Monthly Archives: August 2014

Feeding Jordan Well

It‘s becoming harder and harder to get enough of the right foods into Jordanian mouths. By Elisa Oddone Jordan has made substantial health gains over the past two decades, including increases in life expectancy and reductions in child mortality and…

Tomorrow’s TV

How worried should the region’s traditional broadcasters be about the rise of Internet TV? By Laith Abou-Ragheb The battle for viewers and ads is heating up between the region’s established TV networks and over-the-top upstarts like YouTube and Netflix, which…

Microsoft Ditches Nokia Staff and Android Phones

As part of a major new restructuring strategy, Microsoft announced it will shed 12,500 jobs from its recently acquired Nokia Devices and Services division and scrap its poorly-received X line of Android smartphones. The low-cost X handsets, which were only…

The MENA Market Awaits Your Ingenuity

Rather than lazily copying existing global tech fads, Jordanian entrepreneurs would be wiser to focus their efforts on meeting the needs of the region. Startup Jordan- Robert Carroll Delivery startups for pets, apps that share photos in unnecessary ways, and…

The Right to be Forgotten

As we immerse ourselves ever deeper into the digital world, can we really expect to control what information appears about us online? Tech Talk- Zeid Nasser Five years ago, a Spanish lawyer took Google to court because he wanted to…

Few are Buying into E-commerce

Having achieved some headway of late, e-commerce in the region is still a long way from where it needs to be. The Strategist- Nader Museitif E-commerce remains the talk of the town. Big funding rounds continue to pop up for…

Go Ahead Given for Oil Shale Power Plant

For years now, Jordan’s huge oil shale deposits have been talked up as the answer to the Kingdom’s energy woes. But there are finally signs the dream of energy self-sufficiency is becoming a reality with the government signing off on…

More Debt, Little Growth

The Ensour government likes to crow about its achievements. But I can’t see any, beyond boosting the national debt to new highs with little to show for it. The Economist- Yusuf Mansur The national debt increased by the end of May…

Transit Hotel for QAIA

The prospect of a lengthy airport layover is enough to fill even the most seasoned business traveler with a sense of dread.  But the experience should soon become a little more pleasant for the growing number of air passengers passing…

Mosques Go Green

The government has launched a JD 50 million scheme to fit photovoltaic solar systems to all of Jordan’s 6,000 mosques in a green-minded move that’s expected to shave JD 7 million off their annual energy bill. The Ministry of Awqaf…