Amman, (06) 464 1361 Jacaranda Images, Omar Bin Al Khattah St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 464 4050, www.jacarandaimages.com Love On A Bike, Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 461 4288, www. loveonabike.com Al-Mashreq Gallery, Shmeisani, (06) 5681303 Orfali Art Gallery, Kufa St., Um Uthaina, (06) 5526932, www.orfali.net Zara Gallery, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Al Hussein Bin Ali St., Jabal Amman, (06) 465 1433, amman.grand.hyatt.com

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Babiche, Al Qahira St., Abdoun Circle, (06) 592 8613, www.babiche.jo Books@Café, Omar Ibn Il Khattab St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 465 0457, www. booksatcafe.com Bunzy Buns Prince Hashem Bin Al Hussein St., Abdoun, (06) 593 7172, www. bunzybuns.com Café Des Artistes, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman (0) 79 657 5184 Cilantro, Um Uthaina Vista, Iriteria St., Um Uthaina, (06) 554 2626, www.cilantro-cafe. com Chez Hilda, (06) 582 4808, www.chezhilda.com Caribou , Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06)

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Children’s Museum Jordan, Al Hussein Public Parks, King Abdullah II St., (06) 541 1479, www.cmj.jo Darat Al-Funun (Shoman Foundation), Jabal Al Weibdeh, (06) 464 3252, www. daratalfunun.org Haya Center, Ilya Abu Madhi St., Shmeisani, (06) 566 5195, www.princesshaya.net Islamic Museum, Suleiman Al Nabulsi St., Jabal Weibdeh, (06) 567 2155 Jordan Archeological Museum, Citadel, Jabal Al Qala'a, (06) 463 8795 Jordan Folklore Museum, , (06) 465 1742 Jordan Museum of Popular Tradition, , (06) 465 1742 Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Hosni Fareez St., Jabal Weibdeh, (06) 463 0128, www.nationalgallery.org

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According to Sharaf, no one in the country is properly practicing this sport yet, but with all the desert that surrounds us, landsailing is the next adrenaline-fueled sport to watch out for! Bait Ali in Wadi Rum is already offering its guests the chance to give this sport a shot. For more, visit www.baitali.com or call (079) 554 8133..

front of everyone, and fall off the board dozens of times in full view of the public. “You have to pass a certain level of training, understand strategy with the wind, plan how to get there, and learn how to handle the equipment,” says Sharaf. “To succeed in this sport, it actually takes more balance than strength. When I’m using a harness, it’s totally graceful.” For those who persevere with windsurfing, the rewards are worth it. Sharaf maintains, “The beauty of windsurfing is that it’s like a secret society! When you meet other windsurfers, there is a connection. We all went through the same thing!” He soon became part of that community as he followed Guy to another course, going to Morocco to learn wave sailing.

After spending years learning to control the board and sail on flat water, wave sailing was like starting over from day one again. “There is nothing more powerful than the wave,” Sharaf adds. “I didn’t learn to surf first, so it was a big challenge to wave sail. It’s a completely different sport with different technique. Waiting for the right wave, reading it, seeing the people around you, and fighting for a place on the same wave.” Sharaf’s upper body strength, honed from rock-climbing, made the difference. His next trip was also what he considers his biggest achievement. Sharaf made his way to the Mecca of windsurfing: Hawaii. “I went to Hawaii for what it’s most well known for — big waves. I ended

Originally a scuba diver, Hatem fell in love with windsurfing and has been promoting it ever since. He was recently sponsored by Orange and supplied with three Optimist dinghies to build up the sea culture among the youth of Aqaba and the rest of Jordan. Plus, Aqaba is the perfect place to learn the sport of wind surfing! Boasting flat water, beautiful weather, warm temperatures, no sharks, and a wind that hits 16 to 20 knots, this is a comfortable windsurfing destination for beginners and intermediates of the sport! For more information, call (079) 577 3935, email hatem@ aqabasurf.com, or visit www.facebook.com/ AqabaSurfCentre. Scan Here for faceBooK

up meeting windsurfing experts, who shared my pure passion,” says Sharaf. “Then one March, I went with Guy again, when all the pro teams and brands were there. He introduced me to Robby Naish and Jason Polakow, legends of pro windsurfing. Watching them sail was incredible! Those two weeks, sailing with pros, were so challenging. But there I had my greatest moment as a windsurfer. One day we went to Ho’okipa Beach — where every windsurfer in the world wants to sail — and I managed the moves! The high from that experience kept me going here in Amman for two months.” Sharaf has now shifted gears to focus on wave sailing. Gathering his wave gear, he traveled to Spain and Oman. Free styling by himself, Sharaf found good locations. Other wave sailors from the international community provided companionship with whom to improve, since no one as of yet goes from Jordan. However, Sharaf explains, “I want to get folks involved and develop windsurfing here! No one in Aqaba is really doing it; we need to introduce locals to the sport.” Thirty years ago there was a windsurfing community in Aqaba, where no less than 20 to 30 windsurfers used travel from Amman to catch some waves, but sadly these sportspeople have disappeared. But Sharaf, who now lives in Aqaba on the weekends, is trying to revive this sport and this community within the country. If you’re interested in discovering a new sport, why not give windsurfing a try? With Aqaba just a short trip away, Jordan’s residents have an ideal spot to practice this popular water sport in their own backyard!

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Rolling Stone Street to Stage Competition winners, The Final Wish, perform live at Rainbow Theatre tonight! Visit on.fb.me/ Tj7rv4 for details.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to make it on X Factor Arabia then head to the Landmark Amman today for auditions! Call (06) 560 7100 for more information.

Discover a part of Jordan that you’ve never seen today! Flip to p. 56 for some inspiration on the hidden treasures you can find.

IMCL 2012 @ Princess Sumaya University for Technology. Visit www.imcl-conference.org for details. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amman @ Mercedes’ New Showroom. Flip to p. 10 for more.

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New Tech Expo 2012 @ Zara Expo. Visit www.ntechexpo.com for more information. Diet and Nutrition Expo 2012 @ Landmark Hotel. Call (079) 960 2002 for details.

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If you’re interested in alternative forms of medicine, look into Amman’s East West Holistic Healing clinic specializing in homeopathy. Flip to p. 38 for more.

OneRepublic’s new album, Native, comes out today! Flip to p. 74 for more of this month’s hot new music releases.

Jordanian artist, Ghassan Abu Laban’s exhibition begins today at The Orient Gallery. Flip to p. 26 for more information.

PMP Workshop.

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Enjoy some weekday shopping thanks to some of Amman’s recently opened stores. Flip to p. 30 for ideas on where to go!

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Epic game All-Stars Battle Royale comes out on the PlayStation 3 today! Flip to p. 72 for more video game releases.

Find out how a real Go-Getter spends her time off in and around Amman! Flip to p. 24 to read all about how Go’s cofounder gets up and goes!

Project Management Professionals (PMP) Workshop. Visit pmlearningcentre.com for details.

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Get together with friends or colleagues for a quick but delish lunch today at Cafe Kepi! Flip to p. 16 to read more about this new spot and others.

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Catch Raja and Sultan performing live at Oobe’s Molecular Mixology nights every Monday! Visit www.facebook.com/OobeJo for more.

Jordan Real Estate Expo @ Zara Expo. Call (06) 554 0835 for more. Independent European Film Days @ Royal Film Commission. Flip to p. 26 for more.

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Marcel Khalife and Al Mayadine Ensemble will perform Fall of the Moon, an homage concert to the poet Mahmoud Darwish at the Arena Cultural Complex. Visit on.fb.me/UdaYCe for more.

Jordan Real Estate Expo @ Zara Expo. Call (06) 554 0835 for more.

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Make your way to Rainbow Street’s revamped Rainbow Theatre to catch screenings of old school movies we all love! Flip to p. 14 for details.

29 If you’re up for a romantic dinner tonight, head to the Landmark Hotel for Dining in the Moonlight Experience lit by the full moon. Flip to p. 13 for details.

30 The Red Sea Half Marathon 2012 takes place today. If you’re in Jordan’s south, go out in support of the runners! Flip to p. 10 to read more about this event.

* These dates are correct at the time of print. Please make sure to double check with the appropriate organizer(s) prior to each event in case any scheduling changes occur during the month.

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The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amman returns for its second season this month! Following a successful first season in April 2012, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amman Spring/Summer 2013 will take place from 7 to 10 November at the largest Auto Center in Jordan, operated by Gargour & Fils, the Kingdom’s exclusive Mercedes-Benz vehicles distributor. The event will feature works from an array of local and international designers and exhibitors, putting talent from the Arab world on display and opening up the fashion market in Jordan to local and international buyers and investors. Designers like Abeer Ghanem, Dina Maqdah, Kamil Shaheen, and Jamal Taslaq will be showcasing their clothes, accessories, shoes, and more from their Spring/Summer 2013 collections. If you're all about what to wear (and what not to wear!), don't miss out on this spectacular event! For more information, visit ammanfashionweek.com

HASHMIGHTY CLIP OF THE MONTH

Check out the trailer for When I Saw You Jordan that has been selected as the Palestinian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar for the 85th Academy Awards!

Watch it @ whenisawyou.com


HEADLINES

Saeed Abu Jaber Go sat down with the newest member of Team Go and the creative mind behind our magazine, Saeed Abu Jaber, to learn more about his artistic ways Go: Before design you were training to be an engineer. Tell us more. Saeed Abu-Jaber: I studied cybernetic engineering, which encompasses aspects of robotics, control, electric, and mechanical engineering, as well as artificial intelligence and neuroscience. In a nutshell, it's what you need if you're planning to become a cyborg, like one of my lecturers at the time: he chipped his nervous system! I got into engineering primarily because as a kid I loved Lego. Later on, however, I realized that my love for Lego played only a minimal part in what I was doing! I still did graduate with a masters degree though, making me a master cybernetic engineer. Sounds quite hefty doesn’t it?!

Go: Apart from designing for Go, you’ve got a few side projects going on. Tell us about those. SAJ: Well, the main side project I’ve got going on at the moment is the TBA Collective parties that we throw here in Amman every month. Having lived in England for some time before coming back to Jordan, a group of like-minded friends and I Go: So how did you get into design? realized that the Amman party scene could do with a more “eclectic” SAJ: Well, I have always leaned more towards design and aesthetics, vibe. The parties have been growing but due to many factors, I ended up a following since we started them about a year ago, which is quite in engineering, and that is where I fantastic. Music wise, the nights realized that engineering also has swing from afrobeat and funk to a creative side, which I lacked. So after graduating I decided to try and disco, dub, hip-hop, and nu-funk. wiggle my way into graphic design. Canyoudigit? I did a couple of courses here and Go: How do you cope with there, and here I am now! the stresses of being Go’s lead designer and still manage to have Go: What attracted you to a social life? publication design? SAJ: In the beginning it was a bit SAJ: I love grids! That is partly tough; designing a whole magazine due to my OCD, which I believe ties in well with publication design, mostly on your own seemed like such a huge load. But, now, six since the job is primarily handling months into it, I'm really enjoying layout or the arrangement of elements within a fixed space — in it and have managed to balance it out nicely with the socializing this case the magazine grid. The requirements of a human being! challenging and fun part is getting as many different layout variations One thing that I am still trying to while sticking to your grid. So in a cope with, however, is the monster that is “print week” (the week sense, designing each issue of the in which we send our upcoming magazine is like playing a month issue to the printers to be prepared long game of Tetris!

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NEED TO KNOW To find out more about the TBA parties in Amman and to attend the next one, look up “The TBA Collective” group on Facebook!

Go: Where do you get your artistic inspiration from? SAJ: It varies a lot I

would say, depending on the mood or the given job at hand. Inspiration for me can come from a specific art/design school or movement, music, architecture, or illustration. Though what I truly do love and find a lot of inspiration in is poster art/design, and it being a medium of conveying information to the masses by utilizing art and design.

for the market). This is a monster like nothing you’ve ever imagined during your childhood! Go: You’re somewhat of a coffee connoisseur. Where does that love come from? SAJ: After graduating from university I moved to London, and due to the recent recession, finding a job in engineering was not looking that fruitful. So I got myself a job at a coffee house! Not aware of the amazing reputation of this place, however, my initial “month and a half” job lasted a year. That company sources their coffee from select coffee plots around the world and they take their roasting process quite seriously. And it was there that I realized that instant coffee is a shameful thing to be seen with! Go: What would you advise those who’re looking to get into graphic design in Jordan? SAJ: Some words of advice would be: use your available resources to educate and expose yourself to design, be it through the Internet or printed media. Keep an eye out for new design trends. Try and develop your own style. Explore and understand the many aspects and principals of design and which of them you find yourself most in!


HEADLINES

LATEST NEWS

Crowne Plaza has just opened a new resort and spa along the shores of the Dead Sea

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GOOD BITES If you’re looking for some healthy snacks for the family, then give Amman’s newly opened Good Bites a go

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ood Bites offers up good-for-you yet really tasty treats that you’ll love feeding your family. Each bite is homemade, using only wholesome ingredients, which are kid friendly too! Think fruit and seed bites, apple butter, honey peanut butter bars, banana cookies, pumpkin muffins, zucchini ricotta bites, oatmeal raisin cookies, ChocOrea cupcakes, carrot cake cupcakes, pumpkin whole-wheat crackers, and so much more. Plus, each Good Bites’ batch is made to order for guaranteed freshness. “Like” Good Bites’ Facebook page today to keep up-to-date with their menu items and other information. www.facebook.com/goodbitesinamman

Interested in modern handmade accessories, look no further than the newly reopened store Ola’s Garden

DINING IN THE MOONLIGHT

Enjoy the Landmark Amman’s 13th floor with Sky Bliss’ Dining in the Moonlight experience On 29 November, during the full moon head to Sky Bliss at the Landmark Amman for a night to remember. Dine on a delicious meal while taking in stunning panoramic views of Amman complemented by a great climate, soft music, and lunar luminescence enhanced by candle light. Sample the exquisite menu prepared especially for this occasion, while you sit back and relax thanks to a moonlit night and a romantic atmosphere. For reservations, call (06) 560 7100. Find the Landmark Hotel Amman on Al Hussein Bin Ali St., Jabal Amman.

oasting 420 rooms and suites, including one Presidential Suite and one Royal Suite, Crowne Plaza Jordan Dead Sea Resort & Spa is a new destination for luxury at the lowest point on earth. Here guests can enjoy a 5,500 m3 pool called, The Lake, and two smaller pools, as well as a soft white sandy beach by the Dead Sea with private cabanas. The resort also offers The Promenade, with panoramic views of the valley, an amphitheater, and a Kid’s Club. Moreover, guests of this Crowne Plaza can treat their taste buds to delectable food thanks to the resort’s eight different outlets. And those who want to pamper themselves are welcomed to enjoy the famous French Thalgo Spa; a calming space that covers 6,000 m2 offering many facilities and treatments. For details about the hotel, call (05) 349 4000 or visit www. ichotelsgroup.com. To see the property for yourself, find it on the Dead Sea Highway, Sweimeh.

LIVE @ LA MAISON VERTE of La Maison Verte A time-honored establishment in Amman, La Maison Verte — located on Abd Al Hameed Badees St., Shmeisani — is a multi Grumpy Gourmet Award winning French fine dining restaurant known for serving up an unforgettable Entrecôte Café de Paris, as well as various steaks and seafood. If you’re looking to dine in style this month, in a romantic ambience, with good entertainment, then make a booking at this elegant venue. Call (06) 568 5746 for reservations. Visit www. lamaisonverterestaurant.com for more information.

Local artist, Ola Mubaslat, offers a unique collection of handmade jewelry pieces and beautifully crafted accessories such as scarves, shawls, leatherwork, mosaics, embroidery, painting, and other artistic creations. Every item in her store is a one-of-a-kind NEED TO piece making her work wholly unique. Using different materials, such as stones, leather, fabrics, wood, and metal, Ola crafts beautiful products which make KNOW the perfect present whether for yourself of someone else. Find the newly For those wanting to reopened store just off of Rainbow St., on #60 Khirfan St. learn artistic techniques, Call (079) 539 0136 or visit www.facebook.com/ola.garden for details. Ola also provides courses

ALOHA!

in Creative Jewelry Making, Embroidery Techniques, Recycling Paper, and Collage Painting!

Popular restaurant, Burger Joint has added another delish creation to their menu: the Hawaiian Burger Burger Joint’s signature juicy beef patty can now be topped with teriyaki sauce, tomato, mozzarella, and pineapple, all stuffed into a bun to create their delish Hawaiian Burger. A sweet, tangy, and satisfying sandwich, order it up with a side of their Cajun fries and make it a SCAN HERE meal. Next time you’re craving the tropics, but FOR WEBSITE don’t want to travel too far, make your way over to Burger Joint and go Hawaiian! Find Burger Joint on Saeed Abdo Shammout St., Abdoun. Call (06) 593 1099 or visit www. facebook.com/burgerjoint.jo for details. GOMAGJORDAN.COM | NOV. 2012 | 13


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ONCE UPON O A TIME TOYS’ ROOM DÉCOR shop is a great place to head to if you’re doing up in style

REVAMPED

RAINBOW THEATER

nce Upon a Time Toys has tons of educational and environmentally friendly toys made from wood, from building blocks, playhouses, and pull-along toys, to puzzles, instruments, and so much more. And on top of these items, this store also stocks awesome décor pieces for children’s rooms! Think lanterns, mobiles, wall stickers, and ornaments all with whimsical themes like pirates, animals, marine

life, plants, and flowers. One of our favorite in-store items is a paper elephant wall ornament that is guaranteed to make any child (and adult!) smile. If you have a little one’s room that needs some decorating this month, stop by Once Upon a Time Toys and check out their cool offerings. Queen Zein Al Sharaf St., Abdoun, (06) 592 5267, www.facebook.com/ onceuponatime.toy

We consider ourselves quite the cinephiles here at Go so it’s only natural that we love the “new” Rainbow Theater

BEEF FONDUE @ BISTRO ONE Nothing says winter like a fondue…

Recently rebranded as the Rainbow Art House Theater,, the city’s iconic theater is set to provide Ammanis with the best in local, regional, and international entertainment. We love their very cool weekday Film Club Screenings that have included such classics as Back to the Future, Blade Runner, and Aliens, as well as brand new locally made flicks like When Monaliza Smiled. We also love the Live @ The Rainbow show on the weekends where this diverse art house showcases local talents including musicians and stand-up comedians. So look them up on Facebook to follow their weekly schedules. Mohammed Rida St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 461 0077, on.fb.me/VjfzgY

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rom 5 to 30 November, Project Pen — in collaboration with Inches Social Media Solutions — will be holding Twitter Stories, a competition where writers are encouraged to tweet a story in 140 characters or less to #projectpen! Those who participate could win an iPad or book voucher every week,

Local Website for writers by writers, Project Pen, is holding a great Twitter

and the best stories will be included in an e-book. Go loves the idea of encouraging local writers to share their ideas and stories, whether fact or fiction, in such an innovative and far-reaching way! For more information, follow @projectpen or visit projectpen.me/ twitterstories and fb.me/freeyourpen.

Calvin Harris ft. Ayah Marar Local drum n’ bass vocalist, Ayah Marar, has teamed up with the UK’s top DJ, Calvin Harris, once more to bring us another pumping track

“Thinking of You,” off of Calvin Harris’ latest album, 18 Months, which was released in October, features Jordanian singer, Ayah Marar! The two first came together on Calvin Harris’ 2009 hit album, Ready for the Weekend, when Ayah Marar was featured on the tracks, “Flashback,” “Stars Come Out,” and “The Rain.” The Go Team got the chance to watch and interview Ayah Marar when she performed live in Amman in 2011, and boy, was that a great night! This new song boasting her powerful vocals has been blasting throughout our offices and will definitely continue to do so for the next few months. We love local talents, especially when they’re exploding on the international scene! To check out the song, head to Virgin Megastore and pick up Calvin Harris’ 18 Months. 14 | NOV. 2012 | GOMAGJORDAN.COM

Al Imam Malek St., 2nd Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 461 7890, www. bistroone-jo.com SCAN HERE FOR WEBSITE


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Get together with your loved one for a fine dining meal tonight at Scenario. Flip to p. 20 to read all about this restaurant.

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Head to For the Love of Vintage to check out their latest collections from Dubai and India! Flip to p. 34 for details.

It’s Go’s 2nd year anniversary!

Happy Birthday to us!

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If you’re looking to follow healthier eating habits, head to Sweifieh and check out the Green Shop Organic. Flip to p. 40 for details.

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Make your way to Rainbow Street’s revamped Rainbow Theater to catch screenings of old school movies we all love! Flip to p. 14 for details.

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If you think you’ve got what it takes to make it on X Factor Arabia then head to the Landmark Amman today for auditions! Call (06) 560 7100 for more information.

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Discover a part of Jordan that you’ve never seen today! Flip to p. 56 for some inspiration on the hidden treasures you can find.

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If you’ve got teens at home, encourage them to get involved with and help the community with LoYAC Jordan. Flip to p. 66 for more information.

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Head to Grand Cinemas tonight for the premiere of Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt. 2! Flip to p. 82 for more of this month’s cinema releases.

Epic game All-Stars Battle Royale comes out on the PlayStation 3 today! Flip to p. 72 for more video game releases.

The Red Sea Half Marathon 2012 takes place today. If you’re in Jordan’s south, go out in support of the runners! Flip to p. 10 to read more about this event.

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Ta3leeleh, a platform for local artists to share their creativity, is on today! Flip to p. 26 for more information about the show.

PMP Workshop.

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Marcel Khalife and Al Mayadine Ensemble will perform Fall of the Moon, an homage concert to the poet Mahmoud Darwish at the Arena Cultural Complex. Visit on.fb.me/UdaYCe for more.

Jordan Real Estate Expo @ Zara Expo. Call (06) 554 0835 for more.

Find out how a real Go-Getter spends her time off in and around Amman! Flip to p. 24 to read all about how Go’s cofounder gets up and goes!

29 If you’re up for a romantic dinner tonight, head to the Landmark Hotel for Dining in the Moonlight Experience lit by the full moon. Flip to p. 13 for details.

Grab your kids and head to MiniMozarts, Amman’s center dedicated to developing kids’ musical abilities! Flip to p. 22 for more information.

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Rolling Stone Street to Stage Competition winners, The Final Wish, perform live at Rainbow Theater tonight! Visit on.fb.me/ Tj7rv4 for details.

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4 Don’t miss AmmanTT’s event today, entitled Security Edition. For more information, visit www. facebook.com/AmmanTT.

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Project Pen’s Twitter Stories competition opens today! Take part and you could win an iPad or vouchers for books. Flip to p. 14 to read all about it.

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Catch a screening of Russian film, The Island, today at the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation. Flip to p. 26 for more.

Take up a new sport this month with Coach Muath. He’s teaching a more effective way to play tennis! Flip to p. 46 to learn about the Modern Tennis Method.

11 Instituto Cervantes will be holding a seminar today on Literature & Women in the Hispanic and Arab World. Flip to p. 26 for details.

IMCL 2012 @ Princess Sumaya University for Technology. Visit www.imcl-conference.org for details. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amman @ Mercedes’ New Showroom. Flip to p. 10 for more.

Find out what you can do to help Jordan’s trash problem thanks to I Care for Jordan! Flip to p. 84 to read more about it.

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Jordanian artist, Ghassan Abu Laban’s exhibition begins today at The Orient Gallery. Flip to p. 26 for more information.

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The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation is screening Swedish film, Elina: As If I Didn’t Exist, this evening. Flip to p. 26 for details.

Enjoy some weekday shopping thanks to some of Amman’s recently opened stores. Flip to p. 30 for ideas on where to go!

New Tech Expo 2012 @ Zara Expo. Visit www.ntechexpo.com for more information.

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OneRepublic’s new album, Native, comes out today! Flip to p. 74 for more of this month’s hot new music releases.

Diet and Nutrition Expo 2012 @ Landmark Hotel. Call (079) 960 2002 for details.

If you’re interested in alternative forms of medicine, look into Amman’s East West Holistic Healing clinic specializing in homeopathy. Flip to p. 38 for more.

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Catch Raja and Sultan performing live at Oobe’s Molecular Mixology nights every Monday! Visit www.facebook.com/OobeJo for more.

Project Management Professionals (PMP) Workshop. Visit pmlearningcentre.com for details.

Get together with friends or colleagues for a quick but delish lunch today at Cafe Kepi! Flip to p. 16 to read more about this new spot and others.

Independent European Film Days @ Royal Film Commission. Flip to p. 26 for more.

Jordan Real Estate Expo @ Zara Expo. Call (06) 554 0835 for more.

* These dates are correct at the time of print. Please make sure to double check with the appropriate organizer(s) prior to each event in case any scheduling changes occur during the month.


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THE BLOCK Go’s looked up the latest eateries to open up in town — perfect if you’re looking to try new eats this month! re your taste buds getting bored of the same old restaurants? Go hit the streets to track down some eateries A that opened up in Amman in the past year. Here are a few of the most notable spots that we found. This month, break your routine, get out there, and try something new!

STEAK OUT

CAFÉ KEPI A large and spacious café situated in Jabal Weibdeh, Café Kepi is a fantastic addition to the neighborhood This space is beautifully decorated and the walls are adorned with original artwork; head here for a nice, relaxing meal during a busy workweek or a lazy weekend. Boasting an array of international favorites like pastas, salads, sandwiches, and grilled meats, everyone is sure to find something to suit their taste on Café Kepi’s extensive menu. This eatery also prides itself on mainly using local produce for its dishes. On top of that, Café Kepi serves up argeeleh, but also offers a nonsmoking section on their upper floor for those who wish to sit SCAN HERE in a smoke-free environment. FOR FACEBOOK Paris Square, Jabal Weibdeh, (077) 545 6850, www.facebook. com/cafekepi MUST TRY: Their chicken enchilada with freshly squeezed orange juice. 16 | NOV. 2012 | GOMAGJORDAN.COM

Open for lunch or dinner, this new spot specializes in delish subway sandwiches A new sandwich shop that uses only the finest ingredients, like certified Angus rib-eye steak and signature bread rolls that are baked fresh every day, eats at Steak Out are satisfyingly tasty! Serving up a menu that consists of only four types of sandwiches — Philly Cheese Steak, Steak Supreme, Hoagie Up, or Chicken Finger Stinger — this place makes it a point to ensure that each sub that comes out of its kitchen is made to perfection. Steak Out also offers diners a choice of onion rings, crisscross fries, or French fries as sides to round out a great meal. Al Nayrouz St., (078) 776 7776, www.facebook.com/steakoutjo MUST TRY: Their Steak Supreme sandwich with a side of onion rings.

These restos also opened in Amman just this year… 56 Restaurant & Café

Harley’s Burger & Grill

Ararat Armenian Cuisine

Gourmet Garden

Crepaway

Mezzart

Fatty Dabs Mexico

Sangria

Jalapeno Grill

The Alley

Garos

Umami Volks Burger


Q RESTAURANT Another addition to ever-popular Rainbow St., Q Restaurant offers diners a varied menu of familiar staples If you’re wondering about the menu here, think BBQ dishes, burgers, pastas, salads, and so on! But they also offer a type of meat that isn’t common on our city’s menus: camel meat! Touted as a healthier alternative to beef, camel meat has more protein and less fat than cuts from a cow. Q Restaurant serves this meat either in a burger or on a pizza, so if you’d never tried camel before, why not give it a go? Bonus: you get to check out a rare 1963 Mercedes E 190 parked inside the restaurant while you dine. Rainbow St., 1st Circle, (06) 461 9080, www.facebook.com/q.amman MUST TRY: Their Cam burger or Jordanian Desert pizza.

18TH CENTURY BURGER 2012 in Amman was the year of the burger joint — 18th Century Burger is another spot to add to the list Named as an homage to the original burgers from back in the day, this eatery’s menu choices are simplified deliciousness. Serving a selection of Angus beef burgers, chicken burgers, and hotdogs, with an option of addons, such as turkey bacon, cheese, mushrooms, and more, burger fans will love this place. Plus, for those who like tasty side dishes, like onion rings, wedges, and French fries, 18th Century Burger specialize in these too. Decorated with rodeo paraphernalia, complete with servers wearing cowboy hats, this place takes its burgers seriously. So next time you’re in need of a carnivorous fix, head back in time to the 18th century! Wakalat St., Sweifieh, (079) 689 9089, www. facebook.com/18thCenturyBurger MUST TRY: Their 180g Angus beef burger with turkey bacon and cheese and wedges on the side.

NEED TO KNOW

THE CAFÉ GOURMAND

Image by: Bashar Alaeddin

“Café Gourmand” means “Greedy popular dessert platter that consists of an espresso served with a selection of luxurious mini desserts.

Located on the third floor of TAJ lifestyle center, this French-style café, bakery, and patisserie is a scrumptious spot Inspired by a Parisian eatery with a Middle Eastern twist, their menu includes traditional Arabic breakfast foods, French breakfast pastries, light salads, robust sandwiches, sweet and savory crêpes, and decadent desserts. Patrons of The Café Gourmand will also love their choice of coffees, and teas, which can be sampled while admiring the resto’s chic décor. Prince Hashem bin Al Hussein St., Abdoun, (06) 593 2245, www.facebook.com/TheCafeGourmand MUST TRY: Their warm crispy apple crumble with vanilla ice cream and mango sauce.

