A few photos of the Independence Day reception held last week by the Jordanian Embassy in London.

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Mrs Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani is the Founder Chairman of The Arab International Women’s Forum. She is widely recognised for her personal mission in encouraging greater cultural understanding between Arab and international communities, supporting a strong role for women in the process. She has successfully led numerous initiatives for over 30 years  and  has been involved  and holding senior roles in a wide variety of charities, cultural institutions, NGO’s and the private sector in the UK, in the Arab world and internationally that include:  The Women's Leadership Board at Harvard Kennedy School - The Middle East Institute, at SOAS, University of London - The EastWest Institute in New York - The Arab British Chamber of Commerce in London - The Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance. Mrs Al Kaylani has received numerous awards over the years and widely recognized in the Arab region, UK and internationally. Mrs. Kaylani was married to the late Wajih Kaylani, a former Jordanian ambassador who is well remembered.



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Councillor Karimeh Hamarneh Foster Was 1st Lieutenant in the Jordanian Arab Army and was acting Matron at the army hospital in Aqaba. She moved to the United Kingdom in 1978. She was elected to Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council in 1992 and was Mayor in 2011/12. Has been re-elected 6 times as a councillor since 1992 most recently on May 5th of this year.


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Dr Robert Bewley is the Director of the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa, based in the University of Oxford.  He is working with the Jordanian Department of Antiquities to minimise the threats to archaeological sites in Jordan. This initiative grew out of the Aerial Archaeology on Jordan project which he has co-directed with Professor David Kennedy since 1998.  Robert could not be with us today as he is flying in Jordan today - over Azraq and the black basalt desert looking for archaeological sites, in a helicopter provided by the Royal Jordanian Air Force. Over the years the archive of aerial photographs has grown to over 100,000 in number and all are available on line via their website. His work in Jordan has helped to discover many new archaeological sites and also record the damage and destruction of sites, by bulldozers and uncontrolled development