One of the funniest/strangest things I heard was something I heard from a young, professional (and very busy) colleague the other day: “What boom in Amman? People just ‘say’ there is a boom!”.
Wow.. my friend should be transported back in time to the Jordanian Dinar crash of 1988 or the slow mid-1990s to put thing into perspective!
Then again, maybe I should not be surprised. Didn’t you hear that Jordan is the world champion in the sport of ‘complaining’. After all, don’t we all just ‘know’ that the “middle class is shrinking”. But let’s leave that to a future post (especially after all the great feedback on my earlier question about Jordan’s supposedly ‘dead’ middle class!)
If you don’t believe there is a boom you might be suffering from a disease called Construction Site Blindness (CSB). Wherever you look in Amman there is a hole in the ground with concrete pylons coming out. Daily, I drive by the huge hole being dug into the side of the hill at Wadi Saqra. For the past few months the earth-moving equipment has been busy obliterating the hill to make way for.. I don’t know.. Does anyone know what project will be built there?
Then we have the hole at the 4th circle. For those of you with CSB :) this will be the tunnel leading to the suspended bridge leading to yet another tunnel under Abdoun circle. Speaking of Abdoun, have you seen the scaffolding across from Blue Fig. A huge mall will be built there.
City Mall is nearing completion. Mecca Mall’s extension is partially open (complete with a HORRIBLY INCOMPLETE parking lot!). Soon, construction will start on a project that will house the Middle East’s largest mall on Airport road.
If you want to see big holes, have a look at the one near Amra hotel. in the coming 18 month the two Jordan Gate towers will be shooting out of it. The company behind it reportedly wants to finish it in dubai-speed.
I was driving toward the Wihdat camp the other day. As I left the Interior Circle I saw the construction site of Al Istiklal Mall. It’s pretty big! Then, on my way up to Middle East Circle I was shocked at the gigantic size of the Mega Mall towers being built. What a contrast with the little car repair garages around it.
Then, take a drive towards Sahab. A whole new Amman is emerging there that many of us don’t see. The industrial area is getting much better roads and its share of bridges and underpasses.
I have not even mentioned the plans for Abdali or the stuff going on in Aqaba.
This unprecedented construction activity will drive the economy for at least the coming 2-3 years, the experts say.
But, we all know that ‘they’ are just ‘talking’ about a boom.
Read these related posts on 360east:
- A new vision for public transport in Amman
- When underprivilged/female Jordan teaches the privileged/male Jordan a lesson
- Hello ‘West Amman”: the biggest mall is in East Amman
- Amman’s snow hides the mess :)
- Have you seen Digital City’s amazing glass facade?
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