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Staff Manager-InCharge Ammar Abu Goura Editorial Editor Karen Simon karen@ almajalagency.com Design & Production Graphic Designer Maysa Sultan maysa@ almajalagency.com Sales Senior Sales Executive Shadi Jou’aneh shadi@ almajalagency.com

Go Speaks  12 Go Headlines 14 Go Loves 18 Go Out 19 Go Shop 27 Go Healthy 39 Go Active  45 Go Drive 51 Go Explore 61 Go Community 67 Go Home 75 Go Guide 85 Go On 88

Distribution Distribution Executive Motaz Abu Hamdeh motaz@ almajalagency.com

Staff Celine S. Alaeddin Annisa Rochadiat Amani Tarawneh Contributors Photography Motaz Abu Hamdeh Claire Collins Hussam Da’ana Alankar Rai Ibraheem Shaheen Writing Samer Aksoy Brandon Barron Greg Dukeson Ramzi Ghurani Kinzi Jones Whitney McNamara Leah Spelman

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This month we asked some of our contributors these quick questions: What’s the first thing you like to do in Jordan when it gets cold? So many new places have opened up recently in Amman. Which is the one you want to try most? For our birthday, what we most want is to keep our readers happy! What do you most want for yours? Go was born on 1 November, which makes us a Scorpio. Which star sign are you? So far, which has been your favorite issue of Go, and what theme would you love to see us cover?

Leah Spelman   Make pumpkin Annisa Rochadiat soup • I went   Get my teato the opening brewing game of Oobé and I’ll on! • Azkadenya • definitely be going Be a better, well back • To know rounded Annisa what country I’ll • Taurus • Each be in next year • issue is special! Aquarius • I love As for theme(s) to adventure, so I’m cover, how about, happy to read “the single life in anything on that Amman”? theme

Kinzi Jones   The whole fam gathers to watch a goofy movie • Casareccio or Buffalo Wings & Rings • A Blog Book • Born under the Northern Cross • How to pick just one? “The Mothers’ Day Issue” was great. I’d like to see, “The Wedding Issue”

Brandon Barron   Put on my hoodie • Pinkberry (been there, but going back soon) • An iPhone 4S • I’m a Scorpio too! • My favorite issue is this one (#iloveamman). I’d love to see a Jordan-themed issue, featuring all things that shout, “Jordan!”

Whitney McNamara   Find places that still allow outdoor seating • 1ten • Nothing. I’m very content right now. • Virgo, analytical, perfectionist, sometimes stubborn. Check, check, check! • “The Party Issue.” How to “Go Volunteer”

Ramzi Ghurani   Think of the next vacation spot or just chill (literally) • Seven Barrels • Hypnosis sessions, and tickets to the Stanley Cup finals! • Gemini • I loved “The Party Issue”! I'd like to see Go cover activities like theater, cinema screenings, and stuff like that.

Samer Aksoy   A hot cup of tea • Oobé, I've heard a lot about their gourmet burgers • Lots of presents! • I was born on 31 May, which makes me a Gemini • My fave issue was the first one, looking at the details was a real treat. I'd like to see Go do a movie/TV series theme. I'd love to see what illustration Go would come up with for the cover.

Greg Dukeson   Make sure my DVDs are up-todate • Taj Mall. Living in Khalda, I hope it means that the streets around Mecca Mall and City Mall will be smoother! • Pisces, though I’m not really a believer in horoscopes • To be surrounded by friends and family who will bring me giant raspberry muffins! • Every edition has so much great content, but how about a monthly “Arabizee” list?


Nov. 2011

In This Issue HEALTHY

Gluten- I Free & Easy Images by: Hussam Da’ana

magine being told that you were no longer allowed to consume any product that came from wheat (not to mention, related species like barley, rye, or spelt). This means, no more toast, sandwiches, wraps, pastas, cakes, cereals, pizzas, crackers, cookies — any food that was made from flour or any form of wheat-based product. Italian food becomes near impossible to enjoy, shawarma and falafel sandwiches are forbidden, and most desserts are taken off the table. Doesn’t sound like much fun, right? Yet, this is the reality for those who suffer from celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, wheat allergy, and/ or gluten intolerance. Gluten is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat, kamut, spelt, barley, and rye. It’s the substance that gives elasticity — or that gluey texture — to dough, helping it rise and keep its shape. Not everyone, however, can

40 Go Healthy Gluten Free & Easy Go’s gluten-intolerant Karen Simon found Amman’s top spots for gluten-free foods for those on a no wheat diet

Bifrost oven

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digest this ingredient and for those who can’t, eating well and healthy suddenly becomes a much more complicated undertaking. But luckily for Jordan’s gluten intolerant, restaurants and bakeries are beginning to take notice of this dietary phenomenon and are starting to offer great alternatives to wheatbased products. Take Bifrost Oven on Jabal Amman’s Rainbow St., for example. They’ve got a whole menu suited to those following a glutenfree diet. From gluten-free loaves to baguettes to cookies to pizzas and entire wheat-free meals, this is one place that celiacs can rest easy and simply enjoy their food without worrying about what ingredients it contains. Plus, Bifrost offers a gluten-free pre-order menu that carries special and delicious dishes for you to take home; you simply have to call ahead to order from it. Tina, Bifrost’s co-founder and an art therapist, told Go that her scrumptious and highly popular gluten-free peanut butter cookies were what inspired her to continue along the path of making other gluten-free recipes. Today, she even makes the rice flour that Bifrost Oven uses so as to guarantee its purity and that it’s not contaminated with gluten-containing products. Home Delivery! Tina even holds off from using yeast Get gluten-free breads, in her gluten-free breads, as that can cakes, pizzas, and more delivered to your door also be an irritating ingredient for Kate is a celiac and certain people. self-taught baker; she Anyone who suffers from food runs the Website Gluten allergies or specific dietary needs Free Jordan (www. knows that eating properly can glutenfreejordan.com) and offers a range of be a difficult task. And when an gluten-free products for ingredient like wheat is present Amman’s residents who in most dishes, dining out can suffer like herself from be exasperating, if not, mission celiac disease, gluten impossible — especially when intolerance and/or wheat allergies. If you’re not there’s a language barrier when in the mood for dining you ask to “hold the bread” or out or for going on a trek a lack of knowledge of what to get that soy loaf, call gluten intolerance is. Yet Bifrost Kate on (079) 953 6390 Oven, a welcomed and innovative and place your order. All her special dishes establishment with their alternative range from 8 to 20 JOD meals and array of gluten-free and are made in house, choices, is taking it upon themselves guaranteeing that they’re to make that mission, not only entirely free of glutenpossible but, most delicious as well. based products.

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Check out these stores for more gluten-free products and ingredients Cozmo supermarkets Their health food and bio aisles hold popular gluten-free products like Schär, Orgran, and Nature’s Path Organic. Issa Al Naouri St, 7th Circle, (06) 550 1240 eman’s Diet sHop The gluten and lactose intolerant alike will find a whole selection of foods suited to their dietary needs in this health conscious store. Ali Nasouh Al Taher St., Swefieh, (06) 581 7430

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al sufara Bakery A popular local bakery, Sufara is well known for its soy and rice breads, a great glutenfree alternative to wholewheat loaves. Ali Nasouh Al Taher St., Sweifieh, (06) 581 8017

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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, Al-Shahid Wasfi Al-Tall St., Tla’ Al Ali, (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, Mu’thaa Bin Jabal St., 1st 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

Cine Le Royal, Le Royal Hotel Amman, Zahran St., (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

Mohammad, Sweifieh, (06) 581 4844, www. roversreturnjordan.com Saluté & Beer Garden, Abdul Qader Koshak St., Jabal Amman, (06) 465 1458, www. jorest.com Shaman Lounge & Garden, Deir Ghbar, (0) 77 722 7888 Switch, Abdallah Bin Salama St., Jabal Amman, (0) 77 515 1515

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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, Roman Theatre Babiche, Al Qahira St., Abdoun Circle, (06) Complex, Jabal Al Ashrafiyeh, (06) 465 592 8613, www.babiche.jo 1742 Books@Café, Omar Ibn Il Khattab St., 1st Jordan Museum of Popular Tradition, Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 465 0457, www. Roman Theatre Complex, Jabal Al booksatcafe.com Ashrafiyeh, (06) 465 1742 Bunzy Buns, off of Prince Hashem Bin Al Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Hosni Hussein St., Abdoun, (06) 593 7172, www. Fareez St., Jabal Weibdeh, (06) 463 0128, bunzybuns.com www.nationalgallery.org Café Des Artistes, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman (0) 79 657 5184 NIGHTLIFE Cilantro, Um Uthaina Vista, Iriteria St., Um Amigo Pub, off of Abu Baker Al Seddeek, Uthaina, (06) 554 2626, www.cilantro-cafe. Jabal Amman, (06) 463 3001, www. com amigopub-jo.com Chez Hilda, Ali Nasouh Al-Tahir St., Sweifieh, Cantaloupe Gastro Pub, 10 Rainbow Street, (06) 582 4808, www.chezhilda.com 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (0) 77 733 3333, Caribou Coffee, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) www.cantaloupe.jo 581 1478, www.cariboucoffee.com Chesters, Le Royal Hotel, Zahran Street, 3rd Crumz, Mazen Sido Al-Kurdi St., Abdoun, Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 460 3000, www. (06) 592 0102, www.goodharvest.com.jo leroyalamman.com Cups & Kilos, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Circle 3 Lounge, 3rd Circle, Jabal Amman, Amman, (06) 4649345 (0) 79 540 3540 Flavours, Abdoun Mall, Saed Abdo Shamout Cube, Shepherd Hotel, Said Bin Hareth St., Abdoun (06) 593 0100 St., Jabal Amman, (0) 79 985 5955, tiny. Ghraoui Chocolatier, Zahran St., Jabal cc/7pd2x Amman, (06) 592 0366, www. Dubliners, Comfort Hotel ghraouichocolate.com Suites, Ali Nahuh Al Tahir St., ED TO KNO The Grand Deli Café, Grand Sweifieh, (06) 581 2848, NE Visit any W Hyatt Amman, Hussein Bin www.dublinersjordan. Ali St., Jabal Amman, (06) one of the ATICO’s com groups’ outlets 465 1234, amman.grand. Flow, Mazen Sido Alweekdays betweek 4pm hyatt.com Kurdi St., Abdoun, (0) and 7pm for their 30% Java U, Saed Abdo Shamout 79 978 7777 off Hungry Hour! St., Abdoun, (06) 592 5726, Hookah Lounge, Call (0) 79 771 1177 www.java-u.com Shepherd Hotel, Said for more info. Khuttar Café, Irbid St., Bin Hareth St., Jabal Abdoun, (06) 593 9099 Amman, (0) 79 985 5955 La Mirabelle, off of Saed Abdo La Calle, 10 Rainbow Street, Shamout St., Abdoun, (06) 565 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (0) 77 6026, www.zalatimosweets.com 726 6928 Lemon Shisha Bistro, Saed Abdo Shamout Las Tapas, 3rd Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) St., Abdoun, (06) 593 9371 461 5061, www.bonitamman.com Paul, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 550 The Library Lounge & Cigar Bar, Marriot 2760, www.paul-international.com Hotel, Issam Ajluni St., Shmesani, (06) 560 Segafredo Zanetti, off of Saed Abdo 7607, www.thelibrary.marriott-amman.com Shamout St., Abdoun, (06) 592 6526, www. The Loft, Mohammed Hussein Haikal St., segafredo.it Jabal Amman, (06) 4565998 Starbucks Coffee, Prince Hashem St., The Lounge, Grand Hyatt Amman, Al Abdoun (06) 592 1005, www.starbucks.com Hussein Bin Ali St., Jabal Amman, (06) 465 Tche Tche Café, Abu Taweeleh Plaza, Mecca 1433, www.amman.grand.hyatt.com St., (06) 588 5837, www.tchetchecafe.com Murphy’s House of Rock, Red Rose Hotel, Wakeem’s, Al-Wakalat St., Sweifieh, (06) Shat Al Arab St., Um Uthaina, (0) 77 716 586 5008 5008 Wild Jordan, Othman bin Afan St., 1st Queen Vics, Ali Nahuh Al Tahir St., Sweifieh, Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 463 3542, www. (06) 586 4426 wildjordancafe.com The Square Bar, Four Seasons Hotel, 5th Zaatar w Zeit, Mecca St., (06) 552 9291, Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 550 5555, www. www.zaatarwzeit.net fourseasons.com/amman Time Out Sports Bar, Kempinski Hotel, CINEMAS Shmesani, (06) 520 0200, www.kempinski. Cinema City, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) com/amman 551 8611, www.meccamall.jo Rovers Return, Abed Al Raheem Al Hajj

CAFÉS

32 North, Grand Hyatt Amman, Al Hussein Bin Ali St., Jabal Amman, (06) 465 1433, amman.grand.hyatt.com Bistro One, off of Abu Baker Al Seddeek, Jabal Amman, (06) 461 7890, www. bistroone-jo.com Blue Fig, Al-Ameer Hashem Bin Al-Hussein St., Abdoun, (06) 592 8800, www.bluefig. com La Bruschetta, off of Saed Abdo Shamout St., Abdoun, (06) 593 1513 Bourj Al Hamam, Intercontinental Hotel, Islamic College St., Jabal Amman, (06) 464 1361, www.ichotelsgroup.com Canvas, Muntazah Circle, Jabal Weibdeh, (06) 463 2211 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, Saed Abdo Shamout St., Abdoun, (06) 593 4666, www. deirelqamarrestaurant.com Diwan Al Sultan Ibrahim, Iriteria St., Um Uthaina (06) 551 7383, oceanhotel.com.jo Fakhr El-Din, Abdul Qader Koshak St, Jabal

LISTINGS Amman, (06) 464 1789, www.fakhreldin. com Fire of Brazil, Mecca St., (06) 5516791, www.fireofbrazil.com Fuddruckers, Mecca St., (06) 554 0015, www.fuddruckers.com Grappa, Abdul Qader Koshak St, Jabal Amman, (06) 465 1458, www.jorest.com Haret Jdoudna, Talal St., Madaba, (05) 324 8650, www.haretjdoudna.com Houston’s, Abdul Hameed Shoman St., Shmeisani, (06) 562 0610, www.houstonsamman.com Indu, Intercontinental Hotel, Islamic College St., Jabal Amman, (06) 464 1361, www. ichotelsgroup.com Kashmir & Al Argeeleh, Hussein Bin Ali St., Jabal Amman, (06) 465 9520, kashmirargeelah.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 Maccheroni’s Restaurant, Off of Prince Hashim Bin Al Hussein St., Abdoun, (06) 593 6606 La Maison Vert, Abed Al Hameed Bades, Shmeisani, (06) 568 5746 Milano, Ilyah Abu Mahdi St., Shmeisani, (06) 5680670 Ne:Bo, Mount Nebo, Madaba, (0) 77 771 2224 Noodasia, Cairo St., Abdoun Circle, (06) 593 6999 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 Tannoureen, Shat Al-Arab St., Um Uthaina, (06) 551 5987, www.tannoureen.net Tony Roma’s, Mecca St., (06) 556 0608, www.tonyromas.com Trader Vic’s, The Regency Palace Hotel, Queen Alia Street, Shmesani, (06) 560 7000, www.tradervics.com Vinaigrette Salad & Sushi Bar, AlQasr Metropole Hotel, 3 Arroub St., Shmeisani, (06) 562 0528, www.atico-jo.com/ Vinaigrette.htm Whispers, Abdul Rahman Alawi St., 5th Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 592 1850 Wox, Mazen Sido Al-Kurdi St., Abdoun, (06) 592 2921, www.wox-chinese.com Yoshi, Mithqal Al Faeiz St., Jabal Amman, 06 464 0903, http://www.atico-jo.com/ yoshi.htm

THEATERS

Al Balad Theater, Yazeed Bin Abu Sufian 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 Al Sawsanah, (05) 375 9559 Hijazi, (02) 710 1760 Jett, (06) 566 4146 Rum, (06) 429 0667 Taxi Al Mumayaz, (06) 579 9999 Trust International, (06) 581 3422

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From 24 to 27 November, Aqaba will play host to the 11th H.O.G. MENA Rally, an event specially catered to Harley-Davidson enthusiasts. More than 300 people are expected to fly in from around the world to ride through and enjoy Jordan's breathtaking natural sights, ensuring a great weekend out for friends and families. For more, visit www.hogjordan.com.

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New English School hosts their Hollywood Fashion Show today! Go out in support of the models. Call (06) 551 7111 for details.

TEDxYouthAmman takes place today. Flip to p. 24 to read all about it.

Communications Seminar @ Landmark Hotel. www.etanweer.com.

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Gather your American friends and head to Spice Garden, The Sheraton for a Thanksgiving Dinner!

Join Jack Persekian for his presentation Nablus Soap at the Darat Al Funun. Flip to p. 16 to read more.

Take a weekend to really enjoy the city. Read #ILoveAmman, p. 58 for more ideas.

HOG Rally @ Aqaba. Flip to p. 14 for the details on this international event.

EMTme 2011 @ Zara Expo Center. Call (06) 554 1824 for more. GreenBuild Arabia Expo @ Zara Expo Center. Visit www.alatheen.com for details.

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Darat al Funun is hosting a Cultural Meeting with Dr. Faisal Darraj. Link to www. daratalfunun.org for more.

Philadelphia University hosts the 4th IEEE Symposium on innovation in information & Communication Technology. Visit www.philadelphia.edu. jo for details.

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Freedom When you're young, there are so many things you can't do. Legal restrictions, like driving a car. Parental restrictions, like following a curfew, But when you get older, a world of choice opens up and you are free to make your own decisions, whether they're the right ones or not! Cynicism Unfortunately with age, comes cynicism. Perhaps it's for good reason since as you get older you learn more about life and some of its realities. But it's also a shame to get trapped into this mentality for too long. There's nothing quite like the hope, faith, and belief in possibilities that the young and youthful are able to possess. Experience There is no shortcut when it comes to experience. From the time we're born, life is all about learning, so it's only as you get older and experience more things that you really come to understand how the world works. This is why, whether you like to admit it or not, your parents really do know best, no matter how old you are. Time Flies As a child, a week seems like an enormous stretch of time. As an adolescent, a month seems too long a time to wait. But as an adult, years flit by in the blink of an eye and one wonders where all the time has passed. The older you get the faster time seems to move, so if anything, this should all teach us to appreciate each day that we've got!

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This awesome new video was made by the Ikbis community — if you’re familiar with the RSA Animate clips on YouTube, it's just that, but in Arabic! www.ikbis.com/shots/293237


Headlines

Team Go

In light of “Our Anniversary Issue,” Kinzi Jones sat down with Go's core team to give you a little insight into who creates this monthly mag What do we “need to know” about you? Celine Alaeddin: I’m a foodie; I love eating, cooking, writing, and researching about food. I live to eat! Maysa Sultan: I'm obsessed with ravens! Motaz Abu Hamdeh: If I share my story would you share you dollar with me? Karen Simon: I can’t sit still for very long. I grew up moving around from country to country because of my father’s profession as an hotelier, so I caught the travel bug early. But, now it means that I can’t see myself staying in one place. Shadi Jou’aneh: I’m a person who easily gets bored! It’s a problem because it always makes me want to try new things. I’m actually very curious to find that “thing” that I'll love so much and won’t be able to get enough of (my future wife, probably!).

when Celine (who’s actually my sister) had the brilliant idea of creating a magazine about what to do in Jordan, I moved over, met the team, and we all dove head first into the project. It was the best decision I ever made. SJ: I was working in the media field for a year when I was asked if I was interested to work with Go. I liked the idea from the start as I’ve always wanted to work in a brand new firm where I could learn how to start a business from scratch. I went for an interview with Celine (Go’s Co-Founder) who was an amazing manager from the beginning, so I took the job without even thinking!

What is your role at Go? CA: To help the team out in any way that I can; coordinate, manage, and fill in the necessary gaps. MS: Rocking the office! I love to make What makes your heart skip a beat? the team listen to some of my music. At CA: The reason I found myself in Go I feel that my role is far more than Jordan, my husband! [grins] my job description. I’m the magazine’s MS: Hmm… sneezing? designer, but I enjoy helping and doing MAH: Being in the car with Maysa bits here and there like doing some behind the wheel. content research, answering the office KS: Finding good books, music, and phone, and pretending that I don’t movies. There’s nothing like discovering speak Arabic (just kidding!). We all something created with passion. It just work together as a team; you’d never takes your breath away. hear the phrase, “that’s not my job” in SJ: Getting close to the end of the our office, which I believe is one of the month and still having empty ad spaces reasons behind our success. in the magazine. MAH: I get the team to smoke all day! Actually, I’m in charge of the magazine’s How did you start working at Go Mag? distribution and I'm now proudly Go’s in-house photographer as well. CA: I thought Jordan really needed a KS: I’m the “Editor,” but since we’re a monthly magazine to keep readers small team, we all take on more than informed on what’s going on in the the traditional aspects of our jobs. So I country so I pitched the idea, got a go out and discover the country to write team together, and here we are. MS: I was lucky to start with Go from day our articles, on top of doing the editing, fact checking, and so on. Being so few one. Amman is small and news spreads fast; I was asked if I was interested in the means that we each have to work hard, but it also means that we learn so much job and I took it right away. MAH: Shadi (who’s an old friend) asked as we work on each new issue. SJ: As everyone said, since we’re a if I was interested in taking a job. I came in, met the fun team, and took it! small team at Go and we’re working on a new magazine, we all had to take KS: I actually moved out to Jordan to on more than our job descriptions. My help start Go. I was living in Dubai, but 16 | NOV. 2011

title was “Senior Sales Executive” so I handle the sales, which I think is a huge responsibility since my job is to make the money that’ll keep us going. I also work in Go’s financial department, as well as proudly being our “delivery guy” at times. Yes, we’re different, but that’s why we are the best! What is your favorite part of putting each issue together? CA: I love writing the articles that are assigned to me because it forces me to get out and explore things that I may not be familiar with like new restaurants, events, boutiques, designers, and so on. Oh and nothing beats getting the first issue hot off the presses in my hands each month! MS: My favorite part is our content meetings. We all get to share ideas and laughs over lunch or argeeleh. MAH: Watching Karen and Maysa freaking out during production week! KS: The final week, just before we go to print, is always the most exciting for me. It’s when I can finally can visualize the completed issue. It’s also the most hectic time for us because it means a lot of tying up loose ends, finalizing details, proofing, and so on. I have to admit; I actually enjoy the late nights working on Go! SJ: The content meetings are one of my favorite parts too, where we brainstorm our upcoming issues. But my absolute favorite part is the moment we get the mag back from the print house. This makes all the hard worked we put in over the whole month worth it.

Flip back to p. 12 to follow the Go Team on Twitter!

What “theme” are you hoping to cover in the future? CA: We had our first “Food Issue” in May and I can’t wait for that theme to become an annual edition of Go. MS: That would be the “Psychedelic” or “Music Issue.” MAH: “The Movies Issue.” KS: I’m an animal lover so I’d actually love to eventually do a “Pets’ Issue”! SJ: “The Automotive issue.”


Latest news

Bazaar Al A3yad

Taking place at AlQasr Metropole Hotel (Al Oroub St., Shmeisani) on 1 and 2 November, Bazaar Al A3yad brings together selected local artists to showcase their unique designs. Everything you could want from jewelry accessories to handmade crafts to Eid décors and treats can be found at this fair, so don’t miss out.