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MUSHROOM From 3 to 9 November, Four Seasons Amman will be hosting Truffle Week at their Italian restaurant, Vivace Guest Chef Alejandro Iván Clausen from Four Seasons Florence in Italy will be creating spectacular dishes using the very special ingredient, the truffle mushroom. One of the most expensive and sought after foods, the truffle has been referred to as, “the diamond of the kitchen,” and is prized among chefs around the world. So make sure to make a stop at Four Seasons during this week and treat yourself by indulging in this rare and luxurious delicacy. Al Kindi St., 5th Circle, (06) 550 5555, www. fourseasonsamman. com GOMAGJORDAN.COM | NOV. 2012 | 17


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100% of The Butterfly Effect’s proceeds go to different charities around Jordan!

EFFECT Go’s Jaclyn Ting sat down with the mind behind The Butterfly Effect events, Louna Sbou, to learn more about Amman’s growing arts scene Images by: Hala Masri & Nadia Hadidi

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hen Louna Sbou, founder and CEO of youinjordan. com, first arrived in Jordan over two years ago, she was on the hunt for live music and poetry events. Unfortunately, however, she was quickly disappointed by the noticeable lack thereof. Having previously organized spoken word events in countries like the US, Germany, Morocco, and South Africa, it was only a matter of time before Louna introduced this art form to her new found home. The Butterfly Effect (TBE) is the result of youinjordan.com’s first spoken word event, Beats & Breath, held at Books@Café in January 2012. A full-feature affair, it featured only three performers, in order to test the Ammani waters and see how spoken word would be welcomed to the scene. Fortunately, it was so well received that Louna realized that there was interest for these sort of events here in Jordan.

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People even approached her on the spot requesting to perform in her future events. Originally a single fundraising event, a spoken word and music event series was soon developed, incorporating both performers and open mic sessions, as well as live jamming! The event series has since hosted more than 25 poets and 60 musical performers from around the world. TBE is a means for poets, musicians, artists, and anyone else who wants to get up on the stage, to share their inner fears and feelings through the performing arts. Topics have included everything from socio-political struggles to identity issues, and performers come from all backgrounds and walks of life — refugees, feminists, Palestinians, and orphans, to mention but a few. TBE, however, doesn’t only represent society's marginalized voices; it’s about art, too. In Louna’s words, “The arts scene in Amman is

well established NEED TO and mature; KNOW there are Youinjordan.com a lot of also publishes articles each week covering hidden topics from family and gems business to life and culture all relating and talent. to the Hashemite However, Kingdom! having created an open stage for self-expression in the forms of art, music, dance, and especially poetry, the art scene — so it seems — is blossoming on a whole different level. Other artists and lovers of art and poetry have started their own events, which I find fantastic — the more, the merrier!” Taking place in a different venue each time, The Butterfly Effect is held on the last Friday of every month in Amman and the last Thursday of the month in Irbid. Fans should also expect a spectacular line-up for the 2012 finale coming up this December!

Youinjordan.com has donated to the Syrian Refugee Campaign and Hopes for Women in Education, among others, having raised about 8,500 JOD to date. There has even been a TBE event in the Gaza Refugee Camp in Jerash, with all proceeds going to the camp! As for what youinjordan.com has in store for fans: they are working on creating Jordan’s first and only fund for the performing arts, in cooperation with a local arts agency. This fund would allow both individual artists and organizations to receive funds for their projects seeing that they contribute to Jordan’s performing arts scene. For more information, visit youinjordan. com or follow them at facebook. com/youinjordan and twitter.com/ youinjordan.


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SCENE STEALER

In the mood for some sophisticated dining, Go got all dressed up and headed to Scenario Restaurant

THE ROYAL TREATMENT It’s hard to believe but Le Royal Hotel has been a prominent part of our landscape for 10 years

#18, Shat Al Arab St., Um Uthaina (078) 720 0002 www.scenario.jo

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f you’re looking for a chic space to enjoy a great meal, then look no further than Scenario Restaurant. From the spacious, intimately lit dining room with a black baby grand piano and cozy red lounge next to floor to ceiling windows, to the beautiful marble bar and waiting area accented with a striking chandelier, the décor and ambiance of this restaurant quickly puts you in the mood for some good eats. Scenario’s contemporary menu boasts favorites like salads, sandwiches, pastas, steaks, pizzas, and sweet desserts, all served up in a modern way. Some must-tries include the cappuccino mushroom soup, the truffle linguine, the grilled whole sea bass, the chicken Provençal, their USDA prime fillets with your choice of sauce, and their banana trifle. Plus, everything here tastes better thanks to Scenario's impeccable service. Also, don’t miss out on this restaurant's Italian Nights each Tuesday where for 20 JOD++ Scenario offers up a salad and 20 | NOV. 2012 | GOMAGJORDAN.COM

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antipasti buffet NEED TO that also KNOW includes allScenario’s Italian you-canNights are very eat pizza, popular, so make sure to reserve in pasta, and advance to avoid risotto, as disappointment! well as a dessert! Or if you’d love to catch some live music, head to this fine dining eatery on Thursdays where the awesome GuitaNai Band entertains the crowd. For you golf fans out there, Scenario even boasts a golf simulator room where you can practice your swing and play a couple of rounds on virtual courses. And if you need to catch a football match, head to their comfy lounge and enjoy the game on large LCD screens while you grab a drink and some snacks. So whether you’d like to take out some business associates, treat your other half to a romantic tête-à-tête, or enjoy fun night out with friends, this month give Scenario a try.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Le Royal has always been a prime destination for out of town travelers to stay at, or for local residents to experience a wide variety of dining options in. The Buddah Club is a sleek space serving up contemporary Asian cuisine amid ambient lounge tunes and spectacular views of the city, while Chesters is a warm and inviting Englishstyle steak and cigar lounge. Bodega — a Spanish-themed wine bar — has 32 varieties of grape to choose from, or for something more lowkey, Beerkeller is the perfect spot to catch a match with friends. And for a Lebanese meal, give Shahrayar a try for their delish mezzes and grilled meats, while The Patio restaurant presents a rich breakfast and lunch buffet every day. And finally, if you’d like a pick me up during the day, the Ivy Café is a great place for a good cup of coffee and a sweet treat. So next time you’re out of ideas for where to go dine in Amman, look to Le Royal for some choice outlets. Here’s to another ten years! Zahran St., 3rd Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 460 3030, www. leroyalamman.com


OUT: KIDS

MUSIC

TO YOUR

EARS Go checked out MiniMozarts, Amman's music center for kids that’s fun and educational

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usic, as they say, is the global language — almost all cultures have some form of music appreciation. Research into the field has shown that introducing music and musical activities to children at an early age improves their audio and language skills, in addition to supporting their creative, expressive, and reasoning development. Founded by Lucy Barhoumeh Khoury in early 2012, MiniMozarts is a music center that allows children — from the age of three months to ten years — to explore their musically creative side. Lucy’s qualifications include practical and theory certifications from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music from London, as well as an advance performance certificate from Trinity College, Cambridge University. On top of all that, Lucy has been teaching private piano lessons to children for the past eight years!

GETTING THERE

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Princess Haya St., Off of Queen Alia Airport Road (079) 900 7535 www.facebook.com/minimozarts

Combining her qualifications and experience, Lucy offers private piano lessons for children at MiniMozarts starting from the very young age of three and a half years old; this is quite a head start as most schools and teachers start lessons at around age six. A specialized program entitled, “Music for Little Mozarts,” was created specifically for this young age group and it encompasses simple and fun lesson plans to get the little students interested and learning. Aside from piano lessons, MiniMozarts also offers Kindermusik International programs that include activities such as music listening, singing, dancing, playing other instruments, and games. The Kindermusik programs are developmental programs that encourage a child’s progress at different ages. Each age has a specific tailor-made curriculum using a fun musical approach to address certain traits, skills, and levels of thinking, which also work to move the children onto their next stage of development. The Kindemusik programs are

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CATEGORIES OF MINIMOZARTS STUDENTS BABY BACH 3 months to 1.5 years old BEETHOVEN TODDLERS 1.5 years to 2.5 years old LITTLE MOZARTS 2.5 to 3.5 years old JUNIOR MUSICIANS 3.5 years old and up

taught in 72 countries around the world and Lucy is a certified Kindermusik Educator teaching the program right here in Jordan. Classes are conducted in a group setting, which is ideal for your tiny tots to socialize and interact with other children their age. And since parental involvement is required during classes, this is also a great way for moms and dads with children of similar ages to meet each other. Moreover, following each MiniMozarts class, take-home materials are given to parents and children for them to continue the music, singing, and dancing at home until the next class. Plus, every six weeks new courses are introduced. MiniMozart’s brightly colored center is clean, spacious, and very inviting to children — it’s the perfect space for kids to let loose and have fun in. So if you’re interested in getting your child into music, take them for some educational entertainment at MiniMozarts, and who knows, you may find that you’ve got yourself a mini maestro in the making!


OUT

THIS IS

TIME WITH BABY

JORDAN!

Go’s Celine Simon Alaeddin shows us some of her favorite places to experience with friends and family in the city she now calls home

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eing a founding member of Go and part of the Go Team for the past two years, I’ve had the unique opportunity to experience a ton of awesome stuff around our capital to report back to our readers. And let me be the first to say, there’s a lot going on in Amman! In light of our “2nd Anniversary Issue,” I wanted to share with our readers my personal favorite spots around the city — whether for hanging out with friends or spending time with family. So armed with 170 JOD, I headed out and about, and here’s where I went…

TIME WITH HUBBY

My baby girl is six months old and she’s been an absolute joyful addition to our family Now as any parent knows, babies need stuff… plenty of stuff! For toys and playthings I love Cocobelle because they have a fantastic assortment of toys for all ages, so most of my baby’s things are from here. Plus, I created a baby registry at this store before she was even born to make sure I was really getting what I wanted and needed for a newborn. On this particular toy treasure hunt, we got the Crawl Abouts Butterfly and the Haba Hook & Loop Cuddling Zoo. Now we’re equipped and ready for playtime! Total price for toys: 134 Queen Rania Al Abdullah St., (06) 516 7637, www.facebook. com/cocobellejo

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TIME WITH GIRLFRIENDS Being part Californian, my husband was the one to introduce me to the wonderful world of Mexican food Whenever we go back to Cali, my husband and I fill up on Mexican cuisine almost every day knowing full well that we just can’t get those types of eats back in Amman — until now, that is! Fatty Dabs Mexico finally brings the flavors of Mexico to Amman and this is where we dine when we’re in need of a burrito, taco, or quesadilla fix. For our This is Jordan! outing, he ordered the (enormous!) steak burrito, I got the chicken quesadilla, and we shared hot chips and spicy salsa for starters and a crispy-on-theoutside-soft-on-the-inside churro for dessert. Talk about an awesome meal! Saeed Abdo Shammout St., Abdoun, (079) 705 1018, www.facebook.com/fattydabsmexico

I grew up in Far East Asia where hot and cold drinks with tapioca pearls of all sizes are a common beverage So you can imagine my excitement when juicebangbang opened their doors here a while back! Bringing the delicious Taiwanese-style bubble tea experience to Amman, I was finally able to introduce this tasty drink to my hubby and now he loves it too. Whenever we need an afternoon pick-me-up, this is our go-to place. A creature of habit, I always order the avocado yogurt drink, while he usually gets a tea-based one, both filled with those chewy tapioca balls! Sweifieh Mall, Princess NEED TO Alia Bint Al Hussein St., Sweifieh, (077) 598 KNOW 9416, www.facebook. Fatty Dabs Mexico com/juicebangbang

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is currently only open for dinner, from 7:00pm onwards.

I believe it’s important to keep in touch with girlfriends on a regular basis, no matter how busy life gets A night out with the girls is great for unwinding, catching up on news, and just getting together for a great giggle. But before the evening, I like to head to the salon for a manipedi session, usually much needed after a busy work week. My favorite spot in town to get this done at is Xena’s Beauty Services; it’s a cute, chilled out place that feels more like your friend’s living room than the clinical type of salon. Not only can you get a great manicure here, but Zeena — the owner of the place — is a fantastic makeup artist and beautician as well. If you


TIME FOR ME

For baby essentials, the new Rahwi Pharmacy branch is Wadi Saqra has everything you can think of! They have furniture, car seats, strollers, bottles, high chairs, bathing systems, and so much more, not to mention all the medicines your children could need should they fall sick. On this occasion I needed to pick up much needed baby formula, diapers, and baby wipes. Together these make one full, clean, and very Total bill for baby happy baby! products: Arar St., Wadi Saqra, (06) 569 2021, www. facebook.com/ rawhipharmacy

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Whenever I get the chance, I like to purchase items to embellish my home I love to decorate and add little touches to make our house feel warm and cozy — my humble abode is my canvas to play with. For one-of-a-kind pieces I usually head to Decor Etc. I love their eclectic collection of furniture and décor items from all around the world — think India, Thailand, South Africa, and Spain, not to mention their locally made items too. This shop can even custom-make any piece of furniture you’d like, from sofas to coffee tables to wall hangings. On this shopping trip, I found a gorgeous handmade decorative box that I just had to have to hide those unsightly things we’ve all got at home (you know: TV remote controls, loose change, random keys!). Its color and design made it perfect for my living room. Total bill for décor item: Tarek Al Jundi St., Sweifieh, (06) 585 3897, www.facebook.com/ DecorEtc

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really want to treat yourself, ask her about their facial mask — having personally tried it, I can guarantee that your skin will be glowing for ages after the treatment! This time around, however, I just focused on my nails and I was in and out of the salon with perfectly groomed hands and feet in less than 45 minutes, ideal for my Total for a busy schedule. mani-pedi, plus tip: Ali Seedo Al Kurdi St., Abdoun, (06) 581 7575

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When my girlfriends and I get together, our go-to place is O Six Gastrolounge at the Canyon Boutique Hotel Nothing beats this spot’s combination of tasty food, fantastic views, and great music in a vibrant atmosphere. We normally get a bunch of dishes here to share; it’s the best way to taste plenty of things from O Six’s broad menu! Plus, it feels lighter to nibble bites between gossiping rather than gulping down a whole dish yourself! For this special outing, we ordered the Chicken & Rocca Pizza, the Falafel Cigars, the Sliders, and a Cheese Platter, plus the Doughnut Balls with Chocolate Sauce for dessert. Of course, we also ordered some thirst-quenching drinks to wash it all down. Here's to great friends and good times! Adeeb Wahbeh St., 4th Circle, (079) 994 0606, www. facebook.com/osixgastrolounge

In dividing up my time between my husband, my baby, my friends, and myself, I managed to fit in some great outings in and around Amman, be it for meals, shopping, or pampering! My total bill after this week of enjoying myself was 167 JOD; just a few dinars under budget — not too bad for a heavy dose of my favorite things, places, and experiences. I hope these outings give you some good ideas for what you, your friends, and your family can get up and go do this month! GOMAGJORDAN.COM | NOV. 2012 | 25


OUT

NOVEMBER

CULTURE SHOCK

November is here, but Jack Frost hasn’t arrived to Amman yet. All the better if you ask us, as this will allow everyone to enjoy their walks to our city's cultural centers and galleries, where most of this month’s activities are taking place. Go’s Mike V. Derderian tells us where and when to go UPCOMING & CURRENT ART EXHIBITIONS: JACARANDA

Jacaranda’s collection of art will be available for viewing throughout the month of November. Omar Bin Al Khattab St., 1st Circle, (06) 464 4050, www jacarandaimages.com

ZARA GALLERY

Elmer Dumlao’s Animan is still on display and it will run until 26 November. Hussein Bin Ali St., Jabal Amman, 3rd Circle, (06) 465 1433, www. zaragallery.org

FORESIGHT ART CENTER

Adel Dauoad’s Spaces has been extended until 15 November. Visitors can also enjoy going through designer Lama Hourani’s Autumn 2013 collection. Ibn Al Roumi St., 6th Circle, www.foresightartgallery.com

THE ORIENT GALLERY

Syrian Artist Khaled Al Khani’s Non Stop Dancing is still on display until 15 November. On 20 November an exhibition by Jordanian artist, Ghassan Abu Laban, will be inaugurated at this gallery as well. It will continue until 20 December. Hassan Fleih AlRawashdeh St., Abdoun, (06) 593 1331, www. orientgallery.net

DAR AL ANDA

Iraqi Artist Khalid Wahal’s Jazz will be open to the public on 19 November. It will continue until 3 December. Dhirar Bin Al Azwar St., Jabal Weibdeh, (06) 462 9599, www.daralanda.com

CINEMA

with Mike V. Derderian

BLADE RUNNER (1982) Director: Ridley Scott Cast: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Edward John Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh, Daryl Hannah, Brion James, William Sanderson, Sean Young Color: Color Genre: Science Fiction

I’ve been watching movies for as long as I LITERATURE, POETRY, & remember and, for this PERFORMANCE ARTS: movie addict, Ridley Scott’s 1982 Blade INSTITUTO Runner deserves the title of the number one CERVANTES science-fiction movie of A seminar entitled Literature & Women in all time. Of course the the Hispanic World & in above statement is open the Arab World is to be for argument, but not held on 12 November at in this month’s issue of 6:30pm with the purpose Go… or any other issue of bringing together that involves me for that matter. (You can take this Spanish and Jordanian argument to Facebook if you happen to have the time writers in order to talk to look me up and want to talk movies!) about their literary works So why would I give it such an opinionated and and creative processes, confident rating? Well, Blade Runner gave us multias well as to initiate dialogue between their different layered characters in the form of illegal bio-organic worlds. Spanish writer Alicia Giménez Bartlett will be beings, known as Replicants. These beings were created introduced by Jordanian writer and President of the with expiry dates so as to prevent them from rebelling PEN Club Jordan, Leila Al-Atrash. against their makers. Headed by the charismatic, 3rd Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 461 0858 (Ext. 24) Roy Batty, a group of these Replicants — the Nexus 6 — return to earth in an attempt to prolong their lives CREATIVE JORDAN/ because they are about to expire. PLATFORM FOR Philip K. Dick, the author of Do Androids Dream of VISIONARY IDEAS Electric Sheep? upon which Blade Runner is based, is The Creative Jordan probably the most important science fiction writer of platform is a meeting all time after Isaac Asimov and Frank Herbert. That Scott point for creative people could do this author justice is another reason why Blade and organizations in Jordan. It will showcase Runner is such a powerful, time-honored film. Moreover, the richness and Harrison Ford’s characterization of Rick Deckard — the potential of the creative coolest and toughest futuristic Film Noir gumshoe you’ll industries, and envision ever meet — was spot on and reflected the menacing ways of encouraging psyche of Philip K. Dick characters. And of course, innovation, stimulating through this sci-fi flick, actress Sean Young gave us one entrepreneurship, of her most memorable roles, playing Rachael, a femme and developing new markets by encouraging fatale who begins to doubt her own existence after collaborations through an eclectic program of Deckard tells her that she is a Replicant. exhibitions, creative project presentations, film The ambience that Ridley Scott created in this film, screenings, workshops, and panel discussions. Creative Jordan's activities will be at Ras Al Ain’s The Hanger and with the help of cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth, accentuated the atmospheric feel of a dystopian other locations around Amman. For more information universe, which has since been recreated in many check out their Facebook page. futuristic movies and even some TV series, such as Visit www.facebook.com/CreativeIndustriesJordan, or Dune. While another element that elevated the visuals call (077) 933 5778. of this 117-minute cinematic masterpiece was Vangelis’ unforgettable electronica soundtrack! Each line uttered by the characters in Blade Runner’s scenes — be it a statement or a question — is soaked with human and android angst that filters into our own psyche as viewers. Above all, this film is a conscious morality play that revolves around existence, life, birth, and death. And as if that wasn’t enough, Blade Runner also has one of the best cinematic lines uttered in TA3LEELEH movie history, a line uttered by Roy Batty, a line that I Known as an amazing platform that allows local will leave for you to find for yourself... talents to share their wealth of experience in To see Blade Runner, or a range of other great scienceperformance arts, theater, poetry, and literature, fiction movies, swing by 16:9 Widescreen and peruse Ta3leeleh — founded by Rawan Zeine — will be held their great movie collection. Call (06) 581 1627 or visit on 17 November at Mohtaraf Al Remal at 6:00 pm. www.sixteen2nine.com for more information. Nimr Bin Edwan St., Jabal Weibdeh, (079) 735 4908

THE INDEPENDENT EUROPEAN FILM DAYS

Between 25 and 27 November, film lovers will have the opportunity to attend Independent European Film Days. For more information on this film festival, contact the RFC. The screenings are taking place the Royal Film Commission’s Film House. Omar Bin Al Khattab St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 464 2266 26 | NOV. 2012 | GOMAGJORDAN.COM


NEED TO KNOW

ABDUL HAMEED SHOMAN FOUNDATION

Part of its monthly Cinema Club activities this foundation organizes film screenings hosted by Film Critic Adnan Madanat. All screenings take place at the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation and start 6:30pm. Al Kulliyah Al Elmiyah Al Eslamiyah St., 1st Circle

The RFC will also be hosting the Ismailia Film Days in Amman from 11 to 15 November! Call (06) 464 2266 for more information.

6 NOV. CAESAR MUST DIE

13 NOV. THE ISLAND

20 NOV. THE TERRORIST

23 NOV. ELINA: AS IF I DIDN’T EXIST

2012/72 min./with Arabic subtitles Director: Paulo Taviani & Vittorio Taviani Inmates at a high-security prison in Rome prepare for a public performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

2006/112 min./with Arabic subtitles Director: Puvel Lungin In a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives an unusual man who is believed to have the power to heal, exorcise demons, and foretell the future.

1998/95 min./with Arabic & English subtitles Director: Santosh Sevan After long preparations a young female terrorist goes on a suicide assassination mission, but her resolve to complete it is put to the test.

2002/94 min/with Arabic & English subtitles Director: Klaus Haro In 1950s Sweden, Elina goes back to school after recovering from tuberculosis. Soon begins a battle of wills between Elina and her teacher Miss Holm.


OUT ARGEELEH

Belmondo Café, Mecca St., (06) 553 3021 Bianca Café, Ahmad Fawazi St., Abdoun, (06) 593 5234 Jafra Café, Prince Mohammed St., Downtown, (06) 462 2551, www.jafragroup.com Khuttar Café, Irbid St., Abdoun, (06) 593 9099 Lemon Shisha Bistro, Saed Abdo Shamout St., Abdoun, (06) 593 9371 Macho Picho, Kurdi Center, Fawzi Al Mughrabi St., Abdoun, (06) 593 6989, www. machopicho.com Mijana Restaurant & Café, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 462 0744 Rotana Cafe, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 461 0520 Tche Tche Café, Abu Taweeleh Plaza, Mecca St., (06) 588 5837, www.tchetchecafe.com Zoka Café, Saed Abdo Shamout St., Abdoun, (06) 592 6777

CAFÉS

CINEMAS

Cinema City, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 551 8611, www.meccamall.jo Cine Le Royal, Le Royal Hotel Amman, Zahran St., Jabal Amman, (06) 460 3022, www.leroyalamman.com Grand Cinemas, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 581 8808, www.grandcinemas.com Grand Cinemas, Zara Center, Wadi Saqra St., (06) 461 3260, www.grandcinemas.com Prime Cinemas, Al Baraka Mall, Sa'eed Al Mufti St., (06) 585 8500, www.prime.jo Rainbow Theatre, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (0) 798 228 830

MUSEUMS

Children’s Museum Jordan, Al Hussein Public Parks, King Abdullah II St., (06) 541 1479, www.cmj.jo Darat Al-Funun (Shoman Foundation), Jabal Al Weibdeh, (06) 464 3252, www. daratalfunun.org Islamic Museum, Suleiman Al Nabulsi St., Jabal Weibdeh, (06) 567 2155 Jordan Archeological Museum, Citadel, Jabal Al Qala'a, (06) 463 8795 Jordan Folklore Museum, Roman Theatre , (06) 465 1742 Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Hosni Fareez St., Jabal Weibdeh, (06) 463 0128, www.nationalgallery.org Royal Automobile Museum, Al Hussein Public Parks, King Abdullah II St., (06) 541 1392, www.royalautomuseum.jo

Aunty Hanady’s Cheesecake & Cookies, King Abdullah II St., (06) 535 5025 Bifrost, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 464 1312 Books@Café, Omar Ibn Il Khattab St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 465 0457, www. booksatcafe.com Bunzy Buns, Ahmad Fawzi St., Abdoun, (06) 593 7172, www.bunzybuns.com Café Des Artistes, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (0) 79 657 5184 15 Mohammed Rashid Ridha NIGHTLIFE St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 461 0017 1Ten Resto Lounge, Shepherd Hotel, Zaid Bin Al Haritha St., Jabal Amman, (077) 7 The Camel’s B@C, Baouniyyeh St., Jabal 112233 Weibdeh, (06) 465 7881 51 (Switch), Sameeh Al Shoumali St., Al ChaYi: The Art of Tea, 245 Al Madenah Al Sahel, (077) 515 1515 Munawara St., (06) 553 3638 Agave, Qiss Bin Sa’edah St., (06) 463 3030 Cilantro Café, Queen Zain Al Sharaf St., Abdoun, (06) 592 5009, www.cilantro-cafe.com Amigo Pub, Cioconut Lounge, Al Sha’ab Street, Dabouq, Jabal Amman, (06) 463 3001, www. amigopub-jo.com (06) 541 2484 Beerkeller, Le Royal, Zahran St., 3rd Circle, Chez Hilda, (06) 582 4808, www.chezhilda.com (06) 460 3000, www.leroyalamman.com Costa Café, City Mall, King Cantaloupe Gastro Pub, 10 NEED TO Abdullah II St., (06) 585 9694 Rainbow Street, 1st Circle, Crumz, Mazen Sido Al-Kurdi Jabal Amman, (077) 773 KNOW St., Abdoun, (06) 592 0102, 3333, www.cantaloupe.jo www.goodharvest.com.jo Canvas, Muntazah Circle, Marriott Hotel Cups & Kilos, Rainbow St., Jabal Weibdeh, (06) 463 Amman is running a 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, 2211 "Burger & Beverage" promotion at Champions (06) 4649345 Chesters, Le Royal Hotel, during NFL games this Al Zahran Street, 3rd Circle, season! Call (06) 560 7607 Baraka Mall, Sa’eed Al Jabal Amman, (06) 460 for reservations. (06) 592 3000, www.leroyalamman. 5715, www.gloriajeans.com com Java U, Saed Abdo Shamout Cube, Shepherd Hotel, Said St., Abdoun, (06) 592 5726, Bin Hareth St., Jabal Amman, www.java-u.com (079) 985 5955 Juicebangbang, Dubliners, Comfort Hotel Suites, Ali (0) 775 989 416 , (06) 581 2848, La Mirabelle, www.dublinersjordan.com St., Abdoun, (06) 565 6026, www. Flow, Mazen Sido Al-Kurdi St., Abdoun, zalatimosweets.com (079) 978 7777 Old View Cafe, Omar Ibn il Khattab St., (06) Glass Bar & Lounge, Landmark Hotel, Al 465 3516 Hussein Bin Ali St., (06) 560 7100 Paul, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 550 La Calle, #10 Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal 2760, www.paul-international.com Amman, (077) 726 6928 Second Cup, Queen Zain Al Sharaf St., Las Tapas, Bonitas Hotel, Qiss Bin Sa'edah Abdoun, (06) 556 0691, www.secondcup.com St., 3rd Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 461 5061, www.bonitamman.com Segafredo Zanetti, Shamout St., Abdoun, (06) 592 6526, www. The Library Lounge & Cigar Bar, Marriot Hotel, Issam Ajluni St., Shmesani, (06) 560 segafredo.it 7607, www.thelibrary.marriott-amman.com Starbucks , Prince Hashem St., Abdoun, (06) 592 1005, www.starbucks.com Murphy’s House of Rock, Red Rose Hotel, Turtle Green Tea Bar, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Shat Al Arab St., Um Uthaina, (077) 716 5008 Jabal Amman, (06) 464 4813 Oobé, Al Qasr Metropole Hotel, Mithqal Al Vivid, King Abdullah II St., (06) 541 3091 Faeiz St., Shmesani, (06) 566 6140 ext. 3 Wild Jordan, Othman bin Afan St., 1st O Six Gastro Lounge, Canyon Hotel, Adeeb Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 463 3542, www. Wahbeh St., Shmeisani, (079) 994 0606 wildjordancafe.com Queen Vics, (06) 586 4426

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Square Bar, Four Seasons, 5th Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 550 5555, www.fourseasons.com Time Out Sports Bar, Kempinski Hotel, Abd Al Hameed Shoman St., Shmesani, (06) 520 0200, www.kempinski.com/amman Rovers Return, Abed Al Raheem Al Hajj (06) 581 4844, www.roversreturnjordan.com Saluté & Beer Garden, Abdul Qader Koshak St., Jabal Amman, (06) 465 1458, www. jorest.com Seven Barrels, Hisham Hotel, Abu Firas Al Hamadani Pathway 2, Jabal Amman, (077) 977 7708 Shaman, Um Qsair St., Deir Ghbar, (077) 722 7888

