Author Archives: Dina Wakeel

About Dina Wakeel

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

Al Rai’s relations with the government have soured as the rancorous debate continues over the future of Jordan’s troubled daily newspapers. By Osama Al Sharif The crisis engulfing Jordan’s daily newspapers continues to show no sign of abating after Al-Rai’s…

Hope for Startups

Startup guru Christopher Schroeder is a firm believer in the MENA region’s entrepreneurial spirit, which he says is inspiring young, tech-savvy Arabs to leverage the little they have to shape a better future for themselves and those around them.     By…

Going Electric

This year’s World Economic Forum at the Dead Sea saw the signing of several agreements, including an MoU with manufacturers of electric cars that aims to encourage their use in the Kingdom. A statement from the Royal Court said an…

Samih Darwazah: Losing a Legend

Samih Darwazah, the founder of Hikma Pharmaceuticals, died on Friday at the age 85. Long a towering figure in Jordan’s business community for creating such an important firm, he was also one of the country’s first pharmacists, and served both as…

Samsung sees “strong” demand for S6

Samsung said there’s strong demand in Jordan for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, two premium devices the South Korean tech giant launched in Amman last month and hopes will restore its fortunes in the closely fought global smartphone market….

Alissar: A Blooming Business

Founded in Amman over three decades ago as a small family-run florist, Alissar’s distinctive flower arrangements can now be found in homes and businesses across the region, including some of the Gulf’s most luxurious hotels. By Dina al Wakeel The…

Mubadarah: The Politics of the Possible

After successfully pressuring the government to grant civil rights to the children of Jordanian women married to foreigners, MP Mustafa Hamarneh’s Mubadarah legislative bloc is out to prove that parliament isn’t an ineffectual talking shop. By Abdul-Wahab Kayyali and Dina…

The Elevator Pitch

Summing up your business idea to a potential investor in under a minute is no easy task. But the key to a successful elevator pitch is preparation. By Dina Al-Wakeel Alexander Graham Bell said that, before anything else, preparation is…

Thinking Critically

Last month, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the United States with a group of around 30 women entrepreneurs from across the region. The visit, which was organized by the US State Department and Goldman Sachs aimed to…

A Firm Food Favorite

From modest beginnings in Jordan more than 25 years ago, Al Nabil Food Industries Company has grown to become one of the biggest producers of frozen and chilled food in the Kingdom. By Dina al-Wakeel and Jane Hosking Following the…