With His Majesty King
Abdullah II assuming the mantle of leadership, the forward march that was
started by the Founding King, Abdullah I, persisted under the late King
Talal, and infused with great momentum under the late King Hussein,
continues today unabated; a march towards stability and greater prosperity,
and bringing our glorious Arab nation together.
When speaking of Amman of
the present, and that of the future as envisioned, it is a story of vast
ambition that looks beyond material limitations; for the story of Amman, the
capital of the Hashemite Kingdom, embodies a unique example of man’s
endurance and challenging spirit, and his magnificent ability to perform
under extraordinary circumstances.
The city has been deeply impacted by
the exceptional circumstances that dominated the region during the past few
decades, which overwhelmed city-planners and gave rise to haphazard and
rapid construction. Amman, and the population increased to about 2.2 million in 2004 , has undergone an exceptional expansion and population growth within
a relatively short period of time, thus placing greater demands on city
planners and services in all areas.
The City Hall of the Greater Amman
Municipality (GAM) lies in the center of town, surrounded by public squares
and parks. The City has a staff of 18,000 employees serving the needs of a
population spread over an area of 1400 km2.
GAM is divided into
27 administrative regions each has full staff of employees. As far as the
administrative bodies of the City are concerned, GAM Council is made up of
47 members and headed by the Mayor. The Council is divided into 14 various
GAM has several service departments working diligently to
keep the City functioning, clean and presentable. The Municipality is also
keen on supporting cultural and artistic activities as it sponsors many
festivals and events throughout the year.
This is Amman. Though a city
that dwells not near seashore nor is bisected by a major river, yet a city
always embracing and welcoming. An Arab capital; faithful to its ancient
roots and Arab heritage; recognized for its indomitable spirit, stability,
hospitality and determination, the sort of which that looks upon challenges
not as mere hurdles to be overcome but as great opportunities on which to
build. Amman is indeed a superb example of what the human spirit can
accomplish when presented with challenges, as it skillfully and resolutely
employs its creative capabilities not only to meet sometimes extraordinarily
difficult circumstances but to do so triumphantly.