Author Archives: Hazem Zureiqat

About Hazem Zureiqat

Hazem Zureiqat is a transport consultant at Engicon, a multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm based in Amman, and a founding member of Ma'an Nasel, a citizen-led public transport advocacy group. He can be reached at hz@hazem.me
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A modern public transport system or a driving distraction?

The Prime Minister was mistaken to assert we have to first dramatically reduce our reliance on cars before we can begin developing a modern public transport system. In a recent televised interview, Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki provided some interesting insights…

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All aboard the Amman-Zarqa bus rapid transit project

After delays and setbacks spanning decades, the Amman-Zarqa bus rapid transit project is finally up and running. The growth and development of Amman and Zarqa have long been intertwined, not least because of their close proximity to one another (they’re…

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Amman’s Transport Woes: Managing Expectations of the BRT

The BRT has come to be viewed by some as the be-all, end-all solution to Amman’s transport woes. In reality, the project is only the first step in a long journey ahead. Its significance is more in what it represents…

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Solutions from Citizens

A major regional conference in Cairo highlighted how citizen-led initiatives can make a real difference when it comes to the way our cities deal with transportation challenges. In October, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Access to Knowledge for Development…

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A Capital Idea?

Building a completely new Amman free of the infrastructure headaches that plague the current capital seems like an exciting proposition. But it could easily create more problems than it solves.  Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki unveiled last month the government’s intentions…

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Ushering in a New Era

Jordan’s transport system stands on the cusp of major change. But it won’t move smoothly to its next stage of development without public sector officials adopting the right mindset. The development of transportation in any country progresses through various stages…

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GAM Needs a Unified Transport Directorate

A recent decision by GAM to split up its transportation directorate represents a step back for Amman and must be reversed. In a surprise announcement in mid-August, GAM said it was splitting up its Transportation and Traffic Management Directorate into…

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Despite “Licensing,” Ride-Hailing Conundrum Continues

The government last month issued temporary approvals for the licensing of ride-hailing apps in Jordan. This is an important step forward, but much remains to be done before these services can operate legally in the Kingdom. Many have lauded the…

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Public Transport Policymaking: Stuck in Gear

recently, Jamil Mujahed was sworn in as Minister of Transport in a reshuffle of Prime Minister Hani Mulki’s cabinet. Mujahed is the fourth person to hold this office in the past 12 months, and the ninth in the last five…

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Khutoutna App: An Alternative Way to Navigate Amman

Ma’an Nasel, the public transport campaign group that I helped found, recently launched its own app. It has a feature that allows users to enter starting and ending points in Amman to obtain public transport routes they can take to…