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Petra joins World Tourism Cities Federation

[9/25/2017 6:32:48 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The red rose city of Petra was officially announced a member of the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF), Chief Commissioner of Petra Development Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA) Mohammed Nawafla said on Monday. The announcement, which came during "WTCF Los Angeles Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit held last in California ," will help boost the presence of Petra on the world tourism map and develop cultural exchange between the city and the world's archaeological cities, Nawafla said. A major event with the aim to promote tourism and investment in the ancient city, will be held with the participation of PDTRA and other world tourisim investors, he further added. Located 262km south of Amman, Petra is the most important site and tourism attraction in Jordan, visited by tourists from all over the world. The ancient city was selected as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007 and a World Heritage Site since 1985. PDTRA is a legal, financial and administrative independent authority, which was established in 2009 with the aim to develop tourism, economic, social, cultural sectors in the region, as well as to contribute to local community development. WTCF, which was voluntarily formed in 2012 in Beijing, China by famous tourism cities and tourism-related institutions in the world under, is the world’s first international tourism organization focusing on cities. The federation aims to facilitate exchange of tourism cooperation among members, spread the experience of tourism city development, promote tourism products and resources, as well as contribute to the development and prosperity of world tourism industry. Starting with 58 founding members, WTCF has now grown into an international tourism organization with 128 city members, 65 institutional members and 6 branches.

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Egyptian Azhar cleric suspended for singing on TV show

[9/24/2017 3:41:07 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The Egyptian Ministry of Awqaf has decided to arrest al-Azhari Sheikh Ihab al-Yunis, who sung “Lesa Faker” (Do you still remember?) as a tribute to the late Arabic singer Um Kolthum while wearing his Azhari uniform on an Egyptian satellite channel. The ministry’s head of the religious sector, Sheikh Jaber Taya, said in a press statement on Friday that Sheikh Younis is an Imam and preacher at Ali bin Abi Talib mosque, which is under Awqaf al-Salam’s management. Yunis was referred to the ministry of interior for investigation, Taya added. Disgrace to uniform Meanwhile, al-Azhar also condemned the cleric’s actions, stressing that he had disgraced the Azhari uniform. Similarly, al-Azhar observatory said that the Azhari dress to people and the Islamic world is associated with uniforms of religious scholars, students and people of fatwa. Therefore, it should not be worn when singing or practicing arts, even if they are purposeful and upscale, added the observatory. In light of the event, the observatory appealed to those who wear the Azhari turban, cautioning them to commit to what it stands for, this includes the scientific study of religion and teaching it to people. It also cautioned them to refrain from practices former wearers of the uniform did not engage in. Negative stereotype Wearing the Azhari uniform while singing is disrespectful and takes away from its significant rank, continued the observatory. It also referred to this event as the attempt of some media channels to distort the uniform’s prestige and consolidate negative stereotypes to it, destroying centuries worth of deference. Yunis’ act also sparked controversy among social media users, infuriating them. Consequently, he was subjected to a wave of insults on his Facebook page. On the other hand, twitter users accused Yunis of disrespecting the Azhari uniform and attempting to use it for his own benefits and putting himself under the spot light. *AlArabiya

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Jordanian mother wins Dh1 million Yas Island prize

[9/17/2017 10:35:22 AM]

AMMONNEWS - A Jordanian mother of two living in the UAE has won Dh1 million in #SayYas grand prize draw conducted by Yas Island in Abu Dhabi as part of its summer promotions. The lucky winner was revealed at the end of a whirlwind of bespoke VIP experiences for both the winner and her family, according to a press release issued on Sunday. The winner identified as R. Jarrar was invited to spend a day filled with “a million things to do on Yas Island” accompanied by her husband and children, none of whom had any idea that she was in fact the winner. “I just can’t believe it! I don’t know what to say — I’m truly speechless” exclaimed a stunned Jarrar as she embraced her family with tears of joy. “Today’s adventure has been absolutely incredible for all of us and never in my wildest dreams did I think that we’d also win the 1 million dirham grand prize. Now, I have one million reasons to love every single thing on Yas Island and the UAE, I’m so grateful and can’t thank Yas Island enough for making this dream come true,” she said. Kicking off her Yas Island adventure with a luxury breakfast in the presidential suite at the Yas Viceroy hotel, the winner and her family were greeted by popular Emirati social media influencer, Khalid Al Ameri who accompanied the family as their host for the day. After visiting Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, the winner got a beautiful pearl as a gift at a traditional pearl diving demonstration at the Hairat Yas Pearl Diving Tank. They had a thrilling ride at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi’s (FWAD) Driver Experience and their lunch included a live cooking session at Italian eatery, Mamma Rossella. The family enjoyed a retail experience at Yas Mall and had fun at Yas Marina Circuit on a passenger drifting experience and a relaxed sunset yacht cruise at Yas Marina. Little did they know, they were about to be in for the surprise of a lifetime as host Khalid started to wrap-up the day’s events — they were presented with a cheque for Dh1 million in the winner’s name. Congratulating Jerrar, Gerardo llanes, Executive Director of Destination Yas Island said: “We hope it makes a treasured impact on her life and the lives of her loved ones. We also extend our sincere thanks to everyone who visited Yas Island throughout the summer and who participated in this exciting campaign, including those who won a daily, instant or monthly prize.” *Gulf News

