You born, grow teeth, go to school, finish Tawjihi and then die. This is you life line in Jordan. I’ve just had it… Why do people give Tawjihi so much of importance? Some people kill themselves over it, and other kill for it.

This is what happened recently in some area of Amman, where five students stabbed there friend because he refused to help them cheat at the exams.

Well… I am going to send Mr. George W. Bush an email asking him to liberate Jordan from the Tawjihi Terrorist attacks. I will ask him to bomb our schools to rebuild a new modern school.

Dear Mr. Khalid Toukan, when are you going to end this nightmare? Don’t you think that the Tawjihi system is now incompetent, unfair and useless?

Tawjihi does not teach our kids any values except the value of marks. Kids do not learn the value of science. The system does not satisfy their passions. The system kills creativity and innovation. You don’t teach science, you teach how to collect marks.

People of Jordan, when you going to wake up? Does your kids life worth 96% in Tawjihi? Is it the end of the world if your kid failed in Tawjihi? How about your kids do not apply for tawjihi at all!! There are other alternatives in life for your kid to choose from.




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The body of the new airplane is made out of Carbon-fiber composites. The airplane is lighter and consumes less fuel on air. The new design will reduce the prices of tickets and will increase the numbers of travelers by air. The effect of this air plan on environment is less damaging than the regular airplanes. The usage of the new material protects the aircraft from rust, allows bigger windows and enable more dynamic shapes for the wings “note the curves at the end of the wings”.

You can read about more about this aircraft on BCC, Dreamliner website and Wikipedia .



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Now Jordan is on the world map. Thanks to the efforts of the Nabataeans and the efforts of all the people who voted for it. But now after we made it, what is the next step?

One the most important thing that we should really work hard is to promote and brand Petra well. There is a huge amount of people on the world thinks that Petra is part of Israel simply because they promote it better than us.

The second issue that we should face and work on, is to develop the local people who are working on Petra and help them to be more friendly and globally aware of how they can run a successful business.

Spending more money on developing the infrastructure is not a bad idea. Enhancing the visitor experience is very important. Having more creative ideas and more thrilling and exacting journey throughout the city is really important.

Also I believe the management of Petra site should work continuously on creating more cultural events, probably on a daily or weekly basis.

At the end, I hope all these efforts are going to be utilized properly and not to see only an increase on prices.

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I was shocked this morning when I saw tens of emails on my inbox coming from my school e-group. It was big news that one of the doctors who were arrested in London was a Jubilee School graduate. Most of them were shocked and sad. They could not believe the news as most of them knew this guy personally.

Here is what the CBS News wrote

Mohammed Asha seems a very unlikely terrorist, reports CBS News correspondent Sheila MacVicar. And although he has not yet been charged, there are suggestions that he is central to the plot to blow up two massive car bombs in the heart of London last Friday, and that he may be closely linked to the two men who attacked Glasgow airport on Saturday.

Asha was arrested along with a 27-year-old woman, believed to be his wife, as they drove on a major highway in Cheshire, in northwest England, in a joint swoop by officers from London and Birmingham.

Interviewed by CBS News at his home in Amman, Jordan, Asha’s father said his son attended The Jubilee School in Amman, an elite high school initially founded by Jordan’s Queen Noor in 1984 for children who show great academic promise. He graduated with straight A’s in 1998.

Asha graduated from Jordan University’s medical program in the summer of 2004 — at the top of his class — and then moved to Birmingham with his family, where he continued his medical studies. He was most recently a resident neurosurgeon at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, in northern England.

CBS News confirms that in 2004 the current head of al Qaeda in Iraq was instructed by then-head Abu Musab al-Zaraqawi to recruit these people to move to the West and easily integrate until time came to strike.