Crepaway

The popular Lebanese casual restaurant Crepaway will open its doors in Amman. Located in Taj Mall, this eaterie known for its trendy décor, feel-good atmosphere, and diverse and "quirky menu" will be a welcome new addition to Jordan's food scene. Call (077) 739 9994 or visit www.crepaway.com.

Climb for Cancer

On 4 November, the CFC Team will climb the Everest Base Camp in Nepal. The purpose is to raise money for children suffering from cancer who can’t afford the treatments, like 4-yearold Ahmad who suffers from leukemia, . Get involved by donating to www.firstgiving.com/ climbforcancer.

Gizmoz

If you’re a sucker for gadgets, this store's for you! Gizmoz (Ahmad Al Arousy St., Abdoun) is the city’s first gadget and motorcycle shop. They’ve got all the gizmos, gifts, and accessories you could imagine, from electric skateboards to custom-built choppers. Visit www.facebook.com/ gizmozshop.

Nablus Soap

Darat Al Funun and Al Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art in Jerusalem are teaming up and building bridges. Jack Persekian, of the Foundation, will be performing “Nabul Soap” on 22 November at Darat Al Funun (Nadeem Al Mallah St., Jabal Weibdeh). Visit www. daratalfunun.org for more

1ten restolounge

Shepherd Hotel (Zaid Bin Harethah St., Jabal Amman) has opened its latest venue 1Ten. Formally the hotel's Suite 110 where visiting VIPs would stay, now this spot is a restolounge combining Amman’s amazing old architecture with its modernity. For reservations call (077) 711 2233.


LOVES These are just a few of our favorite things this month... Chinese Takeout from Tina’s Kitchen Are you hungry? Have you had a long day and are too tired to cook a meal or go out to eat?

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Tina's Kitchen, Wasfi Al Tal St., Khalda/Dabouq Circle, (079) 793 4479

ead over to the Khalda/Dabouq circle and pick up some delicious Chinese food from Tina’s Kitchen. Nothing like the cornstarchladen goop normally served up at Chinese takeout joints, dishes here are authentic and fresh featuring tasty meats, crunchy vegetables, and satisfying carbs. You can choose to eat there, get takeout, or have it delivered straight to your door. The best part is that Tina’s Kitchen is very reasonably priced. Some of Go faves include their Kung Pao ED TO KNOW Chicken, Garlic Broccoli, Fish NE Tina's with Mushrooms in Oyster Kitchen also has Sauce, and Shrimp Fried a great selection of Rice. So next time you’re in Asian "flowering teas" that'll satisfy any of the mood for some Chinese the teaine addicts fare that tastes delicious and out there! homemade, try Tina’s Kitchen — we’re pretty sure you’ll become regulars just like us!

RedesignArabia.com We at Go, are design junkies! So it’s only natural that we'd love a Website that's encouraging the stamping out of ugliness around the region to replace it with gorgeousness. If you're a budding designer or already a guru in the biz, log on to RedesignArabia.com today! 18 | NOV. 2011

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Bashar Alaeddin’s Photography

Go loves to promote local artists, especially when they're as talented as this photographer

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f you’re looking for some beautiful new photographs to admire and to spice up your home, office, or even restaurant or boutique venue, check out Bashar Alaeddin's work. Whether you’re into landscapes, cityscapes, animal scenes, human portraits, or iPhonography (that's right, photography done by iPhone!), this locally based photographer does it all. The Go Team is always looking at Bashar’s constantly updated portfolio to see what we can add to our growing collection of BAlaeddin photographs. You can view Bashar’s diverse portfolio at balaeddin.com and order the images directly from him — pictures framed and all — via email (bashar@balaeddin.com) or by following him on Twitter @BAlaeddin.

Arabesque

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The Four Seasons Amman has taken the traditional afternoon tea ritual and given it a tasty local flair Between 4:00pm and 7:00pm each day, guests can enjoy sumptuous saj rolls, baked pastries, mini hummus sandwiches, and Arabic sweets. These can be washed down with either Arabic, Turkish, or white coffee or a selection of Bedouin teas. Conventional scones are replaced with date, cardamom, pistachio, and rose water varieties, and are served with ashta and asal (clotted cream and honey). Go loved the assortment of Arabic treats that arrived on a three-tiered dish, especially the delicious msukhan balls and cheesestuffed kubbeh. If you have out-of-town guests visiting, this is a fun way for them to try a whole platter of local delicacies in one sitting. But be warned, go hungry! Foyer Lounge, Four Seasons, 5th Circle, (06) 550 5555


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Treat yourself to an awesome lunch at newly opened Azkadenya. Flip to p. 20 for more great new eateries.

Get your hands on Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part II on DVD today! Flip to p. 82 for more DVD releases.

Enjoy an afternoon with the family at J’Imagine, Amman’s new Creative Play Space. Flip to p. 22 for details.

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If you’re in the mood to dance head to Seven Heaven tonight for Candylicious ft. Ministry of Sound’s Suzee X. Call (079) 999 1622 for tickets.

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For a good night out, try 1Ten, Shepherd Hotel’s brand new restolounge. Flip to p. 16 to read about it.

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7 Local star Toni Quattan performs tonight at Abdoun’s Baguette Restaurant. Call (077) 590 9080 for more information.

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In need of some Eid décors and gifts for when you’re invited? Flip to p. 32 for some cool ideas.

6 Head over to The Sheraton’s Spice Garden today for a delicious Eid Al Adha Lunch Buffet! Call (06) 593 4111 for reservations.

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Join Jack Persekian for his presentation Nablus Soap at the Darat Al Funun. Flip to p. 16 to read more.

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Communications Seminar @ Landmark Hotel. www.etanweer.com.

Steak Night. Call (06) 460

Bazaar Al A3yad @ AlQasr Metropole Hotel. Flip to p. 16 for more.

Royal Cultural Center. Call (06) 593 0745.

Korean Film Festival at the

Enjoy some Eid shopping at Pull & Bear, you’ll love their new fall/winter collection! Flip to p. 34 to read more about the collection.

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Head to Bifrost Oven for their poetry readings, “Say it in Slam”! Flip to p. 41 for details.

Tonight is an Oobé night with their Your Pitcher & Our Wings special offer. Call (06) 566 6140 for reservations.

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Eid Al Adha 2011.

13 Stop by East West Night at Switch 51 tonight for some great fusion music, plus dancing! Call (077) 515 1515 for more information.

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Pick up (or download) a copy of Steve Jobs, the biography of the late Apple creator, out today! Flip to p. 78 for more new books.

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Check out Jabal Weibdeh’s Café de Paris tonight for their B&B deal, where you get a burger and beverage for 6JODs! Call (077) 927 9095 to learn more.

Take a weekend to really enjoy the city. Read #ILoveAmman, p. 58 for more ideas.

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New English School hosts their Hollywood Fashion Show today! Go out in support of the models. Call (06) 551 7111 for details.

HOG Rally @ Aqaba. Flip to p. 14 for the details on this international event.

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Gather your American friends and head to Spice Garden, The Sheraton for a Thanksgiving Dinner!

TEDxYouthAmman takes place today. Flip to p. 24 to read all about it.

Why not take up a new sport? Give Wing Chung a try and you wont be disappointed. Flip to p. 46 to read more about it.

Get your hands on one of Swatch’s all-new touch screen digital watches. Flip to p. 36 for more about these cool accessories.

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Darat al Funun is hosting a Cultural Meeting with Dr. Faisal Darraj. Link to www. daratalfunun.org for more.

Philadelphia University hosts the 4th IEEE Symposium on Innovation in Information & Communication Technology. Visit www.philadelphia.edu. jo for details.

EMTme 2011 @ Zara Expo Center. Call (06) 554 1824 for more. GreenBuild Arabia Expo @ Zara Expo Center. Visit www.alatheen.com for details.

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HOG Rally @ Aqaba. MediaME Forum @ Grand Hyatt Amman. www.events.mediame.com.

* 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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Go’s foodie Celine Alaeddin checked out some of the latest restaurants to open in Amman that you’ll soon want to sample yourself Images by: Alankar Rai & Motaz Abu Hamdeh

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f you know the menus of your favorite restaurants by heart and the waiters already know what you’ll be ordering before you even start speaking, then maybe it’s time to break free from your culinary comfort zone. Our fair capital has a range of new restaurants to dine out at, from quaint cafés to trendy Arabic themed eateries to healthy fare joints. So go ahead, gather up some friends and family, and add these new(ish) foodie spots to your restaurant rotation.

The Lettuce & The Fish Fresh is what comes to mind when dining at The Lettuce & The Fish, from the décor to the menu choices to the food served up in front of you. Their pink menu features Japanese delicacies including a choice of soup, salad, sashimi, sushi, and maki complete with useful little icons indicating what options are safe for vegetarians and pregnant ladies. Their green menu features their gourmet soups, salads, and sandwiches many of which are excellent healthy options for those

watching what they eat. Capitalizing on their healthy vibe, The Lettuce & The Fish is also completely non-smoking indoors — smokers will have to settle on dining on the outside terrace should they wish to smoke during their meal. This spot is a solid option for light and tasty meals and will no doubt become a staple on the Ammani food scene. Salwa Bashouty St., Abdoun, (06) 593 3031, www. thelettuceandthefish.com Get excited for their: Plethora of fresh salads.

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happy hours are from 5:00pm to 8:00pm everyday where you can enjoy 2 for 1 appetizers and wings for only 19 Piasters a piece!

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Buffalo Wings & Rings The American franchise, Buffalo Wings & Rings, arrived in Amman this summer with its outlet located at 1st Circle. Everything about this place is bold, from the flavors of the food, to the colors of the restaurant, to the awesome printed statements — “table manners are strongly discouraged”! Diners build their own platters opting between different cuts, topping it off with their choice of sauce and heat level. The menu also features loads of other faves like nachos, quesadillas, and decadent desserts. With TV screens placed throughout the place, head here to enjoy some wings while rooting for your team, be it in American football, soccer, or rugby. 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 465 9464, www.facebook.com/ buffalojordan Get excited for their:Wings, of course!


The Camel’s B@C Two of the country’s favorite brands, Jo Bedu and Books@Café have merged to create a cool new eatery called The Camel’s B@C. Located in Jabal Weibdeh, this cozy resto, dubbed “the hall in the wall,” offers up some creative meals made from a breadstuff they’ve named the Bogalia — a cross between a ka3k and a bagel. Think epic sandwiches! Baouniyyeh St., Jabal Weibdeh, (06) 465 7881 Get excited for their: Black olives Bogaila, with Swiss cheese and turkey.

Have a Green Day Rainbow St. has a new hangout spot…

We asked our FaceBook Fans: “Which cuisine would you like to see more available in Jordan?”

Azkadenya This funky Arabic retro restaurant is like a secret gem within the city. With bold graphics on the walls, purple chairs and menus, Umm Kulthum prints, painted plates, and hatta aprons sported by the staff, you’ll need a moment to feast on the venue's visual details. Azkadenya, which translates to “the tastiest life,” is the newest

development from Eat Restaurant Group (Casereccio, Bruschetta, Shawermama, etc.). A quick glance at the menu will tell you that Azkadenya serves up Oriental favorites, with a twist, like Pink Hummus and Falafel Sliders! If your senses need an awakening, then look no further. Mecca St., (06) 554 9391 Get excited for their: Gallayet dishes. Sushi Studio Ammanis love their sushi, so there’s always room for another sushi joint! Sushi Studio is the latest one to open its doors and sushi fans will be impressed with their selection of sashimi, nigiri, gunkan, temaki, and more, as well as the array of appetizers. Plus, vegetarians will be happy with all of their meat-free options as well. To top it off, Sushi Studio also offers both takeaway and delivery! Fawzi Al Qaweqji St., Abdoun, (06) 593 3637 Get excited for their: Large and tasty temakis.

Mexican 39% Thai 27% Vegetarian 10% Indian 10% Spanish 7% Vietnamese 2% Moroccan 2% Turkish 1% Brazilian 1% Greek 1%

Have a Green Day is a “green” establishment that's non-smoking, with free WIFI, ideal for patrons to study, work and hang out. They've taken steps to decrease their carbon footprint by using recyclable materials and they even provide recycling collection bins. They also have a meeting room and a library where you can exchange your own books. Have a Green Day serves up delish snacks and drinks and even organic items, so gather your friends and head here to brainstorm on how to change the world! Rainbow St., Jabal Amman, (06) 461 2050


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Go’s resident mom Kinzi Jones checked out J’Imagine, Amman’s newest go-to destination or “Creative Play Space” for kids, with a decidedly European flair Images by: Hussam Al Da’na

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isters-in-law Celia Espinasse and Yasmine Nabulsi had a vision for a space where families could have fun together, and with J’Imagine, they’ve seen that vision fulfilled. A decade ago, in France, a new focus grew on familial togetherness called “CafeZoide.” It was a neighborhood association managed by parents offering parentrun workshops to expose kids to different interests. The concept intrigued Celia, who had enjoyed one in Dubai with her husband and children before returning to Jordan. Even Celia and Yasmine's husbands, Amr and Saif, were involved in the development of this idea, especially, “the hands-on dirty work.” J’Imagine is an Ammani reflection of all things French. Minimalism describes the décor. “At J’Imagine, imagination is not bound by excessive stimulation,” says Celia. The pastel and white

J’Imagine’s workshops

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also offers unique European toys and crafts for sale. Swing by the Creative Play Space today to check out their collection.

walls, and parquet floors, are not covered in busy designs. It’s bright, open, and peaceful, with artfully created works designed by Yasmine. A craft room is festooned with creations made by the latest visitors — recyclable materials transformed into beautiful objects. The “Sand & Water” room features a childfriendly watercourse with fountains, boats, and tubing. In the corner, a sandbox with trucks and shovels awaits busy hands. This is a fave of dads engaging their children in playtime. And the “Pretend City” is a made-to-scale neighborhood, complete with costumes and props. The café, with large windows and WiFi, is perfect for parents to relax in while the littlest ones Scan Here enjoy wooden toys. A bookshelf for Website is filled with games for older kids, and comfy couches complete the Princess Basma St., Abdoun feel of a family room. This is where (06) 592 7883 imaginations run free. j-imagine.com

  The most recent “Drama” workshop focused on dreams and bedtime stories, with the children telling the tales and then others retelling them, developing active listening skills. In the “I’m a A hub of activity Little Artist” workshop, the work of different artists is introduced and the children learn a form of the techniques used. French classes will soon begin as well, using music and puppets.

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Visit www.MealAdvisors.com for more advice, menus, telephone numbers, special offers, maps, and news on Amman’s restaurants and cafés.

Celebrating in Amman

In light of “Our Anniversary Issue,” Go asked MealAdvisors.com to highlight what some of their advisors are saying about Amman’s restaurants where different occasions can be celebrated

from Zalatimo Sweets

Celebrate your anniversary with a romantic dinner

“Fantastic! I love their sweets. Ma3moul: 10/10. In my opinion, a successful ma3moul is the one that tastes great, crumbles in your mouth, and remains fresh tasting after a week.”

“Romero is a charming place! In winter it is romantic and beautiful inside and in summer the garden is lovely.”

Celebrate Eid with ma3moul

@ Romero

Advisor Laurence

Advisor Zaina

Celebrate waking up late on Fridays with a brunch

Celebrate any occasion Jordanian-style with mansaf

@ B@C in Abdoun “I went there with my friends for breakfast on the weekend. I like the place; comfortable with fresh colors. The omelets and Eggs Benedict were good and the ingredients were fresh.”

from Al Matbakh

“Long story short, after we finished, we kept complimenting his wife on the great mansaf until she couldn't keep it in anymore and admitted that the mansaf was from Al Matbakh!”

Advisor Zee

Celebrate your birthday in style

@ Cantaloupe

“The staff are friendly and attentive, and as for the views from the terrace, WOW! It’s something that every visitor to Amman should experience. I was so impressed that I’m returning to this exquisite place to celebrate my birthday.”

Advisor Mimicoco

Advisor Sharhaan Celebrate your kid’s birthday

@ Casereccio (Mecca St.)

“The simple yet brilliant kids’ make-your-own-pizza area is pure genius. My 3-year-young daughter talks about her pizza creations all week after each visit.” Advisor Basem

Only subscribed restaurants are listed in the above list of recommendations. All advice found on MealAdvisors.com reflect the opinions of real customers, not the management of MealAdvisors.com.


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Positive Change Go’s Annisa Rochadiat takes a look at the upcoming innovative TEDxYouth conference being hosted in Amman

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eading the life of your typical West Ammani fourth grader, Dania Juma may come across as another cute bubbly young lady with a sweettooth and penchant for cupcakes who loves to swim, write, draw, hangout with her best friend, and is also an avid fan of teen pop sensation Selena Gomez. What most of us don’t realize (and will be pleasantly surprised to know), is that Dania is anything but your average nine-year-old. Amid all the studying and after-school activities, she is also in charge of liaising with her peers in age; voicing their interests and aspirations, churning ideas in an effort to keep them inspired and engaged on one of the largest grassroot projects that has generated much hype the world over. Joining a line of some 20 other dedicated volunteers ranging from college students to social activists, Dania is part of a team of visionaries who have taken it upon themselves to carve out a third space in society — a space which is conducive to the mutual exchange of ideas and aspirations among younger generations. Dania and friends will help deliver the Kingdom’s first youth-inspired TEDx event: TEDxYouth@Amman. Founded by Richard Saul Wurman and Harry Marks in 1984 in Monterey, California, TED (which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design), is an intellectual forum for people to share ideas and inspirational experiences through a series of conferences and motivational talks. Spearheaded by people who believe in the power of ideas to create positive change and progress, TED speakers have included a range of crossspectrum global visionaries such as Bill Gates, Event Details Al Gore, Temple Grandin, and Bono. When: Saturday, 19 TED became an annual initiative in 1990 November, 2011 and has since developed into a global-wide Where: Cultural Palace, project that includes, among others, selfGate 1, Al Hussein Youth organized, locally-hosted events called “TEDx,” City, Queen Alia St. a project that was first introduced in 2009. Set Get Connected: to take place on 19 November, TEDxYouth@ www.tedxyouth amman.com Amman is part of a series of TEDx events hosted exclusively for and organized by young Facebook: www.facebook. com/TEDxYouthAmman people all over the world in commemmorating Universal Children’s Day, known as the Twitter: @TEDxYouthAmman

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TEDxYouthDay series. Although varying in size and theme, TEDxYouthDay events share a common vision of “inspiring curiousity, igniting new ideas, and empowering young leaders.”

The opportunity to volunteer at this year’s event may have closed, but if you or your company is interested in becoming a sponsor, go ahead and shoot an email to sponsor@ tedxyouthamman. com today!

Hoping to pioneer new standards for creative thinking and self-learning among the youths of Jordan, the region, and beyond, TEDxYouth@ Amman seeks to open up a conversation on “Educativity.” This is a relatively novel concept that aims to explore and capitalize on the relationship between education and creativity, while reflecting on the role creativity in education holds in society. It also assesses — wherever and whenever relevant — the country’s education and learning system in the process. Picking on the brains and life experiences of the nation’s young, the full-day event will showcase Jordan’s best and brightest as they exchange education and creativity-inspired stories, ideas, and ambitions, as well as community-building initiatives and blueprints for change. Dania and the rest of the TEDxYouth@ Amman team represent a growing phenomenon of extraordinary, bright, creative, and outspoken young people — Jordan’s own born and bred — who are driven to learn and excel, to inspire and motivate people around them in bringing about positive change to society. Nowhere is this more clearly seen than in the solid line-up of speakers set to share the TEDxYouth@Amman stage. From prodigies of music and the arts to inventors and entrepreneurs, educators and writers to social activists, this event promises to be one of the city’s most intellectually stimulating and entertaining occasions not to be missed.

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of Fame Would you like to share an idea on stage for three minutes in front of some 1,500 people? Go for the TEDxYouth@Amman Youth Award competition!

