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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

الدكتور يوسف سيد حسن الزلزلة

On November 11th 2009 I attended the international Investment conference at the Dead Sea and at the main panel was the Dr. Yousef. I have to tell you people Dr. Zalzalah actually created zelzal inside the conference. He showered the crowd with positivity and impressed not only the crowd but the officials attending the event. that was early morning and my last even was around 5 PM and it was a different panel, and the panel head appraised Dr. Zalzalah in his absence for the energy he brought with him and showered us with it. Bless you Dr. Zalzalah and although I'm not Kuwaiti but I was born and raised in Kuwait, I would like to show my appreciation of such character and thank you for making me proud to be Kuwaiti, today I was Kuwaiti because of you Dr. My respect and appreciation to you.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

160GB ipod classic & Garmin GPS Nuvi 310 for sale

Howdy folks, Selling 160GB ipod classic White for 175JD & Garmin GPS Nuvi 310 for 125JD (has GCC maps, you can buy Jordan map for $100) Both used but in good condition. This sale is for Amman only and you can email me at

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

My first winter in Amman

It was raining all night long, kids school is only a block away from our flat. But it is a narrow steep road and the school is kinda sitting on a hill. This morning taking kids to school, the road was muddy wit and half of the concrete is pealed of so we had only half of the road to drive a 2 way car. It was a circus. How come police dont regulate roads leading to schools?

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Amman Twestival event tonight at 9PM

Reblog from On behalf of the Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship, It is my pleasure inviting you to join the 2nd Twestival event in Jordan Amman Twestival (Twitter + Festival). This time the discussion will be around Entrepreneurship and Social Media . The event is designed to be very interactive where your tweets will be displayed live (on the BIG screen) during the event, which will give the moderator and everyone -including the panelists- the chance to elaborate on your tweet either by talks (or maybe another tweet!) Thanks to @tweetDeck :) ! The Cause for this year's Twestival is to support: Al-Aman Fund for the Future of the Orphans Al-Aman Fund for the Future of the Orphans is an independent non-governmental organization founded in 2006 by Her Majesty (@QueenRania ) Al-Abdullah. Time: September 13, 2009 from 9pm to 11pm Host:Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship (@QRCE) Location: Al-Hashemeyyen Theatre, Royal Scientific Society Location map:

Friday, August 14, 2009

SMILE Campaign

As some of you know I work in the hospitality sector, I visit hotels and meet with hotel owners and I also like to explore hotels in Jordan, to learn more about the amenities and the services provided to learn more about leisure activities in the Kingdom. On a monthly basis I host guest in Jordan from hospitality background (Kuwaitis, Lebanese, Americans, Spanish and so on) and I try to visit as many hotels and restaurants as possible. Everybody who visited Jordan for the first time was shocked and surprised as how beautiful and secure Jordan is. People had no idea of how beautiful the weather is, how exotic some of the sites in Jordan, how fancy the establishments are in Jordan. But one dominating factor that all communicated to me loud and clear, Jordanians as people lack SMILING and good hospitality etiquette manners. So I want to establish a new campaign in Jordan and I want all the online social media help in this. SMILE Campaign, we need to learn how to smile more often. I have a dream that one day Taxi drivers in Jordan can great you with a SMILE and how is your day when you first enter the Taxi. I have a dream that your waiter greats you with a smile when taking your order and even when customers complain keep the SMILE going and promise a solution even if it was verbal. I have a dream when checking in to hotels in Jordan receptionists will great you with a SMILE and hope you had a comfortable trip to the Kingdom. I have a dream that all drivers will have courtesy while driving and SMILE for you while allowing you to pass before them. I have a dream all sales staff at shops will great you with a SMILE and keep the SMILE going when the customer is negotiating with them. I have a dream that all preachers will start SMILING and stop repeating that "God Destroy American" slogan. I have a dream that passport agents and visa agents at the airport will start SMILING and wish you a joyful stay at Jordan. I have a dream that government officials will start SMILING more often at press releases. I have a dream policemen will SMILE while giving you a ticket and wish you a safe drive. ___________________________________________________________ Kindly share your SMILE Campaign dream with us. * This post was written while SMILING.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Monday, July 27, 2009

Be kind to Camels!

I went to Distant Heat last weekend and while at the bus, they handed us these instructions sheet, and here are some of their instructions: - No Weapons of Mass distraction!!! What the heck is Mass distraction? Is it a misspell? Or is there such a thing?! - Be kind to Camels!!! What about those Camel Jockeys? da heck with them? I mean why da camels? How about those donkeys? Plants? Desert? Why camels? Please someone explains.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Do Jordanians lack the right HOSPITALITY SERVICE?

Remember my POST about Tourism in Jordan? Check out this conversation that happened last night at some upscale cafe at the 5th ring. I took my management to this cafe before we head for dinner to talk. (Remember this is their second time in Jordan and they always compare us with Lebanon). This is the conversation that went between my boss and the waiter, remember our company is a hospitality company and we deal with hotels and F&B. Waiter: What can I get for you to drink? Customer: I want something cold and fresh; I see that you have Vanilla, Strawberry & Mango juice. Which one should I go for? What do you suggest? Waiter: That is up to you sir! I can't tell you what to drink! Customer: Surprise me! Waiter: No can do, you have to pick a flavor. Mind you this is no some ordinary place but rather a fancy one. My boss then turns to me and says: if we are in Lebanon the waiter would have said: " Habeeb alby halla barooh ba3sorrak a7la 3aseer 3ala zoo2i wed3eeli". Then looks at me and says: I rest my case. People, get with the program! We need to learn how to give the right hospitality service to tourists.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Business Dinner & lunch places in Amman!

OK Ammanies, I have top management coming to Amman this week for the second time. The last time I took them to Romeros & Fakhreddin. This time I need a fancy quiet restaurant for a dinner meeting and another for Lunch, I have got some tips but I'm still looking. Lebanese, Italian, International. I want something expensive and not too crowded. Should I go to 5 star hotels resturants like Four Seasons? Help, time running out. Thanks, Khaled