Monthly Archives: March 2016

automation

Venture Explains: The Automation Job Threat

What is it? Just like the Luddites, the nineteenth century English textile workers who decided to smash the weaving machines putting them out of a job, more and more workers today are fearful that great leaps in automation and robotics…

APM Terminals

APM Terminals Completes Acquisition of Grup Maritim TCB

The operator of Aqaba Container Terminal, APM Terminals, has completed the USD 1 billion acquisition of Spanish Grup Maritim TCB’s port and rail interests. APM Terminals has yet to receive approval for three of 11 terminals under Grup Maritim TCB,…

Moumayaz

Moumayaz Launches Women-Only Taxi Service

Mirroring a fast growing global transport trend, Moumayaz has just launched a fleet of women-only taxis in Amman. The 20  vehicles will have female drivers and can only be booked via the Moumayaz hotline, The Jordan Times reported. “We are…

refugee crisis

Perhaps the Sky isn’t Falling

A rational evaluation of the state of the global economy is needed to counter the effect of the doom and gloom merchants causing jitters in markets. By Khalid W. Wazani Although in economic theory, prices are the main determinant of…

Jordanian-led Team Develops Flying, Submersible Drone

A Jordanian-led university research team that developed a drone that can fly, float, and dive underwater has won a $1 million prize at a top international competition. The Loon Copter, which was built by a group of University of Oakland…

What Cheap Oil Means for Us

On paper, record low oil prices should prove to be an economic bonanza for an emerging market energy importer like Jordan. But what’s the reality? By Dina al-Wakeel In 2011, just when it was trying to get back on its…

MadfooatCom: Paying the digital bills

Having set about transforming the way Jordanians pay their bills via its e-Fawateer platform, online payment company MadfooatCom now has its sights set on regional expansion. By Rebecca Irvine When Nasser Saleh returned to Jordan after several years of working…

tax

Too Much of a Good Thing

An over reliance on foreign aid has allowed successive governments to put off taking the tough steps needed to create a truly sustainable economy. For the sake of Jordan’s future, this has to change. By Laith al-Qasem Jordan is a…

Return on Positivity

More and more organizations are realizing the benefits of creating a positive working environment. By HRH Princess Noor Bint Asem There is a rippling shift in consciousness around the globe, where organizations are increasingly aware of the need to develop…

digital competitveness

Coding for Kids

The ability to read and write computer code from a young age is becoming increasingly important in our technology-driven age. In an effort to address the need for greater ICT skills in the Middle East, a group of Harvard and…