All you’ll have to do is send in a three-minute video — in English or Arabic — of what “Educativity” means to you and simply email it to dina@ tedxyouthamman.com. Be sure that it’s an original, never been publicized video to preserve the element of surprise until the event day. Now, if you’re eager to tune into what the nation’s finest have to offer, but happen to be out of town during the event or weren’t able to register for attendance, not to worry. As with other TEDx events and TED conferences, TEDxYouth@Amman will be live-streamed via at www.livestream.com/ tedxyouthamman. Scan Here for Website


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Belmondo Café, Mecca St., (06) 553 3021 Berto Café, Shat Al-Arab St., Um Uthaina, (06) 554 9552 Bianca Café, Ahmad Fawazi St., Abdoun, (06) 593 5234 Jafra Café, Prince Mohammed St., Downtown, (06) 462 2551, www.jafragroup.com Kashmir & Al Argeeleh, Hussein Bin Ali St., Jabal Amman, (06) 465 9520, kashmirargeelah.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 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

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 Café Des Artistes, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman (0) 79 657 5184 Caribou Coffee, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 581 1478, www.cariboucoffee.com Cilantro Café, Zain Al Sharaf St., Abdoun, (06) 592 5009, www.cilantro-cafe.com

Turtle Green Tea Bar, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 464 4813 Wild Jordan, Othman bin Afan St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 463 3542, www. wildjordancafe.com

Cinemas

Cinema City, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 551 8611, www.meccamall.jo Cine Le Royal, Le Royal Hotel Amman, Zahran St., (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 Complex, Jabal Al Ashrafiyeh, (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

Cioconut Lounge, Al Sha’ab Street, Dabouq, (06) 541 2484 Chez Hilda, Ali Nasouh Al-Tahir St., Sweifieh, (06) 582 4808, www.chezhilda.com Nightlife Costa Café, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., 51 (Switch), Abdallah Bin Salama St., Jabal (06) 585 9694 Amman, (0) 77 515 1515 Crumz, Mazen Sido Al-Kurdi St., Abdoun, Amigo Pub, off of Abu Baker Al Seddeek, (06) 592 0102, www.goodharvest.com.jo Jabal Amman, (06) 463 3001, www. Cups & Kilos, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal amigopub-jo.com Amman, (06) 4649345 Beerkeller, Le Royal, Zahran St., The Deli Café, Intercontinental 3rd Circle, (06) 460 3000, www. Amman Hotel, Islamic College St., leroyalamman.com O K T N D O E Jabal Amman, (06) 464 1361, W Cantaloupe Gastro Pub, E If you N www.ichotelsgroup.com 10 Rainbow Street, 1st haven't yet visited Flavours, Abdoun Mall, Saed Circle, Jabal Amman, the newly renovated Abdo Shamout St., Abdoun (0) 77 773 3333, www. AlQasr Metropole Hotel, (06) 593 0100 cantaloupe.jo head there this month! Ghraoui Chocolatier, Chesters, Le Royal With four of the city's Zahran St., Jabal Amman, Hotel, Zahran Street, best restaurants, you're (06) 592 0366, www. 3rd Circle, Jabal bound to have a great ghraouichocolate.com time when dining Amman, (06) 460 3000, Gloria Jeans Coffees, Al there! www.leroyalamman.com Baraka Mall, Sa’eed Al Mufti St., Circle 3 Lounge, 3rd Circle, Sweifieh, (06) 592 5715, www. Jabal Amman, (0) 79 540 3540 gloriajeans.com Cube, Shepherd Hotel, Said Bin The Grand Deli Café, Grand Hyatt Amman, Hareth St., Jabal Amman, (0) 79 985 5955 Hussein Bin Ali St., Jabal Amman, (06) 465 Dubliners, Comfort Hotel Suites, Ali Nahuh 1234, amman.grand.hyatt.com Al Tahir St., Sweifieh, (06) 581 2848, www. Java U, Saed Abdo Shamout St., Abdoun, dublinersjordan.com (06) 592 5726, www.java-u.com Flow, Mazen Sido Al-Kurdi St., Abdoun, (0) La Mirabelle, off of Saed Abdo Shamout 79 978 7777 St., Abdoun, (06) 565 6026, www. La Calle, 10 Rainbow Street, 1st Circle, Jabal zalatimosweets.com Amman, (0) 77 726 6928 Mokador Castellari, Saed Abdo Shamout Las Tapas, Qiss Bin Sa'edah St., 3rd Circle, St., Abdoun, (06) 593 4533, www.mokador- Jabal Amman, (06) 461 5061, www. jo.com bonitamman.com Paul, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 550 The Library Lounge & Cigar Bar, Marriot 2760, www.paul-international.com Hotel, Issam Ajluni St., Shmesani, (06) 560 Second Cup, Queen Zain Al Sharaf St., 7607, www.thelibrary.marriott-amman.com Abdoun, (06) 556 0691, www.secondcup.com The Lounge, Grand Hyatt Amman, Al Segafredo Zanetti, off of Saed Abdo Hussein Bin Ali St., Jabal Amman, (06) 465 Shamout St., Abdoun, (06) 592 6526, www. 1433, www.amman.grand.hyatt.com segafredo.it Murphy’s House of Rock, Red Rose Hotel, Sofa Lounge, Zain Abdoun Complex, Al Shat Al Arab St., Um Uthaina, (0)77 716 5008 Umaween St., Abdoun, (06) 593 0160 Queen Vics, Ali Nahuh Al Tahir St., Sweifieh, Starbucks Coffee, Prince Hashem St., (06) 586 4426 Abdoun (06) 592 1005, www.starbucks.com Square Bar, Four Seasons, 5th Circle, Jabal

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Amman, (06) 550 5555, www.fourseasons.com Time Out Sports Bar, Kempinski Hotel, Shmesani, (06) 520 0200, www.kempinski. com/amman Rovers Return, Abed Al Raheem Al Hajj Mohammad, Sweifieh, (06) 581 4844, www. roversreturnjordan.com Saluté & Beer Garden, Abdul Qader Koshak St., Jabal Amman, (06) 465 1458, www. jorest.com Shaman, Deir Ghbar, (0) 77 722 7888

Restaurants

282 Steak and Lounge, Le Meridien Amman, Queen Noor St., Shmesani, (06) 569 6511. www.starwoodhotels.com 32 North, Grand Hyatt Amman, Al Hussein Bin Ali St., Jabal Amman, (06) 465 1433, amman.grand.hyatt.com Applebee’s, Mecca St., (06) 554 0016, www. applebees.com Asia, Four Seasons Amman, Al Kindi St., 5th Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 550 5555, www. fourseasons.com Benihana, Le Meridien Amman, Queen Noor St., Shmesani, (06) 569 6511. www. starwoodhotels.com Bistro One, off of Abu Baker Al Seddeek, Jabal Amman, (06) 461 7890, www. bistroone-jo.com Blue Fig, Al-Ameer Hashem Bin Al-Hussein St., Abdoun, (06) 592 8800, www.bluefig.com La Bruschetta, off of Saed Abdo Shamout St., Abdoun, (06) 593 1513 Bourj Al Hamam, Intercontinental Hotel, Islamic College St., Jabal Amman, (06) 464 1361, www.ichotelsgroup.com Bunzy Buns, off of Prince Hashem Bin Al Hussein St., Abdoun, (06) 593 7172, www. bunzybuns.com Canvas, Muntazah Circle, Jabal Weibdeh, (06) 463 2211 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 Chili’s, Mecca St., (06) 554 5540, www. chilis.com China Town, Le Meridien Amman, Queen Noor St., Shmesani, (06) 569 6511. www. starwoodhotels.com Cinco De Mayo, Intercontinental Hotel, Islamic College St., Jabal Amman, (06) 464 1361, www.ichotelsgroup.com La Cucina Ristorante, Princess Alya Bint

Listings 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 Diwan Shahraya, Le Royal, Zahran St., 3rd Circle, (06) 460 3000, www.leroyalamman. com Enzo, Le Meridien Amman, Queen Noor St., Shmesani, (06) 569 6511. www. starwoodhotels.com EVOO, Sheraton Al Nabil Hotel & Towers, Al Urdon St., 5th Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 593 4111 Fakhr El-Din, Abdul Qader Koshak St, Jabal Amman, (06) 464 1789, www.fakhreldin.com Fuddruckers, Mecca St., (06) 554 0015, www.fuddruckers.com Grappa, Abdul Qader Koshak St, Jabal Amman, (06) 465 1458, www.jorest.com Haret Jdoudna, Talal St., Madaba, (05) 324 8650, www.haretjdoudna.com 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 Lenôtre, Salwa Bashouty St., Abdoun. (06) 593 9113, www.letnotre.fr 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 Al Mukhtar, Le Meridien Amman, Queen Noor St., Shmesani, (06) 569 6511. www. starwoodhotels.com Ne:Bo, Mount Nebo, Madaba, (0) 77 771 2224 Noodasia, Cairo St., Abdoun Circle, (06) 593 6999 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 Tannoureen, Shat Al-Arab St., Um Uthaina, (06) 551 5987, www.tannoureen.net Tony Roma’s, Mecca St., (06) 556 0608, www.tonyromas.com 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 Whispers, Abdul Rahman Alawi St., 5th Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 592 1850 Wox, Mazen Sido Al-Kurdi St., Abdoun, (06) 592 2921, www.wox-chinese.com Yoshi, Mithqal Al Faeiz St., Jabal Amman, 06 464 0903, http://www.atico-jo.com/ yoshi.htm Zaatar w Zeit, Mecca St., (06) 552 9291, www.zaatarwzeit.net

Theaters

Al Balad Theater, Yazeed Bin Abu Sufian 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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ore of a complex of a few small streets than one long road, Abdoun’s Fawzi Al Qaweqji St. — just off of Cairo St., heading down to Princess Basmah Bint Talal St., Wadi Abdoun — is a great place to visit during a cool afternoon or breezy evening. With everything from bookstores to home décor outlets to gift shops and eateries, you could spend hours passing your time on these few streets. And, as many of the in this area are newly opened, chances are Go passed by one of Abdoun’s spots they won’t be bustling with too many people just small streets to uncover its fun yet! So do yourself a favor and scope out Fawzi network of old and new places Al Qaweqji St. whether you’re looking for a gift, to check out a new read, a bite to eat, or just a fun new Images by: Alankar Rai & Motaz Abu Hamdeh place to stroll about. OK

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Titles

One of Amman’s top bookstores, stop by here to pick up that book you’ve been meaning to start reading since the summer. (06) 592 4130

Beit Al-Bawadi

A beautiful store with gorgeous ceramic pieces, check out this famous shop if you’re looking to add some flair to your home this season. (06) 592 5841

B@C in Abdoun

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Jabal Amman’s staple café and bookstore, Books@Café, has expanded again opening a brand new branch in Abdoun. B@C in Abdoun is a cute, cozy version of its older sister serving up similar delicious treats. If you’re looking for a cool spot to escape your busy schedule for a few hours, try this venue out — and if escaping means you still need Internet access, then fret not because just like the original Café, B@C offers free WiFi access.

Thierry’s Friends This fun gift and gadget shop makes for a very entertaining stop. Swing by to pick up a present (for yourself or someone else!). (06) 593 7672


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his new maternity shop is ideal for soon-to-be-mommies who want to maintain their stylish look albeit the baby-bump. Go casual with hilarious tees and hoodies with, “What’s Kickin’,” “Who’s Your Daddy,” and “We’re Hungry,” printed on them, or more formal with evening gowns especially made to accommodate expanding diameters. Stretch staples such as jeans, pants, and skirts can also be found at Baby’s Breath, as well as chic diaper bags.   Batool Center, Ahmad Al Arousy St., Abdoun, (06) 593 8212

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fter their successful Amman launch party last month, Ananasa is online and operating at full speed. A Middle East based Website dedicated to showcasing the region’s talent, online shoppers A will find a range of handmade jewelry, art, décor, children’s items, and even edibles. Browse through the collections in the comfort of your own home and once you’ve made your selection just wait for the goodies to arrive at your doorstep. And, if you’re a designer yourself and would like to sell your wares, then you’re in luck; go ahead and open your own store on Ananasa.com! So whether you’re looking to buy or sell, log on to this awesome site today.   www.ananasa.com

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or the avid cooks in town, Everything Kitchen stocks any cool kitchen gadgets and tools you may need to whip up your next delish recipe. Explore their inventory that includes basics such as knives, chopping boards, bins, and measuring cups, as well as more intricate items like mini blow torches, digital weighing scales, and silicone hand mitts. For newlyweds, it may be a good option to open a registry here to fill up your new kitchen.   Batool Center, Ahmad Al Arousy St., Abdoun, (06) 592 3443, www.everythingkitchen.jo

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ow here’s a time saver — order your fruits and vegetables online and get them delivered to your kitchen! Featuring in-season produce, with Khodarji it’s now easier to eat and cook healthier and fresher foods. Delivery is free in Amman with a minimum order of 10 JOD (otherwise it’s 1 JOD). Aside from fruits and veggies, Khodarji sells organic produce such as eggs, honey, and herbs. And, if you’re invited for dinner, think about taking one of their baskets as an edible gift for your hosts.   www.khodarji.com

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he latest electronic megastore to open in the city, Leaders is a one-stop-shop for all your electronic needs. Need to amp up your home entertainment? Leaders has a huge range of TVs, audio systems, DVD players, and gaming consoles. Or are you in search of appliances? This is the spot to find vacuums, dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers. Plus, if you’re the DIY type, then you’ll love all the drills, lawnmowers, and sandblasters.   #147 King Abdullah II St., Dabouq, (06) 533 3332, www.leaders.com.jo

Then check out EasyStorage for their self-storage solutions. This establishment is the first of its kind in the Kingdom, and a welcomed one by those who have more things than they know what to do with! Choose from a range of clean, safe rooms, conveniently located near the 8th Circle, in whichever size you need, and for however long you want. For easier accessibility, you have 24-hour access to the space that you rent, seven days a week, and you can rest assured that your things are secure with their state-of-the-art security system. EasyStorage can also provide packing and moving services. Just call them today for their rates. (06) 588 5554, www.easystoragejo.com

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Tkiyet Um Ali Giving food to all those in need

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Eid

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Go scoped out Zalatimo Sweets and Lausanne Chocolates for their delectable Eid delights

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a’amoul are delicious little Arabic semolina cookies that are stuffed with dates, pistachios, or walnuts and are widely enjoyed TO KNO during the Eid Al Adha celebrations. EED W N Many will argue that no one makes La Mirabelle Café them better than the popular treat is also located on the same premises and shop, Zalatimo Sweets. You can serves up delicious food pick up an assortment of these for the perfect rest stop tasty treats at either their Abdoun during a busy day of or Shmeisani branch for your own shopping! household to enjoy or as a yummy gift to offer while visiting your friends and family. Locations: For added convenience, Suleiman Al Quda Zalatimo Sweets’ sister company, St., Abdoun, (06) 565 6026Obadah Bin Al Samet St, Lausanne Chocolates — also Shmesani (06) 5681 018 available at the same branches 32 | NOV. 2011

Initiated by Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, in memorial for her Late Majesty Queen Alia Al Hussein (Um Ali), Tkiyet Um Ali is setting out to fight hunger throughout the Kingdom. Their goal is to free Jordan from hunger by2015 by feeding and sustaining underprivileged citizens and finding longterm sustainable solutions. As with previous Eid Al Adhas, this year Tkiyet Um Ali is working hard to make sure that no one is left out of the celebrations due to unfortunate circumstances. To find out more about how you can help, contact them on (06) 491 6800 or (077) 707 8716, or visit

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— have beautiful celebratory chocolate collections in honor of the Hajj. These gourmet Swiss chocolate creations are not only a beautiful decorative piece to proudly place as a centerpiece in your home, but they’re delicious too! The Lausanne Chocolate arrangements can even be packaged together to give away as corporate gifts should your company want to offer them to their special clients. So go on and make Zalatimo Sweets and Lausanne Chocolates two of your destinations during your Eid Al Adha preparations and stock up on their scrumptious sweets.


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Bear it All

Go got a peek at Pull & Bear’s new fall/winter collection that’ll be warming up both men and women this season

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ith fall in full gear and winter making its swift approach, you’ll need to start bundling up this month. Look no further than Pull & Bear for some of the coolest threads, shoes, scarves, and accessories to adorn yourself in, whether you’re a guy or a girl. Inspired by Andy Warhol’s bohemian-friendly Factory from 1960s New York City, Pull & Bear have created an artistic and cinematographic look with retro

Women’s Trends 1. Seventies

Flared trousers, tweed jackets, and fabrics like corduroy and suede are back. Also tie prints, multicolor striped sweaters, and feminine blouses with a bow collar.

2. Greta Glamour

Waistbands, illustrative prints, A-line skirts, minimalist silhouettes, openwork sweaters, plus Parisian inspired pieces from a range of different eras.

3. Dandy Fever

Large “boyfriend” style dress shirts, anklelength checkered and/ or pleated trousers, long trench coats, and a range of fine knit sweaters and shirts with colorful, romantic prints. 34 | NOV. 2011

style for this year’s fall and winter seasons. Think styles engendering eminent celebrities like Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, James Dean, and Edie Sedgwick who created defining trends and unforgettable looks. Whether you’re into casual-butfunky daywear or slick fashion that makes an impression, Pull & Bear has got it. Faded colors, blacks and whites, masculine and feminine styles, have come together to make an unforgettably cool collection.

men’s Trends

4. Coquete

Knitwear prevails in jackets and oversize coats in natural colors.

5. Grunge Market

1. Gray

A country-feel, floral, fruit, and leafy prints on dresses and jackets, parkas, synthetic hair appliqués, oversize or cable knit sweaters, mixed with prints inspired by the Navajo Indians or jacquards.

Herringbone jackets, cable knit sweaters and jackets, woolen hats and gloves and fabrics like woolen cloth, herringbone, flannel, and leather.

2. Navajo

6. Varsity Preppy Girl Jackets with badges, pleated skirts, college stripes, duffel coats, anoraks, and tights combined with ballet shoes or moccasins.

7. Rockabilly Girl High-waist full skirts, neck scarves, anklelength skintight trousers, and leather jackets.

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Bear’s products of animal origin come exclusively from animals reared in food production farms, not from animals that were killed for their skins!

Simple and easy to wear, like checked shirts and faded jeans and with a nod to the original Navajo prints on t-shirts. Highlights are the dirtylook denim, washed cotton, viyella check, or slub yarn.

3. Varsity College

Trench coats, denim jackets, striped scarves, and checked shirts. Cotton, tweed, woolen cloth,

Oxford check, poplin, and leather.

4. Duck Hunter

Waxed three-quarter length coats, corduroy shirts, knitted cardigans, chino trousers, and leather boots.

5. Land Sailor

Woolen cloth threequarter-length jackets, duffel coats, striped shirts, thick knits and woolly hats in navy, off white, grey, and yellow.

6. Grand Canyon

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7. Nylon Colors

Locations Wakalat St., Sweifieh (06) 582 6501

Comfortable garments based on checked shirts, jeans, jacquard sweaters, and mountain boots. Flannel, viyella checks, leather and thick knits. Anoraks, jeans, and hats stand out in black, red, white, blue, and green, and the fabrics are nylon and tweed, plush and technical knit. 

City Mall, King Abdullah II St. (06) 550 2774 www.pullandbear.com


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November Shopping News

Touch & GO

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wiss watchmakers and fashion brand Swatch have recently launched their all-new Swatch Touch 2011 line. This colorful new collection boasts digital watches with big-screen LCD dials that are touch-sensitive. From pink to black to blue to purple and even camouflage colors, the streetwise Swatch Touch 2011 line was inspired by urban rhythms, electric sounds, and extreme sports pros.

Picture Perfect

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amsung Electronics announced the launch of the new NX200, a new compact system camera that delivers professional standard photography. It features premium functions such as a 20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, high speed capture, wide range ISO (100-12800), HD movie recording, and Samsung’s i-Function lens. For details about the NX200, visit www.samsung.com/ NX or call (06) 577 7430.

And each model gives touch-screen access to six digital functions: time (two zones), date, chrono, alarm, timer, and beep. Users simply sweep through the functions using finger-taps and sideways scrolls! If you want to get your hands on a Swatch Touch 2011 today, visit Swatch on Princess Taghrid Moh’d St, Sweifieh or call (06) 585 6678. Check out www.swatch.com to see more of this collection.

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entral Trade and Auto Company (CTA) — Jordan’s dealer for Toyota, Lexus, and Hino — unveiled the new Toyota Hilux 2012 with a fresh design and more features. Buyers have a choice of three body styles, plus the 2.5-liter turbo engine now produces a peak power O KNO of 105hp, while the T D E new diesel engine NE Though the W guarantees Hilux’s power has strength and increased, it’s been durability. Stop remade into a more ecoby the Toyota friendly ride combining Showroom reduced fuel consumption (Mecca St.) or with lower CO2 emissions, generating call (06) 553 less noise pollution 5514 for more. as a bonus!

Fall in fashion

If you’re looking to renew your fall/winter wardrobe then check out Massimo Dutti’s latest collection. Women will love their lines that hint at hunting, equestrian, country, and Nordic notes. Think kakis, olives, beiges, and plaids, plus an array of materials from leather to tricot to knitwear. Men will feel dashing in Massimo’s 1960s intellectuals “Overnight” inspired line as well as their preppy influenced “Bauhaus” collection. These boast sports coats, wrap-arounds, and shirts, in a range of colors and materials like ink blue, bottle green, and cocoa. To see the full collection visit Massimo Dutti (City Mall, King Abdullah II St.), or call (06) 550 2781. 36 | NOV. 2011

Say Cheesecake! J ordan has its fair share of dessert shops and sweets sellers, but the recently opened venue, Auntie Hanady’s Cheesecake & Cookies, is an original concept welcomed by all sweet tooths. Serving up New York-style baked cheesecake in 20 original, delicious flavors, as well as eight kinds of homemade cookies, this is the place to visit if you’re in need of a treat. Located on the way to Dabouq on King Abdullah II St., you can either dine at Auntie Hanady’s or you can pick up slices to enjoy at home. To find out more, call (06) 535 5025 or visit www.facebook.com/ auntie.hanadys.

Hourani’s new Collectable Lama Creative Jewelry fall/winter

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2011 collection is out now! These cool new pieces, which are each handcrafted and intricately designed, scream color, style, and playfulness. If you’re interested in a fun way to funk up your wardrobe, look no further. To see the collection for yourself, stop by the Foresight32 Gallery, Villa #32, Ibn Al Roumi St., Um Uthaina, or call (06) 556 0080. You can also see more of Lama Hourani’s creations at www.lamahourani.com.


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Shop

962 Jordan, Al Salalem Building, Prince Mohammed St., 3rd Circle, (06) 464 7134, www.962jordan.com ABC Dept. Stores, Al Baraka Mall, Sa’eed Al Mufti St., (06) 582 5191 Adidas Originals, Al Wakalat St., (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 Bhs, Cozmo Center, Al Sahel Ave., 7th Circle, (06) 551 0240, www.bhs.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 Canali, Zara Center, Zara Center, Arar St., Wadi Saqra, (06) 464 3304, www.canali.com Champions Sportswear, Abdoun Circle, (06) 592 1065 Cortefiel, Wakalat St., Sweifieh, (06) 588 5835, www.cortefiel.com Ermenegildo Zegna, Zara Center, Arar St., Wadi Saqra, (06) 464 3305 www.zegna.com Etam, Wakalat St., Sweifieh (06) 582 8696, www.etam.com Gap, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 585 5408, www.gap.com 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 Fiordelli, Le Royal, Zahran St., 3rd Circle, (06) 460 3000, www.fiordelli.com Forever 21, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 553 7231, www.forever21.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 Levis, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 585 2641, www.levis.com 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 Monsoon, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 585 0526, www.monsoon.co.uk Promod, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 550 2783, www.promod.com Reebok, City Mal, King Abdullah II St., (06) 581 9178, www.reebok.com Scruples, Cairo St., Abdoun Circle, Abdoun, (06) 592 3490 Sposebella, Wakalat St., Sweifieh, (06) 585 3538 Stradivarius, Wakalat St., Sweifieh, (06) 582 3386, www.stradivarius.com United Colors of Benetton, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 551 7053, www.benetton.com Via Condotti, Queen Zain Al Sharaf St., Abdoun, (06) 592 0022 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, Avenue Mall, Sweifieh, (06) 585 2543, www.blinx.jo Bose, Fountain Plaza, Abdel Rahim HajMohammed St., Sweifieh, (06) 582 9404, www.bose.com Canon, Princess Bassma St., Wadi Abdoun, (06) 520 0920, www.canon-me.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 Haj38 | NOV. 2011

Mohammed St., Sweifieh, (06) 582 9504 LG, Mecca St., (06) 556 0626, www.lg.com Mabco, King Abdullah II St., (06) 580 5580, www.mabco.com.jo Multi Vision, Madina Al Munawarah St., (06) 554 2902 Panasonic, Mecca St., (06) 582 6042, www. panasonic.com PC Zone, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 556 1766, www.pczonejo.com Philips, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 420 1915, www.philips.com Samsung, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 582 9545, www.samsung.com Siemens, Mecca St., (06) 582 3466, www. siemens.com Smart Buy, Al Sahel Avenue, 7th Circle, Sweifieh, (06) 580 9999 Sony, Abdula Hamid Sharaf St., Shmesani, (06) 567 8944, www.sony.com 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

Shop Listings

Tender Loving Corn, Abdoun Circle, Abdoun, (06) 592 7667 Turkish Delight, Yacoub St., Sweifieh, (06) 585 6980 Zalatimo, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 581 6806

Florists & Plant Shops

Alissar Flowers, Mazen Seedo Al Kurdi St., Abdoun, (06) 531 0556, www.alissarflowers.com Golzar Flowers, 7th Circle, (06) 585 5932 Bloomz of Heaven, King Abdullah II St., (06) 553 1001 Lily, Zain Abdoun Commercial Complex, Abdoun, (06) 5923620 Orchids, Um Uthaina, (06) 551 9881

