The last Friday..One chance to enjoy nature before Ramadan

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Ahmed Al tamimi

Irbid – A special spring Friday, in the spring hiking season, disturbed by the succession of depressions and cold weather that continued despite the end of winter, while the advent of the holy month imposes a cut-off time, during which flights stop in favor of the Ramadan atmosphere.
Nature and picnic spots will today be on a date with thousands of families, who have long been locked up in a long winter season in their homes, during which they contented themselves with exchanging interesting pictures of picturesque areas on the pages of communication sites, as a kind of self-consolation, and patience to seize half-opportunities to spend even one day in the nature.
Muhammad al-Sardi, a lover of hiking, says that he has waited for this day for a long time, as it is an opportunity to go to Liwa al-Koura, the area of ​​Wadi al-Naml, whose reputation has recently become popular, with his family, to enjoy the picturesque atmosphere that characterizes the region.
He pointed out that over the past months, he was unable to leave his house due to the cold weather and rain, which prevented him and his family from enjoying the picturesque atmosphere in the district’s areas.
He added that the area is visited by thousands of trekkers, from inside and outside Jordan, to enjoy the beautiful weather, especially since this day; The last holiday before the holy month of Ramadan.
Ali Al-Batayneh, too, has been waiting for this day for a long time, while he intends to spend it with his family completely before the month of Ramadan, by visiting as many tourist sites as possible in the Irbid governorate.
He pointed out that families were unable to leave their homes due to the cold waves that the Kingdom witnessed in the past months, and forced them to stay in their homes, stressing that families stayed in their homes for warmth.
He explained that the arrival of spring coincides with the beginning of Ramadan, expecting that the picnic areas will be crowded today in two parks from the governorates, in light of the determination of thousands of citizens to leave their homes.
Muhammad Al-Maghrabi said that this week is witnessing a beautiful springtime atmosphere par excellence, which provides a last opportunity for a walk before Ramadan, explaining that he has prepared since the beginning of the week for this day to spend a good time with his family, and head to Jerash Governorate and enjoy its springtime atmosphere.
The overall atmosphere in Irbid governorate in the past few days prompted thousands of citizens to leave their homes for areas there, while others preferred to go to Aqaba to spend the weekend there.
The Corona pandemic in the past two years, the ban procedures and the reduction of hours, caused the inability of citizens to go to the tourist areas, especially on Fridays, when a complete ban was in place.
Moaz Bani Salameh stressed that the pandemic has caused great psychological pressure on citizens, as they are unable to leave their homes, especially at the end of the week, stressing that this Friday is the last Friday before Ramadan and an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful atmosphere.
Director of King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein Parks, Engineer Yahya Al-Omari, said that the park is visited daily by thousands of citizens to enjoy the spring, stressing that it includes children’s games and playgrounds for young people.
Al-Omari expected that the parks will witness today, thousands of visitors coming from different regions from the north, pointing to the preparation of an integrated program to receive them during Ramadan, as citizens are expected to visit the parks also after breakfast hours.
In a related context, fears are raised about the consequences of this fun and what it will leave behind in terms of waste disposal and polluting the places that trekkers are expected to frequent, amid calls for strict application of the law.
The Ministries of Environment and Tourism and the competent authorities are making great efforts to raise awareness among trekkers to preserve and preserve the places they frequent, and not to pollute them.
Jordan legislated a special waste management law, imposing severe penalties and including them to imprisonment for up to a month and a fine of 500 dinars, in an attempt to protect nature in Jordan and tourist places, but this law needs today to be implemented and its texts applied on the ground.
Yazan Al-Khudair, director of the “Our Jordan Program”, confirmed that the program will be present today, by conducting its trips to the governorates, according to the approved and regularly published programs on the Jannah.jo platform.
And Al-Khudair indicated that the traffic path was added in the natural tourist area of ​​Umm al-Naml, within the path of Umm Qais, so that the citizen can enjoy the natural scenery in the spring, at a very symbolic cost.
