Author Archives: Dina Wakeel

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About Dina Wakeel

Dina is Venture Magazine’s Senior Associate. She can be reached at dina@venture-mag.com.

economic relations

Seven Decades of Trading and Talking with Turkey

Turkey and Jordan recently marked seven decades of diplomatic and economic relations. The Turkish Ambassador to Jordan believes the next 70 years will be even more fruitful. By Dina al Wakeel Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks with HM…

The IMF on Lifting Subsidies on Bread

IMF Opposes Lifting Bread Subsidies

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said it doesn’t recommend lifting subsidies on bread in Jordan, a controversial step the government is considering in an effort to balance its budget. “The IMF does not recommend lifting bread subsidies and does not…

Entrepreneurship Envoy

America’s entrepreneurship ambassador believes startups hold the key to Jordan’s future prosperity. By Dina al-Wakeel Nina Vaca’s tech staffing company Pinnacle has been included on Inc. 5000’s list of fastest growing companies for over a decade now. It was also…

Tourism

Tourism Turnaround

The unrest in our region has frightened away many tourists over recent years. But Minister of Tourism Lina Annab now says there are tentative signs that visitor numbers are finally on the rise again. By Dina al-Wakeel Minister of Tourism…

Port of Call

The reopening of the Iraqi border is a significant development for many industries in Jordan. But it is of special importance to the Aqaba Container Terminal, which hopes to revive its well-earned reputation as a major gateway for goods destined…

Lessons in Development

Thailand is an economic powerhouse that’s eager to share its development know-how with Jordan. Renowned for its sandy beaches, ornate temples, and hospitable people, Thailand is a destination that many seasoned travelers return to again and again. But on a…

Crossing Trebil

The Trebil border crossing between Jordan and Iraq was reopened in late August after being shut for over two years over security fears. Trade has begun to trickle, but it will be quite some time before Jordanian exporters are able…

Young Blood

Recognizing the importance of millennials in shaping today’s business environment, Hikma Pharmaceuticals created a board that translates their ideas into action. By Dina Al-Wakeel  Lana Ghanem is the Managing Director of Hikma Ventures—the corporate venture capital arm of Hikma Pharmaceuticals—and head…

Arab Potash Corp

Canada’s PotashCorp Looks to Sell Stake in Jordan’s APC

Canadian PotashCorp is looking for a buyer of its shares in Arab Potash Company (APC), which it is forced to sell as part of a merger agreement, said the company’s President and CEO Brent Heimann. Last year, Potash Corp and…

expedia

Tapping into Tourism

Like Microsoft and other major players in the global technology scene, Expedia has established a base in Jordan to serve its customers worldwide. By Dina al Wakeel Earleir this year, Expedia, the online hotel and flight-booking portal, announced it was…