Furniture & Home Accessories

Armani Casa, Wadi Saqra St., (06) 569 3031, www.armani.com Co + Co, Mecca St., (06) 553 0648 Badr Adduja, Abu Tamman St., 2nd Circle, (06) 465 0470, www.badr-adduja.com.jo Bashiti Hardware, T’la Al Ali, (06) 535 0009, www.bashitistores.com Casa Bella, Kurdi Compound, Abdoun, (06) 592 4351 Art Galleries 4 Walls, Sheraton Amman Hotel, Zahran St., Elite Furniture, Mecca St., (06) 586 5557, www.elite.jo Jabal Amman, (06) 592 0902 Home and Garden, Queen Zain Il Sharaf St., Broadway Gallery, Salah Toukan St., Abdoun, (06) 593 4858, www. Sweifieh, (06) 581 0280, www.broadwayhomeandgardenjordan.com gallery.com Home and Home,Wakalat Dar Al-Adna, Dhirar Bin Al-Azwar St., Sweifieh, (06) St., Jabal Al Weibdah, (06) 462 If you’d 586 2622, www. 9599, www.daralanda.com like to redecorate homeandhome. Foresight Art Gallery, Ibn Al this month, swing by com.jo Roumi Street, Um Uthaina. THE One for their ONEHome Center, (06) 556 0080, www. derful Autumn Collection Mecca Mall, (06) foresightartgallery.com on sale now! Visit the 554 1711, www. Jacaranda Images, Omar showroom at Zara homecentre.net Bin Al Khattah St., 1st Circle, Center, Wadi Saqra St., In-Design, Mecca Jabal Amman, (06) 464 or call (06) 462 St., (06) 586 3475, 4050, www.jacarandaimages. 0305. www.indesign-jo.com com Istikbal, Mecca St., (06) Karim Gallery, Wadi Saqra St., 552 8327, www.istikbal.jo (06) 461 7585, www.karimgallery. The Linen Closet, Hassan com Barkawi St., North Abdoun, (06) 593 Love On A Bike, Mu’thaa Bin Jabal St., 1st 4504 Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 461 4288, www. The One, Zara Center, Wadi Saqra, (06) 462 loveonabike.com Nabad Art Gallery, Uthman Bin Affan St., 1st 0305, www.theone.com Rattan House, Ghosheh St, (06) 402 0789, Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 465 5084, www. www.rattan-house.com nabadartgallery.com Orient Gallery, Issam Ajlouni St., Shmesani, Rocca, Al-Shahid Wasfi Al-Tall St., Waha Circle, T’la Al Ali, (06) 569 0016, www.kayyali-rocca.com (06) 568 1303, www.orientgallery.net Zara Home, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) Orfali Art Gallery, Kufa St., Um Uthaina, 550 2779, www.zara.com (06) 5526932, www.orfali.net The Studio, Prince Mohammed St., Bldg. 89, Zone Furniture, King Abdullah II St., (06) 535 9173, www.zonefurniture.co.uk Downtown, (06) 464 6367, www.thestudio-jo.com Handbags & Shoes Zara Gallery, Grand Hyatt Amman, 3rd Circle, Aennis Eunis, Sa’ad Shammout St., Abdoun, (06) 465 1433, www.zaragallery.org www.aenniseunis.com Aigner, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 552 4868, Books, movies, & Music www.aigner.com The Good Book Shop, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Aldo, Hamra St., Sweifieh, (06) 582 3972, Jabal Amman, (06) 461 3939 www.aldo.com Jordan Book Center, Queen Rania Al Abdallah Bally, Fountain Plaza, Abdel Rahim HajSt., Al-Jubeiha, (06) 515 1882, www. Mohammed St., Sweifieh, (06) 586 2350, jordanbookcenter.com www.bally.com Philadelphia Book Gallery, Al-Shahid Wasfi Chic Boutique, Al Baraka Mall, Sa’eed Al Mufti Al-Tall St., Tla’ Al Ali, (06) 551 5861, www. pbgjordan.com Prime Bookstore, Al Baraka Mall, Sa’eed Al Mufti St., Sweifieh, (06) 581 1204 Prime Megastore, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 556 0313, www.primemegastore.com Readers, Cozmo Center, Al Sahel Ave., 7th Circle, (06) 582 8488 Virgin Megastore, City Mall, Al Madinah Al-Tybieh St., (06) 5502787, www. virginmegastore.me

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Edibles

Bateel, Kurdi Center, Abdoun, (06) 593 4431, www.bateel.ae Jeff De Bruges, Cairo St., Abdoun, (06) 590 3346, www.jeff-de-bruges.com Jelly Belly, Abdel Rahim Haj-Mohammed St., Sweifieh, (06) 581 6531, www.jellybelly.com Patchi, Sweifieh, (06) 586 4907, www.patchi.com Sugar Daddy’s, Kurdi Center, Abdoun, (06) 593 3032

St., Sweifieh, (06) 300 5000 Clarks, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 582 5054, www.clarks.com Geox, City Mall, King Abudllah II St., (06) 582 1727, www.geox.com Givenchy, Abdoun Circle, Abdoun, (06) 592 2077, www.givenchy.com Kipling, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 585 4338 Longcamp, Al Baraka Mall, Sa’eed Al Mufti St., Sweifieh, (06) 581 8998 Nine West, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 581 1466, www.ninewest.com Scholl, Al-Shahid Wasfi Al-Tall St., Tla’ Al Ali, (0) 79 533 5000, www.scholl.com Via Uno, Al Baraka Mall, Sa’eed Al Mufti St., Sweifieh, (06) 582 5191

Jewelry & Watches

Abu-Shakra, Al Bayer Building, 8th Circle, Al Bayader Wadi Il Seer, (06) 581 7173, www. abushakra.com Bulgari, Um Uthaina Vista, Iritirea St., Um Uthaina, (06) 553 0319 Imseeh Jewelry, Shat Al-Arab St., Um Uthaina, (06) 551 1120, www.imseehjewelry.com Jabasini Jewelry, Shat Al-Arab St., Um Uthaina, (06) 585 9486, www.jabasinijewellery.com Karnig, 6th Circle, Sweifieh, (06) 541 1423, www.karnigcompanyltd.rolexdealers.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 Over the Rainbow, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 461 3248, www. otrainbow.com Shiraz Jewelry, Shat Al-Arab St., Um Uthaina, (06) 552 8951, www.shirazjewels.com Swatch, Sweifieh, (06) 585 6678, www. swatch.com Time Center, Um Uthaina Vista, Iritirea St., Um Uthaina, (06) 553 2216, www.timecenter.jo

Kids

Hamleys, Al-Hjaz Building, Mecca St. (06) 551 5020, www.hamleys.com Mothercare, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 581 6934, www.mothercare.com Tot Care, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 556 0724, www.mytotcare.com

Malls

Al Baraka Mall, Sa’eed Al Mufti St., (06) 580 8888, www.albarakamall.com Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 552 7932, www. meccamall.jo City Mall, Al Madinah Al-Tybieh St., (06) 586 8500, www.citymall.jo 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 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, www.faces-me.com MAC, City Mall, Al Madinah Al-Tybieh St., (06) 550 2824, www.maccosmetics.com Rivage, Al Hamra St., Sweifieh, (06) 562 1767, www.rivageline.com The Soap House, Yousef Asfour St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 463 3953 Vavavoom, City Mall, King Abdullah II St., (06) 550 2826

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


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Go’s gluten-intolerant Karen Simon found Amman’s top spots for gluten-free foods for those on a no wheat diet

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magine being told that you were no longer allowed to consume any product that came from wheat (not to mention, related species like barley, rye, or spelt). This means, no more toast, sandwiches, wraps, pastas, cakes, cereals, pizzas, crackers, cookies — any food that was made from flour or any form of wheat-based product. Italian food becomes near impossible to enjoy, shawarma and falafel sandwiches are forbidden, and most desserts are taken off the table. Doesn’t sound like much fun, right? Yet, this is the reality for those who suffer from celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, wheat allergy, and/ or gluten intolerance. Gluten is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat, kamut, spelt, barley, and rye. It’s the substance that gives elasticity — or that gluey texture — to dough, helping it rise and keep its shape. Not everyone, however, can

Bifrost Oven

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digest this ingredient and for those who can’t, eating well and healthy suddenly becomes a much more complicated undertaking. But luckily for Jordan’s gluten intolerant, restaurants and bakeries are beginning to take notice of this dietary phenomenon and are starting to offer great alternatives to wheatbased products. Take Bifrost Oven on Jabal Amman’s Rainbow St., for example. They’ve got a whole menu suited to those following a glutenfree diet. From gluten-free loaves to baguettes to cookies to pizzas and entire wheat-free meals, this is one place that celiacs can rest easy and simply enjoy their food without worrying about what ingredients it contains. Plus, Bifrost offers a gluten-free pre-order menu that carries special and delicious dishes for you to take home; you simply have to call ahead to order from it. Tina, Bifrost’s co-founder and an art therapist, told Go that her scrumptious and highly popular gluten-free peanut butter cookies were what inspired her to continue along the path of making other gluten-free recipes. Today, she even makes the rice flour that Bifrost Oven uses so as to guarantee its purity and that it’s not contaminated with gluten-containing products. Home Delivery! Tina even holds off from using yeast Get gluten-free breads, in her gluten-free breads, as that can cakes, pizzas, and more delivered to your door also be an irritating ingredient for Kate is a celiac and certain people. self-taught baker; she Anyone who suffers from food runs the Website Gluten allergies or specific dietary needs Free Jordan (www. knows that eating properly can glutenfreejordan.com) and offers a range of be a difficult task. And when an gluten-free products for ingredient like wheat is present Amman’s residents who in most dishes, dining out can suffer like herself from be exasperating, if not, mission celiac disease, gluten impossible — especially when intolerance and/or wheat allergies. If you’re not there’s a language barrier when in the mood for dining you ask to “hold the bread” or out or for going on a trek a lack of knowledge of what to get that soy loaf, call gluten intolerance is. Yet Bifrost Kate on (079) 953 6390 Oven, a welcomed and innovative and place your order. All her special dishes establishment with their alternative range from 8 to 20 JOD meals and array of gluten-free and are made in house, choices, is taking it upon themselves guaranteeing that they’re to make that mission, not only entirely free of glutenpossible but, most delicious as well.   based products.

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Wheat Alternatives

Check out these stores for more gluten-free products and ingredients Cozmo Supermarkets Their health food and bio aisles hold popular gluten-free products like Schär, Orgran, and Nature’s Path Organic. Issa Al Naouri St, 7th Circle, (06) 550 1240 Eman’s Diet Shop The gluten and lactose intolerant alike will find a whole selection of foods suited to their dietary needs in this health conscious store. Ali Nasouh Al Taher St., Swefieh, (06) 581 7430

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Al Sufara Bakery A popular local bakery, Sufara is well known for its soy and rice breads, a great glutenfree alternative to wholewheat loaves. Ali Nasouh Al Taher St., Sweifieh, (06) 581 8017

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HEALTHY Feet Treats

Feel like trying something new? Check out Mani e Piedi’s “dry pedicures” A great option if you’ve got particularly dry soles, Mani e Piedi’s “dry pedicure” machine will scrub those calluses away leaving your feet soft and smooth. Just sit back and relax and let the machine do all the work (just be warned: this isn’t the greatest choice for those who are particularly ticklish). And after that treatment, why not top off your experience with an awesome Mani e Piedi foot massage? Reflexology says there’s no better way to destress!

Nail It Down Go’s Whitney McNamara scoped out a couple of Amman’s good salons to get those nails in shape

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home; their home service is flexible to your desires. Another option for a girl on a mission for some indulgence is Mani e Piedi in Sweifieh. Choose from one of their many private rooms for the treatment that will rejuvenate you. Unwind after your pedicure with a 30-minute Paraffin (read: lavish wax) foot treatment and foot massage. Other services include packages for soonto-be brides, eyelash extension, a “glamour facial” to reduce the signs of aging, and even hot stone therapy for the face and body which promises to release stress and harmonize the balance in your body. For those looking to lose a few centimeters before a big night in an unforgiving dress, Mani e Piedi now offers body wraps as well. Body wraps are known to detox your body, improve circulation, and temporarily lose excess water weight. The extra bonus: Enjoy the beautiful views overlooking West Amman while being pampered at this great salon.

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hen choosing from the dozens of nail salons situated around West Amman, ladies can afford to be picky. For the busy workingwomen looking for a onestop-shop for everything relaxing and pampered related, try Roger Salon in Abdoun. More than just offering flawless manicures and pedicures (acrylics included!) the salon provides services ranging from massages and facials to waxing and sugaring and, of course, excellent cuts and color. From the first moment you walk into Roger Salon, you are put at ease with its modern, elegant, minimalist style with honey colored walls and rich, brown leather seats. And making sure all clients are comfortable, a separate section is reserved for women wearing hijab. For an even more luxurious experience Roger also offers inhome nail services: for the women wanting extra comfort, the man too embarrassed to be seen having his cuticles trimmed, or for a group wanting a “girls only” evening at

also offers tattoo services! However, if commitment isn’t your thing, but you’d still like some body art, you can always opt for Mani e Piedi’s temporary henna tats.

Locations: Roger Salon Al Kurdi Center, 1st floor, Al Mughrabi St., Abdoun (06) 593 9954 Mani e Piedi Park Plaza, Salah Al Shimat St., Sweifieh (077) 752 0144 www. maniepiedijordan.com


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HEALTHY Listings Clinics

Jordan German Dental Implant Center, Dr. Na’el Abazza, 5th Circle, Al Jumean Mecca St., (06) 582 3345, www.JGDCBuilding (06) 593 4425 dental.com Dr. Midhat Abdelmalik, Dr. Moh’d Al Jumeira Dental Clinics, Madina Munawara Basheer St., Shmeisani, (06) 568 9814, St., (06) 556 3710 www.derma-jo.info Al Khalidi Specilized Dental Center, Bin Dr. Haytham Abdul Hadi, Ameer Hamza St., Khaldoun St., Jabal Amman, (06) 464 4281, Jabal Amman, (06) 464 0040 www.kmc.jo Dr. Ibrahim Abu Ata, Al Khaldi St., Al Khaldi, Al Massi Dental Implant Center, Queen (06) 463 0333, Rania St., (06) 535 0669 Dr. Amr Amr, Al Bader Medical Center, 5th Dr. Ibrahim Nashashibi Dental Center, 7th Circle, (06) 592 1101 Circle, (06) 581 2393 Dr. Mohammad Al Baghal , Building No. 46, Panorama Dental Center, Sweifieh, (06) Al Khaldi St., 4th Circle, (06) 464 6625 593 9991 Dr. Sae’d Al Barghouty, Hazza’ Al Majali St., Al Saoudi Al Tebbi, Suleiman AL Hadeed St., Jabal Amman, (06) 464 3133 5th Circle, (06) 592 6663 Battikhi Specialized Clinics, Mustafa Healthy Eating Khalifeh Street, 3rd Circle, (06) 464 7253 Atkins: United Nutritions, Mecca St., (06) Caviar Medical Center, Khald Bin Al Walid 588 5449, unitednutritions.com Street, Jabal Al Hussein, (06) 566 6209, DNI Nutrition Center, off of Wakalat St., www.active-caviar.com Sweifieh, (06) 585 1188, dnijordan.com Dr. Nayef Al Dibes, Abu Hassan AL Ashari Eman Hamarneh Nutrition Center, off of St., (06) 567 0499 Karmalite Medical Esthetic, Na'eb Imran Al Wakalat St., Sweifieh, (0) 79 561 1470 Ma'aytah St., Sweifieh, (06) 586 8024, www. Nutrition Zone, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 586 8707, nutritionzoneltd.com karmalite.com Dr. Khalil Ghosheh, Zeid Bin Harethah St., Hospitals Jabal Amman, (06) 464 2190 Abdul Hadi Eye Hospital Dr. Jareer Halazon, Queen Noor St., Jabal Amman, Abu Firas Al Jordan Hospital, (06) 568 4450 O T St., (06) 462 Dr. Nidal Hamad, Zahran St., EDIf you’reKNOW Hamadani E 7628, www.ahhospital. 5th Circle, Jabal Amman, N looking to give com (06) 592 0202 Al Amal Center, yourself a special Dr. Hadi Abu Hantash, Al University St., (06) 535 treatment this month, Sharq St., Jabal Amman, visit the Guinot Moroccan 3000, www.khcc.jo (06)464 4707 Spa. Offering a range of Al Amal Maternity Dr. Fawzi Abu Hmeidar, spa therapies, this is the Hospital, Jabal Al Speciality Hospital, spot to sit back and Hussein, (06) 567 3155, Shmeisani, (06) 565 2501, relax! Call (06) 552 www.alamalhospital. www.speciality-hospital. 6240 for more. com com Amman Surgical Hospital, Dr. Khaldoun Jayousi, Bin Jabal Amman, 3rd Circle, (06) Khaldoun St., 4th Circle, (06) 465 464 1261 0666 Arab Medical Center, 5th Circle, (06) 592 Dr. Faris Jumean, Abdullah Ghosheh St., (06) 1199, www.amc-hospital.com 585 3525 Al Esraa Hospital, University St., (06) 530 Dr. Shireen Jweiber, Shmeisani, (06) 569 0300, www.esraahospital.com 5159 Dr. Zaher Al-Kaseeh, Al Khaldi St., 4th Circle, Farah Hospital, Jabal Amman Mai Zeyadah St., (06) 464 4440, www.farah-hospital.org (06) 464 1901 Hiba Hospital, Jabal Hussein, (06) 566 Dr. Ibrahim, Bin Khldoun St., 3rd Circle, Al 2034 Khalidi, (06) 464 4281, www.klc.jo Dr. Taroob Khoury, Layla Al Khaylaeyeh St., Ibn-Al Haytham Hospital, Musa Al Saket St., (06) 520 5555, www.ibn-alhaythamShmeisani, (06) 567 8909 hospital.com Laser Care Center, Bin Khaldoun St., 3rd Istishari Hospital, Al Kindi St., Wadi Saqra, Circle, (06) 463 3956, lasercareclinic.com (06) 500 1000, www.istisharihospital.com Dr. Ibrahim Mashini, 4th Circle, (06) 593 Jabal Amman Hospital, Al Mutanabi St., 4th 1755 Circle, (06) 464 2362 Dr. Mute’e Mehyar, Sakinah St., Jabal Jordan Hospital, Queen Nour St., Shmeisani, Amman, (06) 560 3030 (06) 560 8080, www.jordan-hospital.com Dr. Alia Nsour, Al Nasser Building, Jabal Al Khaldi Medical Center, Bin Khaldoun St., Amman, (06) 464 2377 Dr. Lina Qaddoumi, 6th Circle, (06) 553 5997 4th Circle, (06) 464 4281, www.kmc.jo Jordan Red Crescent Hospital, Prince Al Dr. Zuhair Al Qasas, Main Street, Wadi Al Hassan St., Al Ashrafiyeh, (06) 477 3141, Seer, Bayader, (06) 582 1801 www.jnrcs.org Dr. Iyad Reyahi, Building No. 16, 8th Circle, Jordanian University Hospital, Queen (06) 586 5290 Rania Al Abdullah St., Al Jubaiha, (06) 535 Dr. Mahmoud Abu Shaban, Zahran St., 5th 3444, www.ju.edu.jo Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 592 1020 Al Rashid Hospital, Irbid, (02) 710 0890 Dr. Hameidah Shaheen, Bin Khaldoun St., Specialty Hospital, Jaber Bin Hayyan St., Jabal Amman, (06) 465 1212 Dr. Ramzi Tabbalat, Abdullah Akkad St., 1st Shmeisani, (06) 500 1111, www.specialtyhospital.com Circle, (06) 465 5562,

Dentists

Al Ahli Dental Center, Queen Rania St., (06) 516 8787 Dr. Nabil Asfour, Al Zohla St., 5th Circle, (06) 592 3250 Dr. Hisham Bustani, Dental Care Clinics, Shmeisani, (06) 560 4602 Dental Spa Clinic, Al Madinah Al Munawwara St., Um Uthaina, (06) 556 0043 FIDIC (The First Dental Implant Center), Shmeisani, (06) 569 9770, www.fidic-jo. com Jordan Dental Center, Gardens St., T’la Al Ali, (06) 553 8261, www.jordan-dental.com 44 | NOV. 2011

laboratories

Abdoun Clinics, 15 Suleiman Hadidi St., 5th Circle, (06) 593 7376 Hanania Medical Center, 13 Khalil Maz'al St., 5th Circle, (06) 592 4385 Jume'an Building, 13 Suleiman Hadidi St., 5th Circle, (06) 592 0036 Quraini Building, 52 Khaldoun St., 4th Circle, (06) 464-1155

Natural Treatments

Abdoun Physiotherapy, Al Bader Medical Center, 5th Circle, (06) 592 4005, clients. johealth.com Dina Slim Center, Abdoun Circle, Abdoun,

(06) 592 1037, www.dinaslimcentre.com Physio Medic For Physiotherapy, off of 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 Omni Trade (Roche) Pharmacy One, King Abdullah II St., (06) 541 3026, www.pharmacy-1.com Rawafi Drug Stores, Gardens St., T’la Al Ali, (06) 551 9380 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 Bin Hussein St., Abdoun Circle, (06) 593 5555, www. essentialsamman.com Elixir, Paris St., 7th Circle, (06) 585 5723, Fatenah Salon, Mecca St., (06) 551 2006 Fuad Salon, Shat Al Arab St., Um Uthaina, (0) 79 559 1020 Haidar Salon, Omran AL Ma’aytah St., Deir Ghbar, (06) 581 1344 Hammoudeh Salon, Abdoun, (06) 592 9080 Kinda, Abdoun, (06) 593 2876, www. kindacenter.com Maria Salon, Khoury Center, Sweifieh, (0) 79 556 8209 Marwan Khair, 5th Circle, (06) 553 5717, Matrix, (06) 593 1845 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, Swefieh, (06) 586 3583 Rashid & Thaer, Wadi Saqra St., (06) 552 5434 Rupina Salon, Sa’a Zaghloul St., Abdoun, (06) 592 3163, www.joliefemme.info 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 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

Spa

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 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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ACTIVE DIARY OF AN ADRENALINE JUNKIE A thrill-seeker’s adventures by Go’s Karen Simon

Stick It Out Go checked out WTEO – Jordan to learn more about the diverse martial arts of Wing Tsun and Escrima

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ith the weather cooling down, I wanted to take the opportunity this month to check out a cool indoor sport. After some research, I found not only one, but a whole range of them, offered at WTEO – Jordan. At this Rabia-based facility, students — both beginner and advanced — can practice Avci Wing Tsun and Avci Escrima. Additionally, this fully equipped center offers classes in fitness, kickboxing, and functional training in affiliation with DNA, Jordan’s leading health and fitness consultation establishment. Avci Wing Tsun (also known as, WT) is a weaponless form of self-defense. It teaches effective techniques in conditioning muscle memory to produce automatic reflexes when contact fighting. Thus in WT, the attacker is countered in whichever way he or she chooses to attack. The concept behind WT is that when you’re actually fighting for your life, no rules apply, but proper use of your body and your environment becomes essential. Avci Escrima is a diverse art from the Philippines in which a Rattan stick is used during combat. Escrima’s concept of fighting can be applied to various everyday objects like an umbrella, briefcase, purse, belt, or even a credit card if necessary (watch out Jackie Chan!). These are practical martial arts that essentially strive to teach reallife self-defense, when being able to perform a prearranged sequence of combat techniques — like a taekwondo poomsae or karate kata — is highly unlikely. WTEO – Jordan began in 2000 with Sihing Ahmad Hjeiri and has since carried on under Sihings Ismail Hakki and Mutaz Mango, both of whom are adepts at WT and Escrima with a Practitioner Level 1 in the 46 | NOV. 2011

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former and a Level 11 in the latter each. (Sihing is a term of respect meaning “senior male classmate.”) So whether you’re male, female, young, or old, sign up for Wing Tsun or Escrima classes if you’re looking to get fit while learning functional self-defense. (I’ll sign up just to find out what exactly it is you can do with that credit card!)