CBS News has found a posting dated Feb. 20, 2006, by someone using the name Mohammed Asha, of Jordanian nationality, on an Islamic Internet chat forum. Referring to a cartoon depicting the Prophet Mohammed published by European newspapers, the post reads: “We have had to put up with you in the West for a long time. But now, after you insulted our prophet, we shall not forgive you.”

The posting was found on a forum that did not appear to represent or be a regular platform exclusively for extremist view points.

An earlier statement posted online, signed by a “group of intellectuals,” expresses support for the resistance in the Palestinian territories and condemns some Palestinian officials for calling it “terrorism”. The name of Mohammed Asha appears among the signatories. The statement, found on the website of the al-Shaab newspaper, is dated July 19, 2002.

Read the full Article.

I also want to post the reactions of Asheh’s friends and colleagues in the school who knew him personally.

I imagine the news I just posted not only stressful to us as Jubilee grads and I strongly hope and suspect this will turn out to be a
mistake on the part of the authorities involved. I can also imagine this is very stressful to the family of this Jubilee student, as he’s been arrested. We should definitely keep their feelings in mind as we learn more or discuss this issue. I’m not sure what can be done at this moment to help his family or support them, perhaps others have an idea.
Abdelqader Sumrein

I had a call few hours ago from a none-jubilean living abroad asking me if I knew the guy!!! People already are linking this issue to The Jubilee School, and that defiantly is not good at all.
My 1st reaction when I heard the news was “I would not imagine that somebody that smart, who dedicated his life to become a doctor (a neurosurgeon) and save lives will do such a thing”…
Now after I saw the pictures, I remembered the guy… he was a very calm gentle young man. I remember him to be very nice and helpful, defiantly there is something wrong, but I can not claim to know where!!!
Really frustrating,
Ashraf Al-Dabbas

I’m ashamed to state that I had absolutely no idea of this, and was definitely shocked by the news. Wish I had some ideas to show support for him and his family, but my mind doesn’t seem to want to work properly right now.
They will definitely be in our prayers, and I hope we can do something more.
With him not being charged of anything, I hope Jordan will be able to settle this as soon as possible.

I’m sure what happened is a very big big mistake!!! .. it can never be true at all!
mohammad asha is the one of the most respected students in the patch, i mean he is very gentle, hard worker, committed and funny friend.. he had never been a trouble maker or something, his wife marwa da3nawas one of the jubilee school students also in our classtoo..she is very peacful and was a very best friend of mine,, everyday she sends me forwards via email .. the last email I got from her was before 4 days .. it was a beautiful forward email about profit mohammad,,they both are educated and loving ..especially marawa she has a very kind heart .. they will never think of hearting children and civilians .. they are simply JUBILEANS!!!
they have a very cute little child he is 2 years old only .. i wonder where is this child now?’s very hard since Iʼve heard that they are both arrested. so where is the child? ..that is a disaster!! … as a mother i know very well what does it mean to leave your child and don’t know where he is?
what is happening now is unfair!. Mohammad is dedicated to his got 98 in tawjihi..the first student in medicine with 3.9 you think this kind of student can ever heart anyone?? i’m really very upset ..i couldnʼt sleep yesterday. .it’s really unfair to cut those two young people dream from the middle.. i mean they don’t deserve that ..
may allah help them both in these situations.. i really don’t know what can we do for them.. but for now i’m sure that allah will help them and the truth will certainly reveal so soon
Tahani Khatib

I’ve been living in the UK for the past 4 years and I guess Mo’ and his wife have a sabstance for the media to write about … they have a family, the guy has pictures with the royal family in Jordan and he’s one of the smartest of the guys they arrested, so him and his wife made a perfect story to be sold …
Unfortunately I don’t know the guy so well but from what I recall he was always a peaceful guy who cared most for his studies and his success so far prooves it!