RESTAURANTS

32 North, Grand Hyatt Amman, Al Hussein Bin Ali St., Jabal Amman, (06) 465 1433, amman.grand.hyatt.com Abou El Abed Al Hakawati, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (077) 605 5550 Asia, Four Seasons Amman, Al Kindi St., 5th Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 550 5555, www. fourseasons.com Azkadenya, Mecca St., (06) 554 9391 Bistro One, Jabal Amman, (06) 461 7890, www. bistroone-jo.com Blue Fig, Prince Hashem St., Abdoun, (06) 592 8800, La Bruschetta, o St., Abdoun, (06) 593 1513 Beit El Fukhara, Abdallah Ghosheh St., near 7th and 8th circles, (0) 79 714 0250 Beit Shocair, Jabal Amman, (06) 464 4094 Burj Al Hamam, Intercontinental Hotel, Islamic College St., Jabal Amman, (06) 464 1361, www.ichotelsgroup.com 1st Circle, (06) 464 Cafe Burger, 17 Ahmad Al-Arousy St., Al Batool Center, Abdoun, (06) 592 2832 Casereccio Restaurant, Al Qahira St., Abdoun Circle, (06) 593 4773 Casper & Gambini’s, Mazen Sido AlKurdi St., Abdoun, (06) 592 2600, www. casperandgambinis.com Centro Brasserie, Queen Nour St., 4th Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 464 1020 Champions, Marriot Hotel, Issam Ajluni St., Shmesani, (06) 560 7607 Cinco De Mayo, Intercontinental Hotel, Islamic College St., Jabal Amman, (06) 464 1361, www.ichotelsgroup.com La Cucina Ristorante, Princess Alya Bint Hussein St., Abdoun, (06) 593 3355 Deir El Qamar, Sa’ed Abdo Shamout St., Abdoun, (06) 593 4666, www. deirelqamarrestaurant.com Diwan Al Sultan Ibrahim, Iriteria St., Um Uthaina (06) 551 7383, oceanhotel.com.jo

LISTINGS Diwan Shahraya, Le Royal Hotel, Zahran St, 3rd Circle, (06) 596 6511 www. leroyalamman.com Entrecôte Café de Paris, behind Le Royal Hotel, 3rd Circle, (079) 911 9117 Esaki, Al Hussein Bin Ali St., 4th Circle, (079) 717 9888 Fakhr El-Din, Abdul Qader Koshak St, Jabal Amman, (06) 464 1789, www.fakhreldin.com Fatty Dabs Burger Shack, Saed Abdo Shammout St., Abdoun, (0) 79 6075 204 Haret Jdoudna, Talal St., Madaba, (05) 324 8650, www.haretjdoudna.com Al Huwwara Restaurant, King Abdullah II St., Dabouq, (06) 535 4210 The Ivy, Rajai Suleiman Sukkar St., next to Orthodox Club, (06) 593 5130 Kashmir & Al Argeeleh, Hussein Bin Ali St., Jabal Amman, (06) 465 9520, kashmirargeelah.com The Lettuce & The Fish, Saed Abdo Shamout St., Abdoun, (06) 593 3031 L’Incontro, Grand Hyatt Amman, Al Hussein Bin Ali St., Jabal Amman, (06) 465 1433, www.grand.hyatt.com Indochine, Grand Hyatt Amman, Al Hussein Bin Ali St., Jabal Amman, (06) 465 1433, www.grand.hyatt.com Indu, Intercontinental Hotel, Islamic College St., Jabal Amman, (06) 464 1361, www. ichotelsgroup.com Levant Restaurant, Al Mutanabbi St., Jabal Amman, (06) 462 8948, www.levantjo.com The Living Room, Mohammed Hussein Haikal St., Jabal Amman, (06) 465 5998, www.romero-jordan.com La Maison Vert, Abed Al Hameed Bades, Shmeisani, (06) 568 5746 Ne:Bo, Mount Nebo, Madaba, (077) 771 2224 Noodasia, Cairo St., Abdoun Circle, (06) 593 6999 Rajeen Restaurant, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 462 5400 Ren Chai, Mithqal Al Faeiz St., Jabal Amman, (06) 462 5777, www.renchai.com Romero, Mohammed Hussein Haikal St., Jabal Amman, (06) 464 4227, www.romerojordan.com Scenario, Shat Al-Arab St., (078) 720 0002 Sufra, Rainbow St. #28, (06) 461 1468 Tannoureen, Shat Al-Arab St., Um Uthaina, (06) 551 5987, www.tannoureen.net Tarweea, Rabieh, (06) 548 1000 Trader Vic’s, The Regency Palace Hotel, Queen Alia Street, Shmesani, (06) 560 7000, www.tradervics.com Trattoria, AlQasr Metropole Hotel, Arroub St., Shmeisani, (06) 562 0528 Vinaigrette, AlQasr Metropole Hotel, Arroub St., Shmeisani, (06) 562 0528 Whispers, Abdul Rahman Alawi St., 5th Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 592 1850 WOX & Company, Saad Abdo Shamout St., Abdoun, (06) 592 2920, www. woxandcompany.com Yoshi, Mithqal Al Faeiz St., Jabal Amman, 06 464 0903, www.atico-jo.com/yoshi.htm Zaatar w Zeit, Mecca St., (06) 552 9291, www.zaatarwzeit.net

THEATERS

Al Balad Theater, St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 465 2005, www.al-balad.org King Hussein Cultural Center, Omar Matar St., Al-Muhajareen, (06) 473 9953 Royal Cultural Center, Al-Malekah Alia St., Shmeisani, (06) 566 1026

TRANSPORTATION

Alpha International, (06) 581 3300 Hijazi, (02) 710 1760 Taxi Al Mumayaz, (06) 579 9999


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FINDS Go scoured the city to find out what new retail therapy options have opened up within the last year

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his year we’ve seen plenty of new retail spaces launch in our city so Go headed out to the streets to investigate what’s out there. Some shops are completely new, some are additional, bigger outlets to original stores, and some are old favorites in new locations.

GANACHE Stay away if you’re gluten intolerant because this enormous and intricately decorated establishment is a cake, pastry, and bread paradise! Their savory items include a variety of sandwiches, focaccia breads flavored with herbs and spices, savory tarts, and meat stuffed empanadas. But it’s through their sweet delights that Ganache really shines. This store’s assortment of cakes, cookies, and pastries is amazing and their specialty is made-to-order cakes for special occasions like weddings, birthdays, and any other milestone that calls for a sweet treat! So whether you want to pick up a quick lunch, satisfy a sweet craving, or order an elaborate cake, head over to Ganache and place your order. Mecca St. Um Uthaina, (079) 799 0044, www.facebook. com/Ganache.Jo

DON'T Their potato and rosemary focaccia bread.

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MLABBAS What started as a t-shirt kiosk in City Mall has now expanded to include a flagship store on Rainbow St. Mlabbas’ new outlet not only boasts their popular tees, but also offers a bunch of other fun items like postcards, stationery, jewelry, artwork, pillows, books, stencils, hats, and stickers, as well as stacks of Go Magazine! Mlabbas as a brand is all about humor, Arabic typography and language, and street culture. They use a dynamic troupe of local artists to design their products — all of which you can appreciate and buy at their funky new place. #28 Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman (06) 585 2448, www.mlabbas.com

DON'T Their Abu Gangnam Style t-shirts inspired by Psy, the

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LOVE ON A BIKE

Local artist, Rima Malallah, has found a new home for all of her fantastic handmade creations You need time when visiting this shop to really appreciate the artistic details that went into each and every one of Rima’s handcrafted pottery pieces, wall paintings, lamps, vases, plates, candles, bowls, boxes, tables, chairs, and more. Colorful, quirky, original, and fun, items from Love on a Bike will be sure to brighten up any home or office. Pick up a few pieces from here for yourself or to gift to a loved one and get NEED TO lost in the whimsy. #36 Khirfan Street, 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (079) 643 3311, KNOW www.loveonabike.com

Rima can even be hired if you're looking to have a mural painted. She's the artist behind several of the city's colorful street paintings!

DON'T Rima’s awesome tea sets for serving your guests

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T-PLUS

Opening just last month, this brand new store is perfect for the gadget enthusiast Sleek, sharp, and carrying the latest in consumer electronics, T-Plus is looking to bring Amman’s residents a comfortable and personalized service when you shop for mobile phones, smart TVs, laptops, or other electronic devices. You’ll find all the hot brands here like Nokia, Samsung, LG, Sony, Motorola, Blackberry, HTC, HP, Panasonic, and Lenova. Plus, T-Plus even provides services from three telecom operators — Orange, Umniah, and Zain — so you can even take care of your bill or sign up for a new line from here. Mecca St., Kilo Circle, (06) 551 1161, www.tplusjordan.com

Go browsed the racks at Champions to find cool winter gear

As the temperature steadily drops, it’s vital to have some practical winter wardrobe staples in your closet. Take a look at Champions’ brands like The North Face, Quicksilver, Vans, and DC for their outerwear, shoes, hats, and other cool weather essentials. And complete the look with sunglasses, watches, backpacks, and other musthave accessories from popular names like Breo, JanSport, Roxy, and Reef. Abdoun Circle, Abdoun, (06) 92 1065 TAJ lifestyle Center, Abdoun, (06) 582 2982 www.facebook.com/ championsjo

MINTAAD.COM

DON'T Their Blasting T Zone gaming area.

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This local Website is encouraging children (and adults) to read more! A local online company founded by two sisters, Mintaad. com is a members-only lending library based on the Web geared towards both children and adults. The premise is very simple: after signing up, you’re free to borrow books from their extensive selection of children's and adult's books — in either Arabic or English — and return them when you’re ready to, with no time limits or late fees. There are several monthly plans to choose from to suit your family’s reading needs and the best part is that mintaad.com will deliver and pick-up the books you order straight to and from your home. www.mintaad.com

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WHAT’S ON AT TAJLIFESTYLECENTER This month TAJ lifestyle center is celebrating its one year anniversary so Go found out what they’ve got to be proud of!

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CREDIT CARD Bank al Etihad and TAJ have launched their new Etihad-TAJ Credit Card, which will provide holders with high credit limits and purchasing power, along with a range of privileges. This card can be used like a regular credit card, but you get rewarded for your spending by collecting points, and then redeeming them for TAJ shopping vouchers! For details, make your way to Bank al Etihad at TAJ today. 32 | NOV. 2012 | GOMAGJORDAN.COM

NOW OPEN @ TAJ

AJ lifestyle center is a multipurpose shopping complex based in the heart of Amman that features over 190 world famous stores, designer boutiques, restaurants and cafés, plus the Middle East’s premier supermarket retailer, as well as a soon to open state-of-the-art Cinema & Family Entertainment Center. November marks TAJ lifestyle center’s one year anniversary and in honor of this momentous occasion, the complex will be celebrating in style, with new store openings, a new loyalty rewards program, and great events for the whole family throughout the month. Whether it’s for a shopping spree, for dining out, or for entertainment, a visit to TAJ is a must this month!

Prince Hashem Bin Al Hussein St., Abdoun (06) 592 1122 www.tajlifestyle.com

MICHAEL KORS

A PIECE OF AFRICA

To the delight of fashionistas in Amman, the boutique of American fashion designer Michael Kors has arrived in town! Don’t miss his collection of beautifully designed handbags and shoes that will surely become staples to go along with your everyday wardrobe, as well as your special occasion outfits. Michael Kors’ apparel line, centered on chic and classic styles and cuts, means that you will always be in fashion when you wear one of his gorgeous pieces. (06) 593 0602, www.michaelkors.com

A store that celebrates the beauty and splendor of African art If you have a flair for the exotic, then don’t miss A Piece of Africa. This boutique carries intriguing pieces from all over the continent including handmade household items, jewelry, apparel, and accessories. With items like wood art, glassware, tribal art pieces, soapstone art crafts, Kikoy fabric, and Kazuri beaded jewelry, it’s a great place to pick up a unique gift for yourself or someone else. (06) 593 1202, www.vermont-me.com


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ACTIVITIES @ TAJ SHOP, COLLECT POINTS, & WIN

OPENING

SOON

In celebration of its one-year anniversary, TAJ lifestyle center will be offering an even more rewarding shopping experience If you spend at any of TAJ’s shops between 15 and 29 November you can collect points on your TAJ Card, which you can then redeem for vouchers. This month, the higher you spend, the higher your reward! TAJ will also be giving away prizes daily. To get yourself a TAJ Card, head to the information desks located at Market Level and Fashion Level 1!

In addition to all the great shops and eateries already available at TAJ lifestyle center, stay tuned for these brands, which will be opening their doors very soon…

CENTRO

GLEE SINGING COMPETITION

Popular local brasserie serving up delicious international dishes.

CORNELIANI

SCAN HERE FOR WEBSITE

TAJ lifestyle center’s Glee Singing Competition, which began in October, is still going on during the month of November In an effort to support local talent, the second round of TAJ’s singing competition will take place on 2 November, while the Finale is set to happen mid-month. Students will battle it out with song and dance moves based on the TV show Glee for a grand prize of 2000 JOD! Head to TAJ during these Fridays and be entertained by some very talented kids.

GIFT VOUCHERS

EMPORIO ARMANI

Synonymous with style, offering the trendiest apparel and accessories for both him and her.

MARKS & SPENCER

CAMEL ACTIVE Give the gift of choice thanks to TAJ lifestyle center’s TAJ Gift Vouchers which can be used at anyone of the complex’s stores If you’ve got a birthday or anniversary coming up this month, save yourself the trouble of worrying about hunting for the perfect present and offer a TAJ Gift Voucher instead! Available in a range of amounts from the Information Desks located at Market Level and Fashion Level 1, and redeemable at any TAJ store, a TAJ Gift Voucher is guaranteed to please! A casual, masculine, and sporty lifestyle brand, this is the perfect collection for the rugged man Boasting a collection of urban menswear pieces like jeans, cargo pants, shorts, shirts, t-shirts, jackets, shoes, leather goods, watches, sunglasses, and other funky accessories, Camel Active is the go-to gear for the man’s man. This winter, make sure to check out their trendy outerwear, which will keep you both warm and effortlessly cool. (06) 592 9214, www.camelactive.de

Italian brand of beautifully made men’s suits and apparel.

TAJ IN NUMBERS

Famous British department store carrying apparel for women and children, plus accessories and home décor.

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Bold Italian designer offering trendy and avant-garde high fashion.

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worldfamous stores, boutiques, and eateries.

percent of restaurants the brands and cafés at TAJ are in the food new to the court and Kingdom. terrace.

percent of TAJ lifestyle center is leased.

Europe’s oldest shoemaker, a German brand that makes beautiful shoes and bags for women.

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WORK HARD,

PLAY HARD

A new addition to the GALAXY smartphone range, Samsung’s GALAXY S DUOS delivers versatility and high performance for always-on productivity and fun!

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esigned for active young professionals, the Samsung GALAXY S DUOS is the latest addition to the GALAXY smartphone family. This Android 4.0-powered smartphone is ideal for users who balance fast-paced work and social lifestyles, offering the style and high-end performance users expect from GALAXY smartphones with the convenience of Dual SIM access. With rounded edges and smooth ceramic-like finish this phone boasts a sophisticated appearance and its 1GHz processor and 1500mAh battery allow for multi-tasking across demanding applications. Plus, the 4GB on-board storage provides ample space for your favorite images and videos!

NEW IN TOWN

Amman’s For the Love of Vintage has a new line of fun jackets from Dubai and a new collection of vibrant clothing from India!

Head to BCI Samsung on Mecca St. to check out this smartphone for yourself; call (06) 552 2237 or visit www.bci.jo for more.

GLITTER & GOLD

Swiss watch and jewelry maker Swatch has unveiled their Irony collection in gold with crystals

Stop by For the Love of Vintage this month to check out their new stock of JUXTApose Jackets. Created in Dubai by designer Nancy Tabbara, these fun and sassy jackets add life to any outfit! With their eclectic mix of colors, patterns, and materials JUXTApose is perfect for anyone with an exciting sense of fashion! Or if you’re more into eclectic items, check out FLOV’s brand new line from India, Poosh. Made up of kaftans, tops, and dresses, each piece is uniquely gorgeous with the use of SCAN HERE vibrant colors and beading! FOR FACEBOOK See these pieces for yourself, find For the Love of Vintage at #17 Al Batool Center, Ahmad Al-Arousi St., Abdoun. Call (079) 828 0000 or visit www.facebook.com/LoveVintageJO for more information.

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he Classic Collection (PVD Extensions) by Swatch features gold and glittering crystals in six new variations on the classic Irony style. Two models each from the Irony Chrono, Medium, and Big lines, offer sophisticated versions in pink and yellow gold PVD. A clear, clean design presents black dials and links setting off polished golden surfaces, enhanced in four of the six models by sparkling, transparent white crystals on the bezel or dial. Available in Dreamnight Rose, Dreamnight Yellow, Rose Pearl Black, Yellow Pearl Black, Charcoal Medal Rose, and Charcoal Medal Yellow, add a touch of elegance to your wardrobe with one of these stylish timepieces. To see this collection for yourself, visit Swatch on Princess Taghreed Mohammad St., Sweifieh, or call (06) 585 6678 and visit www.swatch.com for details.

POP OF

COLOR

Popular fashion brand Lacoste has launched a big and bold chronograph for the Fall/Winter 2012 season

The Borneo Chrono features a large plastic case and comfortable silicone strap with embossed branding. Water resistant to 10ATM — a first for a Lacoste timepiece — this young and fun, but also serious, masculine watch represents effortless performance at its best. The Borneo Chrono is available in several fresh and graphic color combinations, complemented by aluminum indexes that give intensity to the dial.

For more, make your way to Time Center, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., or visit www.timecenter.jo

FEATHER LIGHT

BEST IN CLASS Porsche’s new Boxster generation has arrived at Porsche Centre Jordan!

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he revamped open-top two-seater Porsche Boxster and Boxster S are now available in Jordan through Nuqul Automotive’s Porsche Centre. Both variants of the Boxster have a new, lightweight body and a completely redesigned chassis. Lower weight, with a longer wheelbase, a wider track, and larger wheels significantly enhance the mid-engine sports car’s driving dynamics to position it as the best in its class. Plus, its superior performance is backed by up to 15% more fuel efficiency! To check out the Porsche Boxster or Boxster S for yourself, make your way to the Porsche Centre on Saleh Al Smadi St., Al Sahel. Call (06) 580 3911 or visit www.nuqulautomotive. com for more information.

To help running enthusiasts improve their speed, Adidas has launched the adiZero Feather 2, the lightest everyday running shoe yet!

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he adiZero Feather 2 features an embedded miCoach cavity that allows the runner to insert the new miCoach SPEED_CELL. This device records up to eight hours of performance data, including distance, speed, pace, time, and number of sprints, as well as provides personal data to share, compare, and challenge with friends. Additionally, the adiZero Feather 2 features the SPRINTFRAME platform, which ensures optimum forefoot propulsion, plus containing SPRINTWEB, a lightweight mesh material, this running shoe provides maximum comfort, support, and breathability!

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APPAREL

Taj Lifestyle, Prince Hashim St., Abdoun, (079) 712 5303 Adidas Originals, Al Wakalat St., Sweifieh, (06) 581 6034, www.adidas.com Aizone, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 582 37 24, www.ashti.com Avanti, Zara Center, Arar St., Wadi Saqra, (06) 464 3305, www.impac.com.jo BCBG/MAXAZRIA, Zara Center, Arar St., Wadi Saqra, (06) 4620312, www.bcbg.com Biba Boutique, Kurdi Complex, Fawzi Al Mughrabi St., Abdoun, (06) 592 0405 Boss, Al Khair Building, Sharif Naser bin Jamil St., (06) 569 2595, www.boss.com Champions Sportswear, Abdoun Circle, Abdoun, (06) 592 1065 Diesel, Taj Lifestyle, Prince Hashim St., Abdoun, (079) 995 0882 Ermenegildo Zegna, Zara Center, Arar St., Wadi Saqra, (06) 464 3305 www.zegna.com Etam, Wakalat St., Sweifieh (06) 582 8696, www.etam.com Farah Shop, Um Uthaina, (06) 553 8061 Fiordelli, Le Royal, Zahran St., 3rd Circle, (06) Forever 21, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 553 7231, www.forever21.com For the Love of Vintage, 17 Ahmad Al Arousi St., Abdoun, (0)79 828 0000 Gap, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 585 5408, www.gap.com Go Sport, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 582 0965 H&M, Taj Lifestyle, Prince Hashim St., Abdoun, (0) 79 712 5307 Jo Bedu, Baouniyyeh St., Jabal Weibdeh, (06) 461 8144, www.jo-bedu.com Karen Millen, Fountain Plaza, Abdel Rahim Haj-Mohammed St., Sweifieh, (06) 582 3952, www.karenmillen.com Kenny, #18 Astra Building, Islamic College St., (06) 461 0100, www.kennyboutique.com Lavin, Al Khair Building, Sharif Naser bin Jamil St., (06) 566 2444, www.lavin.com The Lingerie Shop, Abdoun, (06) 592 7994 Mango, Wakalat St., Sweifieh, (06) 582 1349, www.mango.com Massimo Dutti, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 581 8227, www.massimodutti.com Maxmara, Building No. 30, Shat Al-Arab St., Um Uthaina, (06) 553 0601, www.maxmara.com Mlabbas, City Mall, Mecca St., (06) 585 2448 OBA Boutique, 17 Ahmad Al Arousi St., Abdoun, (06) 592 0715 Pinkdust, 17 Ahmad Al Arousi St., Abdoun, (06) 592 1401 Philosophi, 17 Ahmad Al Arousi St., Abdoun, (06) 592 0240 Pull&Bear, Wakalat St., Sweifieh, (06) 582 6501 Reebok, City Mal, King Abdullah II St., (06) 581 9178, www.reebok.com Scruples, Cairo St., Abdoun Circle, Abdoun, (06) 592 3490 Vibes, Nakhwa Center, Zein Al Sharaf St., Abdoun, (06) 593 0149 Zara, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 550 2776, www.zara.com Zay, Abdoun Circle, Abdoun, (06) 592 8818

APPLIANCES & ELECTRONICS

AEG, Mecca St., (06) 552 7640, www.aeg. com, www.al-kattan.com Bang & Olufsen, Thaqafa St., Shmesani, (06) 562 7317, www.bangolufsen.com Blinx, (06) 585 2543, www.blinx.jo Bose, Fountain Plaza, Abdel Rahim Haj(06) 582 9404, www.bose.com E-Mart Electronics, Sameh Mall, Madina Al Munawarah St., (06) 550 5500 Golden Mobile, King Abdullah II Ibn Hussein St., (06) 586 3369, www.goldenmobile.com.jo Isystems, Foutain Plaza, Abdel Rahim Haj(06) 582 9504 Leaders Center, King Abdullah II St., (06) 533 3332 LG, Mecca St., (06) 556 0626, www.lg.com Mabco, 3rd Circle, (06) 464 7666, www. mabco.com.jo 36 | NOV. 2012 | GOMAGJORDAN.COM

Multi Vision, Madina Al Munawarah St., (06) 554 2902 PC Zone, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 556 1766, www.pczonejo.com Smart Buy, Al Sahel Avenue, 7th Circle, Sweifieh, (06) 580 9999 Tele Link, Abu Al-Suod Building, Abdel Hameed Sharaf St., Shmesani, (06) 560 7744, www.telelink.com.jo Universal Kitchen, Building No. 250, Mecca St., (06) 553 0200, www.uniersal-kitchen.com

ART GALLERIES

SHOP LISTINGS

Aroussi St., Abdoun, (06) 5922890 Sugar Daddy’s, Kurdi Center, Abdoun, (06) 593 3032 Tender Loving Corn, Abdoun Circle, Abdoun, (06) 592 7667 Zalatimo, near American Embassy, Abdoun, (06) 565 6026

FLORISTS & PLANT SHOPS

Alissar Flowers, Mazen Seedo Al Kurdi St., Abdoun, com Bloomz of Heaven, King Abdullah II St., (06) 553 1001 Cacti, Queen Zain Al Sharaf St., Abdoun, (06) 592 2702 Lily, Zain Abdoun Commercial Complex, Abdoun, (06) 5923620 Shams Gardens, Fawzi Al Qawooqji St., (06) 593 3457 Wardati, Abdoun, (06) 592 2442

Adasat Studios, Jabal Weibdeh, www. adasatstudios.com Art Matters, 47 Sulaiman Al Nabulsi St., Abdali, (06) 565 6326 Broadway Gallery, Salah Toukan St., , (06) 581 0280, www.broadwaygallery.com Darat Al Funun, The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Jabal Weibdah, (06) 464 3251 FURNITURE & HOME ACCESSORIES Dar Al-Anda, Dhirar Bin Al-Azwar St., Jabal ACE, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 582 2224 Weibdah, (06) 462 9599, www.daralanda. Armani Casa, Wadi Saqra St., (06) 569 3031, com www.armani.com Foresight Art Gallery, Ibn Al Roumi Street, A Piece of Africa, Zara Center, Wadi Saqra Um Uthaina. (06) 556 0080, www. St., (06) 462 6364 foresightartgallery.com NEED TO Bashiti Hardware, T’la Al Jacaranda Images, Omar KNOW Ali, (06) 535 0009, www. Bin Al Khattah St., 1st bashitistores.com Fashion Circle, Jabal Amman, Darwazeh Living, 244 designer Tatyana (06) 464 4050, www. Aceeva has been the Wadi Saqra St., (06) 566 jacarandaimages.com 6054 Love On A Bike, showcase her collection at Everything Kitchen, Mu’thaa Bin Jabal Muscat Fashion Week! Pass Ahmad Al Aroussi St., St., 1st Circle, Abdoun, (06) 592 3443 Jabal Amman, (06) to get your hands on her Exclusive Home, Al 461 4288, www. stunning gowns. Call Husseini Complex, Mecca loveonabike.com (06) 582 4905. St., (06) 556 1300 Nabad Art Gallery, Gizmos, 17 Ahmad Al Aroussi St., (0) 79 686 1247 Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) Home and Garden, Queen Zain Il 465 5084 Sharaf St., Abdoun, (06) 593 4858 Orient Gallery, Issam Ajlouni St., Shmesani, Home and Home, (06) (06) 568 1303, www.orientgallery.net 586 2622, www.homeandhome.com.jo Orfali Art Gallery, Kufa St., Um Uthaina, Home Center, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) (06) 5526932, www.orfali.net 554 1711, Silsal, between 4th and 5th circles, (06) In-Design, Mecca St., (06) 586 3475 593 1128 The Studio, Prince Mohammed St., Bldg. 89, The Linen Closet, Hassan Barkawi St., North Abdoun, (06) 593 4504 Downtown, (06) 464 6367, Midas, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 586 www.thestudio-jo.com Zara Gallery, Grand Hyatt Amman, 3rd Circle, 6183, www.midasfurniture.com The One, Zara Center, Wadi Saqra St., (06) (06) 465 1433, www.zaragallery.org 462 0305, www.theone.com Rattan House, Abdullah Ghosheh St, (06) BOOKS, MOVIES, & MUSIC B@C in Abdoun, Fawzi Al Kawakji St., Abdoun, 402 0789 Vanlian, Al Baraka Mall, Sa’eed Al Mufit St., (06) 592 3036 (06) 581 3647 Books@Cafe, Omar Ibn El Khattab St., Jabal Zara Home, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) Amman, (06) 465 0457 550 2779, www.zara.com The Good Book Shop, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 461 3939 HANDBAGS & SHOES Hakawati, Mecca St., (06) 556 1466 Aldo, Hamra St., Sweifieh, (06) 582 3972, Jordan Book Center, Queen Rania Al Abdallah www.aldo.com St., Al-Jubeiha, (06) 515 1882 Chic Boutique, Al Baraka Mall, Sa’eed Al Mufti Philadelphia Book Gallery, Al-Shahid Wasfi St., Sweifieh, (06) 300 5000 Al-Tall St., Tla’ Al Ali, (06) 551 5861 Clarks, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 582 Prime Bookstore, Al Baraka Mall, Sa’eed Al 5054, www.clarks.com Mufti St., Sweifieh, (06) 581 1204 Geox, City Mall, King Abudllah II St., (06) 582 Prime Megastore, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 1727, www.geox.com 556 0313, www.primemegastore.com Kipling, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) Readers, Cozmo Center, Al Sahel Ave., 7th 585 4338 Circle, (06) 582 8488 Longcamp, Al Baraka Mall, Sa’eed Al Mufti St., Titles, off Fawzi Al Kawakji St., Abdoun, (06) Sweifieh, (06) 581 8998 592 4130 Nine West, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) Virgin Megastore, City Mall, Al Madinah 581 1466, www.ninewest.com Al-Tybieh St., (06) 5502787 Scholl, Al-Shahid Wasfi Al-Tall St., Tla’ Al Ali, (0) 79 533 5000, www.scholl.com EDIBLES Steve Madden, City Mall, King Abdullah St., Bateel, Kurdi Center, Abdoun, (06) 593 www.stevemadden.com 4431, www.bateel.ae The Cake Shop, Zain El Sharaf St., Abdoun, JEWELRY & WATCHES (06) 592 5295 Abu-Shakra, Luxuria Building, near Abdoun The Cakery, Hasan Al Barqawi St., Deir Mall, Abdoun, www.abushakra.com Ghbar, (0) 77 716 1717 Barakat Jewelery, Iritirea St., Um Uthaina, Jeff De Bruges, Cairo St., Abdoun, (06) 590 (06) 552 0300 Bulgari, Um Uthaina Vista, Iritirea St., Um Jelly Belly, Abdel Rahim Haj-Mohammed St., Uthaina, (06) 553 0319 (06) 581 6531 Carati, Al Baraka Mall, Sa’eed Al Mufti St., Patchi, (06) Sweifieh, (06) 581 8305 586 4907 Imseeh Jewelry, Shat Al-Arab St., Suzy Q’s Gifts & Chocolate, 17 Ahmad Al