My Tip: As the WTEO – Jordan adepts insightfully teach, “We learn to crawl before we start to walk.” So when it comes to practicing Avci Wing Tsun, there are no shortcuts. It’s only through continuous training and hard work that you will eventually become proficient in this martial art, so don’t give up easy!

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In Training The 5 Fighting Ranges of Combat in Avci Wing Tsun are… 1. Long Range (kicks) 2. Medium Range (punches) 3. Close Range (elbows, fore-arms, and knees) 4. Standing-Grappling Range (clinch fighting, take-downs, throws, arresting, anti-grappling, and opponent control techniques) 5. Ground Fighting Range (positioning, escapes and counters, submissions, and “ground and pound”)

Class Schedule Avci WingTsun and Escrima classes for beginners: Every Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday at 18:00. Avci WingTsun and Escrima classes for advanced students: From Saturday through to Wednesday at 19:00. Fitness and kickboxing classes: Every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 18:00 and all throughout the morning from 09:00 – 13:00.

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uniforms and equipment are necessary to practice Wing Tsun and/or Escrima properly. You can purchase all of these at the WTEO – Jordan facility!

Security Buffs

WTEO – Jordan provides security consultation services in handto-hand combat and white weapon (non-firearm) techniques The Public Security Department as well as other National Security bodies in Jordan have been receiving training from WTEO – Jordan. Instructors Ismail Hakki and Mutaz Mango are both officially qualified teachers for such provisions and have been active in the field since 2009. Their security “Avci System” was created by SiGung Salih Avci and has been implemented by some of the world’s elite special units since 1992. This effective system is a non-sport approach catering to the needs of security forces and it remains compliant with the standards set for human-rights laws. NOV. 2011 | 47


ACTIVE

Flying

High Go looked into the Royal Aero Sports Club in Aqaba to find out all about the Kingdom’s airborne activities

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f you’ve always wondered what Jordan looks like from the sky, then the Royal Aero Sports Club of Jordan (RASCJ) has your answer. Offering activities like hot air ballooning, ultralight flying, and aircraft handling, this is the aviation fanatic’s dream come true. Whether you’d like to tour around Wadi Rum for pleasure, or you’d like to take flying lessons for fun, the RASCJ can help you out. Those looking to get a bird’s-eye view of the Kingdom’s southern mountain range should be interested in the RASCJ’s hot air balloon rides. This is a unique and unforgettable way to visit the country, and can make for a very special experience — especially as a gift for your significant other! Balloon flights usually take place during the early morning and the ride takes about one hour, however the RASCJ suggests that clients should allow between two to three hours for the whole experience. People more interested in crafts with wings however can choose between the RASCJ’s two ultralight crafts: their Remos G3 or their Savannah. With the ultralight, clients can either hire the plane with

a pilot for a fun sightseeing flight — with a spectacular view of Wadi Rum including Lawrence’s Spring, the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, and more — or they can take up a course to be trained in flying themselves. But keep in mind, that only one passenger per ultralight flight is permitted. And the RASCJ offers transportation to and from your camp within Rum to the ultralight take off points. So take to the skies this month and head out with the Royal Aero Royal Aero Sports Sports Club. Whether you’d like to Club of Jordan be flown around, or do the flying King Hussein International Airport, Aqaba, (03) 205 8052 yourself these are must-try activities for locals and visitors alike. www.royalaerosports.com Amman

Operations Area & Meeting Points of RASCJ

Wadi Rum Aqaba

~16 km to the police check point

~40 km

Salhia village

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Microlight take-off place Bait Ali Camp

Disi petrol station Disi village Microlight take-off place

Disi Camps Area Camel Race Track

Prices* - For the Air Balloon Ride: 1 hour ride: 130 JOD

Keep in Mind A few things to be aware of before you fly - Flights can be cancelled due to bad weather conditions. - The club can organize a pick up from any campsite in Wadi Rum. Simply specify your location when you make your reservation. - Wear comfortable, casual clothes and flat shoes. Skirt, sandals, and slippers are not recommended. A jacket is usually necessary during winter. - For the ultralight, the passenger’s weight shouldn’t exceed 120kg. 48 | NOV. 2011

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- For the Ultralight Flight: 20 minute flight: 75 JOD 40 minute flight: 140 JOD 1 hour flight: 200 JOD - For Aircraft Handling: Call the RASCJ for details. *All fees to be paid in cash to the pilot.

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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 Street, Swefieh, (06) 586 2004, www. arthurmurrayjordan.com Elite Dance Studio, 4 Issa Bin Salman St., (06) 583 3361, www.elitedancejo.com Freeway Dance Studio, Shahroury Plaza, Wakalat St., Sweifieh, (06) 585 8649, www. freeway.pro 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 Tango Jordan, 2 Sulayman Al Bilbaisi St., behind the Orthodox Club, Abdoun, (079) 598 8117, www.tangojordan.com Tempo, off of Abdul Rahman Alawi St., Jabal

Asalah Equestrian, Madaba Street, Al Yadoudeh, (06) 412 1881 Country Riding Center of Jordan, Jelad, off the Queen Alia Airport Highway, (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, Naur, off the Dead Sea Highway, (077) 748 4702, www.alfursanllc.com Green Country Riding Club, Naur, off the 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, Qastal, off Queen Alia Airport Highway, (0) 77 760 0110 Princess Alia Riding Center, Hussein Sports Club, Sports City, (06) 567 5739 Saifi Stables, Al-Yadoudeh, off Queen Alia 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 1001, www.alinefitness.com Aspire Ladies’ Spa, Rifa'ah Al Ansari St., off University St., Jubaiha, (06) 534 7637 Body Design, 19 Fawzi Al Qaweqji St., Abdoun, (06) 592 9669 Club Olympus, Hussein Bin Ali St., Jabal Amman, (06) 465 1234, www.amman. grand.hyatt.com Club On Five, Sheraton. Al Nabil Hotel & Towers, Al Urdon St., 5th Circle, (06) 593 Amman, (06) 593 8939, www.tempojordan.com 4111, www.sheratonammanalnabil.com The National Center for Culture and Arts of Curves for Women, Abu Firas Al Hamadani King Hussein Foundation, off of University St., Building # 4, (06) 464 9049, www. St., (06) 569 0292, www.pac.org.jo curvesme.com/Jordan Fit 4 Life, Al Kurdi Building, Abdoun, Diving Centers (06) 592 4499 Aqaba Adventure Divers, South O T First, Mecca Mall, Beach Road, Aqaba, (0) 79 ED The KNOW Fitness E Mecca St., (06) 586 3046, 584 3724, www.aqabaN Children’s www.fitnessfirst.com diving.com Fitness First Platinum, Museum just Aqaba International Dive Saed Abdo Shamout launched their newest Center, Corniche St., St., Abdoun, (06) 592 program Watch Your Aqaba, (0) 79 559 2095, Waste, where kids learn 3828, www.fitnessfirst. www.aqabadivingcenter. all about consumption com com practices and waste. Fitness One, Mecca St., Barracuda Diving Club, Call (06) 541 1479 (06) 585 9924, www. South Coast, Aqaba, for details. fitness1club.com (06) 206 0501, www. Flex, 7th Circle, Khalda, (06) goaqabadive.com 535 6998, www.flex.com.jo Bedouin Moon Village, South Inter-fit Health Spa, Beach Road, Aqaba, (079) 538 1979, Intercontinental Hotel, Queen Zein Street, www.bedouinmoonvillage.com Darna Village, South Beach Road, Aqaba, (0) (06) 464 1361 Oasis Club, Marriott Hotel, Issam Ajluni St., 79 671 2831, www.darnavillage.com Dive Aqaba, Al Saada St., Aqaba, (0) 79 660 Shmeissani, (06) 560 7607, www.marriott.com Panacea Health Club, Abdelrahim Allawi 0701, www.diveaqaba.com Street, 5th Circle, (06) 592 3400, www. International Arab Divers Village Hotel & Diving Club, Aqaba South Beach Road, (03) bristolamman.com Perfect Gym, Al Husseiny Complex, 203 1808, www. aqaba-divevillage.com Abdullah Ghosheh St., 7th Circle, (06) 582 9182 Neptune Submarine Vision, Tala Bay, Aqaba, (077) 943 0969, www.aqababoat.com Power Hut, Al Thakafe St., Shmeisani, (06) 568 6672 Red Sea Dive Center, South Beach, Aqaba, (03) 202 2323, www.aqabascubadiving.com Revolution Ladies’ Gym, University St., Tla’a Al Ali, (06) 534 9144 Royal Diving Center, Coral Bay Hotel & The Royal Spa & Health Club, Le Resort, Aqaba South Beach Road, Aqaba, Royal Hotel, Zahran Street, 3rd Circle, (03) 201 7035, www.rdc.jo Jabal Amman, (06) 430 3000, www. SeaStar Water Sports, Al Saada St., Aqaba, (03) 201 3735, www.aqabadivingseastar.com leroyalamman.com Total Fitness Center, Khalaf Al Bakheet St., Sinai Divers Diving Center, Mövenpick Swefieh, (06) 585 7254, (06) 582 2844 Resort and Spa Tala Bay, Aqaba, (03) 205 www.totalfitnessjordan.com 0030, www.sinaidivers.com World Class Fitness Center, Hotel Le Méridien, Queen Noor Street Shmeisani (06) Equestrian Clubs 569 6511 Annab Equestrian Center, off Queen Alia Airport Highway, (06) 412 9444 Kids Centers Arabian Horse Club, Al-Yadoudeh, off Queen Alia Airport Highway, (06) 429 1386 The Children’s Museum, off of King

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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., Abdoun, (06) 592 5957 Jungle Bungle, Mecca Mall, Mecca St., (06) 553 6511 Kids Land, Al Hijaz Towers, Mecca St., (06) 553 8322 My Gym, Princess Basma St., Abdoun, (06) 592 5113, www.mygymjordan.com

Sports Clubs

Action Target, off of Queen Alia Airport 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, off of Queen Alia Airport Road, (0) 79 552 0334 Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu, Cairo St., Abdoun, (079) 653 4335, www.jordanjiujitsu.com

Listings

Climbat Amman, off of Dead Sea Highway, (06) 573 6177, www.climbat.com Cycling Jordan, Near Mujama Jaber, Off Mecca St., (0) 78 555 2525, www.cyclingjordan.com Dunes Club, off of Queen Alia Airport Road, (06) 412 5290, www.dunesclub.com Mountain Breeze Country Club, Jala'ad near Zai, Al Salt (0) 77 723 4569, www. jordanadventure.com 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, Prince Mohamed St., 3rd Circle, (079) 543 1616, www. tropicaldeserttrips.com

Themed Parks

Adventure City, off of Dead Sea Road, Swaimeh (0) 77 900 0202 Al Wadi Water Park, off of Dead Sea 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, off of Queen Alia Airport Road, (06) 565 2004 Jordan Speed Center, off of Queen Alia Airport Road (06) 429 0306, www.jsc-kart.com


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Go’s Samer Aksoy spent the day admiring and test-driving the newly facelifted 2012 Mercedes C-Class

The Mercedes Shop If you’re about to purchase a Mercedes or just visiting the dealer, make sure to stop by the Mercedes Shop near the showroom’s maintenance waiting area. There you’ll find a wide range of goodies from 1:18 high quality model cars to Mercedes infant car seats. When I passed by, I had to add three more items to my never-ending “things-I-need-to-have” wish list. And if that’s not enough to satisfy you, head up to the second level of the showroom and you’ll find an extension of the shop that has plenty more items on display! 52 | NOV. 2011


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5 facts about the Mercedes C-Class 1| 1993: The first year the “C-Class” name was used. 2| W204: The code name of the latest generation C-Class. 3| 2000: The number of new components the 2012 facelift C-Class provides. 4| 8.5 million: The numbers of cars Mercedes has sold in this segment 5| 510bhp: The staggering power the C-Class AMG Black edition has on tap.

On the go, the mechanical changes shine. In the C200 I drove, the Kompressor engine was replaced with a new 184bhp CGI engine, which includes a turbo. This means once you floor the gas, the power surge is incredible — not to mention smile inducing. The new 7-Gtronic plus compliments that surge and also provides seamless shifts when cruising, while the new steering setup provides sharper turn in. And if you decide to have a little fun, all the car’s mechanics will cheer you on, rear-wheeldrive included. As we drove on and around the Queen Alia Airport Road, the Mercedes proved its versatility. The cosseting ride was highlighted as wind, road, and engine noise was suppressed. Road bumps, cracks, and potholes are also subdued as the C-Class deals with them effortlessly. This car provides a broad range of appeal; it can meet the needs of a businessman or woman, a mom on a school trip, and even friends who are out for a cruise. The 2012 C-Class provides improvements on an already great product. So, is this facelift astoundingly better or terribly wrong? I’d definitely go with the former.

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ars, like every other product on earth have a lifecycle. It starts off way before being introduced to the public, as the design, technical, and product gurus do their magic to create something that’s desirable. Usually, once it’s launched there’s no turning back, but for cars, these gurus have a chance to tweak and make amendments to their product in its midlife, which is commonly known as a facelift. Mind you at this point things can become astoundingly better or go terribly wrong if they over-correct. The degree of the facelift differs from brand to brand, and specifically from model to model. Personally, I hate the facelifts that focus on a specific part of the car, such as what happened on the Honda Civic in 2004 or on the Opel Vectra in 2005 — just take a look at them before and after and you’ll know why refreshing a car is called a facelift! I like the facelifts that maintain the overall design and bring better power and technology, which give fewer areas to criticize, such as Citroen, Jaguar, and BMW facelifts. Mercedes could be considered to be apart of the latter group, as they tend to focus on tweaking the inside much more than the outside. New technology is provided, engines are added, suspension is revised, power is boosted, and fuel consumption is lowered. And on the outside they tend to be mild with their amendments; actually, that is an understatement especially for the naked eye. For you to actually notice a difference you would either need a high-tech magnifier that’ll tell you the changes, a degree in auto design, or perhaps both! But this trend seems absent in the current generation Mercedes C-Class facelift — there’s no need for either. The car’s front has clearly been refreshed considerably, as the front light clusters receive a more angular treatment. The vehicle’s sides and rear stay more or less as is, but with the rear lights having changed in color. Also, LED lights have been added, including the daytime types. Overall the car’s stance is taut and gives a hint at its sporty intent even when stationary. The real shocker is when you step inside the 2012 C-Class — here the entire dashboard has been redesigned. To be honest I loved the old one, but I’m not complaining about the new one at all; it has become aligned with its bigger siblings — such as the E-Class — in quality and design. All of this results in an interior that looks and feels even more high-end. Jordan’s exclusive Mercedes dealers T Gargour & Fils Co. (TGF) provide the C-Class in three different level specifications, Classic, Elegance and Avantgarde, and all of them come with a generous list of specs. But the level of customization is staggering; you can request any engine in the lineup, or even order the epic AMG model for the ultimate C-Class experience.

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An Aramex Shop & Ship Account First off you’ll need a mailbox to ship your items to, and Aramex provides you with one in the US and one in the UK; perfect. www.shopandship.com

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The Scales

Die-cast models come in specific scales, the most popular is 1:18 or 1/18, which basically means if you place 18 model cars in front each other they will match the length of the actual car. Or rather, it means that the model is 18-times less the actual size of the car it is based on. And this applies on all other scales.

When Shopping Online Rates, Rates, Rates A Credit Card When you buy online Make sure your card you pay for shipping information is safe. when the item is shipped Personally, I took it a to your offshore address step further and got a MasterCard Net Smart from and when Aramex ships it Jordan. So get your facts ICC. It’s a standalone card straight before buying. that I can charge specific Shop & Ship’s landline is amounts for online use. (06) 535 8855 Call ICC on (06) 566 0660

The PayPal Myth Sellers on eBay use PayPal, a third party company that provides secure transactions. To use this service too, you’ll need to register, but it’s simple enough; just follow the steps. www.paypal.com


1. AutoArt: The “Mercedes of Models,” even the most basic models are very detailed, and accordingly, the price starts high and climbs up from there. 2. Kyosho: Detailed to perfection and a rival of AutoArt in price, this Japanese maker clearly enjoys its craft. 3. Bburago: The most accessible of the lot, this well-known brand provides a wide range of models, decent detailing, and modest prices. 4. Masito: They’re in the same league of Bburago, but a smidgen less in terms of detailing. 5. Hot Wheels: This manufacturer maintains a balance between quality and price, but also provides a high-end line called Elite for those with deeper pockets.

Patience You might be at the mercy of someone else’s taste in color or have to deal with the fact that a model you wanted has been sold and will be available in the umpteenth month. Remember, good things come to those who wait.

Going Local

What’s great is that in the past five years in Jordan, stores that actually target people who are into model cars have started to open up. If we were, say, in 2000, you would visit a toy store and perhaps might see one or two that barely made the cut, but now the market is opening up. Here is a list of local shops that may have what you’re looking for: 1. The Hobby Shop: The first time I put my foot into this store was two years ago. I was amazed by the wall of model cars they had; all the greats were there, like an Aston Martin Vantage from AutoArt. But sadly I was not quick enough to buy and somebody else bought it instead! Hussein Bin Ali St., Jabal Amman, (06) 565 2004

Going Online

The Internet has revolutionized many things, and one of those things is that it has provided unrivaled shopping potential. As a die-cast model enthusiast, I’ve found that going online will most probably get me what I’m looking for. Personally, I like to use www. Amazon.com, www.eBay.com, and, www.iDcow.com (a specialized diecast model online shop).

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Even when it comes to model cars, what brand you choose to buy is crucial. There are some models that are shoddily built and their price is unjustified, but then there’s the immaculately detailed (which are also at times unjustifiably priced!). It all depends on how much you are willing to spend on these little works of art. These are just some of the most famous manufacturers:

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in need for a currency converter when purchasing model cars online. I’ve found XE to be the most user-friendly and accurate. Visit www.xe.com.

2. Treasure Island: Recently opened, this place just received a healthy dose of models. During my last visit I became acquainted with a limited edition AutoArt Pagani Zonda Cinque, an aweinducing model — and so is its price. Mecca St., (06) 552 2958 3. Video House: “Video House??” Yes, I thought the same thing too, but if you’re looking for a model of Scarface’s ride, a 1960s Batmobile, or even a Kyosho Audi R8, then this is where you need to pass by. Mecca St., (06) 551 5371 4. Toys & Toys: This store houses many toys, but it also has hidden car gems. I once found a Lamborghini Countach... and hid it, only to come back and find it gone! Wakalat St, Sweifieh, (06) 585 1991

When Shopping Locally Be quick After the wait or when you finally find a model that’s to your liking, be sure to act fast and buy quick; chances are, the next day it will no longer be there waiting for you!

Curiosity Take the Video House store as a perfect example; I expected rows upon rows of DVDs, instead, what I got was models stacked on top of each other. So if you pass by a place that looks remotely the part, pop in and check it out. NOV. 2011 | 55


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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 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, Paris St., Sweifieh, (06) 581 5500 Peugeot, Mecca St., (06) 515 2110, www. khayyatgroup.com.jo Saab, Swefieh, (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 Complex, Wakalat St., Swefieh, (06) 592 3260 International Driving Center, Swefieh, (06) 585 6006 Nancy Driving School, Umaymah Complex, Dahiat Al Rasheed, (06) 515 6020 Sireen Driving Center, Bayadeer Wadi Al Seer, (06) 585 4949 Swefieh Driving Center, Swefieh, (06) 582 7680

Insurance

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Abed Al Hameed Sharaff St., (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. firstinsurance.jo 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., Wasfi Al-Tal Street, Tla’a Al-Ali, (06) 552 6888 Keenwash Waterless Wax And Wash, 8 Paris St., Swefieh, (079) 907 0100, www. keenwash.com Khalaf Al Assaf & Sons Co., Wasfi Al Tal St., 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., Sweifieh, (06) 581 2539

Service Centers

Listings 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 Specialized Car Services Center, Wadi Al-Remam, (06) 492 0277 Al Kilani For Tires and Car Parts, Al Ahmad Samara Station for Automobile Madeenah Al Munawwarah St., T’la Al Ali, Services, Princess Raiyah Bint Al Hussein (06) 556 0671 St., Al Kmal Yah, (0) 79 589 9785 Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists, Sinna’a, ALFA Trade Motors Service Center, , Sewar Bayader Wadi Seer, (06) 582 1525, (0) 79 Ben Omara St., Bayader, (06) 585 0034 709 4014, www.alloywheelfix.com Allozi Station for Fuel & Car Services, Atmosphere Car Audio and Video Center, (Abdalla Ahmad Abdulrahman Allouzi & Kabul St., Al Rabieh, (06) 552 7576, (077) Bros. Co) Abu Nuseir St., Ibn Oaf, (06) 533 744 5888, www.atmospherejo.com 7177 Auto Excellence, (06) 582 6531, Barakeh Gas Station and Auto Services, www.auto (Shaker Hanna Haddad & Sons Co), Wasfi excellence-jo.com Al Tal St., T’la Al Ali, (06) 553 5454 Special Addition, Bustami & Saheb Trading Service Al Madeenah Al Jordan’s Center, Marka, (06) 489 1166 Munawwarah very first solar Car Plaza Station (Almedan For St., T’la Al Ali, charging station for Auto Service), Wasfi Al Tal St., Al (06) 554 Khal Dean, (06) 537 1509 5006 electric cars was recently Central Trade And Auto Qingqi, opened in cooperation with Service Center, Adwye AlWasfi Al Tal Bustami & Saheb Trading Co. Hekma St., Bayader, (06) 586 St., Khalda, (the country’s Nissan dealer) 6440 (06) 535 and the Royal Scientific Chery Automobile Service 6500, (079) Society! The station can Center, Marka, (06) 489 0011 983 2124, be found at El Hassan The Commercial And Industrial www.qingqi. Science City. Service Center, Mahata St., (06) com.cn/en/ 465 1397 index.aspx Faouri Trading Service Center, Mqablen, Racing Dimensions Jordan TV And Radio Station St., (06) 438 Car, Al Safa Wa Al Marwa 0156 Building, Al Madeenah Al Munawwarah St., Gardens Station for Oil and Cars Service T’la Al Ali, (06) 553 3117 (Moh'd Ghdaian Ahmad Al Armouti), Prince Ziebart, Sinna’a, Bayader Wadi Seer, (06) Shaker Bin Zeid St., Shmeisani, (06) 567 582 5533, (0) 79 543 2800, www.ziebart0890 jo.com

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#ILoveAmman — It’s my favorite hashtag, and it’s so true. I’ve lived in Hong Kong, Toronto, Pretoria, Atlanta, and Brussels, but there’s no place quite like Amman. I’ve been blessed to live and work here for over a year now. In that time (and through a pretty extensive trial-and-error process), I’ve found my favorite places to do the things I love. Some are pretty popular, and others are hidden gems. Each has endeared itself to me with friendly staff and a unique personality.

Bookshop is also a great place to pick up road maps and books all about Jordan if you’re looking to explore the rest of the country further!

