Manila, Philippines – Today is the Independence Day of Jordan which commemorates the establishment of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan by King Abdullah I. During Jordan’s Independence Day, universities and other educational institutions hold special seminars and conferences on various topics related to the celebration. Churches hold special services. Because freedom of religion is widely respected in Jordan, His Majesty King Abdullah II is always represented in a mass service by the Greek Orthodox Church during a special holiday mass. A grand fireworks display is usually conducted at night.
Jordan is bordered to the east and southeast by Saudi Arabia, to the northeast by Iraq, to the north by Syria and to the west by the West Bank and Israel. Amman is the country’s capital. As of 2011, the population of Jordan was around 6.8 million.
Jordan has a well-developed banking sector which was the result of the liberal economic policies of King Abdullah II when he ascended the throne in 1999. Annual growth rate in the country is around 7%. Tourism is a good economic contributor earning around one billion dollars in revenues per year. Other economic mainstays are pharmaceutical and real estate industries.
We congratulate the people and government of Jordan led by Their Majesties, King Abdullah II and Queen Rania, Their Excellencies, Prime Minister Fayez al-Tarawneh and Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Judeh, and its Consulate in the Philippines headed by Consul Michael Alexander Ang, on the occasion of its Independence Day. We wish them all the best and success in all their endeavors. MABUHAY!
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