Um Uthaina, (06) 551 1120, www. imseehjewelry.com Kayali Jewelry, Shat Al-Arab St., Um Uthaina, (06) 552 5726, www.kayalijewelry.com Kurdi Jewelry, Shat Al-Arab St., Um Uthaina, (06) 553 0101 Mouawad Jewelry, Um Uthaina Vista, Iritirea St., Um Uthaina, (06) 556 3891, www. mouawad.com Nadia Dajani, Intercontinental Hotel, between 2nd and 3rd Circles, Jabal Amman, (06) 461 2272 Over the Rainbow, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 461 3248 Shawkat Shami, Um Uthaina, (06) 553 4901 Stone, Ahmad Al Aroussi St., Abdoun, (06) 592 7454 Swatch, Princess Taghrid Mohammed St., Sweifieh, (06) 585 6678 Swarovski, Taj Lifestyle, Prince Hashim St., Abdoun, (06) 593 9197 Tiffany & Co., Grand Hyatt, Al Hussein Bin Ali St., Jabal Amman, (06) 462 2311 Time Center, Um Uthaina Vista, Iritirea St., Um Uthaina, (06) 553 2216, www.timecenter.jo

KIDS

BabyShop, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 416 6500 Early Learning Center, Taj Lifestyle, Prince Hashim St., Abdoun, (0) 79 885 5998 Hamleys, Al-Hjaz Building, Mecca St. (06) 551 5020, www.hamleys.com Hana’s Kids’ Furniture, 7th Circle next to Safeway, (0) 79 727 0353 Matalan, Al Baraka Mall, Sa’eed Al Mufti St., Sweifieh, (06) 582 2300 Minimee, Fawzi Al Qawooqji St., Abdoun, (06) 593 2082 Mothercare, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 581 6934 Okaidi, Wakalat St., Sweifieh, (06) 586 1907 Sergent Major, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 586 6906 Tot Care, Mecca St., Mecca Mall, (06) 556 0724 Tape a L’oeil, City Mall, Mecca St., (06) 586 5349 Zara Kids, City Mall, Mecca St., (06) 550 2785

MALLS

Al Baraka Mall, Sa’eed Al Mufti St., (06) 580 8888, www.albarakamall.com City Mall, Al Madinah Al-Tybieh St., (06) 586 8500, www.citymall.jo Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 552 7932, www. meccamall.jo Taj Lifestyle, Prince Hashim Bin Al Hussein St., (06) 592 1122 Zara Center, Wadi Saqra St., (06) 463 7315

PERFUME & COSMETICS

ABC Dept. Stores, Al Baraka Mall, Sa’eed Al Mufti St., (06) 582 5191 Abu Shakra, Abdoun Mall, Umaween St., Abdoun, (06) 592 8060 Bath & Body Works, Taj Lifestyle, Prince Hashim St., Abdoun, (0) 79 712 5315 The Body Shop, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 581 9258, www.thebodyshop.com Crab Tree & Evelyn, Al Baraka Mall, Sa’eed Al Mufti St., (06) 581 8286 Faces, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 585 6213 MAC, City Mall, (06) 550 2824 Make-up Forever, Taj Lifestyle, Prince Hashim St., Abdoun, (06) 554 8790 The Soap House, Yousef Asfour St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 463 3953 Vavavoom, City Mall, Mecca St., (06) 550 2826 Victoria’s Secret, Taj Lifestyle, Prince Hashim St., Abdoun, (0) 79 712 5312

SUPERMARKETS

Carrefour, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 550 5800, www.carrefour.com Cozmo, Al Sahel Avenue, 7th Circle, Sweifieh, (06) 551 0240, www.cozmocentre.com Miles, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 585 3444 Safeway, 7th Circle, (06) 568 5311, www. safeway.com.jo Spinneys, Taj Lifestyle, Prince Hashim St., Abdoun, www.spinneys-jordan.com


HOMEOPATHIC CARE

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A NATURAL APPROACH Go’s Bethany Hartman looks into East West Holistic Healing, an alternative medicine clinic in Amman that offers homeopathic treatments and remedies

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any people have tried some kind of natural remedy at some point in their life, but few depend on it for treatment of illness. Jordan has many options when it comes to healthcare, but most fall into the category of allopathy (what we think of as, “modern medicine”) rather than alternative medicines, like homeopathy. Homeopathy is a form of natural medicine based on a law of similars, which says that a substance that produces certain symptoms in a healthy body can cure the same set of symptoms in a diseased person. Researchers of homeopathy have administered substances in minute doses to healthy people and recorded the mental, emotional, and physical effects; now, thanks to these studies, homeopaths can prescribe the right substances for the right symptoms in a sick person. Currently, homeopathy is a virtually unknown practice in Jordan. “You do see alternative medicine beginning to be accepted here, but mostly in the form of Chinese medicine,”

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says Zain Yamani, a Diploma for Homeopathy certified homeopath and physical therapist who practices homeopathy, physical therapy, and acupressure at his Amman-based clinic, East West Holistic Healing. Zain asserts that homeopathy has the potential to cure, at a deep level, common ailments and diseases. Allopathic medicine, on the other hand, often only manages symptoms with treatments that can cause injurious side effects. “Some of the patients I have in my practice were actually drawn to homeopathy because of the lasting side effects they suffered from taking allopathic drugs in the past,” he explains. Many people who seek out homeopathic care are already taking conventional medication, but want to reduce or eliminate their dosage. Homeopathic treatments can be used alone for treating ailments, especially with children, or when an individual’s health has not been overly tampered with or such ailments suppressed. However, in cases of severe disease, like insulindependent diabetes, homeopaths

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recognize that insulin is of course a lifesaver. Homeopaths also acknowledge that antibiotics have their place as well, but believe that these are severely overused in today’s world. An initial visit to a homeopathic doctor generally lasts two hours. The care is customized and holistic; homeopaths consider a patient’s physical and psychological state, life history, and totality of symptoms before selecting a remedy. Visits for acute care or follow ups usually last less than 30 minutes. Alternative medicine is often believed to have ties to eastern religions, but Zain says there is no formal connection between homeopathy and religion. The homeopathic practice was discovered in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician who grew disenchanted with the field of medicine he found himself in at the time. Yet, according to Zain, any form of true medicine must recognize that we are more than physical beings; our souls require care too. Many studies indicate the importance of prayer


TRAINING & BACKGROUND Zain Yamani has been trained in the United States, New Zealand, Thailand, and Greece After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkley, Zain received his master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of California, San Francisco. He worked as a physical therapist in the San Francisco Bay Area for years when he began to develop a skin disorder called neurodermatitis, which requires hydrocortisone treatment. Zain wanted to find a way to treat the condition without using this steroid hormone, and thus got in contact with Hakim Archuletta, a physician trained in Yunani Medicine (a form of treatment that was used by early Muslim physicians who incorporated the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad with Ancient Greek knowledge and practices). Despite Zain’s reservations towards homeopathy at the time, Hakim convinced him to try this form of medicine, and the results were successful. Zain then went on to receive a Certificate in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment from the McKenzie Institute in New Zealand, as well as training in acupressure and Thai Medical Massage from the School of Traditional Thai Massage based in Northern California. In 2010, Zain received a Diploma in Homeopathy from the International Academy of Classical Homeopathy in Greece, which is headed by George Vithoulkas, a recipient of the Alternative Nobel Prize and the most accomplished homeopath of the 20th century!

in healing, and some casual observers suggest a connection between immoral behaviors and illness. Zain believes a purposeful life, realized by connecting with the “higher reality,” supports good health. With natural remedies only a click away on the Internet, it’s tempting to self-diagnose, yet treating symptoms without taking into account the totality of one’s health can be dangerous. The herb, Arnica Montana, for instance, is an excellent initial remedy for trauma — be it from a car accident, a bad fall, or a serious blow. It can be taken without seeing a trained practitioner without risking side effects. However, for ailments and more NEED TO chronic conditions, one should see KNOW a trained homeopathic practitioner rather than finding a remedy alone to In the Middle East, homeopathy has the ensure successful, lasting results. strongest presence If you’re interested in starting in the UAE, though a homeopathic treatment or you it also exists in Egypt. simply want to learn more about this alternative form of medicine, Zain hosts appointments in his office, but also provides home visits for an additional fee. For those living outside Jordan, he offers consultations via the Internet. Though not formally recognized by the medical community, many people swear by homeopathic treatments. Rather than depending on hearsay, why not get in touch with the East West Holistic Healing and try it out for yourself? For more information, a full list of services, and prices, visit www.eastwestholistichealing.com.

THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR GOOD HEALTH 1 Pray or have gratitude for your blessings. 2 Strive for an upright, moral life. 3 Avoid white sugar and white flour. 4 Make homemade fresh vegetable juice. 5 Consume unpasteurized dairy products. 6 Exercise. 7 Eliminate trans fats from your diet.. 8 Get sources of Omega-3 fatty acids into your diet. 9 Slow cook meat broths. 10 Use natural medicine to treat illnesses.

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DEFINITIONS There is no international agreement on definitions, so it’s best to read labels carefully. However, here’s a general guide…

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reen Shop Organic Food offers a great selection in their recently opened Sweifieh store, proving that healthy eating doesn’t always mean less choice. They go the extra mile by letting you browse their inventory before you even enter the store: a photo of every item in stock — organics, gluten-free, dairy free, fair trade, and diet foods — is posted on their Facebook page! Green Shop’s customers are primarily foreigners accustomed to buying organic products. Recently, however, a secondary clientele has emerged: parents of

autistic children. Family doctors are are imported from the UK and the sending patients to the shop because US, with a few other special items they recognize that removing from Germany, the Netherlands, certain foods, such as gluten and the Philippines. Plus, NEED TO and casein (a protein if you’re looking for KNOW found in cow’s milk) something specific, can alleviate, and Green Shop’s staff Green Shop Organic Food even sometimes eliminate, are knowledgeable, sells freshly made symptoms of autism. friendly, and happy to sushi rolls for healthy Green Shop even answer questions about Japanese cuisine lovers! boasts child-friendly any of their products and parent-approved in person, by telephone, items, like organic or online. Having Green lollipops and chocolate, as Shop Organic Food here well as offering products that help in Amman means following a customers lose or gain weight. healthy lifestyle just got easier Most of the store’s products — so check it out today!

DON’T FEEL LIKE COOKING? Check out these spots in Amman where you can pick up a quick, healthy snack

AL SUFARA BAKERY Go healthy with: Gluten-free soy and rice breads and sweets. (06) 581 8017 40 | NOV. 2012 | GOMAGJORDAN.COM

BIFROST OVEN Go healthy with: Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free items. #40 Rainbow St., Jabal Amman, (06) 464 1312

MAYA LA CHOCOLATERIE Go healthy with: Sugar-free chocolate fondue and hot chocolate. (06) 586 8386

Organic: Minimally processed foods containing no hormones, antibiotics, toxic chemicals, sweeteners, food colors, or flavorings not occurring naturally in the food. Gluten-free: Foods excluding gluten, a protein found in wheat, kamut, spelt, barley, rye, malts, and triticale. These foods are usually not completely free of gluten, but contain small, harmless amounts. Dairy-free: Foods containing no milk, cheese, butter, cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, ice cream, whey, or casein. Fair Trade: A certification that promotes sustainability and guarantees fair labor practices, like fair pay, humane working conditions, and no child labor. This phrase can be seen on tea, coffee, rice, and sugar, dried fruits, and nuts.


HEALTHY CLINICS

FIDIC (The First Dental Implant Center), Biomedix, 50 Queen Zain Al Sharaf St., Shmeisani Abdoun, (06) 593 9497 com Dr. Na’el Abazza, 5th Circle, Al Jumean Dr. Hisham Bustani Dental Center, Building (06) 593 4425 Shmeisani, (078) 819 3441 Dr. Midhat Abdelmalik, Dr. Moh’d Al Dr. Hussam Sleiby- Dental & Oral Surgery Basheer St., Shmeisani, (06) 568 9814, Clinic, Suleiman Al Hadeed St., 5th Circle, www.derma-jo.info (06) 593 0015 Dr. Haytham Abdul Hadi, Ameer Hamza St., Dr. Ibrahim Nashashibi Dental Center, 7th Jabal Amman, (06) 464 0040 Circle, (06) 581 2393 Dr. Ibrahim Abu Ata, Al Khaldi St., Al Khaldi, Jordan Dental Center, Gardens St., T’la Al (06) 463 0333, Ali, (06) 553 8261 Dr. Amr Amr, Al Bader Medical Center, 5th Jordan German Dental Implant Center, Circle, (06) 592 1101 Mecca St., (06) 582 3345, www.JGDCDr. Mohammad Al Baghal , Building No. 46, dental.com Al Khaldi St., 4th Circle, (06) 464 6625 Jumeira Dental Clinics, Madina Munawara Dr. Sae’d Al Barghouty, Hazza’ Al Majali St., St., (06) 556 3710 Jabal Amman, (06) 464 3133 Al Khalidi Specilized Dental Center, Bin Battikhi Specialized Clinics, Mustafa Khaldoun St., Jabal Amman, (06) 464 4281, Khalifeh Street, 3rd Circle, (06) 464 7253 www.kmc.jo Caviar Medical Center, Khald Bin Al Walid Al Massi Dental Implant Center, Queen Street, Jabal Al Hussein, (06) 566 6209, Rania St., (06) 535 0669 www.active-caviar.com Musa Clinics, Mecca St., (06) 552 3678 Dr. Nayef Al Dibes, Abu Hassan AL Ashari Dr. Nabil Asfour, Al Zohla St., 5th Circle, (06) St., (06) 567 0499 592 3250 NEED TO Karmalite Medical Esthetic, Dr. Samer Sunaa Clinic, 26 Na'eb Imran Al Ma'aytah St., Mohammed Ali Janah St., KNOW (06) 586 8024, Abdoun, (06) 593 6677 www.karmalite.com Dr. Thamer Smile Studio, MedLabs’ Dr. Khalil Ghosheh, Zeid 219 Madina Munawara Sehtak Bil Denia Bin Harethah St., Jabal St, Tla’l Ali, (06) 556 campaign promotes Amman, (06) 464 2190 periodic lab check-ups as 3811 part of smart preventative Dr. Jareer Halazon, Panorama Dental Queen Noor St., Jordan Center, Princess about their program, call Hospital, (06) 568 4450 Taghrid Mohammed St., (06) 463 1525. Dr. Nidal Hamad, Zahran , (06) 593 9991 St., 5th Circle, Jabal Al Saoudi Al Tebbi, Amman, (06) 592 0202 Suleiman AL Hadeed St., Dr. Hadi Abu Hantash, Al 5th Circle, (06) 592 6663 Sharq St., Jabal Amman, HEALTHY EATING (06)464 4707 Atkins: United Nutritions, Mecca St., (06) Dr. Fawzi Abu Hmeidar, Speciality 588 5449, unitednutritions.com Hospital, Shmeisani, (06) 565 2501, www. Live’ly, 11th Floor Emaar Towers, Zahran speciality-hospital.com Dr. Khaldoun Jayousi, Bin Khaldoun St., 4th St., (06) 551 5771 DNI Nutrition Center, Circle, (06) 465 0666 (06) 585 1188 Dr. Faris Jumean, Abdullah Ghosheh St., (06) Eman Hamarneh Nutrition Center, 585 3525 (0) 79 561 1470 Dr. Shireen Jweiber, Shmeisani, (06) 569 Nutrition Zone, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 5159 Dr. Zaher Al-Kaseeh, Al Khaldi St., 4th Circle, 586 8707, nutritionzoneltd.com The Fitness Clinic, (06) 464 1901 Mecca St., (0) 79 556 6861 Dr. Zaid Kilani, Farah Hospital, 3rd Circle, (06) 460 3555 Dr. Taroob Khoury, Layla Al Khaylaeyeh St., HOSPITALS Abdul Hadi Eye Hospital Shmeisani, (06) 567 8909 Jabal Amman, Abu Firas Al Hamadani St., Laser Care Center, Bin Khaldoun St., 3rd (06) 462 7628, www.ahhospital.com Circle, (06) 463 3956, lasercareclinic.com Al Amal Center, University St., (06) 535 Dr. Ibrahim Mashini, 4th Circle, (06) 593 3000, www.khcc.jo 1755 Al Amal Maternity Hospital, Jabal Dr. Mute’e Mehyar, Sakinah St., Jabal Al Hussein, (06) 567 3155, www. Amman, (06) 560 3030 alamalhospital.com Dr. Alia Nsour, Al Nasser Building, Jabal Amman Surgical Hospital, Jabal Amman, Amman, (06) 464 2377 Dr. Lina Qaddoumi, 6th Circle, (06) 553 5997 3rd Circle, (06) 464 1261 Arab Medical Center, 5th Circle, (06) 592 Dr. Zuhair Al Qasas, Main Street, Wadi Al 1199, www.amc-hospital.com Seer, Bayader, (06) 582 1801 Al Esraa Hospital, University St., (06) 530 Dr. Iyad Reyahi, Building No. 16, 8th Circle, 0300, www.esraahospital.com (06) 586 5290 Farah Hospital, Jabal Amman Mai Zeyadah Dr. Mahmoud Abu Shaban, Zahran St., 5th St., (06) 464 4440, www.farah-hospital.org Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 592 1020 Ibn-Al Haytham Hospital, Musa Al Saket St., Dr. Hameidah Shaheen, Bin Khaldoun St., (06) 520 5555 Jabal Amman, (06) 465 1212 Dr. Ramzi Tabbalat, Abdullah Akkad St., 1st Istishari Hospital, Al Kindi St., Wadi Saqra, (06) 500 1000, www.istisharihospital.com Circle, (06) 465 5562 Jabal Amman Hospital, Al Mutanabi St., 4th Dr. Yousef Salameh, Al Madina Al Circle, (06) 464 2362 Monawara St., (06) 562 1307 Jordan Hospital, Queen Nour St., Shmeisani, (06) 560 8080, www.jordan-hospital.com DENTISTS Al Ahli Dental Center, Queen Rania St., (06) Al Khaldi Medical Center, Bin Khaldoun St., 4th Circle, (06) 464 4281, www.kmc.jo 516 8787 Jordan Red Crescent Hospital, Prince Al Alsalem Dental Clinic, Alsalfa Building , (06) 477 3141 opposite Jordan Hospital, (06) 566 4432 Jordanian University Hospital, Queen Dental Spa Clinic, Al Madinah Al Rania Al Abdullah St., Al Jubaiha, (06) 535 Munawwara St., Um Uthaina, (06) 556 3444, www.ju.edu.jo 0043 Al Rashid Hospital, Irbid, (02) 710 0890 Esthetic Dental Center, Khaled Bin Specialty Hospital, Jaber Bin Hayyan St., Alwaleed St., (06) 566 1802 Shmeisani, (06) 500 1111 42 | NOV. 2012 | GOMAGJORDAN.COM

LABORATORIES

Abdoun Biolab Clinics, 15 Suleiman Hadidi St., 5th Circle, (06) 593 7376 Hanania Medical Center, 13 Khalil Maz'al St., 5th Circle, (06) 592 4385 Medlabs, Al Nasser Medical Complex behind Farah Hospital, Jabal Amman, (06) 461 0553

NATURAL TREATMENTS

The Art of Living Foundation, 6 May Ziadah St., 4th Circle, (0) 79 660 6746, www. Abdoun Physiotherapy, Al Bader Medical Center, 5th Circle, (06) 592 4005, clients. johealth.com Dr. Yang, Abdoun, (06) 592 4028 Dina Slim Center, Abdoun Circle, Abdoun, (06) 592 1037, www.dinaslimcentre.com Physio Medic For Physiotherapy, Princess Basma St., 5th Circle, Abdoun, (06) 593 3114, physiomedic.net

OPTICIANS

Al Khalidi Vision Correction Center, Ben Khaldoun St., Jabal Amman, (06) 464 4281, Optikos Shami, Shat Al Arab St., Um Uthaina, (06) 586 6969, www.optikosshami. com Sharif Eye Center, 4th Circle, (06) 464 4066, www.sharifeyecenter.com

PHARMACIES

Abu Sheikha Drug Store, Akef Al Fayez St., Daheyat Al Rasheed, (06) 516 2971, www. abusheikha.com Amin Shqair Drug Store, Khaleel Al Salem St., T’la Al Ali, (06) 550 2997 Arabian Drug Store, Prince Talal St., Downtown, (06) 462 4051 Bayer Drug Store, Hikmat Center, Al Abdali, (06) 562 1030 Dar al Dawa, Al Rabiyah, Siqilia St., (06) 553 9176, www.dadgroup.com Ferring, Medina Munawara St., (06) 550 1011, www.ferringme.com Hikma Drug Store, Ahmad Al Nsour St., Al Bayader, (06) 585 9442 Husam Nimer Drug Store, (06)5519803 Jordan Drug Store, Isam Al Ajlouni St., Shmeisani, (06) 566 5125, www.jdsco.net Medica Drug Store, Al Vasram St., 5th Circle, (06) 551 6800 Nabih Nabulsi Drug Store, Shaker Ben Zaid St., (06) 569 1681, Nader Group, Al Lozi St., Mokabaleen, (06) 420 0191, www.nadergroup.com Pharmacy One, King Abdullah II St., (06) 541 3026, www.pharmacy-1.com , Gardens St., T’la Al Ali, (06) 551 9380 Rawhi Drug Store, Queen Zain Al Sharaf St., Abdoun, (06) 592 9599 Telegraph Drug Store, King Abdullah 2nd St., (06) 541 1599 Trust Drug Store, Sport St., Al Arjan, (06) 568 0955, www.trust-ds.com

SALONS/BARBERS

Aboud Salon, King Faisal Bin Abd Al Azeez St., 6th Circle, (06) 552 0181 Anis Beauty Center, Al Farrad St., Um Uthaina, (06) 553 5717 Ashraf Co. (Mavala,Poupa), Hussein Snobar St., Wadi Al Seer, (06) 585 8005, Avan, Fawzi Al Mouhrabi St., Abdoun, (0) 77 733 2740 Ayman Shatara, (06) 582 1270 La Cure, Queen Noor St., Shmeisani, (06) 566 4721, www.shoplacure.com Daisy, Sa’ad Shamout St., Abdoun, (06) 592 0686 Emad Bazzi, Abdoun Circle, Building No. 20, (06) 593 4762, www.emadbazzi.com.jo Essentials, Prince Hashim St., Abdoun Circle, (06) 593 5555, www.essentialsamman.com Elixir, Paris St., 7th Circle, (06) 585 5723, Fatenah Salon, Mecca St., (06) 551 2006

LISTINGS Fuad Salon, Shat Al Arab St., Um Uthaina, (079) 559 1020 Haidar Salon, Omran AL Ma’aytah St., Deir Ghbar, (06) 581 1344 Hammoudeh Salon, Abdoun, (06) 592 9080 Joe Raad Salon, Queen Zein St., Abdoun, (06) 593 5060 Jolie Feme, Saed Zaghloul St., Abdoun, (06) 593 5518 Kinda, Abdoun, (06) 593 2876, www. kindacenter.com Lara Salon, Batool Center, Ahmad Al Aroussi St., Abdoun, (06) 592 0095 Maria Salon, , (0) 79 556 8209 Marwan Khair, 5th Circle, (06) 553 5717, Murad Salon, (06) 593 2252 Nivea, Arrar St., Wadi Saqra, (06) 463 2984 N-Style, Abdoun, (06) 593 4934, www. nstyleintl.com Ra’fat AL Saeidi Salon, Sattam Al Hasan St., Abdoun, (06) 593 5222 Raja’I Haddad, , (06) 586 3583 Rashid & Thaer, Wadi Saqra St., (06) 552 5434 Roger Salon, Al Mughrabi St., Abdoun, (06) 593 9954 Rupina Salon, Sa’a Zaghloul St., Abdoun, (06) 592 3163, www.joliefemme.info Sa Scene Hair & Beauty, near American Embassy, Abdoun, (06) 593 3435 Selena Beauty Center, Al Rabiyeh, (06) 553 6050 Steve & Metri Salon, Abd Al Rahman Allawi St., 5th Circle, (06) 592 1099, Style Tec, Al Kindi St., 5th Circle, (06) 566 0690 Abdoun, (06) 592 0777 Tariq Hair Styles, Queen Zein Al-Shouq St., Abdoun, (06) 592 3232, www.tareq.m.com Ten of a Kind, Batool Center, Ahmad Al Arousy St. Abdoun, (06) 592 0095 Toni & Guy, Al Fou’ad Complex, Sa’ad Al Shamout St., (06) 592 2999, www. toniandguyjordan.com

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Al Pasha Turkish Bath, Ali Mahmoud Taha St., Jabal Amman, (06) 463 3002 Anantara Spa, Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea, Dead Sea Road, Sweimeh, (05) 356 8888, spa.anantara.com Club Olympus Spa, Grand Hyatt Amman, Hussein Bin Ali St., Jabal Amman, (06) 465 1234, amman.grand.hyatt.com Guinot Moroccan Spa, Shat Al Arab St., Um Uthaina, (06) 552 6240, (077) 044 1440 Jordan Valley Marriott Spa, Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa, Dead Sea Road, Sweimeh, (05) 356 0400, www.marriott.com Karmalite, Naeb Omran Maaytah St., (06) 586 8024 Kempi Spa, Kempinski Hotel Amman, Abdul Hamid Shouman St., Shmeisani, (06) 520 0200, www.kempinski.com Nirvana Spa, Thaqafa St., Shmeisani, (06) 565 2673, www.nirvanaspajordan.com Al Pasha Turkish Bath, Al-Mahmoud Taha St., 1st Circle, Amman, (06) 463 3002, www. pashaturkishbath.com The Royal Spa, Le Royal Hotel Amman, Zahran St., 3rd Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 460 3000, www.leroyalamman.com The Spa, Four Seasons Hotel Amman, Al Kindi St., 5th Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 550 5555, www.fourseasons.com Spa Amber, Bin Ghazi St., Hai Al Radwan, (06) 585 5070 Spa Time, Barakat Zo’bi St., 7th Circle, (06) 585 0025, www.thespatime.com Zara Spa, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea, Dead Sea Road, Sweimeh, (05) 349 1310, www.zaraspa.com Zara Spa Tala Bay, Mövenpick Resort Tala Bay Aqaba, South Beach Road, Tala Bay Area, Aqaba, (03) 209-0320, www. moevenpick-hotels.com


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Sharaf Kilani is more than an adrenaline junkie. After mastering every extreme sport in Jordan, he found his passion fulfilled in windsurfing, where water and wind met his fire for the ultimate experience of athletic excellence. Go’s in-house windsurfer Wendy Merdian talks to Jordan’s premiere board-sailing enthusiast

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orn and raised in Jordan, Sharaf Kilani had always been a sports enthusiast. He had done it all, excelling in scuba diving, sky diving, rock climbing, and even getting his pilot’s license to fly a single engine plane before most people could master a single one of these sports. “With sky diving you get the rush right way, then you land; with scuba diving you get the calmness, but no rush; with rock climbing, it’s you against the rock, but the rock is the always the same,” explains Sharaf, who founded Climbat Amman, Jordan’s first indoor climbing center. “But windsurfing embodies it all. It’s a matrix of components: you, the wind, and the water. Every day is a different experience, the conditions are never the same: the wind speed, direction, current, water, gusts... It’s always challenging and there’s always something new to learn NEED TO in a new combination.” KNOW He first saw the sport If you want more on TV and thought it than a weekend of looked like boring. One Dahab and train with pro weekend in Aqaba, six windsurfer Guy Cribbs years ago, however, who hosts his clinic twice a year! Visit www. Sharaf decided to try it, guycribb.com for and to his great surprise, he details. enjoyed it. “It was a, ‘Wow! What is this sport?’ moment,” says Sharaf. He went through a couple of instructors who taught him the basics of the sport, but in due course both of them left the country. By then, however, Sharaf had a good foundation in windsurfing so he went looking for 44 | NOV. 2012 | GOMAGJORDAN.COM

more ways to enjoy it. Eventually, he found Guy Cribb’s Website. A professional windsurfer himself, Guy Cribb holds windsurfing clinics around the world, including one in neighboring Dahab, Egypt. “I went to one of these clinics and that’s when I had the combination of the right tools and training, and found the determination to practice,” explains Sharaf. “Windsurfing is a very tough sport; it’s even humiliating in the beginning. You need motivation to do it, and I found it there.” It’s the humiliation factor that keeps many from trying to windsurf, and that keeps most who do try it from continuing. Windsurfing is certainly not a sport you can practice in private; you have to get out on the water, in

WATCH OUT!

