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Celebration to mark opening of revamped Hashemite Square

By Muath Freij - Mar 20,2014 - Last updated at Mar 20,2014

AMMAN — The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) will hold several performances in downtown Amman on Friday to celebrate the inauguration of the revamped Hashemite Square, the Karameh Battle anniversary and Mother's Day. 

GAM urged the capital's residents to attend the event to strengthen the bond between them and the city, Mazen Al Farajeen, director of the GAM media centre, said on Thursday. 

"The celebration will include music and dance performances by the Bayt Ruwwad band, Zaha Centre and GAM. The municipality will also organise photo exhibitions," he added.  

The performances will be held at the square and at the Odeon near the Roman Theatre.

The Jordan Armed Forces band will start the day's shows with a parade from downtown Amman's Nymphaeum to Hashemite Square, which was renovated through a JD4.5 million project, according to Farajeen. 

The renovation included preparing the square to host activities, equipping it with fountains, and opening four cafés, a media centre and a restaurant, in addition to setting up a screen that displays the activities to be held at the nearby Roman Theatre and promotes the Kingdom's attractions. 

"We want to make downtown Amman the main destination for all Ammanis," Farajeen told The Jordan Times over the phone. 

The municipality has conducted maintenance work on several streets in the city centre in addition to removing several street vendors to make these roads more pedestrian-friendly, the GAM official said. 

GAM is currently implementing several renovation projects in the capital and holding campaigns to plant trees in parks and squares, according to the statement. 

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