World cup in Jordan seems to be the biggest festival/income source of the year. Everyone has an opinion, no mather if you are 8 or 80 years old. And everyone is eager to show out their preferences.
Which means the business is good! While driving with a car on a traffic light stop you can buy your favourite team flag. Every corner would sell some tricolour face paint, hair, masks, shirts scarfs. This year the sales men were extremely happy, since many of the big favourites kept on dropping out one after another. This meant that people had to change their preferences and stock them self also with new coloured goodies.
To see the game in any way you have to pay. The channel that shows the game, is a pay channel. So the cheapest option to see the games is to buy around 80JD(100 eur) access to the channel for the world cup period. The other option is to go to a bar which entrance fees start from 2 JD (3 EUR) to 20jd (25 eur). And the prices go up when the games get more important. For the finals the cheapest place was 10 JD (12 eur) and the most expensive one 35 JD (almost 40 eur!).
At first when I heard that, the thought was…well who would pay that? Surprisingly you even have to book places in advance, since they get full every night! And the most expensive ticket I managed to purchase was 20JD. Which after some thought, I figured out, was almost the price I paid for live Micheal Jackson concert!
But its not only about money. Its just general excitement around people. We were driving back from Aqaba to Amman and were stopped by the police man. He asked to see our papers…and then started asking something more in Arabic. We were confused, what’s wrong, we didn’t speed the documents are fine…so what’s the issue? Until suddenly the policeman says Argentina…Brazilia…he was just trying to share he s happiness of the game results that had just finished!