Monthly Archives: April 2015

Sukuk Market Set for Lift-Off

With new regulations firmly in place, Sharia-compliant bonds finally appear to be gaining traction in Jordan. The Islamic debt market in Jordan is set to capitalize on growing worldwide interest in sukuk, or sharia-compliant bonds. This comes after long-awaited regulations…

Peugeot 508: French Finesse

The new Peugeot 508 proves that few car makers do comfortable and refined family saloons as well as Peugeot. By Ghaith Madadha Successor to the Peugeot 607, the 508 re-adopted the “5” nomenclature that served the brand so well in…

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The Spy in Your Pocket

There’s yet another emerging, unpleasant side-effect to the revolution of personal gadgets: cyberstalking. By Zeid Nasser For all the convenience and pleasure a mobile phone provides, it still apparently doubles as a personal tracking device. Whether it’s in your pocket…

Approval Opens Door to Greater Crowdfunding Opportunities

Dubai-based crowdfunding platform Eureeca has just received regulatory approval from the UK’s powerful Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which should give a major boost to Jordanian startups and early-stage businesses seeking investment. The FCA approval means Jordanian companies will be in…

The Seven Qualities of a Good Founder

If a founder isn’t made of the right stuff, it’s doubtful their startup will thrive. By Robert Carroll What does it take to start a company successfully? That’s a question we think about a lot at Oasis500. We’re always looking…

Petra Tourism Crash

Visitor numbers to Petra have plunged over recent years, forcing several hotels to close. Jordan Hotel Association Chairman Michael Nazzal said a solid investment from the government and a thoroughly planned marketing operation are needed to attract tourists back to…

Uber Launches Services in Amman

Uber, the smartphone technology company, announced today that it is launching its services in Amman. The launch is a testament to the smartphone app’s popularity across the world and the Middle East, as the becomes its 300th city globally –…

Sony Xperia Z3: Playing it Safe

While there’s no denying the Sony Xperia Z3 is an impressive piece of kit, it’s just a shame Sony didn’t attempt to anything really innovative with its latest flagship smartphone. By Sadad Talhouni With its Xperia Z line, Sony has…

Understanding Millennials

Figuring out what makes millennials tick is key to unlocking their potential as consumers and workers. Millennials seem to be all the rage today. The generation that hit young adulthood around the year 2000 are the holy grail for marketing…

Boulevard Arjaan: High End Hospitality

Rotana’s newly opened serviced hotel apartments aim to offer luxury long-stay lodgings at the heart of Abdali’s Boulevard.  By Elisa Oddone After years in development, guests can finally check into Rotana’s new set of Arjaan-branded serviced hotel apartments that run…