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11-year-old boy gets lawn-mowing gig at White House

[9/16/2017 3:31:53 PM]

AMMONNEWS - An 11-year-old boy in khaki shorts and a red polo shirt got the lawn-mowing gig of a lifetime Friday when President Donald Trump put him to work in the Rose Garden. Frank Giaccio, who goes by the initials FX, was so focused on doing his job that he didn’t even notice when Trump emerged from the White House to check out his work. FX, who lives in the Washington suburb of Falls Church, Virginia, kept right on pushing the mower in a long, straight row as Trump walked alongside him. When the boy finally paused, the president called him the “future of the country right here” and asked what he wants to be when he grows up. “A Navy seal!” Trump exclaimed. “Well, he’ll make it.” Standing with FX and his father, Trump added: “We’ll bring them into the Oval Office. Maybe he’ll be president.” Just how did FX make it to the Rose Garden? The White House said FX had written to Trump to say he admires the president’s business acumen and runs his own neighborhood lawn-care business. “It’s probably the biggest day of my life so far,” FX said afterward. He added that his day was “jam-packed” with media interviews, watering plants, mowing the lawn and visiting the Oval Office with his dad. “It was a lot bigger than I thought,” he said. Free service FX said he normally charges $8 per lawn but decided to mow the White House lawn free of charge. According to a letter that White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders read to reporters, the boy wrote that it would be his “honor to mow the White House lawn.” He also enclosed a menu of his services, which include weed-whacking. For this job, FX donned goggles and ear plugs and pushed a mower belonging to the National Park Service. He got to keep the black gardening gloves he used as a souvenir. “My dad didn’t think I was going to meet the president at all - I was just going to mow the Rose Garden. But the president came by and said hi,” FX said. Trump later tweeted: “THANK YOU for doing a GREAT job this morning! @NatlParkService gives you an A+!” The tweet included video highlights of FX’s White House visit - complete with a photo of him posing with his elbows on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office next to Trump. *AP

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Archaeologists discover ancient temple in Jordan’s Amman

[9/16/2017 8:50:28 AM]

AMMONNEWS - ordanian archaeologists have discovered an ancient temple that was built in the Hellenistic era in the third century BC. The archaeologists believe that the temple, located 120 kilometres north of the capital, Amman, was dedicated to Poseidon, the Ancient Greek god of seas. Hellenistic pottery was also found on the site in Umm Qais which is also home to Roman, Byzantine and Islamic ruins. “Our goal in the end is to make the place available to tourists and to encourage tourism in Umm Qais. But we need to continue this project so we can discover the rest of the temple and the water tunnels,” says Atef Al Shiyab, Head of the Department of Archaeology at Yarmouk University. *TRT World

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Italian fashion model visits Ammon News

[9/16/2017 4:50:18 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Italian fashion model Nina Morse visited Ammon news agency on Friday evening. Morse told Ammon "I will write positive episodes about Jordan because my point of view about Jordanians has changed" . During the visit, Morse met with the head of the parliamentary committee for Jordanian-Italian friendship the former MP Adnan al-Sawair. The Italian fashion model expressed her anger after visiting Jordan for the first time on August 18, and wrote a response on her Facebook page explaining what happened.

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Images of children smoking shisha in Egypt prompt online rage

[9/11/2017 3:21:34 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Egyptian tweeters have shared photos showing children aged 11 and under smoking shisha at cafes across several Egyptian governorates. The minors can be seen smoking during the Eid Al Adha holiday at cafes in the cities of Alexandria and Damietta and Mit Ghamr in the Dakahlia governorate. They also demanded that local authorities see through that the cafes are committed to Health Ministry regulations by not serving cigarettes or shisha to minors. Other fuming tweeps shared the photos in hopes of reaching the parents of the children. The users also demanded that the parents enforce strict supervision on their children. *Al Arabiya

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