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Picture of the Day: Jordan’s Syrian Refugee City, the World’s Largest of its Kind!

This is an aerial view of the Zaatari refugee camp which roughly holds 115,000 Syrian refugees near the Jordanian city of Mafraq, 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the Jordan-Syria border. The picture was taken by Mandel Ngan on Thursday, July 18, 2013 during a visit of John Kerry, US Secretary of State. According to U.N. official Zaatari is not just a refugee camp, but more like a small city with various facilities such as 3,000 shops, plenty of restaurants, food vendors, taxi services, schools, sport fields and hospitals spread around its 12 districts with  its own “Champs Elysees” as the main street. During his… Read more »

A $1.5 Billion Star Trek Theme Park for Aqaba, Jordan

The coastal city of Aqaba, Jordan will be the first in the world to host a complete Star Trek themed park and resort. Although, I don’t think the number of star trek fans in the Middle East do not even compare to the number of fanatics in the US or Europe, it is the rich King Abdullah of Jordan, who was once an extra in an episode of star trek: voyager, that decided to drop $1.5 Billion giving the green light for the development of the attraction theme. The Amman based Rubicon Group and the creative Paramount Reaction are partnering with architectural firm Callison to… Read more »

Wadi Rum Desert Lodge in Jordan

A combination of primary lifestyle and high-tech innovations, synergy of virgin desert and modern construction, Wadi Rum Desert Lodge in Jordan, (Wadi Rum meaning Rum valley in Arabic), is designed to satisfy a traveler’s interest of immersion into desert meditation with the comfort of a supreme contemporary hotel. The creator of an outstanding resort  is a Florida-based company Oppenheim architecture + design, who recently won the design competition. The hotel will be carved into the cliffs of the famous Eco-tourism zone. “The architecture we will humbly create within the realm of the Wadi is intended to miraculously and meticulously add another sound in… Read more »

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