According to Sharaf, no one in the country is properly practicing this sport yet, but with all the desert that surrounds us, landsailing is the next adrenaline-fueled sport to watch out for! Bait Ali in Wadi Rum is already offering its guests the chance to give this sport a shot. For more, visit www.baitali.com or call (079) 554 8133..


LEARN TO WINDSURF Hashem Bustanji, owner of The Aqaba Surf Center, has been renting out wind and kite surfing equipment and offering lessons since 2004

front of everyone, and fall off the board dozens of times in full view of the public. “You have to pass a certain level of training, understand strategy with the wind, plan how to get there, and learn how to handle the equipment,” says Sharaf. “To succeed in this sport, it actually takes more balance than strength. When I’m using a harness, it’s totally graceful.” For those who persevere with windsurfing, the rewards are worth it. Sharaf maintains, “The beauty of windsurfing is that it’s like a secret society! When you meet other windsurfers, there is a connection. We all went through the same thing!” He soon became part of that community as he followed Guy to another course, going to Morocco to learn wave sailing.

After spending years learning to control the board and sail on flat water, wave sailing was like starting over from day one again. “There is nothing more powerful than the wave,” Sharaf adds. “I didn’t learn to surf first, so it was a big challenge to wave sail. It’s a completely different sport with different technique. Waiting for the right wave, reading it, seeing the people around you, and fighting for a place on the same wave.” Sharaf’s upper body strength, honed from rock-climbing, made the difference. His next trip was also what he considers his biggest achievement. Sharaf made his way to the Mecca of windsurfing: Hawaii. “I went to Hawaii for what it’s most well known for — big waves. I ended

Originally a scuba diver, Hatem fell in love with windsurfing and has been promoting it ever since. He was recently sponsored by Orange and supplied with three Optimist dinghies to build up the sea culture among the youth of Aqaba and the rest of Jordan. Plus, Aqaba is the perfect place to learn the sport of wind surfing! Boasting flat water, beautiful weather, warm temperatures, no sharks, and a wind that hits 16 to 20 knots, this is a comfortable windsurfing destination for beginners and intermediates of the sport! For more information, call (079) 577 3935, email hatem@ aqabasurf.com, or visit www.facebook.com/ AqabaSurfCentre. SCAN HERE FOR FACEBOOK

up meeting windsurfing experts, who shared my pure passion,” says Sharaf. “Then one March, I went with Guy again, when all the pro teams and brands were there. He introduced me to Robby Naish and Jason Polakow, legends of pro windsurfing. Watching them sail was incredible! Those two weeks, sailing with pros, were so challenging. But there I had my greatest moment as a windsurfer. One day we went to Ho’okipa Beach — where every windsurfer in the world wants to sail — and I managed the moves! The high from that experience kept me going here in Amman for two months.” Sharaf has now shifted gears to focus on wave sailing. Gathering his wave gear, he traveled to Spain and Oman. Free styling by himself, Sharaf found good locations. Other wave sailors from the international community provided companionship with whom to improve, since no one as of yet goes from Jordan. However, Sharaf explains, “I want to get folks involved and develop windsurfing here! No one in Aqaba is really doing it properly; we need to introduce locals to the sport.” Thirty years ago there was a windsurfing community in Aqaba, where no less than 20 to 30 windsurfers used to travel from Amman to catch some waves, but sadly these sportspeople have disappeared. But Sharaf, who now lives in Aqaba on the weekends, is trying to revive this sport and this community within the country. If you’re interested in discovering a new sport, why not give windsurfing a try? With Aqaba just a short trip from Amman, Jordan’s residents have an ideal spot to practice this popular water sport in their own backyard! GOMAGJORDAN.COM | NOV. 2012 | 45


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A NEW RACKET

IN TOWN Go’s Tamara Seikaly caught up with local tennis coach, Muath Hanbali, to learn more about his innovative teaching method for this ever-popular sport Images by: Omar Alkalouti

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oach Muath Hanbali is an old face in Jordan’s tennis scene. Playing the game since he was 14 years old, and coaching for the last 12 years, Coach Muath always felt that something was not right in the techniques he learned and taught to his students. The traditional or conventional style of teaching tennis is the most common way for someone to learn the sport, yet current tennis champions and professionals, including Nadal, Federer, and Djokovic, have trained to play in a much NEED TO different way with much KNOW more success. A competent tennis player has eight So Coach basic shots in his or her Muath is repertoire: the serve, forehand, backhand, bringing to volley, half-volley, overhead smash, drop Jordan a new shot, and lob. and innovative way to teach tennis that is fast and easy. This modern method is called Modern Tennis Methodology. Established by Oscar Wegner, players see improvements in a short period of time along with an increase in accuracy, consistency, and efficiency, ultimately leading

to increased self-confidence as a player. Coach Muath is one of three coaches certified to teach this method in the Middle East. Modern Tennis Methodology is based on the “3Fs”: find the ball; feel the ball; and finish your stroke. Once these three basic techniques are mastered, anyone can play tennis and look like they’ve been playing for years. Handeye coordination is emphasized rather than feet placement, which allows a player to have better ball control and the right technique. The Modern Tennis Project (MTP) was founded in 2012 with the aim of creating champions by teaching tennis through the Modern Tennis Methodology. Coach Muath would like to see the project eventually blossom into a fullblown tennis academy because with proper facilities and good coaching, Jordanians would have the chance to really learn the art of tennis and become stars. Other coaches in town are also taking notice of this trend, noting that it might be the way to proceed in coaching tennis. “Tennis is usually seen as a difficult sport to learn because of widespread misconceptions, limiting the natural

ability of players,” explains Coach Muath. “Instead, at the Modern Tennis Project, we are teaching tennis in a much easier, more powerful, and efficient way using the Modern Tennis technique.” MTP is currently run out of the Landmark Hotel’s tennis facility, which is a fully equipped modern tennis court. Men, women, and children, from as young as five years old all the way up to 50 are taking private, semi-private, and group lessons with Coach Muath twice a week. Each course consists of 12 to 24 lessons (depending on the season) where technique and smooth footwork is taught. Tennis has always been a popular sport in Jordan with part of the appeal stemming from the fact that it is a simple sport: all that’s needed to play it is a racket, a few balls, and two players. Usually viewed as recreational, tennis becomes a whole new game with the Modern Tennis Project, which is grooming the next generation of tennis champions. Landmark Hotel Amman, Al Hussein Bin Ali St., Jabal Amman (079) 508 7997 muath12hanbali12@gmail.com

WATCH & LEARN Tennis is enjoyed by millions of recreational players and is also a hugely popular spectator sport The most watched events in Tennis are the annual four Grand Slam tournaments (also referred to as the Majors). These include: the Australian Open, played on hard courts; the French Open (or Roland Garros) played on clay courts; Wimbledon played on grass courts; and the US Open also played on hard courts. 46 | NOV. 2012 | GOMAGJORDAN.COM


ACTIVE BOWLING CENTERS

Strikers Entertainment Center, Kempinski Hotel Amman, Abdul Hamid Shouman St., Shmeisani, (06) 520 0200, www.kempinski.com Istiqlal Bowling Center, Istiqlal Mall, Istiqlal St., Al Nuzha, (06) 566 4212 Jordan Bowling Center, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 551 2987, www. jordanbowlingcenter.com Bowling City, Athletic City, Queen Rania Al-Abdullah St., (06) 515 0000 Royal Automobile Club of Jordan, Jabal Amman, (06) 520 0200, www.racj.com

DANCE CENTERS

Arthur Murray Dance Studios, Al-Kheir Building, Abdul Raheem Haj Mohammad , (06) 586 2004, www. arthurmurrayjordan.com Dance Mania Academy, 17 Almassara St., Abdoun, (06) 592 9914 Elite Dance Studio, 4 Issa Bin Salman St., (06) 583 3361, www.elitedancejo.com Fantasia Arts, 5th Circle, opposite Four Seasons Hotel, (079) 598 8117 Freeway Dance Studio, Shahroury Plaza, (06) 585 8649, www. freeway.pro The National Center for Culture and Arts of King Hussein Foundation, St., (06) 569 0292, www.pac.org.jo The Performing Arts Center of the Noor Al Hussein Foundation, (06) 569 0292, www. pacjo.org Pulse Dance School, Al Husaini Building, Wakalat St., (06) 581 3071 Roberto Dance Academy, 14 Ibn Al Fata St., 7th Circle, (079) 585 5345 Salida Dance Studio, Al Husseini Complex, Abdullah Ghosheh St., 7th Circle, (06) 586 8878, www.salidadancestudio.com Salsa Jordan, Abdul Raheem Haj

0030, www.sinaidivers.com

EQUESTRIAN CLUBS

Al Asayel Equestrian Club, Airport Highway, (06) 573 2309, www.facebook. com/alasayel.equestrian Annab Equestrian Center, Airport Highway, (06) 412 9444 Arabian Horse Club, Queen Alia Airport Highway, (06) 429 1386 Asalah Equestrian, Madaba Street, Al Yadoudeh, (06) 412 1881 Country Riding Center of Jordan, Jelad, , (05) 351 4007 Forest Hill Equestrian, after Sweilieh circle before Philadelphia University, (0) 79 531 2312, www.foresthilljordan.com Fursan Equestrian, Green Country Equestrian Center, Highway, (077) 748 4702, www.alfursanllc.com Green Country Riding Club, Dead Sea Highway, (0) 79 553 3578 Jordan Turf Club, Queen Alia Airport Road, near the Madaba exit, (06) 059 1348 Modern Equestrian Center, Ain Al Basha, (06) 472 8614 Mushatta Equestrian Center, Queen Alia Airport Highway, (0) 77 760 0110 Princess Alia Riding Center, Hussein Sports Club, Sports City, (06) 567 5739 , Airport Highway, (0) 77 744 2222

FITNESS CENTERS

Active Gym, Adam Plaza, opposite of Arab Bank, Khalda Main St., Khalda, (06) 551 3031 Aline Fitness Center, 7th Circle, (06) 581

Aspire Ladies’ Spa, University St., Jubaiha, (06) 534 7637 Body Design, 19 Fawzi Al Qaweqji St., (06) 586 2404 Abdoun, (06) 592 9669 School of Amman Ballet, Dabouq, Club Olympus, Hussein Bin NEED TO (07) 77 620 1300 Ali St., Jabal Amman, (06) KNOW Tempo Dance Academy, 465 1234, www.amman. of Abdul Rahman Alawi grand.hyatt.com St., Jabal Amman, (06) 593 If you love MMA Club On Five, and think you’ve 8939, www.tempojordan. Sheraton. Al Nabil got what it takes, sign com Hotel & Towers, Al up for your chance to Tempo eXtreme, Deir Urdon St., 5th Circle, become an MBC Desert Ghbar, (0) 79 886 0669 (06) 593 4111, www. Force Champion at sheratonammanalnabil. DIVING CENTERS competition.mbc.net/ com Aqaba Adventure Divers, desertforce. Curves for Women, South Beach Road, Aqaba, Abu Firas Al Hamadani (0) 79 584 3724, www.aqabaSt., Building # 4, (06) 464 diving.com 9049, www.curvesme.com/ Aqaba International Dive Center, Jordan Corniche St., Aqaba, (0) 79 559 2095, www. aqabadivingcenter.com Barracuda Diving Club, South Coast, Aqaba, (06) 206 0501, www.goaqabadive.com Bedouin Moon Village, South Beach Road, Aqaba, (079) 538 1979, www. bedouinmoonvillage.com Darna Village, South Beach Road, Aqaba, (0) 79 671 2831, www.darnavillage.com Dive Aqaba, Al Saada St., Aqaba, (0) 79 660 0701, www.diveaqaba.com International Arab Divers Village Hotel & Diving Club, Aqaba South Beach Road, (03) 203 1808, www. aqaba-divevillage.com Neptune Submarine Vision, Tala Bay, Aqaba, (077) 943 0969, www.aqababoat.com Red Sea Dive Center, South Beach, Aqaba, (03) 202 2323, www.aqabascubadiving.com Royal Diving Center, Coral Bay Hotel & Resort, Aqaba South Beach Road, Aqaba, (03) 201 7035, www.rdc.jo SeaStar Water Sports, Al Saada St., Aqaba, (03) 201 3735, www.aqabadivingseastar.com Sinai Divers Diving Center, Mövenpick Resort and Spa Tala Bay, Aqaba, (03) 205

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Fit 4 Life, Al Kurdi Building, Abdoun, (06) 592 4499 Fitness First, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) Fitness First Platinum, Saed Abdo Shamout St., Abdoun, (06) 592 3828, www. Fitness One, Mecca St., (06) 585 9924, Flex, 7th Circle, Khalda, (06) 535 6998, Intensiti 180, 28 Mamdouh Al Sarayrah (06) 554 5756, www. intensitigyms.com , Intercontinental Hotel, Queen Zein Street, (06) 464 1361 Oasis Club, Marriott Hotel, Issam Ajluni St., Shmeissani, (06) 560 7607, www.marriott.com One with Nature, 2 Ahmad Al Dayri St., Abdoun, (0) 79 622 3099 Panacea Health Club, Abdelrahim Allawi Street, 5th Circle, (06) 592 3400, www. bristolamman.com Perfect Gym, Al Husseiny Complex, Abdullah Ghosheh St., 7th Circle, (06) 582 9182 Power Hut, Al Thakafe St., Shmeisani, (06) 568 6672 Revolution Ladies’ Gym, University St., Tla’a Al Ali, (06) 534 9144 The Royal Spa & Health Club, Le Royal Hotel, Zahran Street, 3rd Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 430 3000, www. leroyalamman.com Total Fitness Center, Khalaf Al Bakheet St., (06) 585 7254, (06) 582 2844 Women’s Wellness Fitness & Spa, Abdul (06) 585 0063 World Class Fitness Center, Hotel Le Méridien, Queen Noor Street Shmeisani (06) 569 6511

KIDS CENTERS

Amman FC, Cairo St., Abdoun, (0) 79 520 5010, www. ammanfc.com The Children’s Museum, Abdullah II St., (06) 541 1479, www.cmj.jo Choice Gym, Al Maha Plaza, Al Madeenah Al Munawwarah St., (06) 552 1458, www. choice-gym.com Fun Factory, Abdelrahim Allawi St., 5th Circle, (06) 592 3475, www.funfactorykids.com Funtastic, 45 Damman St., Um Uthaina, (06) 554 0850, www.funtasticjo.com Fun Time,Sweifieh, (06)5823975 Jingo’s Jungle, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 582 3700, www.jingosjungle.com Jordan Kids Club, Saad Zaghloul St.,

LISTINGS

Abdoun, (06) 592 5957 Jungle Bungle, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 553 6511 My Gym, Princess Basma St., Abdoun, (06) 592 5113, www.mygymjordan.com

SPORTS CLUBS

Action Target, Road, (06) 429 0055, www.action-target.com Amman Aikikai Aikido, 33 Taqiy Al Din Al Subki St., Khalda, (079) 666 7467, www. ammanaikikai.com Bawasel Abdoun Taekwondo Center, Cairo St., opposite Citibank, Abdoun, (06) 592 7880 Bike Rush, (077) 733 6688, www.bike-rush.com Bisharat Golf Club, Road, (0) 79 552 0334 Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu, Cairo St., Abdoun, (079) 653 4335, www.jordanjiujitsu.com Climbat Amman, (06) 573 6177, www.climbat.com Cycling Jordan, Mecca St., (0) 78 555 2525, www.cyclingjordan.com Dunes Club, (06) 412 5290, www.dunesclub.com Mountain Breeze Country Club, Jala'ad near Zai, Al Salt (077) 723 4569, www. jordanadventure.com Muay Thai Academy, Khalil Al Sukkar St., Dahiyat Al Hussein, (0) 79 542 3121 Royal Aero Sports Club of Jordan, King Hussein International Airport, Aqaba, (03) 205 8050, www.royalaerosports.com The Royal Jordanian Shooting Club, Juwaideh, (06) 412 6566 The Source MMA, Al Kiswa St., Rabia, (079) 564 4402, www.thesourcemma.com Tropical Desert, Al Sharq St., 3rd Circle, (079) 543 1616, www.tropicaldeserttrips. com WTEO-Jordan, 26 Khalil Al Dabbas St., Rabia, (0) 79 557 3036, www.wteo.org

THEMED PARKS

Adventure City, Swaimeh (0) 77 900 0202 Al Wadi Water Park, Road, Swaimeh, (05) 349 3333, www. alwadiresort.com Amman Waves Aqua Park & Resort, Queen Alia Airport Road (06) 412 1704, www. ammanwaves.com Exit Club, (06) 565 2004 Jordan Speed Center, off of Queen Alia Airport Road (06) 429 0306, www.jsc-kart.com


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SOULFUL HATCH

Go’s test-driver, Samer Aksoy, had a formal introduction to the Seat Leon this month and this is how it went...

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’ve admired Seat for quite some time now, but never had the chance to drive one of their cars. Back in the early 2000s Seat was making headlines as it was pumping out cars that had flair and character. At that time, Seat’s marketers came up with “Auto Emocion” as a slogan for the carmaker and — as the test drive reviews rolled in — it was clear that the cars were staying true to their motto. In 2006, Seat introduced the latest Leon, which is a sibling of the Volkswagen Golf — it always made me wonder if they were as unrelated as their designs suggested. When the Leon was introduced locally, I just had to pay Seat’s dealer a visit and check it out for myself. And this month I finally had the chance to drive one! I’m pretty sure that in one of my previous articles I’ve mentioned that I admire cars of all shapes and sizes, and that my favorite car shapes in order are: coupé; cabriolet; and hatchback — with the last one being the most realistic. Hatchbacks are a main contender in any market and make up the bulk of car sales globally because of this realistic practicality. And with such intense competition, from the Citroen DS3 to the Volvo C30, carmakers are finally producing hatchbacks with great designs. For Seat to fight back in this field, it not only relied on VW’s support, but also created its own identity, with a pinch of passion. Five years on the Seat Leon still looks fresh; the exterior can be simply described as fluid, all of the car’s surfaces are smooth and curvaceous, and design lines and panel lining meet together quite effortlessly. I can only imagine Seat’s designers taking their time with each crease, defining them with care and attention. What I like the most with this car, however, are the “hidden” rear door handles, which are tucked away in the door pillar, and that, when not in use, the windscreen wipers are placed vertically on the sides of the car’s windscreen and not horizontally below like with most vehicles. Step inside and the cabin hints sportiness. You sit in the car rather than being perched on top — most hatchback models have the dashboard far away, making you pull yourself towards it, but the Leon’s dashboard extends towards you with a slightly driver-focused center console. All materials used are of high, German quality and are soft to the touch. Then you have the dials, which are another indication of Seat’s passion for car making: the font used for the number dials are one the nicest I’ve ever seen and certainly the sportiest. While driving the Leon I was pleased to discover that the term fluid applied not only

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AT A GLANCE Engine: 1.6 Liter Power: 105 Bhp Torque: 148 Nm Gearbox: 7-Speed DSG 0-100: 11.7 seconds

to the car’s design, but also to the way the car behaved on the road. Everything felt slick and dampened, with no jarring or shuddering due to Amman’s potholed road surfaces — the Seat simply drove in the direction I pointed it in, with no fuss. The steering provided much needed feedback and made me wonder how the 5 FACTS ABOUT Leon FR/Cupra would behave. This car’s other sweet spot is its 7-speed DSG gearbox, which SEAT provides accurate shifts and entertainment while in “sport paddle-shift” mode — it really 1| Seat was founded brings out the best of what the engine can offer. way back in 1950. Another great thing about Seat is that it 2| Seat stands for: comes with a generous amount of kit, such as, “Sociedad Española eight airbags, iPod connectivity, heated door de Automóviles mirrors, alloys, fog lamps, and that sweet, de Turismo” or sweet 7-speed DSG. And all of this comes at “Spanish Touring Car a logical asking price, which is kind Company.” of refreshing in light of our depressing astronomical car prices. 3| There are a total So was it worth the wait to finally be able to of eight models in Seat’s current lineup. test drive this car? Actually it was! If anything, my admiration for Seat has doubled since 4| Seat’s most testing it out myself. The Leon truly makes the successful model is best out of its roots, but what makes it a stand the Ibiza, selling 4 out is the spice that has been added million units in its four SCAN HERE to its design and production. As generations. FOR WEBSITE Seat’s marketers once claimed, this is a car brand with emotion; 5| The terms Cupra a hatchback with much character and FR are used for and passion, they weren’t far off the hot versions of Seat’s models. the mark with the Seat Leon. GOMAGJORDAN.COM | NOV. 2012 | 51


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ne hundred and sixty. That is the number the needle points to as I travel with a grin on my face. Mind you, this isn’t any normal speed needle, but a digital one, which represent the thoughtful forward thinking a lot of people have put into this amazing machine. I glance around for a split second to appreciate the level of luxury I’m surrounded by, from the plush leather to the piano black wood to the chrome circular air vents. I tighten my ten digits and wrap them snuggly around the leather steering wheel and as we approach the best part of roads — the twisty bits — my grin widens. Such an introduction can only suit one car: the latest Jaguar XJ, the carmaker’s flagship, featuring all that a car aficionado could daydream about. To make things NEED TO even better though, KNOW is that this test drive Mahmoudia is happening on the Motors are giving best roads a forward those who “like” their Facebook page thinking city could the chance to win an offer. I’m in the iPad 3! Log on to www. facebook.com/ vibrant city of Dubai, MahmoudiaMotors known for its amazing now! skyscrapers, pulsating life, and, perhaps, the fanciest traffic jams in the world. To many, 160km/h is a speed that’s quite fast, but when a car treats that speed as if it were a smooth 40km/h, that’s when a carmaker truly impresses. The XJ was made to soar and car’s 8-speed gearbox, tied in with its 3.0 liter V6 engine, seamlessly shifts as if there’s no work happening at all under the Jaguar’s feline-esque body. This car is as much a work of art as it is state-ofthe-art engineering. And driving on Dubai’s extensive curvaceous roads prove that, though this car may look large and laden, it’s actually light on its feet and is as engaging to drive as it is to look at. I got to enjoy the XJ as both its driver and its passenger to sample different aspects of the car. As a passenger I appreciated the vehicle’s visual luxury; the XJ 52 | NOV. 2012 | GOMAGJORDAN.COM

Mahmoudia Motors Arar St., Al Radwan (06) 592 2655 www.mahmoudiamotors.jo

Go’s motor head, Samer Aksoy, was swept off his feet in Dubai thanks to the new Jaguar XJ and XF


is crafted with attention and the interior — especially the dashboard — demands a standing ovation. It’s easy to tell that the minds at Jaguar poured a lot of soul into this car’s design; everything looks and feels meticulous. When my driver, Tarik, takes the wheel with confidence, I get to appreciate this Jag’s comfortable, plush seats and top-notch road manners. Since I testdrove the Long Wheelbase XJ V8 in Amman a couple of issues back, I knew that this XJ’s ability to deal remarkably well with pot holes and other road discrepancies were not simply a result of driving on Dubai’s superb highways. After enjoying lunch near the Omani boarder, it was time to head back to Dubai and change cars! Next, I found myself in a white Jaguar XF. A handshake after and we were back on the road experiencing another formula concocted by Jaguar. The XF carries the same positive traits as the XJ, as it too is nimble on its feet and boasts the finest chrome and leather interiors. What differentiates the two

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GREAT THINGS ABOUT THE 2013 EDITION OF THE XF & XJ 1. Meridian sound systems It connected seamlessly with our phone, after which it began pumping out music in great fashion. 2. Mostly everything has been tweaked Such as the car’s suspension for better comfort and agility, optimized audio, and infotainment systems, which makes things much more userfriendly. 3. 8-speed transmission Making things faster, more efficient, and better than ever!

rides, however, is that the XF has youth in its crosshairs and it happens to be a sharp shooter. As the target, I’m sold! Jaguar’s 8-speed gearbox shone once again in the XF, as it brought out the power of each horse that the engine provides, making me doublecheck the engine displacement — 2.0 for those who’re interested. This was the first time I drove the XF and I have to say, it really proved that my expectations of Jag were in the right place. The XF is not just a pretty face; its beauty is beyond skin deep.

What’s remarkable about these two Jaguars is that their road prowess is up to par, especially with their 8-speed gearboxes paving the way. At the same time, however, these vehicles are more eco-friendly and consume less petrol than the competition, which means a lot back home in Amman. The XF and XJ are luxury saloons that’ll never cease to amaze. And they’ll only enhance Jaguar’s reputation for luxury, performance, and the ability to make daydreams come true.