Law and legislation expert, Dr. Nahla Momani, said that Jordan bridged a large legislative gap regarding waste disposal in tourist and archaeological sites, parks, public gardens or nature reserves, by approving the Waste Management Framework Law No. 16 of 2020.
A member of the “Mile on Irbid” initiative, Amal Al-Ghawanmeh, said that the people of the governorate, specifically the towns and villages that are characterized by natural diversity and the prosperity of spring tourism in them, take a walk and have fun and then clean their places to return to them as bright and healthy for the first time.
She drew the attention of visitors to these areas from outside the governorate, that “these tourist sites and destinations they visit should remain as they found them and not turn them with their waste into a health objection, so that the smell of spring will turn into a bad smell that harms everyone who comes to it.”
She wished the concerned authorities to enforce the waste management law and spread cultural awareness by not leaving waste for their picnics or setting fires, as these places are a tourist treasure frequented by tourists from all countries of the world.
She stressed that the time has come to stop this behavior in all regions of the Kingdom, and to consolidate the rule of law over everyone to protect this natural beauty that characterizes Jordan in all seasons of the year.
She pointed out that enjoying spring today does not require high costs and long distances, and we have the right to be jealous of our country and protect it and benefit from this blessing that God has given us.
She added, that this law became effective 6 months after its publication in the Official Gazette, and it is one of the important laws in this field, as it sets penalties for those who commit these acts, and Article No. allocated, not less than 50 dinars and not more than 500 dinars.
And she indicated that the fine includes those who dump waste in the public street, parks, streams, or near dams, water sources, artesian wells, or private areas, specifically tourist, archaeological or religious areas, and even public buildings and official institutions, sports facilities, or ports and airports. and commercial places.
She stressed that the law tightened the penalty on those who repeat these acts, and the same article of the law punished the perpetrator of these acts with imprisonment for a week and not more than a month, and a fine of no less than a thousand dinars, or both penalties if he threw waste in nature reserves and national parks.
Momani pointed out that the legislator included in the punishment and tightened it, up to imprisonment for up to 30 days, given the moral value of these places, their service to the public, and their tourism and societal importance, and that the general framework of the Penal Code, specifically in Article 669, punished with temporary labor any person who intentionally set fire to woods or woodlands. or orchards before harvesting.
She said that the framework law for waste management includes good legal texts, but it needs to be implemented on the ground, and the application needs a large human cadre and surveillance cameras to control violators in parks and public places, especially on holidays.
The law stipulated the formation of a supreme steering committee for waste management in Jordan, consisting of 16 bodies, including seven ministers, the Amman Municipality, the Aqaba Special Authority, the Petra Region Authority, the General Customs, the Amman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Royal Department for Environmental Protection of the Public Security Directorate and others.
A member of the “Mile on Irbid” initiative, Amal Al-Ghawanmeh, hoped the concerned authorities would enforce the waste management law and spread cultural awareness by not leaving waste for their picnics or setting fires, as these places are a tourist treasure frequented by tourists from all countries of the world.
She stressed that the time has come to stop this behavior in all regions of the Kingdom, and to consolidate the rule of law over everyone to protect this natural beauty that characterizes Jordan in all seasons of the year.
She pointed out that enjoying spring tomorrow does not require high costs and long distances, and we have the right to be jealous of our country and protect it and benefit from this blessing that God has given us.
For her part, Director of Irbid Tourism, Dr. Mashael Al-Khasawneh, said that the tourist sites that are considered pilgrimages for citizens at this time, such as the Wadi al-Naml area, Wadi al-Rayyan in the Koura District, Umm Qais, and others, constitute a wonderful aesthetic painting at this time of the year.
She stressed that the tourist areas will witness a large turnout of citizens on Friday due to its coincidence with the advent of Ramadan, when flights usually decrease in this month, in addition to the fact that moderate temperatures will contribute to increasing the number of trekkers.

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