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قد يسأل الكثيرون عن العلاقة الميتافيزقية بين الاخطبوط والبطالة… الجواب ببساطة هو أن موقعاً جديداً باسم أخطبوط تم إطلاقه مؤخراً من قبل مجموعة من رجال الأعمال الشباب الأردنيين ليكون موقعاً ثورياً في مجال التوظيف والبحث عن الوظائف. وفي الحقيقة فإن الموقع ليس للتوظيف فحسب، وإنما بإستطاعتك أن تبني شبكة من المعارف والأصدقاء وتعيش داخل مجتمع إفتراضي ترتبط بعلاقات مهنية مع الآخرين. إن ما يميز هذا الموقع هو كونه من المواقع العربية النادرة التي تصنف على أنها تتفق مع المعايير القياسية “Web Standards” وتعتبر من مواقع الـ “WEB2.0″ حيث يوجد المجتمع الافتراضي والمحتوى المقدّم من المستخدمين بالإضافة لاستخدام تقنيات الـ Ajax واستخدام لغات تطوير حديثة مثل الـ Ruby on Rails. كما أن الموقع يتميز أيضا بواجهة إستخدام بسيطة وأليفة وسهل التعامل معها. وهناك الكثير من الخصائص والتقنيات المستخدمة لتوفير تجربة مفيدة لجميع المستخدمين.

هناك نوعان من المستخدمين لهذا الموقع، الباحثين عن وظيفة، والشركات التي تبحث عن مرشحين لوضيفة ما. بالنسبة للأشخاص الباحثين عن العمل فإن التسجيل واستخدام الموقع بكامله مجاناً. أما بالنسبة للشركات التي تريد التوظيف، فإنه يتحتم عليها دفع مبلغ من المال ليصبح بإمكانها أن تنشر إعلانات التوظيف على الموقع وتستقبل الطلبات.

كما أن الموقع قد يكون مفيداً أيضاً للأشخاص الذين لا يبحثون عن عمل، فإبمكانهم أن يعززوا من علاقاتهم المهنية من خلال شبكة الأصدقاء والمعارف. وكذلك بإمكانهم الاستفادة من المواد والمحتوى الذي يقدمه الموقع لتطوير قدراتهم ومعارفهم المهنية.

لقد تم بناء الموقع بعد دراسة عميقة للبحث عن أهم المشاكل التي تواجه كلاً من الباحثين عن العمل وأصحاب العمل الباحثين عن الكفاءات ومحاولت توفير أفضل الحلول والخدمات لهم. وقد ساهمت شركة “SYNTAX” بتطوير الأفكار والتصاميم للخدمات المقدمة في الموقع وواجهة الاستخدام بالإضافة لبناء الهوية التجارية.

في اعتقادي أن الموقع سيكون من المواقع العربية المميزة في المستقبل، وهو الآن يعمل بواجهة استخدام إنجليزية وفي المستقبل أنا متأكد من أنهم سيقومون بطرح واجهة استخدام عربية.

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As some of you read on the newspapers. Tomorrow will be the announcement and launching of the new Amman water company, “The Jordan water company- Miyahuna”.

Although the official name of the company has the word Jordan. But it’s only responsible for the water distribution in Amman’s only.

This company is not only going to replace LEMA, but it is also going to take over some of the WAJ “Water Authority of Jordan” responsibilities regarding Amman. The new company has a full authority over Amman. It is a private company owned by the government.

I was honored to work with Miyahuna team over the pass few months. I almost meet the whole 1200 employee in the company. Before that I was only seeing water coming out of the tap, but now I see beyond that. I was always get pissed when I don’t receive my weekly shares of water, but now it’s different.

I wanted to post about this because our research showed that people lack knowledge and awareness about water issues and services in Jordan. There are lots of challenges which face the new company. I really would like you all to know. And even if it was private, people inside the company feels that they are doing a notional duty. Because water is the core of life, and without it we can’t live. This is why I believe that the decision of making it owned by the government is a smart decision and I have a positive feeling about it.


