Since the night of December 24, most countries in the Arab world began celebrating Christmas and the arrival of the new year. The celebrations may look similar but each country has its own customs and traditions that sometimes differ from a neighboring country.
After the reopening of the Jaber/Nassib border crossing between Syria and Jordan, which has been closed for three years, Jordanians began flocking to the Syrian capital, Damascus, for tourism and trading.
King Abdullah II of Jordan expected to meet Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki later on Monday as protests in Amman continue over tax increases. The tax increases came after an IMF-backed tax reform bill was sent to parliament last month.