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DRIVE CAR & MOTORCYCLE CLUBS

Royal Automobile Club of Jordan, Bayader Wadi Seer, (06) 585 0626, www.racj.com Royal Motorcycle Club of Jordan, (06) 541 1392

DEALERSHIPS

Abu Haikal Car Dealers, Naser Bin Jameel St., Shmeisani, (06) 553 3353 Abu Khader Automotive, Mecca St., (06) 577 7799, www.ak-auto.jo Advanced Automotive Trading And Co., Gardens St., T’la Al Ali, (06) 567 2304 AIFA Trade Motors, Mecca St., (06) 577 7777, www.khayyatgroup.com.jo Al Ameen For Cars, Wadi Saqra St., opposite King Abdullah Gardens, (06) 553 5491 Arab Resources Company, Mecca St., (06) 577 7799, www.khayyatgroup.com.jo Auto Mall (Kiresh Group), Mecca St., (06) 550 9000, www.kirreshgroup.com Bustami & Saheb Trading Co., Wadi Saqra, (06) 553 2456, www.nissan.com.jo Cars Corner Gallery, Wadi Saqra St., (06) 551 1912 Cannes Power Sports Ltd., #145 Mecca St., (06) 551 9991, www.brp.com Central Trade and Auto Company, Mecca St., (06) 553 5514, www.lexus.com.jo Chery, Tabarbour, (06) 506 5602, www. cheryjordan.com The Commercial And Industrial Co., Mecca St., (06) 580 3600, www.cic.com.jo Daihatsu, Yasmine Building, Wadi Saqra Street, (06) 566 3101 Faouri Trading Co., Mecca St., (06) 553 6680, www.faouri.com T. Gargour & Fils Co., Abu Alanda, (06) 416 2410, www.mercedes-benz.com.jo General Jordanian Automobile Trading Co., Queen Rania St., (06) 553 2829 Harley-Davidson Amman, Al Salam St., Dead Sea Road, Marj Al Hammam, (06) 571 2394, www.harley-davidson-jordan.com Al Hijjawi Trade & Auto Service Group, Madina Munawara St., (06) 551 8265 Kia Motors, Mecca St., (06) 554 8000, www. kiajordan.com Al Mahmoudia Vehicle Trading Co., Wadi Saqra St., (06) 553 6680 Al Markazeyah Car Trading (Toyota), Mecca St., (06) 553 5514, www.toyota.com.jo Mazda, Mecca St., (06) 515 2110, www. khayyatgroup.com.jo Nuqul Automotive, (06) 580 3930, www. nuqulautomotive.com Ole Jordan, (06) 581 5500 Peugeot, Mecca St., (06) 515 2110, www. khayyatgroup.com.jo Saab, , (06) 465 7753, www. saabarabia.com Sprint Motorbike Shop, Abd al Jawad Sadeq Building, Sinaa’ St., Wadi Al Seer, (079) 658 2627 TransJordan Trading Co., Mecca St., (06) 550 6280, www.jtco.com Unity Trading Est., Mecca St., (06) 582 1310, www.unity-jo.com Vespa, Darwazeh Motors, Naser Bin Jameel St., Shmeisani, (06) 553 4780, www.dm.jo

DRIVING SCHOOLS

Farah International Center, Al Barakah (06) 592 3260 International Driving Center, (06) 585 6006 Sireen Driving Center, Bayadeer Wadi Al Seer, (06) 585 4949 (06) 582 7680

INSURANCE

Arab-German Insurance Co., Al-Shmeissani

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, (06) 520 0000, www.agi.com.jo Arab Orient Insurance Co., Umayah Bin Abd Shams St., Abdali, (06) 565 4550, www. araborient.com Euro Arab Insurance Group, 41 Al-Sharif Nasir Bin Jamal Al Rabiah, (06) 551 8935, www.euroarabins.com First Insurance, King Abdullah II St., Dabouq, (06) 577 7555, www. Jordan Insurance, 3rd Circle, (06) 463 4161, www.jicjo.com Middle East Insurance Co., Al Kindi St., Um Uthaina, (06) 552 7100, www.meico.com.jo Al Nisr Al Arabi, Al Fareen Building, Al Abdali, (06) 568 5171, www.al-nisr.com United Insurance Ltd., 35 King Hussein St., (06) 464 8513, www.united.com.jo

PETROL STATIONS & CAR WASHES

Alborj, 7th Circle, (06) 581 0531 Al Bayader, Al Sinna St., (06) 565 0902 Gulf Gas Station, King Abdullah II St., Dabouq, (06) 533 1647 Al Hadeel Cars Washing Station, (Zuhdi & Jordan & Saliba Co, Al Yarmouk St., Al Naharieh, (06) 477 1958 Khalaf Al-Assaf & Sons Co., Street, Tla’a Al-Ali, (06) 552 6888 Keenwash Waterless Wax And Wash, 8 (079) 907 0100, www. keenwash.com Khalaf Al Assaf & Sons Co., Tla’a Al Ali, (06) 552 6888 Manaseer Oil & Gas, Airport Road, (06) 565 0902, www.manaseergroup.com Al-Salt, Amman Ahliyah University St., (06) 565 0902 Talaat Al Thahab Petrol Co Ltd., Madaba St., Al Abrar (06) 412 2803 Taher Gas Station (Hasan Taher Matekri & Partners Co), Prince El Hassan St., Al Zohoor, (06) 477 2241 Ten Bridges Gas Station, Al Josour Al Asharah St., Al Naharieh, (06) 414 1919 Thaer Al Jaafari Co, Al Quds St., Al Zohoor, (0) 79 682 0206

Total Gas Station (Al Zwadeh Gas Stations Management Co Ltd), Queen Rania Al Abdullah St., Al T’la Al Ali, (0) 78 578 8289 Um Uthaina Gas Station, Sa'd Bin Abi Waqqas St., Um Uthaina, (06) 552 2508 Zahran Gas Station (Ajyal Petroleum Trading & Distribution Co Ltd), Zahran St., (06) 581 2539

SERVICE CENTERS

LISTINGS Shaker Bin Zeid St., Shmeisani, (06) 567 0890 Integrated Station For Fuel Trade & Cars Services Co Ltd, Yajouz St., Al Kolieh Al Eslamieh, (06) 523 1500 National Arab Motors Service Center, Bayader, (06) 581 9333 Nuqul Group Service Center, Dead See Road, Naor, (06) 572 5911 Al Rahman Auto Service Station (Fareed Ali Yousef Husain), Al Josour Al Asharah St., Al Naharieh, (0) 79 536 8222 T. Gargour & Fils Service Center, AlAyobyen St., Abu Alanda, (06) 416 2410

Abu Khader Automotive Service Center, Adwye Al-Hekma St., Bayader, (06) 582 4901 Advanced Automotive Trading Service Center, Wadi Al-Remam, (06) 492 0277 Ahmad Samara Station for Automobile SPECIALIZED CAR SERVICES Services, Princess Raiyah Bint Al Hussein Al Kilani For Tires and Car Parts, Al St., Al Kmal Yah, (0) 79 589 9785 Madeenah Al Munawwarah St., T’la Al Ali, ALFA Trade Motors Service Center, , Sewar (06) 556 0671 Ben Omara St., Bayader, (06) 585 0034 Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists, Sinna’a, Allozi Station for Fuel & Car Services, Bayader Wadi Seer, (06) 582 1525, (0) 79 (Abdalla Ahmad Abdulrahman Allouzi & Bros. Co) Abu Nuseir St., Ibn Oaf, (06) 533 Atmosphere Car Audio and Video Center, 7177 Kabul St., Al Rabieh, (06) 552 7576, (077) Barakeh Gas Station and Auto Services, 744 5888, www.atmospherejo.com (Shaker Hanna Haddad & Sons Co), Al Auto Excellence, (06) 582 6531, Tal St., T’la Al Ali, (06) 553 5454 www.auto Bustami & Saheb Trading Service Center, excellence-jo.com Marka, (06) 489 1166 Special Addition, NEED TO Car Plaza Station (Almedan Al Madeenah Al For Auto Service), Munawwarah St., T’la Al KNOW Tal St., Al Khal Dean, (06) Ali, (06) 554 5006 537 1509 Qingqi, Torque Central Trade And Auto Khalda, (06) 535 6500, Magazine have Service Center, Adwye (079) 983 2124, www. launched their new website, so if you’re Al-Hekma St., Bayader, qingqi.com.cn/en/ a motor head who (06) 586 6440 index.aspx wants to keep up with Chery Automobile Racing Dimensions the latest car news, Service Center, Marka, Car, Al Safa Wa Al log on to www.torque (06) 489 0011 Marwa Building, arabia.com. The Commercial And Al Madeenah Al Industrial Service Center, Munawwarah St., T’la Al Mahata St., (06) 465 1397 Ali, (06) 553 3117 Faouri Trading Service Ziebart, Sinna’a, Bayader Center, Mqablen, Jordan TV And Wadi Seer, (06) 582 5533, (0) 79 Radio Station St., (06) 438 0156 543 2800, www.ziebart-jo.com Gardens Station for Oil and Cars Service (Moh'd Ghdaian Ahmad Al Armouti), Prince


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WADI KERAK

An hour and a half south of Amman by car, you’ll find the town of Kerak and its narrow canyon, Wadi Kerak

Go’s Karen Simon shares with us her four must-see spots in Jordan that you won’t typically find on the well-worn tourist trail

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ordan is fast becoming one of the most popular touristic destinations in the region thanks to its wellknown historical sites and natural marvels. While Petra, the Dead Sea, and Wadi Rum are certainly worth the visit, visitors to the country — and, of course, long-time residents — must not overlook the Hashemite Kingdom’s other impressive sites, which aren’t traditionally part of the usual guided tours. From north to south, if you diverge from Jordan’s well-trodden tourist path, you’ll find hidden gems that only a few will have seen while on their travels. From remarkable ruins to unforgettable habitats, these are some parts of the country that I think merit the detour.

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Starting right under Kerak and extending east towards the village of Ghor Mazra on the shores of the Dead Sea, this wadi makes for an incredible hike with a side of canyoning. Once a hub for various ancient civilizations, today you can still find archeological remains of those who used to dwell in these parts. But what truly makes this spot a memorable place is the natural beauty of the valley and the amazing flora and fauna to be discovered. A trek through Wadi Kerak includes a 9km easy water hike and five waterfalls to rappel down. For those who love the outdoors, Jordan doesn’t get much more scenic than this — and at one point during the hike, there is a breathtaking spot by a waterfall, which makes the perfect place for a lunch break. If, this month, you want to get back in touch with SCAN HERE nature, seek out Wadi Kerak. FOR WEBSITE

Make it happen with: Tropical Desert Trips Location: #5 Malik Bin Alrayd St., 2nd Circle Contact: (079) 543 8708 Learn more @ tropicaldeserttrips.com

CEDAR PRIDE SHIP WRECK Apart from on-land must-sees, Jordan also has its fair share of underwater treasures, and this shipwreck off the coast of Aqaba is one of them

In July 1982, the Lebanese cargo ship, Cedar Pride, docked at the port of Aqaba. Just a few weeks later, on 2 August, while anchored a fire tore through the vessel. Left damaged and unseaworthy, the Cedar Pride stayed afloat in Aqaba’s port for the next three years until in 1985, when HM King Abdullah II (then HRH Prince Abdullah) had the idea to sink the ship in the hopes that it would become an artificial reef and great wreck dive for divers in the area. Nowadays, the Cedar Pride Ship Wreck is one of the Red Sea’s best wreck dives, with scuba divers coming from all over the world to visit this renowned site. Lying on her port side about 130m off the shore of Aqaba, between the Japanese Gardens and Rainbow Reef dive sites, the Cedar Pride should not be missed by the avid diver. The site’s shallowest part is seven meters, while its maximum depth is 26m, meaning that it’s situated at an ideal spot for divers of all levels. And with beautiful soft corals, areas to swim through the ship, and even an air bubble inside part of the hull, there’s plenty along this wreck that underwater enthusiasts can enjoy. Make it happen with: SeaStar Water Sports Location: South Beach Road, Aqaba Contact: (03) 201 8335 Learn more @ www.aqabadivingseastar.com

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NEED TO KNOW The views from atop Tall Zira’a are remarkable so make sure to bring your camera with you if you’re heading out to this site!

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TALL ZIRA’A

In northern Jordan, where Wadi Al Arab and Wadi Az Zahar meet, stands a spot that has been used for settlement since the Early Bronze Age

A tall (or tel) is a type of archaeological mound that’s created by human settlement and abandonment of a specific location over many centuries. Tall Zira’a is one of the country’s most significant sites for this type of phenomena. Rising approximately 25m above its surrounding area, overlooking Wadi Az Zahar, Wadi Al Arab, and a nearby dam and reservoir, Tall Zira’a is an amazing place to behold. Used for settlement from the Early Bronze Age up to 1900 CE — that’s over 5000 years of continuous human activity and occupancy — excavation is still in progress on this plateau, which archeologists say is housing 12 to 15m of cultural layers! Today, much of the past settlements are still visible, such as the ancient walls which formed the buildings of the town, an artesian well located at the center of the tall, and a terrace located on the tall’s west that once served as its lower city. If you’re a history buff, then the ruins of Tall Zira’a are an impressive sight to see, and since it’s not part of Jordan’s usual guidebooks, it’s unlikely that you’ll run into any other visitors if you make your way up to this spot.

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The Middle East has its first online service providing a regional network of alternative accommodation

Make it happen with: Yourself! This site is open to the public so just hop in the car and go. Location: Wadi Al Arab, Irbid GPS coordinates: 32°37'14" N; 35°39'22" E Learn more @ www.tallziraa.de

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WADI JADID DOLMEN FIELD

Make your ways to Al Fiha Village, southwest of Madaba, and you’ll find one of Jordan’s expansive dolmen fields A dolmen, also known as a portal tomb or portal grave, is a kind of megalithic tomb usually consisting of three or more upright stones that support a large flat horizontal capstone or table. Found all over the world, most dolmens date from the early Neolithic period (4000 to 3000 BCE), however, it still remains unclear to archaeologist why and by whom the earliest of these specimens were made. Jordan is home to a few dolmen fields — locations where hundreds of these portal tombs are strewn across the landscape — in the historical villages of Johfiyeh, Natifah, and Rasoon. But the dolmen field of Wadi Jadid just outside Madaba is a great location to see a dozen or so of these megaliths still in tact. Known in Arabic as, “Beit Al Ghula” or “Houses of Ghosts,” locals claim that dolmens house spirits of the dead, thus these aren’t sites that are traditionally sought out. However, for those who fancy themselves tomb raiders in the vein of Indiana Jones or Lara Croft, these often passed over ruins are worth discovering — especially since they remain unprotected so no one can say for how much longer they’ll be around for! Make it happen with: Mariam Hotel Location: Aisha Um Al Mumeneen St., Madaba Contact: (05) 325 1529 Learn more @ www.mariamhotel.com

Gweet is the Middle East’s first Website offering a regional network of alternative accommodation offered by locals. They are connecting people who have extra space with people who are looking for spaces to stay at while on their travels. Hosts are given a unique online platform to market their extra space for free, while guests are being given the opportunity to have an authentic travel experience by staying with a resident of the country! So the next time you go travelling, whether in Jordan or within the region, forget the international hotel chains and take up a room with a friendly local instead. You’ll experience a side of a country that many tourists miss out on when they simply stay in standard hotels! For more information, visit www.gweet.com and www.facebook. com/Gweet1.

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NEED TO KNOW Despite sharing the same name, this castle has nothing to do with Canada’s Montreal, which was named after the Mount Royal hill (“Mont Réal” in Middle French), located in the heart of that city.

TOURIST IN YOUR BACKYARD

MONTREAL CRUSADER

CASTLE Go’s Jaclyn Ting went south of the country this month to uncover a 12th century castle in the little town of Shoubak

GETTING THERE

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ot to be mistaken with my idyllic hometown in the “Great White North,” Jordan’s Montreal is a Crusader castle that was built in the early 12th century. Known locally as Shoubak Castle — after the town of Shoubak in which it is located — and still standing strong today, this structure was the first of a series of stronghold castles erected throughout the Holy Land during the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. Tucked away just north of Petra, it is located in the picturesque valley of Wadi Araba and is a beautiful escape for one wishing to get away from bustling city life for a day. The castle was built in 1115 CE by Baldwin I of Jerusalem, one of the leaders of the First Crusade and the first titled King of Jerusalem. The king’s direct contribution to its construction earned the castle the name, “Krak de Montreal” (Mont Royal) or “Mons Regalis.” Strategically located on a hill along the pilgrimage and caravan routes of Syria to Arabia, the castle’s position meant that those venturing through the area had to obtain, from the fortress, permission to travel, giving Baldwin I control of regional trade. Little remains of the original Crusader fortifications, as it was captured a few times before the

DETOUR! While you’re in the vicinity of Montreal Crusader Castle, don’t miss Vaux Moise (or “Li Vaux Moise” for “The Valley of Moses”), a small Crusader castle close to Wadi Musa. This was also founded by Baldwin I of Jerusalem and is an outpost to the larger castle in Shoubak.

Mameluks later captured and rebuilt it in the 13th century. Although the interior of the castle is in partial ruins, one can still see the Mameluks’ Arabic inscriptions carved into the castle’s towers and walls. Not just consisting of ruins, however, there are also some rooms, corridors, stairs, and arches still relatively intact, giving one a sense of life in the past. And of course, as in any castle, it’s the simple joy of peering through the several arrow slits that allows one to have a peek at the castle’s former defense and security mechanisms. That mere tumbled stones can give evidence of a building’s former glory is really quite remarkable! What really makes the trip worthwhile is that the castle’s location atop a hill gives one a breath-taking view of the surrounding valleys. Not only that, but the drive down to Shoubak Castle is also a real pleasure — albeit a longer and more roundabout route, head south along the Dead Sea Highway and take the exit to Tafila to enjoy a scenic ride as you wind along steep cliffs, while the desert sun paints your surroundings in a golden hue. After all, what makes these day trips on a lazy Friday so special is also the journey, and not just the destination.


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WHERE TO STAY

Four Seasons San Stefano

NEED TO KNOW

AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO

ALEXANDRIA N The Pearl of the Mediterranean

amed after its founder, Alexander the Great, Alexandria is modern Egypt’s largest seaport and second biggest city after Cairo. During the Greco-Roman days, Alexandria was the capital of Egypt and was the largest and wealthiest city in the world, second only to Rome. It housed

impressive landmarks such as the Alexandria Lighthouse — one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World — and the Library of Alexandria — the world’s largest library at the time. Nowadays, a visit to the grand city of Alexandria promises to be historically and culturally fulfilling.

If you’re planning to get around Alexandria by taxi try to agree on the fare before you get in. Taxi drivers here tend to refuse to use meters and may try to take advantage of visitors.

WHAT TO DO CULTURAL

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina was rebuilt on the same site as the historical Library of Alexandria and is an absolute must-see on your trip. Aside from the millions of books, the complex also has six specialized libraries, four museums, a planetarium, and an interactive history of Egypt. Situated on the shores of the Mediterranean, the Montazah Royal Gardens is the city’s beautifully landscaped green space with parks, swimming pools, and beaches, as well as the Al Haramlik Museum. The Souk El Attarine is a maze of narrow pedestrian-only streets home to hundreds of little shops selling goodies to bring back home.

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Offering unparalleled luxury in Alexandria, this 5-star hotel boasts a beach, indoor and outdoor pools, outstanding dining options, and a world-class spa. www.fourseasons.com/ alexandria

Le Metropole Hotel

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History buffs should make their way to the Catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa, which is the biggest Roman burial site in Egypt with three layers of chambers and tombs done in an interesting mix of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman styles. Pompey’s Pillar is an enormous 25m granite column built for Emperor Diocletian and, aside from this impressive structure, there are also other ancient sites to explore within the area. A centrally located and well preserved site to explore is the Roman Amphitheater of Alexandria which has 13 tiers made of gray and white marble, as well as two columns still standing. Also, don’t miss the nearby Roman Baths!

Originally established in 1902, the recently renovated hotel strives hard to maintain its old world charm with high ceilings, iron cage elevator, and antiques. www.paradiseinnegypt. com/Metropole

MUSEUMS

Those who are up for gaining a bit of culture should check out the Alexandria National Museum, which illustrates the history of the city through Ancient, Greco-Roman, Coptic, Islamic, and Modern times, over three floors in a beautifully restored Italianate-style villa. The Royal Jewelry Museum is also a must-visit for its collection of extravagant jewelry and other excesses once owned by King Farouk and his family, located in the palace of his first wife. For contemporary Egyptian and regional art lovers, the Museum of Fine Arts is not to be missed for its great collection of sculptures, paintings, drawings, photography, and architecture.

GETTING THERE

Royal Jordanian operates direct flights to Alexandria from Amman four times a week starting at approximately 240 JOD for a round trip (taxes including).

Hotel Transit Alexandria

This is a family run establishment that is clean, simple, cheap, and located within a few steps of the Alexandria Library. www.hotel-alexandria.net


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Singapore THE FAR EAST’S SPRINGBOARD A small island country, Singapore’s petite size has not stopped it from becoming one of the planet’s most prosperous countries and the second most densely populated place on Earth

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ound just off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, a mere 137 km north of the equator, the Republic of Singapore is a multicultural and multifaceted country. With a population of just over five million, much has been packed into this pint-sized city-state, from impressive skyscrapers and technologically advanced transportation systems to great shopping and world-renowned restaurants to unbeatable natural reserves and magnificent cultural establishments. A tropical island of Chinese, Malay, and Indian influences that boasts many expatriates as well, whether you’ve never been to Far East Asia before or you’re a regular visitor of this part of the world who has yet to make it over to Singapore, this microcosm of Asia is a must-experience.

NEED TO KNOW The Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, known locally as Deepavali, falls on 13 November this year. If you’re in Singapore on the day check out Little India, which will be lit up by thousands of lights!

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If you want to learn more about Singapore’s history, it’s best to start on the Singapore River, where, in 1819, Thomas S. Raffles founded Singapore as a British trading post. The majority of the country’s historical attractions can be found in this area, as it has been a downtown core since the early 19th century. If you’re out here exploring for the day, make sure to head to the river’s south bank to check out Singapore’s most iconic monument, the Merlion. Museum fans should make their way to the Asian Civilisations Museum, which covers the fascinating cultures of this part of the world. And those traveling with kids would do well to head to the MINT Museum of Toys!

Singapore’s main shopping district, Orchard Road provides the perfect solution for visitors in need of retail therapy. This area is a medley of shopping malls and department stores, connected by a network of underpasses. Whether you’re in the market for clothes, cosmetics, electronics, shoes, books, or even art, you’ll find all you need here. Those into designer boutiques and international brands should make their way to Wisma Atria, while those who prefer more affordable but trendy stores like Zara, Esprit, and Forever 21 should check out 313@Somerset. ION Orchard is also a good choice for shoppers, as well as for art lovers and foodies.

An island off the southern coast of Singapore, Sentosa is a popular tourist attraction and getaway spot for locals and tourists alike. Boasting everything from a dolphin lagoon to theme parks to Singapore’s first casino, attractions here are for the young and the young at heart. Those wishing to soak up the sun can check out the artificial beaches: Siloso, Palawan, and Tanjong. Or if you’re up for venturing out a little off-the-beaten-path, head to the southern islets of Kusu Island (“Turtle Island”), St. John’s Island, Sisters Islands, and Pulau Hantu. Managed by Sentosa these can be reached by ferries and are perfect for nature walks, beach barbequing, and underwater exploring.

Get there: Head to Riverside via the MRT station Raffles Place on the North-South/East-West Lines or the station Clarke Quay on the North-East Line. Must-see: The 1-Altitude Viewing Gallery on the roof of OUB Centre — the highest point in the city!

Get there: To get to Orchard Rd, head in the direction of MRT stations Orchard, Somerset, Dhoby Ghaut, and City Hall on the North-South Line. Must-eat: Head to Food Republic in Wisma Atria, for tasty (and cheap!) local eats after a busy day of shopping. Singapore is famous for its delish cuisine!

Get there: Take the North-East Line of the MRT to HarbourFront then get on the Sentosa Express monorail to the island. Must-do: Amusement park lovers should check out Universal Studios Singapore at Resorts World. Here you’ll

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(06) 550 5555, www. the resort’s food outlets, saudiairlines.com fourseasons.com/ developing creative concepts Turkish Airlines, Jabal amman to satisfy Evason’s guests! Amman, (06) 465 9112, Geneva Hotel, Call (05) 324 5500 for www.turkishairlines.com Abdullah Ghosheh St., details. 7th Circle, (06) 585 8100, genevahotel-amman.com CAR RENTALS: Golden Tulip Grand Palace Alamo National Rent A Car, Ash Hotel, Amman, Queen Alya St., (06) Shmeisani, (06) 569 1131, www. 566 2683, www.national-me.com goldentulipgrandpalace.com Assaraya Rent A Car, Al Shareef Naser Bin Grand Hyatt Amman, Hussein Bin Ali St., Jameel St., (06) 568 4771, www.thrifty. Jabal Amman, (06) 465 1234, amman. com.jo grand.hyatt.com Avis, Wadi Saqrah St., (06) 569 9420, www. Hisham Hotel, 3rd Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) avis.com.jo 464 4028, hishamhotel.com.jo Budget Rent A Car, Shmeisani, (06) 569 Holiday Inn Amman, Madinah Munawarah 8131, www.budgetjordan.com St., Um Summaq, (06) 552 8822, www. 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(06) 565 2207, www.sixt.jo com.jo Kempinski Hotel Amman, Abdual Hamid Shouman St., Shmesani, (06) 520 0200, HOTELS: www.kempinski.com AMMAN Kindi Hotel, Amman, Al Basra St., Abjar Hotel, Jabal Al Hussein, (06) 464 Shmeisani, (06) 551 0885, kindihotel.com 8883, abjarhotel.com.jo Landmark Amman Hotel and Conference Ambassador Hotel, Abdul Hamid Sharif St., Center, Al-Hussein Bin Ali St., Jabal Amman, Shmeisani, (06) 560 5161 (06) 560 7100, www.landmarkamman.com Amman Cham Palace Hotel, Shmeisani St., Larsa Hotel, 48 Um Mutaweh St., Al (06) 565 9270, www.ammanchamhotel. 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Ocean Hotel, Iriteria St., Um Uthaina, (06) 551 7280, www.oceanhotelamman.com Orchid Hotel, Shmeisani, (06) 552 2111, orchidh.com Marmara Hotel, Mecca St., Al Rabiah, (06) 553 0480, marmarahotel.com Le Méridien Amman, Queen Noor St., Shmeisani, (06) 569 6511, www. starwoodhotels.com Al Qasr Metropole Hotel, Al Kharoub St., Shmeisani, (06) 568 9671, alqasrmetropole. com Rama Hotel, Abdallah Ghawsha, 7th Circle, (06) 581 6722, ramahotel-jo.com Red Rose Hotel, Shat Al Arab St., Um Uthaina, (06) 551 2301, www.1stjordan. net/redrose Retaj Hotel, 180 Zahran St., 5th Circle, Um Uthaina, (06) 551 6688, retajhotel.com Regency Palace, Queen Alia St., Shmeisani, (06) 560 7000, www.theregencyhotel.com Le Royal, Zahran St., 3rd Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 460 3000, www. leroyalamman.com Rozana Hotel Suites, Airport Road, Sadeen Amman Hotel, Khalda, (06) 551 4733, sadeen.com Samira Miss Hotel, Al Tal, (06) 560 2773, samiramisshotel.com San Rock Hotel, 6th Circle, Um Uthaina, (06) 551 3800 Sheraton Amman, Al Nabil Hotel & Towers, Al Urdon St., 5th Circle, (06) 593 4111, www.sheratonammanalnabil.com Sorate Hotel Apartments, 6th Circle, (06) 585 8029, sorate.net Al Thuraya Hotel, Al Bayrooni St., Shmeisani, (06) 567 7228, www. althurayahotel.com Toledo Hotel, 37 Al Razi St., Jabal Al Hussein, (06) 465 7777, www.toledohotel.jo Turino Hotel, (06) 586 3944, turino-hotel.com Al Waleed Hotel, Ali Nasouh Al Taher St., (06) 586 4475, rumhotels.com Ya Hala Hotel, (06) 581 2944, yahala-hotel.com

DANA RESERVE

Feynan Ecolodge, Dana Bio Reserve, (06) 464 5580, www.feynan.com

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Dead Sea Spa Hotel, Salt Land Village, Sweimeh, (05) 356 1000, jordandeadsea. com Holiday Inn Resort, Dead Sea Road, Sweimeh, (06) 349 5555, www. ichotelsgroup.com Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa, Dead Sea Road, Sweimeh, (05) 3560400, www. marriott.com Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea, Dead

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Aqaba Gulf Hotel, King Hussein St., (03) 201 6636, aqabagulf.com Aquamarine Beach Hotel, King Hussein Blvd, (03) 203 2636 Captain’s Hotel, (03) 206 0710, captains.jo Coral Bay Hotel, Aqaba Southern Coastal Road, (03) 201 5555, coralbayaqaba.com Crystal International Hotel, Cornish St., (03) 202 2001, crystal-international.com DoubleTree by Hilton, Al Hammamat Al Tunisyya St., (03) 209 3209, doubletree1. hilton.com Golden Tulip Aqaba, Al Saada St., (03) 205 1234, www.goldentulip.com Movenpick Resort & Residence Aqaba, King Hussein St., (03) 203 4020, www. moevenpick-hotels.com Radisson Blu Tala Bay Resort, Tala Bay, South Beach, (03) 209 0777 www. radissonblu.com Raed Hotel Suites, Al Sa'adeh St., (03) 201 8686, raedhotel.com

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Amra Palace Hotel, Wadi Mousa, (03) 215 7070, www.amrapalace.com Candles Hotel, Wadi Mousa, (03) 215 7311 / (03) 565 1065, www.petracandles.com Crowne Plaza Resort Hotel Petra Forum, Wadi Mousa, (03) 215 6266, www. crowneplaza.com Grand View Hotel, Wadi Mousa, (03) 215 6871, www.grandview-hotel.com.jo Marriott Hotel, Taybeh Road, Wadi Mousa, (03) 215 6407, www.petramarriott.com Movenpick Nabatean Castle Hotel, Taybeh Road, Wadi Mousa, (03) 215 7201, www. moevenpick-hotels.com Movenpick Resort Hotel, Al Seyaha St., Wadi Mousa, (03) 215 7111, www. movenpick-petra.com Petra Panorama Hotel, Taybeh Road, Wadi Mousa, (03) 215 7398, www. petrapanorama.com Petra Rest House Hotel, Wadi Mousa, (03) 215 6266 Sella Hotel, Wadi Mousa, (03) 215 7170, www.sellahotel.com Silk Road Hotel, Tourism St., (03) 215 7222, www.petrasilkroad.com

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HANDS Go’s Rawd M. Amr found out how the country’s youth are getting involved with non-profit organization, Lothan Youth Achievement Center Images by: Saleh Thaher

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othan Youth Achievement Center (LoYAC), is a nonprofit organization that focuses on youth empowerment. Established in Kuwait in 2002 by Fare’ah Al Saqqaf, LoYAC came to Jordan in 2008. The organization deals with students between the ages of 16 and 24. In October of this year LoYAC Jordan held its fifth annual closing ceremony celebrating 825 internships and 19,000 hours of community service, both completed within four months. Jordan’s branch of LoYAC boasts four major programs. The Summer Internship Program – Darb, aims at giving the students workshops about self-development, soft skills, and career orientation, and then provides them with paid internships. The English Language Program benefits students facing problems during their internships because of their weak command of the language. The Community Service Program allows students to complete the minimum requirement of 18 hours of community service that are mandatory for every student who participates in any other LoYAC program. This program is divided into two sections, volunteering with existing community centers, or coming up with initiatives that benefit the surrounding community. The fourth program is the Homes Project, which allows volunteers to participate in refurbishing homes for needy families in rural and lowincome urban areas. LoYAC volunteers have implemented a lot of initiatives this summer, such as the ongoing 66 | NOV. 2012 | GOMAGJORDAN.COM

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GET YOUR BUSINESS INVOLVED There are a number of different ways in which companies or individuals can help the Lothan Youth Achievement Center. LoYAC has plenty of students who want to intern and a huge number of volunteers who are good spirited and are always willing to contribute to the community, so if your business or organization could use some extra hands, get in touch with LoYAC today! You can also check out the sponsorship packages on LoYAC’s Website: www.loyacjordan.org.


initiative, “Leave It to Us,” which aims to assist patients of Prince Hamzah Hospital. On busy days, the external clinics tend to be very crowded and patients have to stand in line several times during their visits to complete their paperwork. LoYAC volunteers facilitate this process by taking over these tasks. After helping 1,300 patients go through their stressful and exhausting days at the clinics, the volunteers created a hotline where patients can call and ask for assistance on a

The patients feel WORKING FOR GOOD The Summer Internship Program – Darb is LoYAC’s main program

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Around the beginning of each year, students apply online and go through a couple of screening phases. Chosen applicants are each interviewed separately and are then divided into groups. Meanwhile, companies that accept the internship students send their detailed requirements, such as which majors they need and what type of work they want their interns to participate in. The board of directors at LoYAC then match the students according to the companies’ criteria. Before the actual internship starts, students are given a tailored workshop devised by LoYAC focusing on important career and workforce skills to help students during their internships.

