Author Archives: Elisa Oddone

Bringing them Back: Boosting Jordan’s Ailing Visitor Numbers

Sapped by continuing conflict in surrounding countries, Jordan’s tourism sector has seen better times. But the Kingdom’s Tourism Minister Nayef al-Fayez is leading an ambitious drive to encourage visitors to return. By Elisa Oddone In the new science fiction epic…

The Saudi Women Blazing a Trail

In a challenge to deeply rooted conventions and stereotypes, Saudi women entrepreneurs like Sarah al Ayed and Lujain al Ubaid are achieving huge success in the world of business. By Elisa Oddone Hit hard by plunging oil prices, Saudi Arabia…

The Rush for Renewable Energy

Following the severe disruption of energy supplies in the wake of the Arab Spring, plans are underway for Jordan to reach energy independence with the help of cutting-edge renewable power projects. By Elisa Oddone A heavy reliance on imported energy…

Zorba: Growing Green

With his range of naturally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs, Azzam Zorba is on a mission to improve our diet and transform the way food is farmed in Jordan. By Elisa Oddone German philosopher Ludwig Fuerbach wrote around 200 years…

A Cleaner Way to Refine

France’s Le Gaz Integral has helped slash emissions at Jordan Petroleum Refinery Company’s Zarqa facility. By Elisa Oddone Harmful sulfur dioxide emissions have almost been eliminated at Jordan Petroleum Refinery Company’s (JPRC) Zarqa facility after Le Gaz Integral recently replaced…

Prepare for the Internet of Things

The coming leap in Machine-to-Machine communication will change our lives.  By Elisa Oddone Jordan is gearing up for another digital revolution. Home appliances, hospital equipment, and car control panels managed by smartphone apps and sensors used to be the stuff…

Jordan Starts Offering Unified Tourist Site Ticket

In a move designed to boost visitor numbers to Jordan, the Ministry of Tourism has begun offering tourists the chance to buy a single ticket that gives them access to most of the Kingdom’s major archaeologist sites and museums. The…

Jordan Secures $3 Billion ITFC Import Loan

Jordan has signed up to a five-year, $3 billion loan package with the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) to finance the import of energy and food staples. Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Imad Fakhoury said the country’s private…

Syrian Refugees: Should they Work?

With no quick end in sight for the Syrian conflict, pressure is growing on Jordan to allow refugees greater access to its job market. But such a move is likely to be fraught with social and economic complications. By Elisa…