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Co-Chair Visits Amman

Phil Palmer, newly appointed co-chair of the Amman committee of CSCI, recently traveled to Jordan and met with several of Amman’s sister city committee members (who came out despite the city being shutdown from extreme weather).  They discussed areas of shared interest and outlined several goals for 2015. Picture above from left to right: Eng….

Ambassador of Jordan to the United States Visits Chicago

H.E. Dr. Alia Bouran, Ambassador of Jordan to the United States visited Chicago, along with Mr. Fawaz Bilbeisi, Director of the Economic & Commerce Bureau of the Embassy of Jordan and Mr. Rami Kharab, Consul at the Embassy of Jordan. They promoted trade with Jordan, met with World Business Chicago, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and…

Amman Committee Host Dinner for H.E. Dr. Mohammad Al-Hadid

The Amman committee hosted a dinner for H.E. Dr. Mohammad Al-Hadid, the President of the Jordanian Red Crescent and the Chair of the Commission of the Red Cross and Red Crescent International. The Committee discussed future opportunities to work with the Jordanian Red Crescent, including areas in women’s health, book drives, and education.

Arab Heritage Month with the Al Rabi Ensemble

The Amman Committee with the Chicago Commission on Human Relations invited the public to celebrate Arab Heritage Month with the Al Rabi Ensemble. This celebration featured classical and modern Middle Eastern music performed by internationally acclaimed master violinist Anton Shamoun. The performance was held at Alhambra’s Palace immediately following Mayor Daley’s Arab Heritage Month reception.

“US – Muslim World Partnerships” Panel Discussion

Chicago Sister Cities International’s staff participated in a panel discussion “US – Muslim World Partnerships” at the Annual Sister Cities International Conference in Albuquerque, along side Casablanca, Riverside and Austin. The panel aimed to discuss how bridging the gap between the Muslim World and the U.S. has evolved well beyond cultural connections

Chicago Students Travel to Amman

Four students (two from Francis Parker High School and two from Lindblom High School) traveled to Amman, Jordan to participate in Queen Noor’s Arab Children’s Congress summer camp. Chicago was the first American city represented at the camp and was chosen because of the active sister cities relationship.

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan Visits Chicago

On April 23, 2010, Mayor Richard M. Daley, members of the Amman Committee and Todd Murray, President of Beltone Electronics Corporation, welcomed Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan to Chicago. Beltone partnered Chicago Sister Cities International to donate 100 Beltone hearing instruments, worth more than $200,000, to the Holy Land Institute for the…

Mayor Maani Participates in the Richard J. Daley Global Cities Forum

Mayor Maani participated in the 2010 Richard J. Daley Global Cities Forum, which assembled the leaders of more than 100 cities and local governments, along with prominent business, civic, academic and foundation leaders for discussions on key urban issues. The theme, New Partnerships for a New Economy: Driving Innovation in Cities fostered a dialogue on…

Dr. Nesreen Akhtarkhavari Visits Amman

Education Sub-Committee Chair, Dr. Nesreen Akhtarkhavari, visited Amman and met with the Minister of Education, Greater Amman Municipality staff, Jordanian American Chamber of Commerce in Jordan and educators to discuss Sister City programming.

King Abdullah Visits Chicago

His Majesty King Abdullah visited Chicago and gave a presentation at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He met with members of the Amman Committee for dinner afterwards.

Arab Heritage Month

The Amman Committee helped celebrate Arab Heritage Month with a performance by Doris, a Middle Eastern singing sensation.

10th Anniversary of His Majesty King Abdullah

Greater Amman Municipality celebrated the 10th anniversary of His Majesty King Abdullah the 2nd accession to the throne and the Centennial Anniversary of Greater Amman Municipality’s. GAMs Centennial Parade was the first of its kind in the Middle East, and the executive director of the Chicago Festival Association provided planning expertise and was on site…

Chicago Students Participate in Amman Summer Camp

Four students from Peck Elementary School participated in the Greater Amman Municipality Summer Camp, for the third consecutive year. The students learned about the traditions of Jordan through different cultural visits, language classes, games and handicraft lessons. The students camped in tents for the week visited historical sites in Amman and Petra, and at Wadi…

Chicago Honored in Jordanian Ceremony

The Jordanian Civil Defense held a ceremony honoring the US Embassy in Amman and the City of Chicago for items given as part of the State Department’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program, including 5 ambulances from the City of Chicago. In attendance were Prince Faisal Bin Al-Hussein, Mayor Richard M. Daley, Mayor Omar Maani and Directorate Maj….

Chicago Students Participate in the Greater Amman Municipality Summer Camp

Four students from Peck Elementary School participated in the Greater Amman Municipality Summer Camp, for the third year. The students learned about the traditions of Jordan through different cultural visits, language classes, games and handicraft lessons. The students camped in tents for the week visited historical sites in Amman and Petra, and at Wadi Rum….

Queen Noor’s Arab Children’s Congress in Amman

Six students participated in Queen Noor’s Arab Children’s Congress in Amman, Jordan. This prestigious event gives youths aged 14-16 the same opportunity as national leaders to express their needs and aspirations and to be heard by decision makers in the Arab world. Chicago was the first American city represented at the Congress, because of the…