Archive for April, 2008

Amman: The Incomplete City and the missing trees of City Mall!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Wherever you look in Amman you see half done stuff. Everything is incomplete. City Mall is an investment of tens of millions of Dinars. Some pretty amazing shops inside. It is a successful, popular place. The photo above is from the pavement around the mall. I am sorry, but this makes me sick. Where the [...]

Is that some real Graffiti on a Ammani wall?

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

[click to enlarge] This caught my eye! Graffiti on a wall near the exit from Wadi Saqra Street to the 3rd Circle. Amman’s graffiti has, so far, consisted of text only statements. Usual examples include: Expression of love and heartbreak (Min Ghadr il Bashar, 3ishigt issafar) Political Statements (Al Haqq Awalan) and the ubiquitous ad [...]

New Rainbow Street and the dangers of the creeping “village style” !

Monday, April 28th, 2008

The new lights of Rainbow Street are on! I just came back from a quick 30 minute visit to the street. I wanted to check out the street’s new developments and also document a creeping danger that is threatening the street’s urban identity. I will not elaborate on the interventions that were made as part [...]

One cultured Saturday in Amman..

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

After a quick visit to the dentist at 2:30 on Saturday, I drove to Goethe Institute in Jabal Amman to drop off my son to his German class. There, I met an old friend, whose son is also taking the class. As we chatted in the lobby, a very interesting mix of people (of all [...]

Will the Middle East get the 3G iPhone?

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

April is almost over and.. still no iPhone for the Middle East. The rumors were wrong. Apple continues to “ignore” a potentially lucrative market. Recent rumors have indicated that the 3G iPhone, expected in the coming 6 weeks or so, will be sold unlocked in markets like Italy and Belgium. India will soon get the [...]

Extensya launches, with full branding and design solution from SYNTAX

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Extensya Chairman, Mohamad Saqir announces the start of the company’s operations earlier this April. Extensya, one of the most ambitious contact management outsourcing ventures in the region has recently been launched with a brand and design solution by SYNTAX. Extensya will operate a network of contact management centers in Jordan and the region, serving regional [...]

SYNTAX and Spring help Play 99.6 launch brand new website

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

A couple of days ago, the brand new Play 99.6 website went live. SYNTAX, continuing its successful collaboration with the station, strategized and designed the site in close cooperation with Play’s management and team. Full technical implementation was handled by Spring, who developed the site’s overall content management system. With this release of its site, [...]