Author Archives: Dina Wakeel

About Dina Wakeel

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

Business Community Mourns Loss of Salti Sisters

Jordan’s business community has reacted with sadness and shock to news of the death of sisters Jumana and Soraya Salti over the weekend. Soraya was a celebrated entrepreneur and the founder of INJAZ, a regional non-profit organization that aims to…

Jordanians Have Visa-Free Access to 44 Countries – Report

Jordanian passport holders can visit 44 countries around the world without the need for a visa, according to the annual Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index. Emirati passport holders fared best in the region in terms of visa-free travel, with…

Minister of Energy Ibrahim Saif on Future Fuels

Jordan’s energy minister is convinced sun and wind power hold one of the keys to energy independence. By Dina al-Wakeel Decision makers seem to have finally realized that part of the solution to Jordan’s pressing energy challenge lies in diversifying…

EBRD Loans $21 million to Al Jazeera Agricultural Company

In an effort to foster economic development in rural areas of Jordan, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has loaned $21 million to the Al Jazeera Agricultural Company to help expand and upgrade its facilities. The investment will…

Champions of Change: Jordan’s Social Entrepreneurs

A growing number of passionate and resourceful Jordanians are setting up social enterprises in a bid to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing their society. By Dina al-Wakeel As CSR programs become more popular worldwide with more and…

Construction Woes

The head of Jordan’s contractors association says his members are starting to suffer due to a downturn in their sector. By Dina Al Wakeel According to the Department of Statistics, the number of building licenses issued during the first five…

A Necessary Loan

As Jordan’s $2 billion dollar stand-by arrangement with the world’s lender of last resort comes to an end, the International Monetary Fund’s mission chief for Jordan Kristina Kostial said the Kingdom has by and large stuck to its promise of…

Easing Investment in Iraq

Momentum seems to be building behind Khaled Kanaan’s ambitious plan to break down barriers of entry into Iraq to promote greater cross-border trade, investment, and cooperation. But the prominent Jordanian businessman admitted that convincing more of his peers to bet…

IMF Says Jordan Wants Loan Extension

The International Monetary Fund said Jordan is seeking an extension to its three-year, $2 billion Stand-By Arrangement that expired earlier this month. “The (Jordanian) authorities have expressed interest in a successor arrangement with the fund,” Kristina Kostial, IMF’s mission chief…