A cheap place to get your nerd on... I’m not addicted to gaming, but I do enjoy using it as a means to socialize with friends. A great spot to spend a leisurely Friday afternoon with friends is Splash, a LAN gaming lounge in Rabia with a chill atmosphere. A wide range of current first-person shooters and real time strategies are offered, and the staff is perfectly fine with patrons talking smack to opponents and even making up victory chants/dances after a valiant battle. The best time to go is in the early afternoon (before the gaming chain smokers choke up the place). Splash, Kabul St., Rabia, (079) 898 4606 58 | NOV. 2011

Our Go-Getter Brandon Barron is an English and social studies teacher at Whitman Academy in Umm Uthaina. Check out his blog at www.brandoninjordan.com or follow him on Twitter @brandoninjordan to keep up-to-date with this Go-Getter


Perfect dinner and a movie... The nice thing about Amman’s many malls is that they offer a package deal — food, shopping, and entertainment. My favorite place to get a bite to eat and a catch a flick is Al Baraka Mall in Sweifieh. Prime, Al Baraka’s theater, is smaller than most other cinemas in town, which makes it feel a little more exclusive and clean. Being right next door to one of Amman’s great sushi joints, Sake, is an amazing bonus. After a movie, my friends and I also like to head downstairs to Caribou Coffee to hang out and chat film. Prime Cinemas, Al Baraka Mall, Sa’eed Al Mufti St., Sweifieh (06) 585 8500

Some more reasons to  Amman:

A quiet cup of coffee... Caffeine culture is definitely prevalent in our capital city, and cafés are everywhere. Sometimes, though, it’s hard to find a quiet place to work or enjoy fellowship with friends over a good cup of coffee. One place that I discovered, however, is The Good Bookshop on Jabal Amman’s Rainbow St. Many people don’t know that the employees at this English bookstore double as baristas. And usually, the loudest “noise” I hear on a given Thursday night hanging out there is the swish of novel pages. Feel free to check it out... just don’t tell anyone else! The Good Bookshop, Rainbow St., 1st Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 461 3939

Home Away From Home

If foreign friends are coming to visit, but you don’t have room for them at yours, try the Heritage House

- Cool Friday markets around the city - Innovative young entrepreneurs who are doing their best to promote Jordan’s culture - Majestic ancient sites alongside brand new trendy hotspots Sure, those popular international hotel chains are great. They offer a quality stay, a familiar feel, and a sense of comfort for the accustomed traveler. However, there’s nothing quite like staying at a unique and charming place when visiting an equally unique and charming city. Amman’s Heritage House, conveniently located on Rainbow St.,, offers beautiful, contemporary hotel apartments for those looking to visit the capital in style yet in an authentically local spot. These tasteful studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments offer all the modern

comforts a guest could ask for — including wireless Internet access, DVD players, and flat screen TVs — plus the Heritage House boasts a fully functioning business center and a relaxing lounge serving up continental breakfasts each and every day. Also, this hotel’s staff is always on hand to guide and advise travelers on the top spots to see around our capital and the rest of the Kingdom. So the next time you’ve got guests flying into town or if you’re a visitor to Jordan yourself, try the Heritage House for a guaranteed great stay in Amman. Rainbow St., (06) 464 3111, www.heritageamman.com

Be Amman’s

100 Must Meet

Ammanis Do you know some unique residents of our capital that you think everyone should meet?

BeAmman.com is setting out to showcase the 100 Must-Meet Ammanis and are asking you to submit your top ten candidates. So far the nominees have included notable personalities such as filmmaker Nadine Toukan, human-rights activist Reem Abu Hassan, blogger extraordinaire Naseem Tarawneh, acrobatic policeman Hazza’ Thuneibat, and so many more. The submitters themselves have included Ragdha Butros, Rania Omeish, Basem Aggad, and Abeer Abu Touq. And, if you’d actually like to meet the people on the current list, those who submitted their nominations can set that up for you! Or alternatively, if you think you can add to the list, log on to BeAmman.com now and submit ten of your own go-getters and they just might be included in the final 100. Link to www.beamman. com for more information! NOV. 2011 | 59


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n a region where historical and religious sites are scattered everywhere, it’s no surprise that the Baptism Site — the place where Jesus was said to be baptized — is right in Jordan’s backyard. The area around the river is also referred to as Bethany Beyond the Jordan after the village of John the Baptist, where he lived and preached. Images by: Motaz Abu Hamdeh Today, known in Arabic as Al Maghta, this is one of the most important places for Christians as not just Jesus is said to have spent time in the area, but also other prophets such as Joshua, Elijah, and Elisha. The sacred location is also central to some of the Bible’s paramount events. In Kings 2, it’s written that Prophets Elijah and Elisha parted the River Jordan. But the most meaningful element to the location is the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist. After Jesus’ baptism at

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Go’s Whitney McNamara made her way down to the Dead Sea area to visit the famous grounds of Bethany Beyond the Jordan, commonly known as Jesus’ baptism site

Jordan is not to be confused with the village of Bethany near Jerusalem, where the Bible says Lazarus was raised from the dead.

Bethany, the Bible says he fasted and resisted Satan’s temptations in the barren region east of the river. Excavations in the area are recent (only commencing about 15 years ago) but have yielded amazing results. More than two dozen churches (including a Byzantine monastery), caves of monks, and pools used for baptisms have been found, all dating from the Roman and Byzantine eras. Most churches still retain their original mosaics with Greek engravings. The site, described as “a jungle” by Prophet Jeremiah, can be explained by its low elevation, which subsequently makes the area lush in minerals and saturated with the water from the valleys on either side of it. Today, the same bountiful signs of life still exist creating a picturesque backdrop for the already vital and meaningful area.

By car or taxi: The newly opened Baptism Site, offering all the necessary visitors facilities, is about a 40-minutes drive from Amman. Take the Queen Alia Airport Road to the south and turn right where the brown sign indicates the road to the Dead Sea. The exit to Bethany Beyond the Jordan/Baptism Site is also marked by traffic signs.

Opening Hours

Winter: 8:00am-4:00pm (last entry at 3:00pm) Summer: 8:00am-6:00pm (last entry at 5:00pm) Cost: 7 JOD

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Jesus’s baptism (Matthew 3: 13-17)

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John the Baptist performs mass baptisms (Luke 3:1, 5-6) God spoke to Jesus and Jesus began his ministry (Luke 3:21-23)

Prophet Jeremiah describes Wadi Kharrar, the area around the river (Jer. 49:19)


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Cairo Words by: Brandon Barron

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airo has always been a to escape to the lap of luxury. Not massive, living, breathing so with Cairo. Rather, ruthless taxi creature, with every right to be drivers, smiling kushari artisans, considered a global city. Postand lazy-eyed felucca navigators Mubarak Cairo is no different. offer travelers the magnificence of The “City of a Thousand authenticity. From the steps of the Minarets” extends a welcoming pyramids to the stalls of Khan al smile to visitors hoping to explore Khalili, Cairo insists that visitors the capital of the new Egypt. have an unforgettable experience. Cairo is dirty No matter if you’re Egyptair (very dirty). It’s also a frequenter of the and RJ both congested, loud, city or it’s your first fly to Cairo unpredictable... and time, make your next multiple times daily. Prices indescribably beautiful. trip to Cairo one that range anywhere In the Middle East, can’t be summed up between 200JOD so many destinations with the front of and 300JOD. advertise opportunities a postcard.

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Experience: Sunset Felucca Ride on the Nile Formerly used by Nile fishermen, feluccas are now primarily used in Cairo for pleasure cruises. An hour-long cruise on the Nile goes for around E£80 (less than 10JOD), and can be arranged with any of the countless boat owners along the Corniche. The ideal time to go is at sunset, when the murky water gives way to hues of purple and pink. It’s customary for passengers to pick up a take out meal and bring it with them to enjoy.

If you want to see more of Cairo right now, check out Brandon’s video blog of his trip! Log on to www. brandoninjordan. com.

Ideally located along the Nile, the Ramses Hilton allows guests to avoid the Cairo’s traffic with most of downtown within walking distance. www1.hilton.com 62 | NOV. 2011

Visit: Egyptian Museum

This museum showcases beautiful royal jewelry, the burial capsules of pampered pets, King Tut’s burial mask, the Rosetta Stone replica, and much more. Plus, the building itself is a historical site.

Shop: Khan al Khalili

Pharaonic souvenirs galore can be found at “the Khan,” a bazaar in the old Islamic part of town. Like any tourist hotspot, salesmen mark up their prices for foreigners, so bring along a local if you can.

Eat: Kushari

Egypt’s signature street food is a one-dish meal of rice, macaroni, spaghetti, lentils, chickpeas, fried onions, doused with garlic, tomato sauce, and spices. It’s a hearty must-try!

Where to Stay Ramses Hilton

What to Do

Isis Hotel

The bare minimum of bed, shower, and breakfast is offered here, but the Isis has some of the friendliest, most sincere staff in Cairo. www.isiscairo.com

The Australian Hotel This accommodation is cheap, clean, and backpacker-friendly. Young travelers will enjoy the easygoing attitude of the staff, and tours to the Pyramids are offered daily.


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Montreal Canada’s Cultural Hub French-speaking Montreal is one of the most diverse cities you’ll ever come across with something for everyone

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he largest city in Canada’s province of Quebec, Montreal is a bustling metropolis that never sleeps. Home to an inordinate amount of post-secondary students — thanks to its nine universities and 12 junior colleges — here, there’s no lack of life. Packed with countless culturally dense neighborhoods, in Montreal there’s always something to do, visit, or explore, no matter your interest. And if you’re into hockey, what better city to visit than the home of the 24-time Stanley Cup champions, the Montreal Canadiens? Whether or not you know the sport, this is a city of diehard fans, and their team spirit is contagious. So pack those boots, coat, and gloves, and take a trip to awesome MTL.

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winter chill is getting too much to handle, visit the Biodome. Not only is it a great attraction, here you can also enjoy the warmer climes of a tropical forest. See www.biodome. qc.ca for details.

For the Antiquarian

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The Main

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Location: Bordered by Rue McGill, Ruelle des Fortifications, Rue Berri, & the Saint Lawrence River Metro Stop: Champ-de-Mars, Place-d’Armes, or Square-Victoria (Orange line) Don’t Miss: Notre-Dame Basilica. This is a feat of architectural splendor.

Location: Boulevard Saint-Laurent Metro Stop: Saint-Laurent (Green line) or De Castelnau (Blue line) Don’t Miss: Schwartz’s. The most famous delicatessen serving Montreal-style smoked meat; expect to find people queuing outside just to get in!

Location: Bordered by Rue Sherbrooke Est, Rue Berri, Rue Sainte-Catherine Est, and Rue Sanguinet Metro Stop: Berri UQAM (Orange, Green, and Yellow lines) or Sherbrooke (Orange line) Don’t Miss: Les Foufounes Électriques. A great place for live music and a bit of MTL’s “underground” scene.

  A neighborhood of cobblestone streets, 17th century buildings, historic museums, and old restaurants, stepping into Old Montreal (or VieuxMontréal) is like going back in time. This is the oldest part of the city, dating back centuries to the time of New France. Today, visitors to MTL love to make a stop in this part of town to revel in its beautiful architecture, stroll along one of the majestic squares, take up a horse-drawn carriage, or visit one of the many museums or modern galleries on offer.

 Running across the Island of Montreal, Blvd. Saint-Laurent — dubbed The Main by locals — is an extraordinarily diverse street. One could spend an entire day walking it, visiting the many ethnic communities that it runs through, such as Chinatown, Little Italy, and Little Portugal, as well as areas taken up by Montreal’s Greek, Arab, and Haitian residents. This makes for an array of stores, eateries, and other unique venues. Plus, The Main has some of the city’s most popular nightspots if you want a fun night out.

  Taking its name from Paris’ Quartier Latin as well as the fact that it was once mandatory for students in Quebec to study Latin, this is a lively studentpacked neighborhood. Overflowing with eclectic and trendy shops, restaurants, theaters, and popular party spots, the Latin Quarter is the place to discover and understand Quebec culture. Rue St. Denis — which runs straight through this district — is the soul of the Quartier Latin; walk along this road and you’ll find more things to see, buy, and visit than you can handle.

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St., Jabal Amman, (06) 465 7615, Air Algeria, T’la Al Ali, (06) 565 0880, www. ammanwesthotel.com airalgerie.dz Arabela Hotel, Shmeisani, (06) 568 5140, Air Arabia, Shmeisani, (06) 560 3666, www. arabelahotel.com airarabia.com Arena Space, Gardens St., T’la Al Ali, (06) Air Bosna, Abdali, (06) 569 8128, www. 551 5550, arenaspacehotel.com bhairlines.ba Al Saleh Hotel, Prince Mohammed St., Jabal Air Canada, Shmeisani, (06) 463 0879, Amman, (06) 463 9551, alsalehhotel.com aircanada.com Belle Vue Hotel, 2nd Circle, Jabal Amman, Air France, Shmeisani, (06) 510 0777, www. (06) 461 6144, www.bellevue-hotels.com airfrance.com Best Western Commodore Hotel, Abed Al Air Nas, Shmeisani, (06) 566 2375, www. Hammed Sharaf St., Shmeisani, (06) 560 flynas.com 7185, commodore-jo.com ATE Jordan Aviation, 6th Circle, (06) 550 Bristol Hotel, 5th Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 1760, www.jordanaviation.jo 592 3400, bristolamman.com BMI Airline, Rabieh, (06) 554 8951, flybmi. Carlton Hotel, 3rd Circle, Jabal Amman, com (06) 465 4200, www.1stjordan.net/carlton/ British Airways, Sweifieh, (06) 582 8801, index.html www.britishairways.com Century Park Hotel, Tunis St., Jabal Amman, Cathay Pacific Airways, Shmeisani, (06) (06) 568 0090, centurypark-hotel.com 569 4060, www.cathaypacific.com Clermont Hotel, Mecca St., Um Uthaina, Delta Airlines, Jabal Amman, (06) 464 (06) 553 9159, www.clermont.com.jo 3661, www.delta.com Comfort Hotel Suites, Ali Nasuh Al Tahir St., Emirates Airlines, Wadi Saqra, (06) 461 Sweifieh, (06) 585 6184, www.comforts. 5571, www.emirates.com com Ethiopian Airlines, Jabal Al Hussein, (06) Crown Plaza Amman, King Faisal Bin Abdul 568 8301, ethiopianairlines.com Aziz St., 6th Circle, Um Uthaina, (06) 551 Etihad Airways, Shmeisani, (06) 468 0100, 0001, www.amman.crowneplaza.com etihadairways.com Crystal Hotel, 16 Al Kindi St., 5th Circle, T’la Gulf Air, Abdali, (06) 465 3621, gulfair.com Al Ali, (06) 569 2672, crystal.com.jo Iraqi Airways, Abdali, (06) 463 8600, www. Dana Plaza Hotel, 6th Circle, Abdoun, (06) iraqiairways.co.uk 592 4455, danaplazahotel.com Iran Air, Shmeisani, (06) 463 0879, www. Days Inn Hotel, Omar Bin Abdul Aziz St., Al iranair.com Rabia, (06) 551 9011, daysinn.com.jo Korean Air, Shmeisani, (06) 569 5879, Farah Hotel, Al Hussein Cinema St., Al Balad, www.koreanair.com (06) 465 1443, farahhotel.com.jo Lufthansa, Shmeisani, (06) 520 0180, Al Farouq International www.lufthansa.com Hotel Apartments, Qatar Airways, Shmeisani, (06) Jordan University 567 9444, www.qatarairways. St., Sweifieh, If you have com (06) 585 5565, Saudi Arabian Airlines, www.alfarouqclients that are Madina Munawara St., group.net flying in for business, (06) 577 7766, www. Four Seasons book them into Landmark saudiairlines.com Amman, Amman. They’ve opened an Turkish Airlines, Jabal 5th Circle, exclusive Executive Wing, a Amman, (06) 465 9112, Al-Kindi St., www.turkishairlines.com Jabal Amman, new haven for corporate Royal Jordanian, Shmeisani, (06) 550 guests. Call (06) 560 (06) 520 2000, www.rj.com 5555, www. 7100 for details. fourseasons.com/ amman Car Rentals: Geneva Hotel, Alamo National Rent A Car, Ash Sharif Abdullah Ghosheh St., 7th Nasir Bin Jamil St.,
Wadi Saqra, (06) 566 Circle, (06) 585 8100, genevahotel-amman. 2683, www.national-me.com com Assaraya Rent A Car, Al Shareef Naser Bin Golden Tulip Grand Palace Hotel, Amman, Jameel St., (06) 568 4771, www.thrifty. Queen Alya St., Shmeisani, (06) 569 1131, com.jo www.goldentulipgrandpalace.com Avis, Wadi Saqrah St., (06) 569 9420, www. Grand Hyatt Amman, Hussein Bin Ali St., avis.com.jo Jabal Amman, (06) 465 1234, amman. Budget Rent A Car, Shmeisani, (06) 569 grand.hyatt.com 8131, www.budgetjordan.com Hisham Hotel, 3rd Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) Dallah Rent A Car, Crowne Plaza, (06) 551 464 4028, hishamhotel.com.jo 1112, www.dallahgroup.com.jo Holiday Inn Amman, Madinah Munawarah Diplomat Rent A Car, Gardens St., T’la Al Ali, St., Um Summaq, (06) 552 8822, www. (06) 551 0427, www.diplomatrentacar.com holidayinn.com Europcar, Bristol Hotel, (06) 550 4031, Ibis Hotel, Amman, 61 Mohd Fayadh Al www.europcar.jo Assaf St., T’la Al Ali, (06) 579 9090, www. Hertz Car Rental, Bayader, (06) 581 2525, ibishotel.com www.hertzjordan.com Imperial Palace Hotel, Zahran St., 4th Thrifty Rent A Car, King Abdullah Gardens, Circle, Jabal Amman, (06) 565 1333, www. Wadi Saqra, (06) 568 4771, www.thrifty. imperialpalace.com.jo com.jo InterContinental, Islamic College St., U-Save, King Abdullah Gardens, Wadi Saqra, Jabal Amman, (06) 464 1361, www. (06) 565 2207, www.sixt.jo ichotelsgroup.com Jerusalem International Hotel, University St., Jubaiha, (06) 515 1121, jerusalem. Hotels: com.jo AMMAN Kempinksi Hotel Amman, Abdual Hamid Abjar Hotel, Jabal Al Hussein, (06) 464 Shouman St., Shmesani, (06) 520 0200, 8883, abjarhotel.com.jo www.kempinski.com Ambassador Hotel, Abdul Hamid Sharif St., Kindi Hotel, Amman, Al Basra St., Shmeisani, (06) 560 5161 Shmeisani, (06) 551 0885, kindihotel.com Amman Cham Palace Hotel, Shmeisani St., Landmark Amman Hotel and Conference (06) 565 9270, www.ammanchamhotel. Center, Al-Hussein Bin Ali St., Jabal Amman, com (06) 560 7100, www.landmarkamman.com Amman Marriot Hotel, Issam Ajluni St., Shmesani, (06) 560 7607, www.marriott.com Larsa Hotel, 48 Um Mutaweh St., Al Jandaweel, (06) 585 0955, larsahotel.net Amman West Hotel, Mahmoud Abidi

Liwan Hotel, Princess Taghreed Mohammed St., Sweifieh, (06) 585 8125, theliwan.com 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, Sweifieh, (06) 586 3024, www.rozana.com Sadeen Amman Hotel, Wasfi Al Tal St., Khalda, (06) 551 4733, sadeen.com Samira Miss Hotel, Wasfi 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, Sweifieh, (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, One Main Square, Sweifieh, (06) 586 3944, turino-hotel.com Al Waleed Hotel, Ali Nasouh Al Taher St., Sweifieh, (06) 586 4475, rumhotels.com Ya Hala Hotel, Wakalat St., Sweifieh, (06) 581 2944, yahala-hotel.com

DANA Reserve

Feynan Ecolodge, Dana Bio Reserve, (079) 748 7900, www.feynan.com

DEAD SEA

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.

Listings

marriott.com Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea, Dead Sea Road, Sweimeh, (05) 356 8888, www. kempinski.com Mövenpick Resort & Spa, Dead Sea Road, Sweimeh, (05) 356 1111, www. moevenpick-hotels.com

AQABA

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

PETRA

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

MADABA

Madaba Inn Hotel, Yarmouk St., (05) 3259003, www.madabainn.com


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Coastal Conservation Go’s Leah Spelman met with the Royal Marine Conservation Society, the environmentalists that are working to protect the Red Sea and Jordan’s coast

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qaba’s status as a special economic zone is a blessing for Jordan’s economy. In the past decade, Aqaba has seen a huge increase in foreign investment. However, this new development comes at a cost to Jordan’s coastline, which measures only 24km. The goal of the Royal Marine Conservation Society (JREDS) is to try and temper the effect of development, preserve Aqaba’s rich marine life, and help get the larger community involved. An overwhelming 80% of marine pollution comes from land-based activities. Major causes of coral reef decline are: coastal development, sedimentation, destructive fishing, pollution, tourism, and global warming. JREDS Project Coordinator, Maram Al-Kailani, explained Amman: that the vast majority of responsibility for #7, Abdel Aziz cleanup and sustainable use of Jordan’s El Thaalbi St., beaches currently lies with businesses. Shmeisani (06) 567 6173 Even though individuals are the ones who collectively affect the state of marine Aqaba life, individuals are not usually the ones #6 Al Farabi St., Al who are asked to pay to fix the problem; Rabwa litter laws are not well enforced, and (03) 202 2995 unfortunately a culture of stewardship is www.jreds.org not yet widely embraced in Jordan. To combat this, Royal Marine Conservation Society works on both the individual and business level to keep Jordan’s shores healthy. JREDS has created several different initiatives, including outreach, a sustainable development program, and a marine conservation program. The focus of the Scan Here sustainable development program is to for Website work with the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) to ensure that new building does not place an undue burden on the Red Sea’s marine life. JREDS is also a member of the Clean Up

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two offices, one in Amman and one in Aqaba. Both are very welcoming of volunteers all year round!

the World Campaign — a global initiative that brings citizens together to raise awareness about the detrimental impact trash has on local habitats by organizing garbage pick-ups. As part of their efforts, the Royal Marine Conservation Society hosts annual beach and dive cleanups, as well as environmental family evenings, so find out what you can do to get involved.


Sign Up! Some ways you can volunteer with JREDS include

Becoming a Member

Aside from volunteer opportunities, JREDS also offers annual and lifetime memberships for those who wish to support JREDS’ projects without spending time at the beach or in their office. Annual memberships for the first year are 40 JOD, and 25 JOD for each subsequent year. Lifetime memberships are also available, so call them for more details!

1. Participating in beach cleanups to clear trash. 2. Diving to clean litter off of reefs (must be a certified diver). 3. Volunteering in the office to help with awareness campaigns. 4. Participating in government advocacy campaigns. Right now JREDS is gearing up for an anti-littering campaign with ASEZA to begin in early 2012. Stay tuned for opportunities to help lend a voice. Maram AlKailani explained that past campaigns with ASEZA have led to positive changes in construction design, and she’s hopeful that the new campaign will make another positive impact.

Put the Philosophy into Practice If you’re not interested in volunteering with JREDS specifically, you can still embrace the ethos behind it

When enjoying Jordan’s beaches or coral reefs — whether through diving or snorkeling — practice eco-diving. Eco-diving means not only avoiding touching fragile reefs and marine life, but also making a positive effort to ameliorate existing damage. If you see a trash bag, pick it up! If there’s a soda can lying on the bottom, take it back with you. Keep in mind that ultimately, Jordan’s reefs will only be around to enjoy as long as we make a concerted effort to protect them. NOV. 2011 | 69


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To find out more about the Princess Basma Youth Resource Center or to get in touch with them, you can also follow them on Twitter @PBYRC.