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specific date at a specific hospital. Volunteers have also started working in Al-Karak Public Hospital as LoYAC are aiming to place a team of their volunteers in different hospitals in each governorate throughout the country. And this zero budget initiative is receiving excellent feedback from both patients and volunteers. The patients who’ve been helped feel like a small army of angels was sent to their aid, while the volunteers have enjoyed the satisfaction of bringing joy into other peoples’ lives. All LoYACers would agree that, “there’s nothing like the LoYAC Spirit!” Their lives have witnessed much positive change after joining the organization and participating in the programs to help the local community. LoYAC not only provides opportunities for students to better themselves while serving their society, but it also gives them a healthy environment in which they can mingle with each other, express themselves, and share their success stories or their problems. If you know students who could benefit from such programs, or if your company could support LoYAC’s volunteers or interns, get in touch with the youth center today. This initiative is a great way to help make students more interactive socially while encouraging them to build up their self-confidence for the future.

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FOR ALL Go’s Kymelya Sari uncovered how the Asma Khader Law Firm is fighting for the rights of women and children in our country and region

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f you discover that there is discrimination and you are not allowed by many obstacles to be equal to your brother or your male colleague. If you accept it for yourself and for other women, it means the injustice and imbalance will remain.” Living by this credo, Asma Khader has been relentlessly working to improve the rights of women and children, particularly in the Middle East, for more than 30 years. In 1984, Asma founded the Asma Khader Law Firm, which today is a leading independent law firm based in Amman, specializing in human rights law. The firm is also bound by a strong sense of social responsibility, which is reflected in its commitment to offer a public service role in educating citizens about their civil rights and informing them how the law affects their everyday lives. Today, one of Asma’s most treasured possessions is an old postcard from her late father who wrote to her when she was in her first year studying law at the University of Damascus. In this letter he affirmed his belief that she

NEED TO KNOW AKLF provides legal representation to companies and individuals in multiple family law, labor law, litigation, trademark registration and much more.

would one day be an exceptional lawyer, defending her clients, especially those who were poor and vulnerable. As the head of an establishment that is one of the few Jordanian law firms to contribute to the fields of international human rights and humanitarian law, it is safe to say that Asma has done her father very proud. Asma does not think that women in the Middle East face more challenges than anywhere else in the world. She holds that women

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ACCOMPLISHMENT On top of founding and heading the Asma Khader Law Firm, Asma has done much for the Hashemite Kingdom Asma Khader is currently SecretaryGeneral of the Jordanian National Commission for Women (JNCW). She has also served in the Jordanian government as Minister of State and Minister of Culture, and is a recipient of several awards in recognition of her humanitarian contribution and service, including the UNDP’s Poverty Eradication Award and the Jordanian Independence Medal of the First Degree.

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all over the world face similar problems — namely violence and lack of education — but their manifestations may be different. As such, she speaks passionately about the need to introduce compulsory legal literacy and human rights curriculum in schools, from kindergartens to universities, and cites education as crucial to the creation of a society where a man and a woman are judged on equal terms. Besides “rethinking patriarchy,” women also need to revolutionize their own mindset and place equal value on a man and woman, and importantly, “believe in other women.” For aspiring advocates Asma stresses that, “being an activist means being able to give time, energy, opinion, and service, and to provide these for free.” Additionally, an activist has to live by his or her ethos and beliefs, “all the time.” Asma is optimistic about this region’s future and believes that the future generation of activists will build upon the success of her generation to achieve more advancement and betterment for all. #145 Real Estate Development Complex, Wasfi Al-Tal St. (06) 554 9494 www.asmakhader.com


COMMUNITY CHARITIES AND NGOS

Arab Women’s Organization of Jordan, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 565 0644 Business & Professional Woman-Amman, Ibn Asaker St., 4th Circle, (06) 566 3013, www.bpwa-amman.org Abdel Hamid Shoman Foundation, Al Kulliyah Al Ilmiyah Al Islamiyah St, Jabal Amman (06) 465 9154, www.shoman.org Care International, Ibn Al Roumi St., Um Uthaina, (06) 552 7921, www. caremiddleeast.org/Jordan HamzetWasel, (077) 786 8298, www. hamzetwasel.com Humane Society for Animal Welfare, Queen Alia Airport Highway, (06) 412 9077, www.hcaw-jordan.com INJAZ, Ibrahim Ayoub St., Al Redwan, (06) 565 7410, www.injaz.org.jo Jordan Environment Society, Shmesani, (06) 569 9844, www.jes.org.jo Jordan Institute Of Diplomacy, Suleiman Al (06) 593 4400 Jordan National Red Crescent Society, As Saada, Madaba (06) 477 3141, www. jordanredcrescent.org Jordan River Foundation, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 593 3211, www. jordanriver.jo Jordan Hashemite Fund For Human Development, Al Madina Mounawara St., (06) 582 5241, www.johud.org.jo Jordanian’s Women Union, Al-Hussein Refugee Camp, (06) 568 7037, jordanianwomenunion.org King Abdullah II Fund For Development, Petra University, Queen Alia Airport Road (06) 582 2820, www.kafd.jo King Hussein Cancer Foundation, Saad Bin Abi Waqqas St., Um Uthaina, (06) 554 4960, www.khcc.jo King Hussein Foundation, Fares Al Khoury St., Shmeisani, (06) 560 6056, www. kinghuseeinfoundation.org Mabarrat Um Al Hussein (MUF), North Marka, (06) 489 2680 MIZAN, Razi St., Jabal Al Hussain, (06) 569 0691, www.mizangroup.jo National Center for Human Rights, 151 Zahran St., Jabal Amman, (06) 5931256, www.nchr.org.jo (06) 534 4701, www.interacademies.net Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, (06) 533 7931, www.rscn.org.jo Save the Children Foundation, Princess Basma Center for Social Development, Jabal Al-Nuzha, (06) 567 0241, www. savethechildren.net United Nations University, University of Jordan, International Leadership Institute Building, Queen Rania St., (06) 533 8167, jo.one.un.org UNRWA, Wadi Seer, Bayader, (06) 582 6171, www.unrwa.org USAID, American Embassy, Abdoun, (06) 590 6117, jordan.usaid.gov

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Bandak Art, 7th Circle, Wadi Al Seer, (06) 582 4952 Darat Al Funun, Nimer bin Adwan St, Downtown, (06) 464 3251, www. daratalfunun.org Orfali Art Center, (06) 551 0603, www.orfali.net

COOKING

Crafty Cooks, Nakho Building, Shat Al Arab St., Um Uthaina, (06) 554 7103 Noodasia, Abdoun Circle, Abdoun (06) 5936999

MUSIC

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Freddy for Music, Abdoun Gardens, Abdoun, (06) 592 0085, www.freddyformusic.com Ghassan Al-Hejjawi Music Center, Tla' AlAli, (06) 553 1458 iPlay Music Center, Al Husseini Complex, (06) 586 8676, www. iplaymc.jo Life Melody for Music Classes, Jaber Complex, Mecca St., (06) 581 7405, www. lifemelody.net Ziad Alawsi, (0) 79 618 7292, www.alawsi. com

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Modelicious Management, Building No. 6 Khawarizmi St., Gardens, (06) 562 0849, www.modelicious.com.jo

COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES

Al Hussein Bin Talal University, Ma’an, (03) 217 9000, ahu.edu.jo Arab Open University, Tariq Khalid Bani Mujahid St., Tabarboor, (06) 5630630, www. aou.edu.jo German Jordanian University, Al Jubeiha, (06) 530 0666, www.gj.edu.jo Jordanian University, University St., Al Jubeiha, (06) 535 5000, www.ju.edu.jo New York Institute of Technology, Queen Alia Airport Highway, (06) 5537902, www. nyit.edu.jo Petra University, Queen Alia Airport Highway, (06) 579 9555, www.uop.edu.jo Princess Sumaya Univeristy, Al Jubeiha, (06) 535 9967, www.psut.edu.jo Al Quds College, Airport Road, (06) 579 9020, www.quds.edu.jo Tala Abu Ghazaleh College, Mecca St., (06) 550 9222, www.tagcb.edu.jo Yarmouk University, Irbid, (02) 721 1111, www.yu.edu.jo

LANGUAGE CENTERS

American Language Center, University St., (06) 552 3901, www.alc.edu.jo AMIDEAST Jordan, Nuh Al-Rumi St., (06) 581 0930, www.amideast.org Bell Amman, Marj Al Hammam Bridge, (06) 579 9035, www.bellamman.edu.jo Berlitz, Prince Shaker Bin Zeid St., (06) 566 5393, www.berlitz-jo.com British Council Jordan, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 460 3420, www.

britishcouncil.org/jordan Cultural French Center, (06) 461 2658, www.cccljor-jo.org

NURSERIES

Growing and Knowing Preschool, Al Dahran St., Um Uthaina, (06) 552 5919, www.growingnknowingpreschool.com Iman Early Learning Center, , (06) 592 5945 Jumpstart Preschool, Shat Al Arab St., Um Uthaina, (06) 552 0234 Little Academy, Al Ifthikhar St., Abdoun, (06) 585 8282, www.tlacademy.com

REAL ESTATES

LISTINGS montessori-icme.com International Community School, Naour, (06) 479 0666, www.ics-amman.edu.jo The International School Of Choueifat, Airport Road, (06) 429 1133, www. iscamman-sabis.net Al Ittihad Secondary School For Girls, Waqed Bin Abdullah St., Qotnah, (06) 516 7990 Modern American School, , (06) 586 2779, www.modernamericanschool. com Modern Arab Academy School, Sharhabil Bin Hasaneh St., Al Jern, (06) 566 0091 Modern Educational Academic School, Moh'd Ali Al Ja'bari St., Al Rawabi, (06) 586 5620 Sheikh Al Shuhada Omar Al Mukhtar School, Al Madeenah Al Munawwarah St., Al Tela Al Shamali, (06) 552 2495

Abdoun Real Estate, 10 Fawzi Qaweqji St. Mouhtaseb Complex, Abdoun, (06) 592 0605, www.abdoun.com.jo Abu Jodum, Shmeisani, (06) 566 0701, www.abujodum.com Mawared, Nabulsi St., Al Abdali, (06) 566 SPECIALIZED INSTITUTIONS 5825, www.mawared.jo Aviation Technological Academy, Saraya, Al-Koufeh St., Um Uthaina, (06) 550 Sulayman Al Dukkar St., Khalda, (06) 535 5444, www.sarayaholdings.com 0911 Taameer Jordan, , (06) 588 Ayla Aviation Academy, King Hussein 5558, www.taameer.jo International Airport, Aqaba, NEED TO Tala Bay, Al Ameer (03) 206 4777, www. Shaker Bin Zeid St., KNOW aylaaviation.com Shmeisani, (06) 565 Goethe Institut, #5 Abdel VetZone always 5700, www.talabay.jo Mun’im Al Rifa’i St. Jabal have animals up for Tamleek, 4th Circle, Amman, (06) 464 1993, adoption, so if you’re (06) 461 7851, www.goethe.de looking for a new family www.tamleek.jo Jordan Academy of Music, pet, check out their

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updates and photos. Visit St., Shmesani, (06) 560 American www.facebook.com/ 4172, www.jam.edu.jo vetzone1 for more. Community School, Mideast Aviation Academy, Dahiat Al-Amir Rashid, Marka Airport, (06) 487 5152, (06) 581 3944, www. www.maa.jo acsamman.edu.jo Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Amman Baccalaureate Arts, Al Rashed St., Aqaba, (03) 201 School, Al Hijaz St., Dabouq, (06) 6201, www.rsica.edu.jo 541 1191, www.abs.edu.jo Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, King Amman Int. School, King Abdullah Ii St., Al Abdullah II St., Dabouq, (06) 541 2682, Rawabi, (06) 551 6931 www.raca-lesroches.edu.jo Al Feker Al Tarbawi Secondary School For Royal Film Commission, 5 Omar Bin Al Girls, Al Shora St., Al Helal, (06) 438 3877 Khattab St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman. (06) International Academy, Sa'ad Khair Street, 464 2266, www.rfc.jo King Hussein Parks, (06) 550 2055, www. SAE Institute, iaa.edu.jo Highway, (06) 579 9071, www.saejordan. International Center for Montessori com Education, (06) 556 1464, www.


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GAME REVIEWS Cool new releases from the Vita to the iPhone

This month's hottest and most anticipated video games Words by: Brandon Barron

PLAYSTATION ALL-STARS BATTLE ROYALE

Platform: PlayStation 3 Developer: SuperBot Entertainment Genre: Fighting Release Date: 23 Nov. Ever since the release of the first PlayStation in 1994, Sony has been churning out a myriad of fantastical characters. Put their skills to the test as you pit them against one another. Reason to go play it: Because nowhere else can the adorable Sackboy from Little Big Planet battle Big Daddy from Bioshock!

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ere we go again! In the gaming community, Halo musters up some seriously mixed feelings. Purists say it lacks the challenge of a worthy first-person shooter. Fans of the series beg to differ, and many around the world are showing it by camping outside stores so they can snag the first copy. Don’t expect too many changes to the gameplay with this follow up, but do anticipate an original plot for Master Chief in story Platform: Xbox 360 mode and otherworldly graphics that Developer: 343 Industries Genre: First-Person Shooter make the game more immersive. Release Date: 2 Nov. Reason to go play it: Because watching putrid alien spawn explode from your needler is almost as satisfying as owning your friend in multiplayer mode.

PIVOTAL SEQUELS These games prove that the follow-up to an original concept is often needed to really develop awesome gameplay

Halo 2 Platform: Xbox The Xbox’s best-selling game ever, Halo 2 changed multiplayer gameplay on consoles forever. Through Xbox Live, players could continually test themselves against each other.

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Street Fighter 2 Platform: Arcade The fighting game to really establish the genre, SFII improved upon many concepts from the first game, including the use of special moves and a sixbutton configuration.

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. U Platform: Wii U Developer: Nintendo Genre: Platformer Release Date: 30 Nov. In this multiplayer adventure, you can play as Mario, Luigi, or Toad with one goal in mind: get that flag before the baddies get you! Reason to go play it: Yes, it’s yet another Nintendo remake, but there’s a reason that people have been playing this game since 1985!

SoulCalibur Platform: Dreamcast Easily one of the best fighting games of all time, this release was far better than its predecessor, Soul Edge, thanks to its “eightway run,” allowing fighters to run in any direction!

Metal Gear Solid Platform: PlayStation Recognized by many as one of the most important games of all time, this game introduced 3D to Metal Gear fans and made stealth games the popular genre that they are today.

DISNEY EPIC MICKEY: POWER OF ILLUSION Platform: Nintendo 3DS Developer: DreamRift Genre: Action Release Date: 23 Nov. In this very Disney yet somewhat dark game, you help everyone’s favorite mouse, armed with a paintbrush, to battle a slough of classic villains. Reason to go play it: This game is just like a Disney animated feature, it’s both entertainment and art.

CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS DECLASSIFIED Platform: PS Vita Developer: Nihilistic Genre: First-Person Shooter Release Date: Nov. 2012 This reboot of the popular shooter game puts the action of special ops tactical missions into your pocket with the awesome graphics of the PlayStation Vita. Reason to go play it: Multiplayer mode on separate devices means no more cheating friends screen watching.

POKÉDEX 3D PRO Platform: Nintendo 3DS Developer: Nintendo Genre: Productivity Release Date: 8 Nov. Rather than a traditional game, this is a virtual app that stores stats on every Pokémon so that you know when to use them in battle. Reason to go play it: Now you can keep all that vital Pokémon information you’ve been memorizing and still have friends.


November

BOOK RELEASES

WHAT GO’S READING

HOME: READ

PROJECT PEN’S STORIES As some of Team Go are into short stories and poetry, we’ve been enjoying some great reads on projectpen.me! A local initiative that encourages writers — whether based in Jordan or the region — to share their stories on the Web, this is a great source for inspiration, as well as quick and entertaining tales. Get online and check them out for yourself! Read the stories @ projectpen.me/archive

Go’s choice books for this month Words by: Brandon Barron

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AMULET BOOKS Release Date: 13 Nov.

NAN A. TALESE Release Date: 13 Nov.

THE 3RD WHEEL JEFF KINNEY

SWEET TOOTH IAN MCEWAN

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h, middle school. Those awkward years of selfdiscovery and clumsiness are only exaggerated more by one thing: love. It’s in the air and the everrelatable Greg is not immune to the love bug’s bite. In the seventh installment of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the series’ main character is put in a tough situation. The Valentine’s Day dance is coming up and he and his best friend, Rowley, have no one to go with. What turn of events could result in dance partners for a pair of awkward, wimpy guys?

NEW IN

BOOKS

EIGHT GIRLS TAKING DEAR LIFE PICTURES Alice Munro Whitney Otto Knopf Scribner Release Date: 13 Nov. Release Date: 6 Nov. Any person who Cymbeline is a walking has lived life has double contradiction. experienced those allFirst of all, in a world that too-elusive moments… has just discovered the moments that have novelty of photography, every sign of being run she wants to make it her of the mill yet turn out career. Secondly, she to be something lives in a time when even fantastic. But it seems the concept of a working that these moments woman is beyond most always take place when people’s paradigms. As no one else is around to the novel progresses, the share them with. In her reader is introduced to newest collection seven other characters, of short stories, Alice all from different eras Munro gives the reader and places, but each a a candid glimpse into conflicted, strong-willed such moments as they unfold on her home turf, woman looking to break free from societal norms in rural Canada. After through the lens of all, it’s usually life’s a camera. briefest moments Reason to go read it: that are often its most This book is a fascinating profound. blend of perspectives Reason to go read it: and passions seemingly Munro’s style of writing impossible to bring is so real that she is more together yet skillfully of a campfire storyteller intertwined. than a removed writer.

erena is a ravishing genius of a young woman with an air of mystery, and her recent recruitment to MI5 means that her secrecy is being put to great use. It’s not long before Serena is embedded deep in a mission that requires both her beauty and her wits. She meets Tom Haley, a promising novelist, and begins to find it difficult to not merge work with her personal life. However, the young spy soon realizes that some of the most captivating writers weave stories from experience.

FIFTY SHADES OF CHICKEN: A PARODY IN A COOKBOOK F.L. Fowler Crown Publishing Group Release Date: 13 Nov. Who knew chicken could be so… saucy!? This laugh out loud parody of the ultra popular, overtly raunchy novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, is only partially for laughs. No matter your opinion of its source, it’s difficult not to have your mouth water reading about such delicious recipes as “Sticky Chicken Fingers,” “Holy Hell Wings,” and “Mustard-Spanked Chicken.” Paired with each reliable recipe is a humorous take on that book that everyone’s reading, but no one’s admitting that they own. Reason to go read it: With all that laughing you’ll be doing reading this book, you’re going to need a hearty meal to get your energy back.

KINDLE BOOK OF THE MONTH

STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN’S GRAVE: A JOHN REBUS NOVEL Ian Rankin Orion Release Date: 8 Nov.

John Rebus is a former detective who specializes in cases that have long gone unsolved. Nina Hazlitt is a mother whose daughter has been missing for over a decade. In a last-ditch attempt to answer this case’s heartbreakingly unanswered questions, Nina turns to John for help and closure. It’s not long before the case turns out to be much more complex than either could have imagined, as more and more missing people are linked to the same source. Reason to go read it: In a literary world where nothing is ever as it seems, this book promises to surprise even the most skeptical. GOMAGJORDAN.COM | NOV. 2012 | 73


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November

CD RELEASES Go takes a look at this month’s top releases in music with genres ranging from punk rock to R&B to hip-hop to grunge Words by: Brandon Barron

WHAT GO’S LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW

Everywhere Fleetwood Mac Tango in the Night

Mercy Dave Matthews Band Away From the World

Live 2012 [Blu-ray] Coldplay’s recent Mylo Xyloto tour was revolutionary and their film crew was an inseparable part of the experience. Without leaving your home, relive the amazing experience that included an ocean of light-up bracelets that glowed in sync with the tempo of Coldplay’s dreamscape songs like “Paradise” and “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall.” This Blu-ray is slated for release on 20 November. 74 | NOV. 2012 | GOMAGJORDAN.COM

“Diva” is a term with mixed sentiments. While this era’s “Aretha Franklins” have produced some of the greatest sounds to hit the airwaves, they also come with pro wrestler-sized egos. If this is true, then Alicia Keys is no diva… and that’s a good thing. When this new album’s lead single came out in September, no one was too surprised that Keys took the very un-diva-like approach of sharing the mic with Nicki Minaj. With Girl On Fire, the world’s most beloved pianist/vocal soloist is sending her message loud and clear: “keep the attitude in the recording studio.” Release Date: 27 Nov. Reason to go listen to it: Because Keys’ mesh of mellow and soulful make this album awesome for anytime listening.

50 CENT STREET KING IMMORTAL SHADY/AFTERMATH

Since his first major album release in 2003, James Jackson III (a.k.a. 50 Cent) has made himself known as the life of the party. With Street King Immortal, 50 is letting it be known that he hasn’t even begun to meet his full potential. This album is expected to lean toward the dance side of hip-hop, so expect the clubs and airwaves to be putting songs like, “New Day” (ft. Alicia Keys) and “Lighters” (ft. Chris Brown), on repeat. The behind-the-scenes of the album are just as impressive: 50 Cent co-produced this album with Eminem and Dr. Dre! Release Date: 13 Nov. Reason to go listen to it: Because this album is set to be an anthology of today’s who’s who in hip-hop and R&B.

INTERSCOPE

REPRISE

COLDPLAY

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ONEREPUBLIC NATIVE

GREEN DAY DOS! Green Day has long been both the poster child and bane of the global punk rock scene. On one hand, they are among the genre’s founding fathers; on the other, they seem to have fully embraced everything “pop.” This month’s release of ¡Dos! — the second in the ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! trilogy — shows that paradox more than any other. With ¡Dos!, Green Day is doing all that they can to hold on to their garage roots with controversial songs and grungy sounds. But there’s only so much grit you can claim when you’ve also signed a tie-in deal with the handheld game Angry Birds. (No joke.) Release Date: 13 Nov. Reason to go listen to it: Because, take them or leave them, Green Day is the gold standard in punk rock.

ALICIA KEYS GIRL ON FIRE

Army of Me Björk Post

From This Day On Eddie Bo Seven B

Suite Louis Xavier

To pin OneRepublic’s sound to a genre is to put the band in a box it simply doesn’t fit in. They offer danceable beats intertwined with soulful lyrics and transcendent tunes that keep fans coming back for more. And Native promises to be the “more” that fans want. With this third studio release, the band is making a conscious effort to hone in on their own signature sound. Native has the potential of moving OneRepublic from being a “sounds like…” band to being an “influences…” band. Release Date: 19 Nov. Reason to go listen to it: Because everyone needs a feel-good album for those dreary hours in Amman’s traffic.

SOUNDGARDEN KING ANIMAL

SEVEN FOUR ENT.

Contrary to their pop contemporaries, fans of grunge rock do not ebb and flow with the tides of popularity. After all, the genre itself was a reaction to societal norms. As one of the founding members of the grunge rock movement (along with Nirvana and Alice in Chains), Soundgarden has an established, loyal fan base. What this means for the band’s newest album is that Soundgarden can simply continue making great music without worrying about survey ratings and “Top 100” charts. With King Animal, expect more of the same, and, if you’re new to grunge rock, get very, very excited. Release Date: 13 Nov. Reason to go listen to it: Because, for some strange reason, angry and sad songs have the effect of making us less angry and sad.


LOCAL BEATS

UNFORGETTABLE

DUETS

Two voices singing in harmony have often been the ingredients needed to create hit songs, because sometimes two is just better than one

DJ SOTUSURA

Go’s Omar Alkalouti met with local DJ and producer, Sotusura, to find out more about his music and Arab hip-hop culture Images by: Omar Alkalouti

NEED TO our area. We got way too lost between the KNOW Sotusura 90s and today with the plays live shows Internet, satellite TVs, in Amman regularly, often with other local and cell phones — I musicians such as Tareq feel like we’ve lost so Abu Kwaik. Follow his page to find out about much of our culture. But his next gig. the Arab hip-hop scene actually prides itself on our background and our culture and we’re putting this into our music so that the youth from this region can learn and ask questions about who they are. Plus, the potential out here is ridiculous!

Go: How did this all start? DJ Sotusura: I’ve been into hip-hop since the age of 13 and when I was 18 I moved to LA to play college basketball on a scholarship. The the Wu Tang Clan out of New York City. Their album 36 Chambers was all it took for me to stay hooked on the genre. After college I bought some Technics turntables from my neighbor and decided to start mixing. Go: Why did you return to Jordan to continue your career? DJS: I came back in 2005 to visit my family and noticed a real change in Amman. I saw region. What really convinced me was that some friends of mine from high school were rapping in Ramallah and the music they were putting out was some hardcore, really dope stuff. At the time I was living in the Caribbean, where I owned a hip-hop clothing store and worked as a DJ. But after that visit, I decided to pack up and move my shop and music to Jordan! Immediately, I started collaborating with that crew in Ramallah and started doing shows in Amman, Amsterdam, and London. It all took off really quick! Go: In which direction do you see Arab hiphop culture going? DJS: Honestly, the biggest cultural and musical change in the area is going to come through this. We are bringing poetry back and poetry is huge in the Arab world; it’s part of our history. The MCs in this area are all poets, they’re not just kids spitting on a mic. The guys making beats are amazing as well and most are super educated. We are bringing a new kind of thinking process to the young generation in

Go: How were you first introduced to hip-hop? DJS: I went to high school in Jordan and my friends and I would always go to a record shop in Shmeisani called Number One; it was the only shop in town that sold hiphop records. Number One was filled with a great selection and it became our hang out. This is where I started to listen to mad hip-hop.

Go: What are you currently working on? DJS: Right now I’m focusing on DJ-ing and producing. I stay in touch with fans via Facebook by updating my page with performances and releases. I’m also working on a new radio show, which will hopefully be ready soon, where you can download my music weekly. When that show goes live, I will post it on Facebook to let fans know. I’ve also been working on a new mixed tape that in English will be called, The Arab Brain. It’ll contain about 30 tracks and should be released sometime in November. The mixed tape will feature who I feel are the top MCs in the area

David Bowie & Freddie Mercury Under Pressure (1981)

Beyoncé & Jay-Z Crazy in Love (2003)

Eminem & Dido Stan (2001)

tapes that I am planning to release!

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BEST EVER SEQUELS

Sometimes part two is just better than the original!

November

DVD/BLU-RAY RELEASES The top movies to own this month

Words by: Brandon Barron THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Director: Marc Webb Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans Genre: Action/Fantasy MPAA Rating: PG-13 Release Date: 9 Nov. In the past decade, the silver screen has become overpopulated with outlandish superhero films. Some have triumphed, while others have bombed. Spidey has always been able to entertain, though. In this reincarnation of the franchise, Spider-Man’s origin story — the spider bite that changed everything — is relived with a new twist. Peter Parker (Garfield) is grappling with both teenage angst and his new responsibilities as New York’s most helpful citizen. Meanwhile, a superhuman, scaly menace called “The Lizard” is doing everything he can to change the city forever. Discs will include: Deleted scenes and alternate takes, plus audio commentaries with cast and crew.

MEN IN BLACK 3 Director: Barry Sonnenfeld Cast: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin Genre: Sci-Fi/Comedy MPAA Rating: PG-13 Release Date: 5 Nov. The world’s two most beloved intergalactic secret agents are back in a surprisingly entertaining threequel. When Agent K (Jones) is nowhere to be found and all evidence of his existence vanishes, it’s up to Agent J (Smith) to find out what happened to his friend. It doesn’t take long for J to realize what the full extent of “whatever it takes” can mean (including a parachuteless jump off a skyscraper!). This movie delivers all the hilarious quips and outrageous space aliens from the previous two films, and it does it all with a fresh, original plot. Discs will include: “The Making of MIB3,” “Men in Black: 1960’s vs. Today,” and a “Spot the Alien” game.

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN Director: Malik Bendjelloul Cast: Rodriguez, Clarence Avant, Malik Bendjelloul Genre: Documentary MPAA Rating: PG-13 Release Date: 19 Nov.

DR SEUSS’ THE LORAX Director: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda Cast: Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Danny DeVito Genre: Animation MPAA Rating: PG Release Date: 19 Nov. Ted is a twelve-year-old living in what most of his friends consider to be the perfect town, Thneedville. After all, everything anyone could want is in their town… it’s just artificial. All of it. When Ted sets out to find a real tree, he learns that all the artificialness of Thneedville has destroyed the nature around it. This only piques Ted’s curiosity, which leads him to the Lorax, a creature charged with protecting nature. Ted’s whimsical adventure in his quest to restore nature is sure to keep kids entertained and parents shedding a tear or two. Discs will include: Three mini movies that focus on some of the film’s minor characters!

In the 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was highly acclaimed yet commercially unsuccessful folk musician. At least, he found no success in the US. Far away, in South Africa, however, Rodriguez (a.k.a. Sugar Man) was hailed as a pop icon with a devout fan base. When Sugar Man abruptly stopped recording, some of his most avid listeners traveled across the globe to find out what exactly happened to him. In his documentary, Bendjelloul chronicles a surprising and heartwarming story of talent rediscovered and dreams reignited. Discs will include: A behind the scenes feature, additional interviews with Rodriguez fans, and a look at the film’s opening at the Sundance Film Festival.

