Rainbow Street

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Rainbow Street winds up through Jabal Amman
Rainbow Street from the 1st Circle end

The Rainbow Street (Arabic: شارع الرينبو), originally named Abu Bakr al Siddiq street, is a public space in the historic area of Jabal Amman, near the center of downtown Amman, Jordan. The street runs East from the First Circle to Mango Street, and contains several landmarks including the Embassy of Saudi Arabia and the British Council building, as well as the headquarters of the Jordan Petroleum Refinery Company and the cinema after which the street is renamed.[1]

Rainbow Street is the location of numerous companies and shops, among them the Center for Studies on the Built Environment and the headquarters of the Jordan River Foundation.[2] It is also home to sites of Jordan's history, such as the al-Mufti House, the residence of King Talal and the home of former military commander and Prime Minister Zaid ibn Shaker.

Starting in 2006,[3] Rainbow Street was transformed into a heritage attraction point by the Greater Amman Municipality.[2] An article in Alghad newspaper reported on the municipality's decision:

A document at the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) admits that Amman cannot compete with other Arab cities through Neo-liberal urban restructuring projects such as the Al Abdali Development, as the competition to attract global capital and tourism between Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Tunis and cities in the Gulf is very tough.[2][4]

Improvements include increases in sidewalk space, movie theaters, and road signs. Cobblestones were added to slow traffic.[5] The project cost an estimated 5 million Jordanian dinars.[2]

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