Tag: GAM

Ayman Smadi

Ayman Smadi’s Transport Legacy

Amman’s outgoing transport chief Ayman Smadi represents a shining example of how a dedicated civil servant can make a positive difference to our everyday lives. GAM should ensure that the work he started progresses as planned. By Hazem Zureiqat Last month,…

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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…

Iraqi Business Council President Majid Alsadi

In for the Long Haul

Despite cross-border trade disruptions and taxation worries, Iraqi Business Council President Majid Alsadi believes that Jordan remains an attractive long-term investment bet for his members. By Dina Al-Wakeel With investments worth over $14 billion spread across multiple sectors, it’s hard to…

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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…

Jordan Gate

Resurrecting Jordan Gate

After a delay lasting years, work is finally set to resume this month on Amman’s Jordan Gate. But critics of the controversial mega project still question whether it should have left the drawing board. By Laith Abou-Ragheb Work on the…

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Regulating Ride-Hailing

The government’s recent crackdown on ride-hailing apps like Uber and Careem is short-sighted and represents a losing battle. A process of planned integration should be developed, in which new services are legalized, existing operators are protected, and the sector’s competitiveness is…

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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…

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Joined-Up Thinking Needed

Jordan needs to adopt a more holistic approach to mobility if it wants to successfully tackle its transport challenges. By Hazem Zureiqat Up until it was granted the authority to plan and regulate public transport within its boundaries in 2007,…

Moumayaz

Moumayaz Launches Women-Only Taxi Service

Mirroring a fast growing global transport trend, Moumayaz has just launched a fleet of women-only taxis in Amman. The 20  vehicles will have female drivers and can only be booked via the Moumayaz hotline, The Jordan Times reported. “We are…

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Public Transport in Amman: Bigger is Better

Amman’s population has reached 4 million, yet the city’s public transport network remains largely reliant on smaller vehicles. This is inefficient and requires an overhaul in the way people move about the capital. By Hazem Zureiqat Early in the second…