Last Updated: Fri Oct 28, 2011 12:07 pm (KSA) 09:07 am (GMT)

From Jordan Times: Jabal Qalaa seeks makeover to revive glamorous past

Although it was an upscale neighbourhood in the capital during the 1920s and 1930s, Jabal Qalaa (the Amman Citadel) has lost its charms as elites have left it for newer upscale areas, according to activists and residents.

In an effort to revive the area’s former glamour, NGOs and concerned individuals are urging authorities to carry out projects to restore the hilltop neighbourhood overlooking downtown Amman.

Abdul Ilah Kurdi, whose family was one of the first that settled in the area, recounted that Jabal Qalaa was the residence of choice for Jordan’s elites during the 1920s and 1930s.

“No one dared to live in Jabal Amman since it was a deserted area and far from downtown Amman at the time, so most families first settled either in the city centre or the Amman Citadel,” Kurdi, who is currently the Ombudsman Bureau president, told The Jordan Times in a recent interview.

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