>Now, I understand the desire to stay positive. I even understand that publicly airing worries may lead to a disastrous decrease in consumer confidence. But, c’mon… it seems like reporter after reporter sees Jordan as somehow immune to the crisis that is impacting the rest of the world.
The great mirage that is Dubai, which has been some sort of oasis in the shifting sands of Jordan’s mindset for years, is a ghost town. The ridiculousness of building skyscrapers for the very population that is building the skyscrapers seems to have caught up to them. We’ve all heard the tales of abandoned cars in the airport long term parking. When I was there last week, I couldn’t believe how little traffic there was. Where is the go-go high-life of Dubai? I’m afraid it has taken a body blow. But somehow Jordan is immune? Doesn’t a significant portion of our FDI come from the UAE?
I caught this article in the Jordan Times today. It claims that Jordan will be just fine because of its “dynamism”. Really? Is he serious? I mean, even I’ve been hearing that there are no car and house loans available in town. But, Jordan is going to buck a world-wide trend because of dynamism? Like the ostrich, our heads seem t be firmly planted in the sand on this one. Hopefully, I’m wrong and Jordan’s economic dynamism (so expected in such a happy, go-lucky, positivity focused country after all) will indeed keep us all safe from harm. But, yikes, maybe a little less rhetoric and a little more serious thought is appropriate…