TOY STORY 2 (1999) Director: John Lasseter Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen Not only is this film better and funnier than its first part, it’s one of the best animations ever! Plus, it was key in introducing a whole new world of CGI animated features.

THE GODFATHER: PART II (1974) Director: Francis Ford Coppola Cast: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro Whoever said sequels are lame clearly never saw this part two. Following Michael Corleone (Pacino) and Vito Corleone (De Niro), this is as epic as movies get.

TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (1991) Director: James Cameron Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong This sequel was so amazing that most think of this film when someone brings up “the Terminator.” Plus, who can forget the T-1000, the best movie villain of the 90s?

THE DARK KNIGHT (2008) Director: Christopher Nolan Cast: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger Many forget that this film is even a sequel! Thanks to Ledger’s haunting interpretation of the Joker, this will easily go down as one of the best ever superhero movies.

TV SERIES

RELEASES If you miss out on episodes because of your busy schedule, or are planning to catch up on TV’s most talked about shows, check out this month’s releases

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THE BORGIAS: SEASON 2

SUPERNATURAL: SEASON 7

ANCIENT ALIENS: SEASON 4

Studio: Showtime Release Date: 5 Nov. Reason to go get it: Behind every powerful man (like the Pope, for example) is an egomaniacal Mediterranean family that will stop at nothing to keep their status… right?

Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 5 Nov. Reason to go get it: This popular show delves into the otherworldly that even JJ Abrams wouldn’t touch! It’ll leave you checking under your bed for what lies beneath.

Studio: History Channel Release Date: 20 Nov. Reason to go get it: Sure, this show is sensationalist, but its creators truly believe that alien life exists, and they scientifically research history to back up their claim.


LOCAL SCENES

NEED TO KNOW You can now watch When Monaliza Smiled in Amman at Prime Cinemas, Baraka Mall. Call (06) 585 8500 for details.

Tahani Salim

Preparation for a role is very interesting; you have to think about who this person is that you’re about to play, what is going on in her mind, and in which situation is she living. But of course my favorite part of my job is to represent this character in front of the camera.

Go’s Tamara Hreish chats with When Monaliza Smiled’s lead actress, Tahani Salim, about her craft and herself Go: Tell us about yourself. Tahani Salim: I am an actress in the theater. I started my career in Damascus and then moved to Amman. In 1991, I founded a theater group along with Jordanian actors. We were proud to have “public theater” in which we had daily productions. We were also responsible for the first professional theater magazine in Jordan! Since 2001, when I moved to Switzerland, I have been acting in different theaters. Today, in addition to acting, I also work in journalism and media. Go: How did you get into the craft of acting? TS: My first experience in acting was through different international theater groups with exposure to various acting styles. After that, I participated in many productions for adults and children, where I received a Best Actress Award twice. I also worked as a drama teacher and coach at Amman’s Ahlia Girls School and participated in different workshops along with directing some plays for children. Go: Tell us how you make the switch from theater to film for this role. TS: First of all, it was a nice surprise that the producers of When Monaliza Smiled thought of me for this role, especially since I was not living in Amman. I was also excited and happy because I had the chance to explore and experience another style of acting. And of course I was proud to play a lead role in my first movie.

WHEN MONALIZA SMILED Set in Amman, When Monaliza Smiled is Jordan’s first romantic comedy

Go: What was it like to see yourself on the big screen for the first time? TS: It was a very special moment for me because this was my first movie. I felt like I was watching my character and I was almost completely one with her. I shared in her emotions — I laughed as she laughed and I had tears when she cried. But as an actress I am very critical of my own work too. Generally, I can’t say that I’m completely satisfied with my acting; I usually find myself saying, “it could be better.” Go: What do you do in your spare time? TS: My schedule is full as I hold multiple jobs. In my theater work, I’m not only an actress, but I’m also part of the production team. All this takes up a lot of time and energy. I also started writing plays and doing some journalistic work. So I have almost no spare time! However, when I find some, I like to play sports, attend plays and concerts, and go to the movies. Cooking and hosting friends, however, is my favorite thing to do!

Go: Ultimately, what do you aim to achieve through your films? TS: Unlike in the past, the arts have become a part of our daily lives, just like working and thinking. Today, people are more aware of the deep effect that theater, film, or music can have on a person. This is why I think that we as artists can make some change in our society. In almost all my acting jobs, themes like women issues and other political and social problems are always represented. I’m very interested in using the arts and education to affect change in thought and perception because I believe that change in a society begins with our children through good education and open minds. Go: What’s next for you? TS: I currently have no plans for another film. Although, I hope it comes! I’m now preparing for a new theatrical production, but I would still love to be part of another film.

Written and directed by Fadi G. Haddad, When Monaliza Smile is a romantic comedy about love that blossoms between the unlikeliest of characters. Monaliza is a stern Jordanian woman who works in an office and Hamdi is an Egyptian tea boy with a sense of humor. Taking place in present day Amman, the film is set against a backdrop of nosy and intrusive stereotypes who make up Monaliza’s family, friends, and colleagues. A touching story, especially for anyone who has spent some time in Jordan, this feature film with 95 minutes run time is a mustwatch. Log on to www. whenmonaliza smiled.com or www. facebook.com/ WhenMonaliza Smiled for more information about the film.

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TELECOM PROVIDERS

Cyberia, Madina Munawara St., (06) 551 5333, cyberia.jo Jordan Telecom, Al Rabieh, (06) 460 6666, www.jordantelecomgroup.jo Kulacom, King Abdullah II St., (06) 250 2222, kulacom.jo Mada, Um Uthaina, (06) 400 0200, www. mada.jo Orange, 7th Circle, (06) 563 0090, www. orange.jo Umniah, Shmeisani, (06) 500 5000, www. batelco.jo Wi-Tribe, Dijlah Complex, Paris Street, Xpress, Mecca St., (06) 550 6666, www. xpress.jo Zain, 7th Circle, (06) 580 3000, www.zain. com

LISTINGS TENT RENTAL

Al Adwan for Events Est., Madina Munawara Street, (06) 551 4975 Arabian Tent, T’la Al Ali, (06) 553 4109 Bedwein Event Management, Madina Munawara Street, (06) 554 4580, www. bedwein-a-plus.com Al Deen Tabaza, Wadi Al Seer, Bayader, (0) 79 592 9827 Golden Touch for Occasions & Events, Wadi Al Seer, Bayader, (06) 585 1695 The Indian Tent Setting, Shmeisani, (06) 556 0960 Al Jawad Al Arabi Tents, (06) 515 8223 Jordan Tent for Occasions & Weddings, Wadi Al Seer, Bayader, (06) 581 7110 Khalda Palace for Occasions, Khalda, (06) 553 5661 Khaymat Al Salam, Athletic City, (06) 569 8200 Nader Al Junidey for Occasions, Wadi Al Seer, Bayader, (0) 79 568 7115 Al Osemi Est for Tents and More, Khalda, 06 553 9180 Al Qaser for Occasions and Events, Wadi Al Seer, Bayader, (06) 581 2570 Al Qusoor Tents, (06) 462 0265 Rawat Al Kheam Center for Occasions and Events, T’la Al Ali, (06) 534 3426 Al Salam Tents, (06) 569 8200 Al Sultan Tents, (06) 586 3563 Al Waleed Tent for Occasions, Um Soummaq, (06) 582 5993 World Tents, Bayader-Wadi Al Seer, (06) 585 9114, world-tents.com


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SUNDAY 06:00 - 10:00 Greg Dukeson with The Ultimate Hit Music Breakfast 12:00 - 15:00 Sasha’s Request Fest 16:00 - 19:00 The Home Run with Scott Phillips

SUNDAY 06:00 - 10:00 The Big Breakfast Show with Lee McGrath 15:00 - 19:00 The Driveback with Leen Halawani

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MONDAY 06:00 - 10:00 Greg Dukeson with The Ultimate Hit Music Breakfast 12:00 - 15:00 Sasha’s Request Fest 16:00 - 19:00 The Home Run with Scott Phillips 22:00 - 00:00 The B-Line with Yazz TUESDAY 06:00 - 10:00 Greg Dukeson with The Ultimate Hit Music Breakfast 12:00 - 15:00 Sasha’s Request Fest 16:00 - 19:00 The Home Run with Scott Phillips WEDNESDAY 06:00 - 10:00 Greg Dukeson with The Ultimate Hit Music Breakfast 12:00 - 15:00 Sasha’s Request Fest 16:00 - 19:00 The Home Run with Scott Phillips THURSDAY 06:00 - 10:00 Greg Dukeson with The Ultimate Hit Music Breakfast 12:00 - 15:00 Sasha’s Request Fest 16:00 - 19:00 The Home Run with Scott Phillips 21:00 - 00:00 The Club rush with Yazz FRIDAY 12:00 - 13:00 The Flashback Files with Fadi of Sugar Daddy’s 16:00 - 19:30 American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest 22:00 - 00:00 The B-Line with Yazz SATURDAY 11:00 - 14:30 American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest (repeat)

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MONDAY 06:00 - 10:00 The Big Breakfast Show with Lee McGrath 15:00 - 19:00 The Driveback with Leen Halawani TUESDAY 06:00 - 10:00 The Big Breakfast Show with Lee McGrath 15:00 - 19:00 The Driveback with Leen Halawani WEDNESDAY 06:00 - 10:00 The Big Breakfast Show with Lee McGrath 15:00 - 19:00 The Driveback with Leen Halawani THURSDAY 06:00 - 10:00 The Big Breakfast Show with Lee McGrath 15:00 - 19:00 The Driveback with Leen Halawani 21:00 - 00:00 Club Play DJ Ayyashi FRIDAY 19:00 - 21:00 Top 20 with Lee McGrath 21:00 - 00:00 Club Play DJ Ayyashi SATURDAY 08:00 - 12:00 The Saturday Breakfast JD 25,000 Show

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14:00 - 16:00 100 SPIN Hits in a Row 16:00 - 19:00 The Zoo Crew Big Drive Home with Hasan & Ibrahim 19:00 - 21:00 The Hot 30 with Luma 22:00 - 02:00 The Juice with Kitchen Crowd TUESDAY 06:30 - 10:30 The Breakfast Espresso with Luma 11:00 - 14:00 The T Show with Tamer 14:00 - 16:00 100 SPIN Hits in a Row 16:00 - 19:00 The Zoo Crew Big Drive Home with Hasan & Ibrahim 19:00 - 21:00 The Hot 30 with Luma 22:00 - 01:00 The Rock Out with Ibrahim WEDNESDAY 06:30 - 10:30 The Breakfast Espresso with Luma 11:00 - 14:00 The T Show with Tamer 14:00 - 16:00 100 SPIN Hits in a Row 16:00 - 19:00 The Zoo Crew Big Drive Home with Hasan & Ibrahim 19:00 - 21:00 The Hot 30 with Luma 22:00 - 00:00 The Indie Show with Zein THURSDAY 06:30 - 10:30 The Breakfast Espresso with Luma 11:00 - 14:00 The T Show with Tamer 14:00 - 16:00 100 SPIN Hits in a Row 16:00 - 19:00 The Zoo Crew Big Drive Home with Hasan & Ibrahim 19:00 - 21:00 The Weekend Warm-Up Mix with DJ Exoda 21:00 - 00:00 The Fix with DJ BeeBee 00:00 - 02:00 VONYC Sessions with Paul van Dyk

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SUNDAY 06:30 - 10:30 The Breakfast Espresso with Luma 11:00 - 14:00 The T Show with Tamer 14:00 - 16:00 100 SPIN Hits in a Row 16:00 - 19:00 The Zoo Crew Big Drive Home with Hasan & Ibrahim 19:00 - 21:00 The Hot 30 with Luma MONDAY 06:30 - 10:30 The Breakfast Espresso with Luma 11:00 - 14:00 The T Show with Tamer

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FRIDAY 10:00 - 13:00 The Late Late Breakfast Show with Laura & Feras 22:00 - 00:00 The Juice with Kitchen Crowd 00:00 - 01:00 Corsten's Countdown with Ferry Corsten SATURDAY 10:00 - 13:00 The Late Late Breakfast Show with Laura & Feras

19:00 - 22:00 Rock Out with Ibrahim

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SUNDAY 07:00 - 09:00 Non-stop Music 09:00 - 13:00 Rob Stevens 13:00 - 19:00 Non-stop Music 19:00 - 20:00 Smooth Grooves 21:00 - 22:00 The Mix with DJ Godfather 22:00 - 00:00 Triple Dee with David Dunne & Andy Daniels MONDAY 07:00 - 09:00 Non-stop Music 09:00 - 13:00 Rob Stevens 13:00 - 19:00 Non-stop Music 19:00 - 20:00 Smooth Grooves 21:00 - 22:00 The Mix with DJ Godfather 22:00 - 00:00 Global Dance Sessions with Brian Cheetam 00:00 - 02:00 Transitions with John Digweed

TUESDAY 07:00 - 09:00 Non-stop Music 09:00 - 13:00 Rob Stevens 13:00 - 19:00 Non-stop Music 19:00 - 20:00 Smooth Grooves 21:00 - 22:00 The Mix with DJ Godfather 22:00 - 00:00 Rock N’ Jordan WEDNESDAY 07:00 - 09:00 Non-stop Music 09:00 - 13:00 Rob Stevens 13:00 - 19:00 Non-stop Music 19:00 - 20:00 Smooth Grooves 21:00 - 22:00 The Mix with DJ Godfather 22:00 - 00:00 Smooth Grooves THURSDAY 07:00 - 09:00 Non-stop Music 09:00 - 13:00 Rob Stevens

13:00 - 19:00 Non-stop Music 19:00 - 21:00 Weekend Warmup 21:00 - 22:00 The Dorm Sessions with DJ Fuzz 22:00 - 00:00 A State of Trance with Armin Van Buuren 00:00 - 02:00 Anjuna Beats World Wide FRIDAY 18:00 - 21:00 Godfather’s Mix reloaded 21:00 - 23:00 Trance Around the World 23:00 - 01:00 Global DJ Broadcast with Marcus Schultz 01:00 - 04:00 Late Night Show with DJ Moh SATURDAY 22:00 - 00:00 Smooth Grooves

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SUNDAY 07:00 - 11:00 Breakfast with Lee Moulsdale 11:00 - 16:00 Raja @ Daytime 16:00 - 21:00 Afternoons with Jean-Paul Hansford 21:00 - 23:00 Classic Rock 23:00 - 01:00 Mood After Dark MONDAY 07:00 - 11:00 Breakfast with Lee Moulsdale 11:00 - 16:00 Raja @ Daytime 16:00 - 21:00 Afternoons with Jean-Paul Hansford 21:00 - 23:00 Totally 90s 23:00 - 01:00 Mood After Dark

TUESDAY 07:00 - 11:00 Breakfast with Lee Moulsdale 11:00 - 16:00 Raja @ Daytime 16:00 - 21:00 Afternoons with Jean-Paul Hansford 21:00 - 23:00 Simply 70s 23:00 - 01:00 Mood After Dark

WEDNESDAY 07:00 - 11:00 Breakfast with Lee Moulsdale 11:00 - 16:00 Raja @ Daytime 16:00 - 21:00 Afternoons with Jean-Paul Hansford 21:00 - 23:00 Totally 80s 23:00 - 01:00 Mood After Dark THURSDAY 07:00 - 11:00 Breakfast with Lee Moulsdale 11:00 - 16:00 Raja @ Daytime 16:00 - 20:00 Afternoons with Jean-Paul Hansford 20:00 - 22:00 The Disco Show 22:00 - 00:00 Godfather’s Club Classics 00:00 - 01:00 All 80s All Night FRIDAY 00:00 - 07:00 All 80s All Night 07:00 - 10:00 Mood Non Stop 10:00 - 14:00 Lee Moulsdale Weekend 14:00 - 16:00 Totally 80s 16:00 - 20:00 Mona on the Weekend 20:00 - 23:00 Raja Otaqui Weekend 23:00 - 01:00 Mood After Dark SATURDAY 07:00 - 10:00 Mood Non Stop 10:00 - 14:00 Rob Stevens Weekend 14:00 - 16:00 Totally 90s 16:00 - 20:00 Mona on the Weekend 20:00 - 23:00 Jean-Paul Hansford Weekend 23:00 - 01:00 Mood After Dark


HEYDJ! Go chatted with Play 99.6 The Driveback’s Leen Halawani to talk about all things music and radio Go: How long have you been a radio DJ for? And how did you get into it? Leen Halawani: I officially became a radio DJ in March 2012; just seven months ago! However, I started working for Play 99.6 over two years ago as a voice over artist and I gradually worked my way up to become a presenter. Currently, I’m studying radio and TV at university, so working for Play is no coincidence; it’s something I’ve always wanted to do and am very passionate about! Go: What is your opinion on the music scene here in Jordan? LH: Well, it’s definitely a work in progress with people getting exposed to more and more different kinds of music everyday. I love the diversity of styles here and the openness of our culture, as well as the acceptance of different types of music. Go: What kind of music do you mostly listen to during your downtime? LH: I think that Beyoncé’s and Adele’s vocals are beautiful, but I don’t listen to any one thing explicitly. I love all sorts of music really.

Go: What do you think about the free downloading of music from applications like LimeWire, eMule, and BitTorrent? LH: Those applications are definitely giving a wider range of people the chance to listen NAME 5 TRACKS to all the new music hits. Even though it’s not YOU’RE CURRENTLY fair for the music industry, these programs LISTENING TO give people a chance to listen to their favorite 1. “Listen” hits, and hey, who are we to stop people from by Beyoncé enjoying their music!

2.“Diamonds” by Rihanna Go: Which singer/band/DJ would you love to 3.“One More Night” see perform live here in the Kingdom? by Maroon 5 LH: Beyoncé! Go: What would you recommend to someone 4. “Don’t You Worry SCAN HERE who’s looking to get into the radio biz? FOR WEBSITE Child” LH: If you’re passionate about it, go for it! by Swedish House Mafia Personally, when I have my headphones on and I’m broadcasting live, it’s perfection; it’s 5. “Some Nights” Airtimes: The Driveback Show, weekdays, 15:00 to 19:00 exactly where I want to be and I absolutely love by Fun www.play.jo

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SUNNY ONLINE Everybody’s favorite feel good music station is changing to serve online listeners From November 2012, Sunny 105.1 will stop broadcasting from the radio to become Sunny, an internet radio service available through live streaming from anywhere in the world via www. sunny.jo. So, this month, if you’re missing Sunny in the car, make sure to tune in from the office! GOMAGJORDAN.COM | NOV. 2012 | 81


GRAND CINEMAS GUIDE Grand Cinemas’ movie releases for November * Visit www.grandcinemas.com or call (06) 581 8808 for movie times

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ALEX CROSS

Director: Rob Cohen Cast: Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Rachel Nii Genre: Crime/Thriller Rating: PG-13 Dr. Alex Cross (Perry) is a police detective and psychologist, who meets his match when a new serial killer, called Michael “The Butcher” Sullivan (Fox) comes to town. Murdering Cross’ wife in front of him, Cross becomes obsessed with capturing The Butcher. But, catching a man who predicts his every step, every choice, and every decision proves to be a challenge even for Alex Cross.

TAKE THIS WALTZ

Director: Sarah Polley Cast: Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen Genre: Comedy/Drama Rating: R When Margot (Williams), 28, meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), their chemistry is intense and immediate. But Margot suppresses her sudden attraction; she is happily married to Lou (Rogen), a cookbook writer. When Margot learns that Daniel lives across the street from them, the certainty about her domestic life shatters. She and Daniel begin to steal moments throughout the steaming Toronto summer, leading us, laughing, through the familiar, but unchartered question of what long-term relationships do to love, sex, and our images of ourselves.

WRECK-IT RALPH

Director: Rich Moore Cast: John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch Genre: Animation Rating: PG For decades, Ralph (Reilly) has been overshadowed by Fit-It Felix Jr. (McBrayer), the good-guy star of their game who always gets to save the day. Tired of playing the role of a bad guy, Ralph takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a journey across the arcade through multiple generations of video games to prove he can be a hero. On his quest, Ralph meets tough-asnails Sergeant Calhoun (Lynch) from the first-person action game Hero’s Duty, and feisty misfit Vanellope Von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) from the candy-coated cart racing game, Sugar Rush, who may just be his first real friend. But everything changes

when a deadly enemy is unleashed, threatening the entire arcade and Vanellope herself. Ralph finally gets his chance to save the day — but can he do it in time?

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FUN SIZE

Director: Josh Schwartz Cast: Victoria Justice, Johnny Knoxville, Chelsea Handler Genre: Comedy Rating: PG-13 High school senior, Wren (Justice), is eager to distance herself from her dysfunctional family by going off to college. Before that can happen, Wren’s mother, Joy, insists that she watch her little brother Albert on Halloween night, so Joy can go to a rager with her much younger boyfriend. When Wren gets distracted by an invitation to the party of the year, Albert disappears into a sea of trick-or-treaters. Frantic to locate him before their mother discovers he’s missing, Wren enlists the help of her sarcastic best friend April, as well as Peng, an aspiring ladies man and co-captain of the debate team, and Peng’s best friend, Roosevelt, a sweet nerd whose crush on Wren clouds his better judgment.

have a choice. The office of the Atlanta Braves is starting to question his judgment, especially with the country’s hottest batting phenom on deck for the draft. The one person who might be able to help is also the one person Gus would never ask: his daughter, Mickey (Adams), an associate at a highpowered Atlanta law firm whose drive and ambition has put her on the fast track to becoming partner.

immortal children are uncontrollable, creating them has been outlawed by the Volturi. After Irina presents her allegation to the Volturi, they plan to destroy Renesmee. In an attempt to survive, the Cullens gather other vampires from around the world to stand as witnesses and prove that Renesmee is not an immortal child.

FLIGHT

Director: Walter Salles Cast: Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley Genre: Drama Rating: R Just after his father’s death, Sal Paradise (Riley), an aspiring New York writer, meets Dean Moriarty (Hedlund), a devastatingly charming ex-con, married to the very liberated and seductive Marylou (Kristen Stewart). Sal and Dean bond instantly. Determined not to get locked into a constricted life, the two friends cut their ties and take to the road with Marylou. Thirsting for freedom, the three young people head off in search of the world, of other encounters, and of themselves.

Director: Robert Zemeckis Cast: Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Don Cheadle Genre: Drama Rating: R Flight tells the redemption story of “Whip” (Washington), a commercial airline pilot who pulls off a heroic feat of flying in a damaged plane, saving 98 lives on a flight carrying 106 people. While the world begs to embrace him as a true American hero, the everyman struggles with this label as he is forced to hold up to the scrutiny of an investigation that brings into question his behavior the night before the doomed flight.

LAWLESS

Director: John Hillcoat Cast: Tom Hardy, Shia Director: Salim Akil LaBeouf, Guy Pearce Cast: Jordin Sparks, Genre: Crime/Drama Whitney Houston Rating: R Genre: Musical Lawless is the true Rating: PG-13 story of the infamous Musical prodigy, Bondurant Brothers: Sparkle (Sparks) struggles bootlegging siblings who made a run for to become a star while the American Dream in overcoming issues that Prohibition-era Virginia. In are tearing her family this epic outlaw tale, inspired by trueapart. From an affluent life tales of author Matt Bondurant’s Detroit area and daughter family in his novel, The Wettest County to a single mother (Houston), she In The World, the loyalty of three tries to balance a new romance with music manager, Stix (Derek Luke) while brothers is put to the test against the backdrop of the nation’s most dealing with the challenges her new life will bring as she and her two sisters notorious crime wave. strive to become a dynamic Motown 15 NOV. singing group.

SPARKLE

TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE

Director: Robert Lorenz Cast: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake Genre: Drama Rating: PG-13 Gus Lobel (Eastwood) has been one of the best scouts in baseball for decades, but, despite his efforts to hide it, age is starting to catch up with him. Nevertheless, Gus refuses to be benched for what could be the final innings of his career. But he may not

TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PT. 2

Director: Bill Condon Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson Genre: Fantasy/Drama Rating: PG-13 The epic love story between Bella Swan and Edward Cullen concludes in this final installment of Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling series. After the birth of Renesmee Cullen, Bella, who is now a vampire, finds herself enjoying her new life and abilities. However, the vampire Irina misidentifies Renesmee as an “immortal child.” Because

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ON THE ROAD

SAMMY’S ADVENTURES 2

Director: Ben Stassen Cast: Pat Carroll, Carlos McCullers II, Genre: Animation Rating: G Sammy and Ray, leatherback turtles and friends forever, are enjoying an atoll’s water and sand, shepherding new hatchlings Ricky and Ella out to sea. Suddenly, a poacher swoops in and ships them off to be part of a spectacular aquarium show for tourists in Dubai. The kingpin of the place, Big D the seahorse, enlists them in his plans for a great escape. But with their new friends Jimbo, the bug-eyed blob fish, Lulu, the snippy lobster, Annabel, the sweet Octopus, and a whole family of penguins, Sammy and Ray hatch breakout plans of their own. That is when little Ricky and Ella arrive, determined to break in to rescue them.

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Before we go...

FACEBOOKER OF THE MONTH

Ali Dahmash

Age: Unprintable Facebook Page: I Care for Jordan URL: www.facebook.com/IcareforJordan

AHEAD OF THE GAME

Go: You have three phases planned for “I Care for Jordan.” How did people respond to Phase 1? AD: The first phase was to start the campaign on Facebook by encouraging people to post pictures of the garbage that’s piling up in their streets and suggest solutions. People got involved and some had very creative ways

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of implementing solutions. One mom and her kids cleaned the trash bin themselves and then painted them with butterflies. Another family went out and collected the garbage strewn on their street to help make life easier for the sanitation workers; these people got their whole family involved!

Go: What is I Care for Jordan? Ali Dahmash: I Care for Jordan is an awareness campaign by Under My Olive Tree that began in September 2012 to raise awareness about the garbage problem we’re facing in Jordan. We have noticed that the issue has become widespread since last Ramadan and it seems to have become the norm to see garbage piling up in our streets with no one really doing anything about it. Go: And what did you find is the reason behind the garbage piling up? AD: Well, for starters, the Greater Amman Municipality has 280 garbage trucks, but only 40% are functional. Some of the city’s sanitation workers have been striking too. The rubbish bins are also in bad shape, some garbage is being burned, plus the garbage collectors don’t have gloves or the proper tools to pick up the trash. And on top of that, scavengers rip open the garbage bags, which leaves even more of a mess.

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Go: The second phase involved more media. How did that go over? AD: It was great! We discussed #icare4jo on JTV and Roya TV. The response was positive, as it’s clear that people want change. However, many also just complain without wanting to get involved. In the end, whether people are ready to join in with us or not, we are ready to help with volunteers!

Quick Qs Copyright or Copyleft? Copyright. Mac or PC? PC. Coke or Pepsi? Coke. Hardback book or Kindle? Hardback book. iPhone or Blackberry? iPhone. Na’meh wella khishneh? Khishneh.

Go: What will Phase 3 look like? How can Go’s readers get involved? AD: The next phase is to organize volunteers from every neighborhood in the city to distribute pamphlets and educate the public on how to throw their garbage correctly, and also educate people about recycling. People can simply start by “liking” I Care for Jordan’s Facebook page! To implement this stage, we could also use sponsors to cover the cost of printing the pamphlet, which will, of course, be recyclable too.

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@supernasif

This is where I am suppose to write something witty about myself to impress you, right?! Wrong! Follow me and find out by yourself As a person in corporate communications, I had to venture into the social media channels that everyone was talking about. “Social media” was the new buzzword at the time, with few people understanding its full effect. I opened an account and just monitored people, seeing what the interaction was all about. Some talked about daily life, while others rode certain waves of discussions. Most interesting, however, was how some picked up on the potential of Twitter for branding. This really got me intrigued and as a communications pro, I saw the full potential of this medium. MY TOP FIVE TWEETS! @supernasif taking on new challenges, would have to start with coming out of your comfort zone #justsaying @supernasif why are we still looking at thinking out of the box ... why cant we forget the box, and think outside period @supernasif don’t get stuck behind a lens and focus on 1 object, when you can have a full view of life by just looking around. @supernasif to treat myself for a tough week i just had filled my #jeep with 95 octane. congrats are in order, donations are loved @supernasif every #jo i know either is or knows someone that is migrating to #Canada. so i will wait right here for #jo to become a better place

December may be a month away, but at Go, we’re always looking ahead

Karama Film Festival

From 10 to 15 December, Amman will see the return of the country’s first human rights film festival, Karama. Aiming to increase public awareness of critical human rights issues and abuses around the world this festival includes film screenings, public debates and discussions, and an educational program that extends to schools, universities, and community centers. Films are screened at Amman’s Royal Cultural Center theaters and cinema halls in Arabic with English subtitles or in English with Arabic subtitles, and foreign films are subtitled in English and Arabic. For more information about the festival, call (06) 461 7612 or visit karamafestival.org.

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