Go’s Annisa Rochadiat looked into the Princess Basma Youth Resource Center and what they’re doing to impact our nation’s youth Images by: Ibraheem Shaheen

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nprecedented political events unfolding across the MENA within the past year has brought to light a reality that no politician or analyst can longer ignore: the existence of a burgeoning, disaffected segment of society that makes up the majority of the region’s population: the youth. Ushered in by recent economic progress and developments in welfare and education, around 30% of the region’s population — representing over 100 million — now comprise those aged between 15 and 29. With youth unemployment levels across the region standing at a staggering 25%, coupled with increasing pressures on other sectors of governance such as healthcare, education, and national resources, governments more than ever are pressed to deliver policies that put the young at their core. 70 | NOV. 2011

In Jordan, where nearly 60% percent of the population is under 30, the task of including the nation’s youth and keeping them a priority in the country’s development trajectory has been led by the Kingdom’s largest and oldest non-profit, the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD). JOHUD established the Princess Basma Youth Resource Center (PBYRC) as a means for Jordan’s youth to express themselves and promote their active participation in national and community development processes. This is done via the center at the ZENID complex in Hashemi Al Shamali through programs designed to help stimulate youth employment and cultivate the spirit of volunteerism. According to PBYRC Director Jenine Jaradat, fostering a culture of volunteering is one of the many

pressing issues facing our youth, especially following the recent, “Arab Spring.” “This year is important as our youth see what’s happening in the region and [they need] to feel that they have a voice. We [at PBYRC] will highlight and show how they can gain a voice through volunteering,” Jaradat said. One unique aspect of the PBRYC is how it facilitates for the young to work with local leaders. PBYRC’s Youth Advocacy in Action, allows youth activists in cities like Madaba, Karak, and Tafileh to work with their municipal counterparts and contribute their voice. PBYRC also has a program called, “Basic Life Skills,” which introduces healthy lifestyles and communication and leadership skills. This program has successfully reached 30,000 young Jordanians since its inception. And this is just the start.

The PBYRC utilizes four thematic approaches to development Civic Engagement, Economic Empowerment, Media for Development, and Creative ICT for Development are the center’s main methods of development. These operate mainly via JOHUD’s network of 50 Community Development Centers (CDC) throughout Jordan. In delivering its programs and activities, PBYRC has worked with various national and international public and private stakeholders. As part of PBYRC’s Creative ICT for Development program, for example, PBYRC partners up with Intel and joins the multinational semiconductor chip company’s Computer Clubhouse initiative. Together they’ve set up an after-school learning initiative where members of underprivileged communities aged between 10 and 18 get to work with inspiring adult mentors in fostering creativity and building self-confidence through the use of technology. Al Bathaa’ St., Hashemi Al Shamali (06) 556 0741 www.johud.org.jo/ Youth.html www.facebook. com/PBYRC Scan Here for Facebook


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Photograph of the Month:

“This is Go-Getting”

December’s Photo of the Month

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Photographer’s Name: Motaz Abu Hamdeh

Nationality: Jordanian Profession: Team Go member Age: 23

Next month’s Photo of the Month theme will be: “It’s the Season!”   If you would like to have your image selected as Go’s “Photo of the Month” then email your submissions to readers@almajalagency.com. Include your name, nationality, age, and profession, and we’ll get back to you if/when your photo has been chosen!


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 Hadidi St., Sweifieh, (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 Royal Scientific Society, Al Jubaiha, (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

Classes ART

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, Kufi St., Um Uthaina, (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

Do Re Mi Music, Jabal Hussein, (06) 568 2562 74 | NOV. 2011

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, Paris St., Sweifieh, (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

MODELING

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., Sweifieh, (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., Shmeisani, (06) 566 5393, www.berlitz.jo 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, Sweifieh, (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

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 5825, www.mawared.jo Saraya, Al-Koufeh St., Um Uthaina, (06) 550 5444, www.sarayaholdings.com Taameer Jordan, Sweifieh, (06) 588 5558, www.taameer.jo Tala Bay, Al Ameer Shaker Bin Zeid St., Shmeisani, (06) 565 5700, www.talabay.jo Tamleek, 4th Circle, (06) 461 7851, www. tamleek.jo

Listings International Academy, Sa'ad Khair Street, King Hussein Parks, (06) 550 2055, www. iaa.edu.jo International Center for Montessori Education, (06) 556 1464, www. 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, Swefieh, (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

Specialized Institutions

Aviation Technological Academy, Sulayman Al Dukkar St., Khalda, (06) 535 0911 Ayla Aviation Academy, King Hussein International Airport, Aqaba, (03) 206 4777, www.aylaaviation.com Schools Jordan Academy of Music, off Ubadah Bin American Community School, Dahiat Al Samet St., Shmesani, (06) 560 4172, Al-Amir Rashid, (06) 581 3944, www. www.jam.edu.jo acsamman.edu.jo Mideast Aviation Academy, Marka Airport, Amman Baccalaureate (06) 487 5152, www.maa.jo School, Al Hijaz St., Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Dabouq, (06) 541 Arts, Al Rashed St., Aqaba, (03) Amman 1191, www.abs. 201 6201, www.rsica.edu.jo Tech Tuesdays edu.jo Royal Academy of Culinary is holding their Amman Int. Arts, King Abdullah II St., Transportation School, King Dabouq, (06) 541 2682, www. Special on 1 November Abdullah Ii St., raca-lesroches.edu.jo at Princess Sumaya Al Rawabi, (06) Royal Film Commission, 5 University for Technology. 551 6931 Omar Bin Al Khattab St., 1st Log on to ammantt.com Circle, Jabal Amman. (06) 464 Al Feker to live stream it or 2266, www.rfc.jo Al Tarbawi for details. SAE Institute, off of Queen Alia Secondary School Airport Highway, (06) 579 9071, For Girls, Al Shora St., www.saejordan.com Al Helal, (06) 438 3877

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Game Releases

Handheld Console

Game Reviews Cool new releases from the 3DS to the iPhone

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

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Platform: PC, PS3, 360 Developer: Bethesda Game Studios Genre: Action RPG Release Date: 11 Nov. The massive universe and intricate details that made Oblivion so popular years ago is back, only bigger and more intricate. You are an epic hero, with a quest to save the world! Reason to go play it: Three words that will bring a smile to any fantasy nerd: “Ride a dragon.”

The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword

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Platform: Wii Developer: Nintendo Genre: Action/ adventure Release Date: 20 Nov

eldites across the globe are jumping out of their Hylian boots with excitement and anticipation for Fujibayashi’s newest game in the Zelda saga. Skyward Sword is set right before Ocarina of Time, and Link is living on a collection of islands in the sky (Bioshock: Infinite, anyone?). As opposed to other games, Zelda is not a princess in this one. Rather, she’s a childhood friend of Link’s, who’s (you guessed it) kidnapped by a demon king. Reason to go play it: This will probably be the last game to get excited about on Wii. Enjoy it!

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Platform: PC, 360, PS3, Wii, DS Developer: Infinity Ward Genre: FPS Release Date: 8 Nov. This game takes place in the same future projection universe of the other Modern Warfares, with a rogue post-Soviet army seeking to end the United States. Reason to go play it: Play in zombie Nazi mode (now with smarter undead) on any of the maps in the game.

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Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal An irreverent title for the PS2, this action/ adventure game has more weapons of mass destruction than George W. Bush’s imagination.

Age of Empires 3 It’s one of the few true examples of edutainment. Developers put some serious detail into what was sadly the last of a series of outstanding real-time strategies.

BioShock This first-person shooter game is as much a feast for the eyes as it is a thrilling challenge. If Ayn Rand and George Orwell made a video game, this would be it.

Portal 2 After the incredible accomplishment of figuring out the physics of this action/puzzle game, sit back and help (or, scoff at) your friends while they have a go.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact Platform: PSP Developer: Cyber Connect 2 Genre: : Adventure Release Date: 27 Nov. Think Mortal Kombat meets Kirby’s Dreamland (if you can). Naruto is on a quest, and everyone wants to karate chop him. Reason to go play it: Change the fate of your fave character by playing scenes from the series.

The Oregon Trail Platform: DSi (download) Developer: Gameloft Genre: Simulation Release Date: 1 Nov. One of the few fun games you could play in school without getting in trouble is back. Relive the perilous and comedic journey of pixilated pioneers in this classic. Reason to go play it: Oregon Trail’s catch phrase: “You died of dysentery.”

Super Mario 3D Land Platform: Nintendo 3DS Developer: Nintendo Genre: Platforming Release Date: 13 Nov. Each of the 16 installments of the Mario franchise adds some new element. The newest game puts the 3DS’ full capabilities to use. Reason to go play it: If you don’t stay upto-date on your Mario gameplay, your gamer cred vanishes like a Koopa Troopa in a fireball.


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Book Releases Words by: Brandon Barron

Young Adult: Inheritance (#4, The Inheritance Cycle) Christopher Paolini

Adult: 11/22/63 Stephen King

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Knopf Release Date: 8 Nov. ure, this is a young adults’ book, but the final installment of Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle is just as eagerly awaited by grown ups as by their kids. Eragon has matured leagues from his humble origins, and his dragon, Saphira, has turned into a formidable steed. The duo comprise a war machine worthy of any opponent, and they find one in the evil king, Galbatorix. And this time, there are only two options for Eragon and Saphira: unexpected victory or all-ending defeat.

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KILL ALEX CROSS James Patterson Little, Brown & Company Release Date: 14 Nov.   It’s a cat and mouse game, but the hunter is becoming the hunted. While Alex chases after the criminal behind a biological attack on the US capital, the seemingly omnipotent culprit wields his awesome power to take Alex out. What comes of this is a personal revelation to Patterson’s staple character that those in whom we place the most trust are quite often the ones who require the strongest microscope. Reason to go read it: These kinds of conspiracy books fuel the first of political nut-jobs, but you have to admit, they also make for pretty riveting reading.

steve jobs Walter Isaacson Simon & Schuster Release Date: 21 Nov.   What better way to commemorate the technological and money-making genius of Steve Jobs than to sell his story in a handheld format? Isaacson does just that with this hastily-yet-meticulously put together biography of the man who brought the world iEverything. The book is a quilt of interviews — forty with Jobs, and many more with over 100 people — intricately stitched together to give the reader a multifaceted perspective of an aweinspiring individual. Reason to go read it: Pay your respects by reading Steve Jobs on an iPad, or, ironically, download it on Kindle.

Kindle Book of the Month

The Next Always Nora Roberts Berkley

Release Date: 1 Nov.

Thankfully, for the romantics out there, romance novels are readily available just about anywhere. The Next Always kicks off Roberts’ new Inn Boonsboro series with a tale of teenage romance that seemed to be lost until decades later. Beckett, the novel’s protagonist, learns a lot about the many aspects of love — friendly, brotherly, and romantic. He also finds out that, to fight for love, one must sometimes transcend the mortal into the realm of the afterlife. Reason to go read it: So many romantic works are vampire-based these days. It’s nice to have a good ol’ ghoul thrown into the mix.

What Go’s Reading

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V Is for Vengeance Sue Grafton Putnam Release Date: 14 Nov.   The newest installment of Grafton’s Alphabet series, V is more of a collection of stories than a single timeline. However, it’s the shocking, overarching narrative that brings characters together and truth to light. Kinsey Millhone, a private investigator, comes to grips with a crime that is seemingly unrelated to her, but turns out to be much closer to home than expected. Whenever there is a pursuit of justice, injustice fights back, and it’s fighting back at Kinsey pretty hard. Reason to go read it: Realize how dreams of wealth, fame, and power can turn into a nightmare of crime, hatred, and despotism.

here are few world events that happen in an individual’s lifetime that are so impacting that they can never be forgotten. For many in the 1960s, the assassination of US president John F. Kennedy was such an event. King’s latest novel, is an alternate history piece that chronicles the mission of a time traveler attempting to prevent the assassination. Readers shouldn’t expect King’s signature supernatural spooks; instead, this novel’s protagonist faces the real horrors of extremism.

Nashma and Jassem Taghreed Najjar We’re letting our inner child out this month by reading this cute story about a girl and her camel friend who gets lost. With beautiful illustrations by Zainab Faydee, this heartwarming take is sure to delight any of the young people in your life. Pick it up at Hamleys, Mecca St.


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CD Releases Go’s music savant, Greg Dukeson, gives us the lowdown — from indie to r&b to ambient — on the hot new albums out this month

What Go’s Listening to Right Now

Everything is Alright Four Tet Pause

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Inni (Live DVD/CD)   Slated for release on 7 November, this live DVD and double CD is a must-have for fans of this ambient Icelandic act. Among other things, Inni holds a live filming of Sigur Rós’ 2008 concert in Alexandra Palace. Two tracks — “Ný Batterí” and “Festival” — have already been released for free download off of the band’s Website and music lovers will not be disappointed! 80 | NOV. 2011

What do you get if you subtract Liam Gallagher from Oasis? You get High Flying Birds — the first solo album from Noel Gallagher, and his edgy-yet-soft vocals have really been missed. The lead single, “The Dreams We Have As Children,” was first recorded four years ago and was then made available on iTunes two years later. Lyrically, it’s hard not to like this album and musically... it’s produced by the guy who worked with Oasis and that’s unmistakable. Release Date: 8 Nov. Reason to go listen to it: Because talent like Noel Gallagher’s doesn’t fade away, it simply matures and this album is the evidence.

common the dreamer, the believer warner bros. records

Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. has found fame as “Common Sense” and now, simply “Common.” He’s had his fair share of controversy and once caused a feud with a popular West Coast rap group by criticizing where the rap and hip-hop-scene was going. This album sees Common’s return to his roots and, as Common says himself, he’s working towards creating “positive hip-hop,” and it sure has a good feel to it. You might want to check out the single, “Ghetto Dreams,” to see what I mean. Release Date: 22 Nov. Reason to go listen to it: Because this has that old school edge that’s hard to play at a low volume!

rihanna talk that talk def jam recordings

Florence + the machine Ceremonials island records

One of the things that captures this band for me, is their name. Have you ever wondered why, “Florence + the Machine”? Well it’s Florence Welch that collaborates with a variety of different musicians that give her the sound she’s looking for. This is her second studio album and for a UK independent act to break America successfully, Florence is sure choosing her machines very well! The album’s lead single, “What the Water Gave Me,” was released in August and has so far achieved chart success, while “Shake It Out” was released in late September and has already been named “Best New Track” by popular music webzine Pitchfork. Release Date: 1 Nov. Reason to go listen to it: It’s an album produced by Paul Epworth of Adele fame; we all know how well he’s done!

Noel Gallagher High flying birds universal music group

Paradise Coldplay Mylo Xyloto

Moksha Caspian The Four Trees

In Sleep Lissie Catching a Tiger

She was originally planning a re-release of last year’s album Loud with some new material but, subsequently, Rihanna decided that she had enough new stuff to do something totally different. Unsurprisingly for this songstress, she’s already topping the charts with the album’s first single, the Calvin Harris produced, “We Found Love.” The single sold like crazy upon being release; though this might have something to do with her being told to get off a farmer’s field while filming the music video — the farmer thought she wasn’t wearing enough clothing! Release Date: 21 Nov. Reason to go listen to it: Because if you liked her reggae-infused “Man Down” from Loud, you’ll find more songs like it on this album.

atlas sound parallax 4ad

So, what should come first? Music or lyrics? According to Bradford James Cox, you don’t write lyrics in advance. Bradford’s a guitar buff and you can hear that throughout the track “Mona Lisa”; it has a distinctly haunting melodic appeal. Though this album may be described as “trippy,” it really is a good listen. Bradford describes his writing style as drifting off into a trance only to come out of it to find he has music! This album will take you into your own trance and you’ll love it. Even the title Parallax is a word that describes seeing things from different perspectives — it captures this album perfectly! Release Date: 8 Nov. Reason to go listen: Because it’s interesting music that challenges.


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Go: When and why did you start? Rone Jaxx: The first time I got paid to play a gig in a resort was in 1993. (I had skipped school then!) I always loved music thanks to my dad’s love of music and my brothers who were also DJs. I liked writing poems and always had harmonies in my head that I wanted to someday record. I used to experiment with rewiring tape players and making mix tapes, so my passion to create/alter music made me start playing it.

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Go: What’s your fave type of mix? RJ: Arab and European. Haha, just kidding! It’s when I get to play all genres of music: rock, funk, hip-hop, but with a good mixing flow. Go: Describe the hip-hop scene in Dubai. RJ: It’s very fast paced; especially now because of technology, people get music at the same time as everyone else around the world via download, iTunes, etc. There is a niche crowd though for pure hip-hop as Dubai is a cosmopolitan city and most people tend to follow fads or trends. Go: On a musical level? RJ: I think Dubai has hip-hop DJs, dancers, and artists that are just as good as anywhere else in the world. There are so many nationalities there and the level of creativity is mad, similar to New York. But there are fewer opportunities in Dubai

Go: Tell us about your experience in Amman with JUICY? RJ: It was very refreshing. I was glad that there were so many people who appreciated proper contemporary R&B and hip-hop classics. Everyone was very warm and friendly… well maybe because I was a tourist? [Laughs]. I can’t wait to come back again.

The beach boys: The Smile Sessions Box Set The Smile Sessions was the The Beach Boys’ 1967 uncompleted album. The original idea behind the album was to combine a series of new and different sounds to make a completely unique record — the most famous of these “new” sounds can be heard in their hit single, “Good Vibrations.” Set for release on 1 November, this is a reconstruction of how that album should have sounded.

because, when it comes to A&R, PR, royalties, marketing, etc., for the hip-hop scene on a commercial scale, it’s still a decade behind. All the pioneers of hip-hop in NYC were actually third or fourth generation immigrants. These minorities developed and adopted hip-hop as a result of struggle and suppression. With Dubai, even if you were born in the UAE, you’re not considered part of the country, so it’s like how New York was in its early stages. Except in Dubai, the Run DMCs, the KRS Ones, and the Jay-Zs aren’t considered representatives of the city. Until we overcome that mindset, the city will be stuck in hip-hop limbo. Go: Where do you want to perform in the future? Describe the setting. RJ: Times Square with NYC’s hip-hop crews. I’d perform some of my tracks from my #YOUDONTKNOWJaxx album. Go: Any shout outs? RJ: A big shout out to Ramzi G from Gsquared and JUICY, Helen, Gianna, DJ Shadia for introducing us, Lethal Skillz, Flash B, and Dana for her Mac charger!

Maysa’s Albums

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The Wicked Trilogy Avantasia

2008 – 2010

Difficult to Cure Rainbow 1981

Death Human 1991

Go: Any last words? RJ: It’s always great to be in Jordan, but I’ll let my music speak for me.

Rone Jaxx’s top 5 All Time Favorite Tracks

1. Nonchalant 5 o’clock in the Morning 2. Lost Boyz Renee 3. Notorious B.I.G. Dreams 4. Nas Nas is like 5. 2pac I Ain’t Mad at Ya

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Whitesnake 1989

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Karen’s Picks

DVD/Blu-Ray Releases The top movies to own this month

Words by: Brandon Barron

Harry Potter & the deathly hallows: part II Director: David Yates Cast: Daniel Redcliff, Emma Watson Release Date: 11 Nov. Genre: Adventure/Fantasy MPAA Rating: PG -13   Reading the tagline “It All Ends” is a bittersweet feeling for any muggle who loves Harry Potter. The second half of the final film adaptation of the series is great for both Potter fans and their less bookprone friends, though; it’s a standalone blockbuster in its own right. Unlike earlier films, Deathly Hallows chronicles an older Harry and his friends as they deal with bigger problems than they’ve ever faced before. Voldemort is back, and he’s ready for a showdown. The disc(s) will include: A tour of the Warner Bros. studio lot in London, a preview of Pottermore, and a conversation with J.K. Rowling and Daniel Radcliffe.

our idiot brother Director: Jesse Peretz Cast: Paul Rudd, Elizabieth Banks, Zooey Deschanel Release Date: 29 Nov. Genre: Comedy/Drama MPAA Rating: R   A pothead, hippie, idealistic, lazy mooch — this sums up Ned (Rudd) quite well. After being released from prison for possession, he turns to his trio of sisters (Banks, Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer) to help him right his wrongs. While Ned’s sisters are each dynamically different from one another, they at least find unity in the nuisance they find in their brother. The result is a film with a boatload of wacky antics, along with a healthy and surprising dose of heartwarming bits. The disc(s) will include: Director’s commentary, a bloopers reel, and a “making of” with Paul Rudd.

crazy, stupid, love Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa Cast: Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore Release Date: 1 Nov. Genre: Comedy/Romance MPAA Rating: PG-13   To say that Cal Weaver (Carell) is caught in a love triangle would be a gross understatement. His wife (Moore) is having an affair, to which Cal responds with sleazy pickups at a bar he starts frequenting. To make things even more confusing, Cal’s son’s teenaged babysitter has a crush on Cal, making his son jealous. Perhaps this seems more stressful than funny, but, from the acclaimed directors of I Love You Phillip Morris and with an all-star cast, Crazy, Stupid, Love. is sure to entertain. The disc(s) will include: Deleted scenes and film commentary by the directors.

Tabloid Director: Errol Morris Cast: Kent Gaven, Dr. Hong, Joyce Mckinney Release Date: 1 Nov. Genre: Documentary MPAA Rating: N/A   Documentarian Errol Morris explores the scandal, intrigue, and smut of the world of British rumor rags. Tabloid follows the story of an American beauty queen whose confusing and morphed story became a textbook example of what the paparazzi can do to the lives of their innocent victims. Did Joyce McKinney really stalk and kidnap the man of her dreams? Did Kirk Anderson give in to pressure from a secret society to frame Joyce? Did they clone their dog in Korea? The disc(s) will include: The film Tabloid (this is a direct to DVD release).

These are just a few of our Editor’s fave films Spirited away (2001) Director: Hayao Miyazaki Cast: Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki. Why? A gorgeous story and film by a genius in his field. Into the Wild (2007) Director: Sean Penn Cast: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Jena Malone Why? Breathtaking, heartbreaking, and dream making. Shaun of the Dead (2004) Director: Edgar Wright Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield Why? Zombies and British humor; need I say more? Empire Records (1995) Director: Allan Moyle Cast: Anthony LaPaglia, Debi Mazar, Maxwell Caulfield, Liv Tyler Why? A classic, cheesy 90s movie with a great soundtrack. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) Director: Guillermo del Toro Cast: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López Why? The perfect, albeit harsh, combination of fantasy and reality. District 9 (2009) Director: Neill Blomkamp Cast: Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope Why? Irony at its best — it takes aliens to teach us humanity.

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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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Californication: the fourth Season

Smallville: the complete 10th season

30 Rock: Season 5

Studio: Showtime Ent. Release Date: 1 Nov. Reason to go get it: Hank just wishes he could write his novels in peace, however California offers everything but. If anything, this series will help you appreciate your own life more!

Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 29 Nov. Reason to go get it: “What’s this? My superpowers could be used to help people? I could be called... Superman!” Yeah, Clark Kent, we’re glad you finally realized it.

Studio: Universal Studios Release Date: 29 Nov. Reason to go get it: A whopping ten Emmys, six Golden Globes, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, and countless laughs should mean something is funny about this show!


