THEME PARKS: Jordan’s Jubeiha closes

Jubeiha Amusement Park, one of Amman’s oldest entertainment facilities, has closed down permanently due to the deteriorated state of its rides and structures.

The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) on Tuesday announced the closure of the amusement park for safety reasons, indicating that most of the park’s rides and structures had exceeded their lifespan. 

The amusement park was built in 1987 to the north of the Jordanian capital. It features a number of rides for different age groups and attracts over half a million visitors each year from Jordan and neighbouring countries.

“Most of the rides are 31 years old. They underwent maintenance so many times that they can no longer function properly without posing a safety risk to visitors, especially young ones,” a municipal official, told The Jordan Times.

The rides will be dismantled and sold as scrap, the official said, but added that there are “promising” future plans for the site.

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