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IFRC Jordan Country Program Overview 2019

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has long provided a safe haven to refugees from neighbouring countries. As a result of prolonged conflict in the Middle East, Jordan has hosted several waves of refugees and displaced people (Palestine, Iraq and Syria). This has had a significant impact on the population growth rate, leading to pressure on natural resources, growing income disparities ...

Arabic press review: Investors flee Jordan as economic situation deteriorates

Investors hustle to escape from Jordan Investors are fleeing Jordan as the kingdom continues to struggle economically, reports online news site Arabi21. Jordan’s Prime Minister Omar Razzaz, who replaced Hani Mulki after he resigned last June because of massive protests, told Reuters this week that the economy is back on track. Over the past three years, Jordan has lost $1.8bn in real estate investment, which has gone instead to ...

Further drop in temperatures forecast for today as heavy rainfall moves in

AMMAN — Temperatures are expected to drop further today, with very cold, cloudy and rainy conditions forecast for most parts of the Kingdom, the Jordan Meteorological Department (JMD) said on Wednesday.  Rainfall is expected to be heavy and accompanied by thunder and hail in some areas, which may lead to flooding in valleys and low-lying areas, including Aqaba, the JMD ...

Theresa May to launch support for Jordan as ‘beacon of stability’ in Middle East

Theresa May is set to announce new support for Jordan to ensure the Middle East kingdom remains a “beacon of stability” in an unstable region. Among the package of economic measures is a commitment to underwriting a £188 million World Bank loan to help the country borrow money at a lower rate and manage its national debt. Speaking at a ...

Arabia Weather: Peak of weather depression arrives to Jordan

The peak of the expected fourth-degree weather depression has just arrived to the Kingdom, as Jordan will be affected by a very strong air mass in a couple of hours, bringing continued and torrential rainfall in large northern and central parts of the Kingdom, according to Arabia Weather. Heavy rainfall might form floods and rise water levels in the valleys, ...

Razzaz concludes US visit after bagging historic $1.2b loan for the Kingdom

Prime Minister Omar Razzaz on Saturday concluded an official visit to the US, accompanied by an economic-ministerial delegation, during which he held talks with senior US administration officials, the executive directors of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and a group of businesspeople and investors. The discussions reflected the consensus among international institutions on the necessity of ...

Airport investment key to competitiveness in Jordan

Jordan must continue to invest in airport infrastructure in preparation for a doubling of passengers, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General and CEO has said. Speaking on a visit to the Middle East, Alexandre de Juniac praised the country for its commitment to the aviation sector in the past and said that as traffic in the region grows, ...

Kingdom considering request for hosting Yemen negotiations

His Majesty King Abdullah on Thursday received Yemeni Foreign Minister Khalid Yamani, who delivered a letter to His Majesty from Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, a Royal Court statement said.  During the meeting, held at Al Husseiniya Palace, the King affirmed Jordan’s support to Yemen and its efforts to achieve security and stability. He conveyed his greetings to President ...

Bill governing US defence support to Kingdom stalled as partisan dispute continues

A piece of legislation on US support to allies in the Middle East, which includes renewing defence support and cooperation with Jordan, has not been endorsed on Wednesday as a result of a dispute over the US partial government shutdown. On Tuesday, the US Senate voted 56 to 44, falling short of the 60 votes needed to advance the “Strengthening ...

TREADING ON ISRAEL: JORDANIANS’ ANGER WITH ISRAEL CHALLENGES KING ABDULLAH

Israel’s Foreign Ministry has filed a protest with the Jordanian government over recent incidents involving Israeli flags being disrespected in public places. The most conspicuous episode took place last week when a photo from a Jordanian website called Jfranews began circulating online. It showed Jordan’s Information Minister Jumana Ghneimat walking across a large depiction of the Israeli flag as she ...