Crown Prince attends Christmas celebrations at Jerash monastery

AMMAN — Jordan’s dazzling locations have transformed it into one of the main hubs for filmmakers as the film industry’s economic contribution to the Kingdom over the last 10 years is estimated at JD238 million.
The industry has also directly and indirectly created 95,000 job opportunities in different sectors, Royal Film Commission (RFC) Managing Director George David said.
In a recent interview with The Jordan Times, David said that around the world, the film and television industry is perceived as an engine for countries’ local economies and tourism.
“In the past decades, Jordan has managed to reserve a seat on the global map of film destinations due to its diverse locations and unique sites, as well as other factors,” he told The Jordan Times.
Wadi Rum is one of the main destinations bringing filmmakers to Jordan, he added.
“The uniqueness of Wadi Rum, also known as ‘The Valley of the Moon’, charmed filmmakers from all over the world and is today one of the ultimate landmarks in Jordan when it comes to filming. The Jordanian desert of Wadi Rum boasts a one-of-a-kind geographical features that you can see in the area’s sandstone cliffs and mountains, as well as the red sand dunes,” he said.
The 1962 historical film “Lawrence of Arabia”, by David Lean, first introduced Wadi Rum to the world, attracting a steady wave of film crews in the following decades, according to David.
“Most recently, American director J.J. Abrams chose Jordan’s Wadi Rum and Shakriah landscape as an exotic locale for a galaxy far far away in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’. While in 2016, Wadi Rum was also used as a background for ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’,” he added.
“Wadi Rum is breathtakingly beautiful and the perfect location for our film,” Abrams said in a statement the RFC shared with The Jordan Times.
“I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to shoot in Jordan. Between the warm welcome from the government and the dedication and hard work of local film professionals, we couldn’t have had a better experience. We are enormously grateful,” he added.
AMMAN — HRH Crown Prince Hussein, the Regent, on Tuesday attended a celebration held by the Fountain of Life Monastery in Jerash Governorate for Christmas and New Year.
Crown Prince Hussein extended his best wishes to Christians in Jordan, according to a Royal Court statement.
Adviser to His Majesty and Director of the Office of His Majesty Manar Dabbas and a number of church leaders and officials attended the event, which featured several musical performances.
After the celebration, the Crown Prince toured the Fountain of Life Monastery, which is located in Dibeen, and was briefed on its history.
Deputising for His Majesty King Abdullah, Interior Minister Samir Mubaidin on Tuesday attended the midnight Christmas mass at Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity.
The mass was also attended by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, as well as politicians, and prominent Muslim and Christian figures, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.
Mubaidin conveyed the King and Jordanians’ greetings to Christians on this occasion.
The minister also highlighted the strength of the “deep-rooted” relations between the Jordanians and Palestinian peoplels.
Earlier in the day, Abbas received Mubaidin, who conveyed the King’s greetings and his support to the Palestinian people in their struggle to realise their legitimate rights to establish a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Jordan Times
Dec. 26, 2018