Despite Hal’s protestations and Roba’s lamenting I think Abdoun circle is in it best shape OK, I kind of pity the shop owners. That why I did my national duty and bought Shawerma for the whole office from Dai3a (or Dai’a, whatever you prefer). So, while waiting to get my order (after I contributed to the Abdoun circle economy) I went for a walk on what was previously known as Abdoun Cirle. For those who don’t know Jordan, this is the commercial center of Amman’s poshest district, with lots of restaurants, too many billboards and what I will politely call ‘teenagers with wheels and too much time on their hands’ doin’ the ’rounds’.
Look people, your circle will be back. Don’t worry. And it’s probably going to be better that before. I mean the old circle, which I am happy is now GONE, was a piece of urban junk. Just compare it to 2nd circle for example.
As I said, Dai’a was open. So was Kalha. The shawema skewer was not that huge but there were customer around. Don’t worry. I am sure the mighty Dai’a chain will not go bust!
Noodasia is also open, apparently. I saw them publish and ad in the papers telling people to come and eat.
And Tche Tche, was not forced to close as some blogger put it. They too are advertising themselves and EVEN MENTIONING THE CONSTRUCTION SITE AS AN ATTRACTION.
Today, someone in the office told me that Gerard, the ice cream man, is doing great business at night. Any confirmations of that, dear readers?
Barnies and Australian were closed.
But hey, everyone, you have got to take a walk on the make-shift metal bridge the construction company put over the circle. Now here is a cool urban experience! Walk from side to side and look down into the big trench being dug. Ponder how the city is being transformed. I like this bridge.
Because the streets are closed, you can easily find parking too.
Ok. The timing of this is indeed bad. The reason for that was the delay in bridge construction, I think. I know that many people consider this bridge a sign of urban excess and messed up priorities at the Greater Amman Municipality. I largely agree. I think we need more money put in public transportation and proper signage.
But cities need landmarks too. This will become the symbol of a new Amman for sure.
And here are my cameraphone snapshots. Enjoy.
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