Author Archives: Dina Wakeel

About Dina Wakeel

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

Minister of Transport Ayman Hatahet: Getting Jordan Moving

Jordan’s Transport Minister is excited about the big transportation projects slated to come on line in the near future. Because it’s sandwiched between Iraq, Syria, the Palestinian Territories, and Saudi Arabia, the important role Jordan plays as a trade hub…

Jordan Boosts Healthcare to Meet Demand

Progress on two new medical facilities, located in Irbid and Amman, could add much-needed capacity to Jordan’s health sector as it copes with rising demand for healthcare services. At the start of the year, the government began the pre-qualification process…

APC 2015 Net Profits Surge 31 Percent

Arab Potash Company (APC) said its 2015 net profits rose 31 percent year-on-year to around JD131 million, while it also achieved a record production volume of 2.355 million tons over the same period. In a statement, APC’s chairman Jamal al…

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…

Mixed Outlook for Regional Airlines

The Secretary General of the Arab Air Carriers Organization says travel barriers and regional unrest continue to hamper his industry. But rising passenger numbers, lower oil prices, and expansion into international markets give him cause for cheer. By Dina Al-Wakeel…

Batelco Cancels Planned Umniah Sale

Bahrain’s Batelco has cancelled its planned sale of Umniah, citing market conditions. “We’re going to terminate the sale process. It’s not an optimal time to sell, it’s an optimal time to buy. Prices are reducing, the appetite of so many…

smart city

Beyond the PC and Tablet

After yet another year of falling sales, it now seems certain that PCs and tablets are quickly being pushed aside in favor of phablets, wearables, and an exciting future based around ambient computing. By Zeid Nasser The future of the…

Domestic workers

Restoring Our Humanity

A disturbing report by local NGO Tamkeen, which seeks to improve social protection for marginalized groups and victims of human rights violations, revealed that many migrant domestic workers in Jordan are having their rights violated. Despite some important legislative reforms…

Air Arabia Eyes Growth in 2016

Last year Sharjah-based low-cost carrier Air Arabia made Amman its fifth hub through a 49 percent acquisition of Petra Airlines, which was then relaunched as Air Arabia Jordan. On the sidelines of the recent Arab Aviation and Media Summit in…

Ronaldo Mouchawar, Souq.com CEO

Souq.com: Riding High on the E-Commerce Wave

Over the past decade, Souq.com has quickly risen to become the region’s largest online retailer. The company’s CEO and Founder Ronaldo Mouchawar is confident of even greater success as enthusiasm for e-commerce amongst consumers picks up pace. By Dina al-Wakeel…