By  on July 8, 2014

AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan and particularly its capital, Amman, are rapidly becoming the service and shopping centers of the region, the destination of choice for the residents and expatriates living and working in the area.

It is obvious why: most of the neighboring countries are presently in turmoil, with Iraq and Syria in the midst of civil wars and Beirut, the region’s historic center of fashion and retail, struggling with waves of refugees. As the IB Times recently quoted a Lebanese lawmaker: “Lebanon is facing economic and political collapse as it reels from the wave of Syrians seeking refuge within the country.” Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas said the number of Syrians registered as refugees is expected to reach 1.5 million by the end of 2014, more than a third of Lebanon’s population.

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