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Tamir Naber Go’s Kinzi Jones sat down with director Tamir Naber, one of the geniuses behind the hugely popular Bath Bayakha skits

Go: Tell us about your upbringing; it seems the Naber family has a gift, with you and your sister Claire (Naber Matalqa) having made your filmmaking mark already. Tamir Naber: I spent the first years of my life growing up in Jabal Ashrafiyeh. My mother is Australian and my father is from Salt. Our house was at the top of a very steep hill that was especially hard to maneuver in bad weather, so we didn’t have many friends over to visit. As a result, my sister used to come up with very elaborate games for us all to play (oddly enough the rules would change slightly each time in her favor!). So, from as far back as I can remember, imagination was a huge part of our childhood. Also, we’ve always watched a ridiculous amount of movies, since back in the day of getting 20 videos at a time from Video House. Claire and I actually each found ourselves involved in filmmaking through very different paths. I picked up acting at a very young age and was consumed with the performing arts, whereas Claire has always been into writing. I went on to study TV & Film Production, and Claire, Media & Creative Writing. Go: What was your “Aha!” moment with Bath Bayakha? When did you realize you really had something? TN: When we uploaded our very first video on YouTube, we were so scared that no one would find us funny. The feedback we got, however, was tremendously positive. We kept getting random phone calls from friends telling us how much they enjoyed it. By about our fifth upload we started getting calls from TV networks and ad agencies interested in the show. That’s probably when Johnny and I thought that maybe Jordanian comedy could generate some serious business! Go: This year, Bath was a welcome departure from Baab Al Harra Ramadan watching. Did you think it would be this big? TN: I think it’s safe to say that none of us thought the show would be this successful. For most of the month, we were so obsessed with

trying to get all the episodes finished in time for the Ramadan season (26 episodes in total!) and the only feedback we were getting was through YouTube and Facebook comments. I think it’s only now that the season has passed that we are realizing the impact the show was making.

Go: What else cultivated your filmmaking interest? TN: I wanted to start my career in Jordan, and back then studying film was only marginally more sensible than studying acting and theater. I applied to film school with a reel of theater performances and plays I directed. I got accepted and haven’t looked back. My friends and family inspire me, as well as music. I am fascinated with capturing emotion on film so anything that can help me do that is inspiring.

Go: Tell us about Fluid Productions. TN: Fluid is owned by Johnny Dabeet and Wissam Tobeileh, who are my partners in the show. Johnny is like my partner in crime and we work together on most productions. Although I don’t work at Fluid, it’s where I spend a lot of my time; I’m practically part of the furniture. The great thing about Bath Bayakha is that it isn’t only about us three of. Our writing team includes: me, Johnny, Mervat Aksoy the producer, Bashar Kasawneh, and the actors Wissam, Rami Delshad, and Tima Shomali. During production our crew have input as well. When it comes to post production, our team of editors sometimes “rewrite” the sketches, and then we hand them over to Wissam, who also happens to be our sound designer and music composer. Bath Bayakha wouldn’t be what it is without every one of them. Go: What can you tell us about what’s next? TN: For the time being I can tell you that there are definitely more episodes to come, and we’re looking forward to sharing them soon. I also just want to thank our fans for their support and patience and let them know that we are working hard to make our new episodes the best that they can be. We want to keep our fans proud of us — as proud as we are to be Jordanian!

To see all of Bath Bayakha’s skits, visit www.youtube. com/user/ bathbayakha

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Toy Story Trilogy in 3D [Blu-ray] Slated for release on 1 November, Disney-Pixar’s hit animated films Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and Toy Story 3 will be available in a special edition trilogy set in Blu-ray 3D format. Now from the comfort of your own home you can follow the crazy — not to mention hilarious — adventures of Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the Toy Story gang, in amazing 3D! Plus, with all the additional special features and bonuses packed into these discs, if you’re a Pixar buff, this collection is a must-buy. NOV. 2011 | 83


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americana-group.net Kebab Express, Swefieh, (06) 585 1741, www.kebabexpress-jo.com Luigi’s Pizza, 4th Circle, (06) 593 1932 McDonalds, (06) 582 0000, www. mcdonaldsarabia.com Noodasia, Abdoun, (06) 5936999 Pizza Hut, 7th Circle, (06) 585 5555, www. pizzahut-me.com Sbarro, (06) 582 2244, www.sbarro.com.jo Subway, Abdoun Circle, Abdoun, (06) 554 1700, jor.subway.com Sugar Daddy’s, Kurdi Plaza, Abdoun, (06) 593 3032, www.sugardaddysbakery.com Tche Tche, Abu Taweeleh Plaza, Mecca St., (06) 588 5837, www.tchetchecafe.com WOX, Abdoun, (06) 582 7440 Zee Diner, Abdoun, (06) 593 9995

Interior Decorators

Artech Architecture & Interior Design, T’la Al Ali, (0) 79 557 7885 Artigo Furniture & Interior Design, Abdoun, (06) 592 4787 Contempo, (06) 569 5566, www.1stjordan. net/contempo Dovetail for Interior Design & Cleaning Services Landscaping, Wadi Saqra, (06) 464 Anas Al-Ma'ayta Est., Shmeisani, 7334 (079) 547 8105 Elite, Mecca St., (06) 586 Clean Master, Khalda, (06) 5557, www.1stjordan. 552 6367 If you’ve net/elite Al Ghad Est., Rabieh, (06) got no Internet Interior Design Studio, 556 2844 at home and want to (06) 568 1872, www. Al-Hafnawi ids-jo.com know where to find the International, Um Al Jallad & Hamad city’s top hotspots, check Summaq, (06) 552 Co. Interior Design, out www.ammansnob.com/ 9545 Wadi Saqra, (06) 463 wifi_spots_in_amman.htm Golden Torch 2463 Est., Sweifieh, (06) for a great list (but you’ll 5814382 need the Web to do Newspapers Jordanian American this of course!). Alanbat, University St., Services Center, T’la Al Ali, (06) 520 0100, www. (06) 553 4365 alanbat.net Perfect Clean, T’la Al Ali, (06) Amlak, (06) 568 4868, www. 552 4035 amlak.jo Sahar Hindawi Est., Abdoun, (06) 592 5800 Al Arab Al Yawm, Queen Rania St., (06) 568 Steam Clean, Jabal Amman, (06) 461 9075 3333, www.alarabalyawm.net United Co. For General Services, Jabal Al Diyar, University St., (06) 516 6588, Amman, (06) 593 1456 www.aldiyarjo.net

Argeeleh Delivery

Alo Argeeleh, (06) 554 4694 Argeeleh Express, (06) 582 8287 Wheels Express, (06) 551 5150, www. wheels-express.com

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Courier services

Aramex, Khaleel Al Saleem St., Khalda, (06) 535 8855, www.aramex.com DHL, Shohada’a El Haram El Ibrahimi St., (06) 580 0800, www.dhl.com.jo FedEx, Shareef Jamil Bin Nasser St., Shmeisani, (06) 551 1460, www.fedex. com.jo Fils International Packing and Removals, (06) 562 5836 Scooter Express, (06) 553 5249 Sky Net, Abdul Hamid Sharaf St., Shmeisani, (06) 563 9539, www.1stjordan.net/skynet UPS, Abdul Hameed Shouman St., (06) 569 7030, www.ups.com

Dry Cleaners

Eve Dry Clean, Sweifieh, (06) 582 4689 Al Fakher Dry Clean, Khalda, (06) 552 5410 Horizon Dry Clean, Um Uthaina, (06) 552 4242 Martinizing, Abdoun, (06) 592 2594 Shine and Fine Dry Clean, Shmeisani, (06) 566 2927 Spot Out Dry Clean, Abdoun, (06) 593 2268

Fast Food Delivery

Chili Ways, 8th Circle, (06) 582 1953, www. chiliways.com.jo Daya'a Restaurant, (06) 554 0400 Hardees, Swefieh, (06) 580 8080, www. americana-group.net KFC, Swefieh, (06) 580 0000, www. 84 NOV. 2011

Ad-Dustoor, Queen Rania St., (06) 560 8000, www.addustour.com Al Ghad, Um Soummaq, (06) 554 4000, www.alghad.com Jordan Times, Queen Rania Al Abdullah St., (06) 560 0800, www.jordantimes.com Al Mumtaz, 7th Circle, (06) 585 5674, www. almumtaz.jo Al Oula, Shmeisani, (06) 566 6360, www. al-oula-leading.com Al Rai, University St., (06) 560 0800, www. alrai.com The Star, University St., (06) 565 3325, www.star.com.jo Al Waseet, Um Soummaq, (06) 552 2554, www.ewaseet.jo

Satellite Providers

A.R.T. (06) 515 1414, www.allied-media. com M.B.C. (06) 462 3437, www.mbc.net Jordan Satellite Channel, Mkablein, (06) 477 3111, www.jrtv.jo OSN Orbit Showtime Network, Wadi Saqra, (06) 551 1615, www.osnetwork.com Shoo Fee TV, Jabal Amman, (06) 461 0070, www.shoofeetv.com Watan TV, T’la Al Ali, (06) 551 7908, www. wtv.jo

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, Sweifieh, (06) 577 7111, www.wi-tribe.jo Xpress, Mecca St., (06) 550 6666, www. xpress.jo Zain, 7th Circle, (06) 580 3000, www.zain. com

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

Listings 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 08:00 - 11:00 Scrambled Greg with Greg Dukeson 14:00 - 16:00 Benzine with Sasha Rabadi Monday 08:00 - 11:00 Scrambled Greg with Greg Dukeson 14:00 - 16:00 Benzine with Sasha Rabadi

MONDAY 06:00 - 10:00 The Big Breakfast Show with Lee McGrath 07:45 Yes/No Game 09:00 Singing in the Shower 10:00 - 15:00 Daytime Hours Hit Music 15:00 - 19:00 The Driveback with Dani 16:00 Hot 4 @ 4 19:00 - 21:00 First Play with Zein Hannoun TUESDAY 06:00 - 10:00

Saturday 11:00 - 14:30 American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest (repeat)

The Big Breakfast Show with Lee McGrath 07:45 Yes/No Game 09:00 Singing in the Shower 10:00 - 15:00 Daytime Hours Hit Music 15:00 - 19:00 The Driveback with Dani 16:00 Hot 4 @ 4 19:00 - 21:00 First Play with Zein Hannoun WEDNESDAY 06:00 - 10:00 The Big Breakfast Show with Lee McGrath 07:45 Yes/No Game 09:00 Singing in the Shower 10:00 - 15:00 Daytime Hours Hit Music 15:00 - 19:00 The Driveback with Dani 16:00 Hot 4 @ 4 19:00 - 21:00 First Play with Zein Hannoun

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THURSDAY 06:00 - 10:00 The Big Breakfast Show with Lee McGrath 07:45 Yes/No Game 09:00 Singing in the Shower 10:00 - 15:00 Daytime Hours Hit Music 15:00 - 19:00 The Driveback with Dani 16:00 Hot 4 @ 4 21:00 - 02:00 Nonstop Play with DJ Flava 19:00 - 21:00 First Play with Zein Hannoun

Tuesday 08:00 - 11:00 Scrambled Greg with Greg Dukeson 14:00 - 16:00 Benzine with Sasha Rabadi Wednesday 08:00 - 11:00 Scrambled Greg with Greg Dukeson 14:00 - 16:00 Benzine with Sasha Rabadi Thursday 08:00 - 11:00 Scrambled Greg with Greg Dukeson 14:00 - 16:00 Benzine with Sasha Rabadi Friday 16:00 - 19:30 American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest 22:00 - 00:00 B Line with DJ Yaz

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SUNDAY 06:00 - 10:00 The Big Breakfast Show with Lee McGrath 07:45 Yes/No Game 09:00 Singing in the Shower 10:00 - 15:00 Daytime Hours Hit Music 15:00 - 19:00 The Driveback with Dani 16:00 Hot 4 @ 4 19:00 - 21:00 First Play with Zein Hannoun

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FRIDAY 19:00 - 21:00 Top 20 21:00 - 02:00 Nonstop Play with DJ Flava

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Sunday 06:30 - 10:30 The Breakfast Espresso with Luma 10:30 - 16:00 100 SPIN Hits in a Row 16:00 - 19:00 The Zoo Crew Big Drive Home with Diana & Ibrahim 19:00 - 21:00 The Hot 30 with Luma

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 Friday 20:00 - 00:00 The Juice with Hasan H 00:00 - 01:00 Corsten's Countdown with Ferry Corsten Saturday 19:00 - 22:00 Rock Out with Ibrahim

Monday 06:30 - 10:30 The Breakfast Espresso with Luma 10:30 - 16:00 100 SPIN Hits in a Row 16:00 - 19:00 The Zoo Crew Big Drive Home with Diana & Ibrahim 19:00 - 21:00 The Hot 30 with Luma 22:00 - 02:00 The Juice with Hasan H

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Sunday 06:00 - 10:00 Sunny Morning Show with Hanna Ali 09:00 90s at 9

Wednesday 06:30 - 10:30 The Breakfast Espresso with Luma 10:30 - 16:00 100 SPIN Hits in a Row 16:00 - 19:00 The Zoo Crew Big Drive Home with Diana & Ibrahim 19:00 - 21:00 The Hot 30 with Luma 22:00 - 00:00 The Indie Show with Diana Thursday 06:30 - 10:30 The Breakfast Espresso with Luma 10:30 - 16:00 100 SPIN Hits in a Row 16:00 - 19:00 The Zoo Crew Big Drive Home with Diana & Ibrahim

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Sunday 07:00 - 11:00 Rob Stevens 11:00 - 15:00 Callie 15:00 - 19:00 Scott Phillips 19:00 - 20:00 The Mix with DJ Godfather 22:00 - 00:00 Triple Dee with David Dunne & Andy Daniels Monday 07:00 - 11:00 Rob Stevens 11:00 - 15:00 Callie 15:00 - 19:00 Scott Phillips 19:00 - 20:00 The Mix with DJ Godfather 22:00 - 00:00 Global Dance Sessions with Brian Cheetam

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Tuesday 06:30 - 10:30 The Breakfast Espresso with Luma 10:30 - 16:00 100 SPIN Hits in a Row 16:00 - 19:00 The Zoo Crew Big Drive Home with Diana & Ibrahim 19:00 - 21:00 The Hot 30 with Luma 22:00 - 01:00 The Rock Out with Ibrahim

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Monday 06:00 - 10:00 Sunny Morning Show with Hanna Ali 09:00 90s at 9 Tuesday 06:00 - 10:00 Sunny Morning Show with Hanna Ali 09:00 90s at 9 Wednesday 06:00 - 10:00 Sunny Morning Show with Hanna Ali 09:00 90s at 9 Thursday 06:00 - 10:00 Sunny Morning Show with Hanna Ali 09:00 90s at 9 20:00 - 00:00 The Sunny Feel Good Party Friday 20:00 - 00:00 The Sunny Feel Good Party

Tuesday 07:00 - 11:00 Rob Stevens 11:00 - 15:00 Callie 15:00 - 19:00 Scott Phillips 19:00 - 20:00 The Mix with DJ Godfather 22:00 - 00:00 Rock N’ Jordan 00:00 - 02:00 The Core with DJ Shukx Wednesday 07:00 - 11:00 Rob Stevens 11:00 - 15:00 Callie 15:00 - 19:00 Scott Phillips 19:00 - 20:00 The Mix with DJ Godfather 22:00 - 00:00 Urban Beats with DJ Sotusura

Thursday 07:00 - 11:00 Rob Stevens 11:00 - 15:00 Callie 15:00 - 19:00 Scott Phillips 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 12:00 - 18:00 Scott Phillips 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

14:00 - 15:00 Golden Hour 15:00 - 19:00 Jean-Paul Hansford 19:00 - 20:00 Golden Hour 20:00 - 22:00 Simply 70s with Jean-Paul Hansford 22:00 - 01:00 Mood After Dark 01:00 - 02:00 Non Stop

Saturday 12:00 - 18:00 Callie 22:00 - 00:00 Smooth Grooves

Wednesday 06:00 - 07:00 Non Stop 07:00 - 10:00 Nic Foster 10:00 - 14:00 Lee Moulsdale with the Time Machine 14:00 - 15:00 Golden Hour 15:00 - 19:00 Jean-Paul Hansford 19:00 - 20:00 Golden Hour 20:00 - 22:00 Totally 80s with Gary King 22:00 - 01:00 Mood After Dark 01:00 - 02:00 Non Stop

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Sunday 06:00 - 07:00 Non Stop 07:00 - 10:00 Nic Foster 10:00 - 14:00 Lee Moulsdale with the Time Machine 14:00 - 15:00 Golden Hour 15:00 - 19:00 Jean-Paul Hansford 19:00 - 20:00 Golden Hour 20:00 - 22:00 Classic Rock with Jean-Paul Hansford 22:00 - 01:00 Mood After Dark 01:00 - 02:00 Non Stop

Monday 06:00 - 07:00 Non Stop 07:00 - 10:00 Nic Foster 10:00 - 14:00 Lee Moulsdale with the Time Machine 14:00 - 15:00 Golden Hour 15:00 - 19:00 Jean-Paul Hansford 19:00 - 20:00 Golden Hour 20:00 - 22:00 Nostalgia with Nic Foster 22:00 - 01:00 Mood After Dark 01:00 - 02:00 Non Stop Tuesday 06:00 - 07:00 Non Stop 07:00 - 10:00 Nic Foster 10:00 - 14:00 Lee Moulsdale with the Time Machine

Thursday 06:00 - 07:00 Non Stop 07:00 - 10:00 Nic Foster 10:00 - 14:00 Lee Moulsdale with the Time Machine 14:00 - 15:00 Golden Hour 15:00 - 19:00 Jean-Paul Hansford 19:00 - 20:00 Golden Hour 20:00 - 22:00 Disco with Lee Moulsdale 22:00 - 01:00 Non Stop Party, including Godfather’s Retro Mix 01:00 - 02:00 Non Stop Friday 06:00 - 14:00 Non Stop 14:00 - 18:00 Tiiu Shelley 18:00 - 22:00 Guilty Pleasures with JeanPaul Hansford 22:00 - 01:00 Mood After Dark 01:00 - 02:00 Non Stop Saturday 06:00 - 14:00 Non Stop 14:00 - 18:00 Tiiu Shelley 18:00 - 22:00 Soul on Saturday with Nic Foster 22:00 - 01:00 Mood After Dark 01:00 - 02:00 Non Stop


Hey DJ! Go sat down with DJ Bee Bee from SPIN Jordan’s “The Fix” to discuss all things music related

Go: How long have you been a DJ for? And how did you get into it? DJ Bee Bee: I began DJing in Dubai in 1996; it started with inspiration from old school DJs like Carl Cox, Pete Tong, Sasha, John Digweed, etc. Then it grew inside of me; I dug into this field and discovered the art of mixing, music transitions, and producing. I had the chance to be a part of many events in Jordan and abroad, which improved my experience. My first radio show was in 1998, in Dubai; it was called “In The Mix.” Then my second one started in 2005 on Jordan’s Beat FM, called “Club Sensation” (which involved live mixing). Currently, I have “The Fix” on SPIN Jordan. Go: What’s your opinion on the music scene here in Jordan? BB: Honestly speaking, music culture in Jordan needs a lot of improvement. The music scene is still new to the country and it started to grow nicely, but nowadays, we see that it’s been misguided. The idea of a nightlife scene is still not acceptable yet, which causes an unbalanced ratio in the events; it brings out negative energies among party-goers (drinking insanely, getting into fights, etc.). Hope is there though, and I have faith that one day it will reach a good level. Go: What kind of music do you mostly listen to during your downtime? BB: Progressive and deep house. Go: What do you think of the “Auto-Tune”? BB: I think Auto-Tune is useful for production if a producer wants to include a vocal in his music. But the problem with Auto-Tune is that we don’t

get to know the beauty of a voice. It can entirely change someone’s real tone, which I consider cheating. It depends on how we use this material. Go: What do you think about the free downloading of music through torrents? BB: I have both negative and positive opinions. It’s good for helping people find music they like, for free. It’s also a good exposure for artists who present their work through them. On the other hand, it’s non-profitable, so it depends on the artists’ needs. But, it is a creative way to connect with the world. I personally use digital stores like, Beatport, Jono, and Trackitdown. Go: Which singer/band/DJ would you love to see perform live here in the Kingdom? BB: It would be great to see Sasha performing

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Name 5 tracks you’re currently listening to   I don’t really listen to tracks; I download the top rated ones to play in an event and filter the rest. But in my free time I only listen to sets.

live in Jordan. He has been my biggest inspiration. Although I’ve attended many of his events in other countries, introducing him to the Jordanian music scene would be really useful because Sasha has one of the most creative music productions. Plus, his appearance on stage — including his performance — is like no other.

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Spin’s newesT Program SPIN Jordan always brings you the best and latest in the music scene. Every Sunday, SPIN 94.1 is giving listeners one great hour of nonstop hip-hop and R&B with Hampy Hamparian, also known as DJ Humpy! Tune in to enjoy the latest tracks from the urban scene, and even the old school classics that everybody loves. NOV. 2011 | 87


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Blogger of the Month

Social Media Stalker Age: N/A Nationality: Arab

Blog Name: “From the Notebooks of a Social Media Stalker”

Blog URL: socialmediastalker.wordpress.com

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Go: How long have you been blogging for? Social Media Stalker: “From the Notebooks of a Social Media Stalker” project was started recently.

Diary of a Stalker Have you been stalked? Here are just a few of SM_ Stalker’s musings

Go: Why did you start this blog? SMS: In my scope as a researcher, I am aware of the psychology and motivation behind the actions of humans I observe. The Social Media Stalker project was a natural reaction for a long-time observer of the Arab social media sphere. Go: How did you come up with the concept of being a “social media stalker”? SMS: I’ve been a silent observer of the Arab social media sphere for years, during which I’ve been forming opinions and observations about the various online characters. It comes naturally to a researcher who spends most of his time trying to understand the human psyche. I’ve always been specifically interested in digital personas. Go: Which came first: your interest in psychology or your interest in Jordan’s social media? SMS: My interest in psychology, of course. I have been interested in psychology for many, many years. Even before social media existed.

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Go: Many of your blog posts are sure to make people laugh, while inflaming others. How do you deal with “trolls”? SMS: I do not aim to inflame

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anyone. My observations are not shared with the intent of harming or demeaning the different specimen I observe. And I have not had the pleasure of dealing with trolls yet.

Quick Qs: Blogger or WordPress? WordPress

Copyright or copyleft? Copyright Mac or PC? PC iPad or notepad? Notepad CD or MP3? CD Na’meh wella Khishneh? No preference

Go: How do you think social media in Jordan is faring today? SMS: Social media is indeed a very interesting phenomenon. I believe that if the real-world population of Jordan consisted of only the people we have the pleasure of getting to know online, the country would be doing much better. Of course, you do have the narcissists, the sycophants, the controllers, but it’s generally an interesting and informed world.

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Go: What’s your advice for someone who’s looking to enter into the social media scene? SMS: Stalkers are lingering.

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Everybody’s favorite week of laughs is coming back! From 4 to 9 December, Amman’s Al Hussein Cultural Center will welcome comedians from around the region and the world to take part in the fourth annual Amman Stand-Up Comedy Festival. In the past, the capital has played host to such comedic geniuses as Aron Kader, Russell Peters, Dean Edwards, and Nabil Sawalha, so this year’s festival is guaranteed to be a blast. Tickets sell out quick so be sure to get them early to avoid disappointment! Call (06) 476 8267 or visit www.ascf.jo for more information.

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