According to the website of the Ministry of Interior, Al-Azraq Qada’a is one of the largest Qada’as in the Governorate of Zarqa. Al-Azraq also contains the most remote villages and cities from the governorate centre, where it is about 90 km away, and it is the main gateway to the Kingdom of Jordan from the east that connects the Kingdom with the Arab Gulf states and Iraq. The area is the largest land crossing that crosses it from 3.5 Up to 4 million arrivals and departures annually.
According to the website of the department of statistics and the estimated number of the population in Qada’a Al Azraq, it is estimated to be 18852 people in the year 2020. The main three societal groups are Druze, Bedouin, and Chechens.
Al Azraq is filled with untapped potential with its landmarks, such as; the Azraq wetland, Alshomari Natural Reserve, a part of the international trade route, and finally, the desert palaces; which amount to three palaces on the highway extending from Amman to Azraq (Amra, Al-Harana, and Al-Azraq Castle).
Climate and Topography
Azraq is an environmentally interesting area in terms of international and national interest, and it provides all the tourism and environmental elements that make it a subject of international interest in its various environmental elements, with volcanic rock and the desert climate, the combination has allowed interesting topographical formations.
The main governmental body in Al Azraq town is the New Azraq municipality. However, it is supported and topped by other bodies such as; the Administrative governor, the area manager, the different community representatives, and finally, the Local Council.
My name is Emad and I work in upcycling. My project aims to transform used material into helpful items like furniture. I wish to create a big workshop for recycling to employ the youth of Azraq. To change from consumers to producers in Azraq and to lessen the burdens on our environment.
My name is Mohammad and I am 12 years old. After school I go home and make cotton candy with my brothers, wrap it up and sell it on my bike to the children of the neighbourhood and my neighbours. Afterwards I do my homework or watch TV with my siblings. I can't go out sell candy when I have exams, I stay home and concentrate!
I'm Abu Jamal, and I have a small shop for fixing many things. I fix washing machines and fridges, but I fix a lot of bikes. I have an old drill that my father, may he rest in peace, had. This drill is 60 years old and I'm still working with it. The whole neighbourhood comes to fix their bikes here. I fix everything in my shop.
I am Hammad Alenazi and I provide job opportunities and transportation for whomever needs it in the Azraq Farms. Lots of Farm owners need workers and lots of people need jobs. I connect both. Some of the workers are doing so much better now, with families to support and children in schools
I am Baha'a and I started the first gym in Azraq. The beginning was very humble, but with time I got more equipment and we started training more people. I like supporting my community, which is why i offer free subscriptions to the elderly and we hope expand and create a section for women in this gym.
My name is Sonya, and I come from Macedonia. I met my husband there and then we moved to Jordan. I've been in Azraq for 18 years. I have a farm where I plant many things to make into different pickles, I also make grape vinegar, and small items for my house and other items to sell.
I'm Basma, and I have a lot of hobbies. When I got married my house was empty and I decided to fill it myself with my designs. So I sew my drapes and furniture, my house became my gallery. So people started ordering some of the items. I took part in bazaars and now I sell my designs from home and on the internet. My love for art is how I make a living.
Plaything! Virtual Workshop Model Report
This reports documents the on-goings and planning process for the development of a virtual design workshop model. The topic of the workshop was the development of an upcycled plaything while having 4 different design-thinking-related lectures throughout.
Public space in Azraq Camp
This report is the outcome of the initial phase of developing a design for public spaces with the collaboration with UNHCR and Arini Design Studio in the Azraq Syrian refugee camp. This report details the data collection and analysis.
Methodology of the Caregivers’ Forum
This report details the methodology for the parental coaching program within Majlisna / Civic that has been applied in Azraq town and Syrian refugee camp, with all of its phases, and recommended actions for replication of the model.