Category: Society

Walk This Way

Attempting to navigate Amman’s streets on foot can often be a hazardous business. But it doesn’t have to be this way. By Hazem Zureiqat Few can disagree that the situation for pedestrians in Amman is very far from ideal. Sidewalks…

Explaining President Trump

Now the dust has started to settle on the US general election, what are the key takeaways from Trump’s historic victory? By Osama Al Sharif Donald Trump, the flamboyant real-estate billionaire and reality TV star who has never held a…

Driving Demographics

We need to start considering what role demographic trends have to play in Jordan’s growing congestion problem. By Hazem Zureiqat When we talk about traffic congestion in Jordan, we tend to view it as a snapshot in time and refer…

Our Education System is Failing

A nation that lags behind in education can never hope for a better future. We need to radically overhaul the way we teach. By Osama Al Sharif Education reform has become the centerpiece of public debate in the country against…

Going Underground

A metro system for Amman? With the proper planning, the idea might not be as outlandish as you think. On a few occasions this year, Amman’s mayor Akel Biltaji has expressed enthusiasm for an ambitious plan to construct a metro…

The Value of Vox Pops

By Osama Al Sharif In all my years as a journalist, from starting out as a junior reporter right up to becoming a senior editor, I never forgot one simple piece of advice given to me by an American mentor:…

Interim Interventions

Upgrading public transport in the capital is essential, but it will take time to fully materialize. Until it does, simple, temporary fixes can be employed to make better use of our road infrastructure and improve traffic conditions. By Hazem Zureiqat…

Making BRT Work

As GAM and the government move forward with their bus rapid transit (BRT) projects, it’s important to ensure the right measures are in place for the new systems to operate effectively. By Hazem Zureiqat With Princess Basma Street closed off…

A Long-Needed Law

A sweeping new law is finally about to come into force should give public transportation in Jordan a big boost. By Hazem Zureiqat After three years of gathering dust in parliament, a new law that governs passenger transport in Jordan…

A Map by the People, for the People

The advocacy campaign Ma’an Nasel recently released Amman’s first ever comprehensive public transportation map. This is a significant development in terms of helping people navigate the city and showcasing what true urban activism can achieve. By Hazem Zureiqat On March…