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The People of Jordan’s Bustling Jabal El Weibdeh

In the past several years, the Ammani neighborhood of Jabal Al Weibdeh has become a center for the city’s flourishing art and culture scene. With outlets like Darat Al Funun, which hosts a variety of art exhibitions from artists around the region in addition to foreign and short Arab films, and a smorgasbord of quaint cafes and eateries, the neighborhood is teeming with life. We went around the neighborhood and asked people what their favorite part of the area is.

BB 140825 Humans of Jabal al webdeh 01 Mohammed Hasan Abdallah has worked in the Barhumeh Roastery since 1986. He loves the old houses of Jabal El Weibdeh and the love between the people who live there.

BB 140825 Humans of Jabal al webdeh 12 Three friends hang out in front of Graffiti cafe, a common staple for young adults who go to play board games, have coffee and talk with their friends.

BB 140825 Humans of Jabal al webdeh 11 Abdelrahman and Batoul love the peaceful environment and walking around at night; “It’s the friendliest area in Amman.”

BB 140825 Humans of Jabal al webdeh 10 Little Mohammad loves Jabal El Weibdeh because “it is like a theme park”.

BB 140825 Humans of Jabal al webdeh 09 Nawal opened the Weibdeh pharmacy ages ago, and loves to see all the generations grow and change in the neighborhood.

BB 140825 Humans of Jabal al webdeh 08 Nadine Kanaan says, “it’s still the old Amman where you always look familiar, the sidewalks are more comfortable, and you can say hello to everyone… It’s also where my dream came true.”

BB 140825 Humans of Jabal al webdeh 07 Natalie Jamokha finds Weibdeh to be a small town hidden away. She has just left a dream job to become a writer and feels great about it.

BB 140825 Humans of Jabal al webdeh 06 Razan Hadid loves Weibdeh because it’s the biggest art hub in Jordan, and she enjoys meeting friends here.

BB 140825 Humans of Jabal al webdeh 05 Friends meeting in Graffiti Cafe.

BB 140825 Humans of Jabal al webdeh 04Two American pals, Claire and Carly, say the best thing is the delicious Fatteh.

Humans of Jabal WeibdehMuneer Alkurdi and Ahmad Issa Alkurdi have owned the Fairouz Bakery for 40 years. Their family business is a cornerstone in the neighborhood. Muneer says he loves the quiet pace of the area.

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Sami Haven

Sami Haven was born in Amman, Jordan, in 1987. His mother is originally from Yabroud, Syria, and his father is English born in the Caribbean. He grew up in his grandmother's house in Jabal al-wehbdeh, in the heart of Amman. In 2003 Sami moved to Al-Saru, on the outskirts of Amman, where he studied graphic design at Al Ahliyya University, graduating with the highest grades of his class. In 2005 he moved to Rome, Italy, where he did his masters in Photography. Sami worked with the world's most famous photographers like Steven Klein and Oliviero Toscani, along with many others. His works have been included in the Biennale of Venice directed by Kazuyo Sejima, Paris-Photo, and also in Tokio. After working in various editions of X-FACTOR Italia - making video clips for the contestants - in theatre with Fendi, and in the high fashion industry, Sami felt there was something missing, and so he decided to go to Gaza, Palestine, because it is an example of resistance and humanity, and to try and contrast the image constructed by the Western media that serves only the powerful. Today Sami is co-funder and part of an on growing conceptual group called Jasmine. A group united through passion against fear, a smell that's to spread out from the Mediterranean like a virus, to contaminate the world with Love, and heal from indifference. All can be part, and all shall be armed: Culture, Art, Music and Sport shall be our weapons of mass construction.

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