Monthly Archives: November 2016

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Venture Explains: Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030

What is it? Plunging oil prices since mid-2014 have pushed Saudi Arabia to produce Vision 2030, a far reaching reform plan unveiled earlier this year that aims to wean the kingdom’s economy off its reliance on oil, which the government…

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Ayman Smadi’s Transport Legacy

Amman’s outgoing transport chief Ayman Smadi represents a shining example of how a dedicated civil servant can make a positive difference to our everyday lives. GAM should ensure that the work he started progresses as planned. By Hazem Zureiqat Last month,…

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Jordan’s First Championship Golf Course Opens in Aqaba

The Kingdom’s first championship golf course opened in Aqaba’s multi-million dollar Ayla development last month. The developers of the 18-hole, Greg Norman-designed course are confident it will become a big attraction. “Ayla Golf Course is a major tourism enabler for…

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Our Education System is Failing

A nation that lags behind in education can never hope for a better future. We need to radically overhaul the way we teach. By Osama Al Sharif Education reform has become the centerpiece of public debate in the country against…

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Going Underground

A metro system for Amman? With the proper planning, the idea might not be as outlandish as you think. On a few occasions this year, Amman’s mayor Akel Biltaji has expressed enthusiasm for an ambitious plan to construct a metro…

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The Rise of Influencer Marketing

In a bid to reach young, tech-savvy consumers, brands in Jordan are increasingly partnering with social media influencers with armies of loyal online followers. By Laith Abou-Ragheb The advertising industry’s switch to online is picking up pace around the world,…

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IFA 2016 Special

The IFA is one of the world’s biggest and most closely-watched consumer electronics shows. Here are just some of the great products that were on display at the 2016 edition held in Berlin last month. By Laith Abou-Ragheb   Acer…

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Getting China Back on Track

Significant restructuring and rebalancing of China’s underperforming economy is needed before the country sneezes and we all catch a cold. China’s economy, long a reliable source of growth, has been experiencing a wave of economic difficulties that has created uncertainty…

Caterham Seven 270S

Visceral Minimalism

Second-to-entry level in Caterham’s lithe and light line-up, the 270S is a more accessible daily drive proposition, designed primarily for the road, but with the sharp handling, high-rev thrills and performance for occasional track driving. By Ghaith Madadha More affordable…

Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA)

QAIA: Ready for Lift Off

Now that the second phase of the multimillion-dollar project to expand Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) is complete, Jordan’s main gateway to the world will be able to smoothly handle rising traffic demand for years to come. By Laith Abou-Ragheb…