The 1998 water crisis of Zay
is still a black mark on Amman’s water services. It is one of the biggest challenges that Miyahuna should face. To regain trust in water quality is not something easy. Technically they have done an amazing job. But still at the Public Relation level, they have lots of work to do. People should really know how things run inside, and the level of water quality and monitoring. I have visited Zay Water Treatment Plant and it was amazing how things are advanced there. I think this plant should be open for public.



The other big challenge that Miyahuna faces is the huge increase of Amman’s area, buildings and population. Which means there are lots of work regarding building new infrastructure and supplying these new areas with water. There are also other challenges regarding improving the quality f services. Reducing water theft and making this company sustain.


At the end let’s remember that Jordan is one of the 10 poorest countries in world regarding water. So when you see the amount of work and how these guys managed to supply people of water all these years you will be amazed. Therefore being a private company does not mean that we don’t have 2 way responsibilities. We should always think responsible when we talk about water in Jordan. Because really I thing we are standing on cliff edge and we might fall if we don’t look carefully.


Always remember that when you pay your bill, you are not paying for the price of water, you are paying for the effort of 1200 employee who are working hard to provide you with clean water. Yes… the water you receive is clean, so chick your tank.

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Moving to a new server

June 19th, 2007 domain now is mine, and also the hosting account. After a hectic process, I was finally able to move all my blog data into a new server. Now I really need to thank my friend Jad Madi who helped me allot since I’ve started my blog, and never let me down. He was the Super Nanny of my blog all those years.

I also would like to thank Ibrahim for his help. And I really don’t know what to say… you guys saved from being closed for ever.

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Blouzazt is the new up coming cool “kick ass” shop for t-shirts. This shop is not like any other t-shirt shop. This shop is created by a group of very talented young graphic designer from Jordan and Germany. The shop will be placed in Jabal Amman. Today, one of the founders, Mohammed Assaf brought to the office these cool stickers for their new shop. I forgot to tell you that the founders of this shop are Syntaxers people. I don’t know why, but suddenly, all people at the office gathered around those stickers and took as much as they can. Either because it’s free or because I believe they are really cools.

The idea is so promising… The guys are working hard and they have lots of cool ideas to present. So stay tuned… and good luck guys.

and for you guys.. this is the first blog that reveals one of Blouzaat designs.. enjoy


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الآن أصبح بالإمكان من كبسة زر واحدة أن تحمّل صورك وأفلامك من أجهزة نوكيا Nseries للوسائط المتعددة على موقع إكبس، أول موقع عربي لمشاركة الأفلام والصور. ويمثل هذا الاتفاق خطوة كبيرة لشركة إكبس في أن تكون جزءاً من منتدى نوكيا العالمي لركن إحتراف التصوير. كما أن خدمات إكبس سوف تكون جزءاً مبنيا داخل أجهزة نوكيا للوسائط المتعددة. هذه الأنباء تم الإعلان عنها في مؤتمر صحفي ضمن فعاليات معرض صور العالم دبي Photoworld Dubai 2007 الذي تم افتتاحه اليوم.

وتشكل هذه الأنباء خطوطاً عريضة لمستقبل تعاون مزدهر بين إكبس ونوكيا على مستوى العالم. وهي بالفعل إنطلاقه أخرى جديدة وعلى مستوى أعلى لجميع العاملين في إكبس بما فيهم أنا. وتمثل هذه اللحظات فرحة بمجهود قام به جميع أفراد فريق العمل في إكبس على مدار أشهر عديدة…

وفي حقيقة الأمر فإن هذا الاتفاق سيشكل تحدي كبير لي ولجميع الشباب في إكبس، لتقديم مجهود أكبر لتحسين الموقع والخدمات وتتطويره بشكل أكبر. وفي النهاية أود أن أشكر وأهنئ كريم وجورج وأحمد وأندي ورومان وجاد وكبير القوم مازن على المجهود الذي بذلوه في تحقيق ما وصلنا إليه الآن… وإلى الأمام..

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