Author Archives: Elisa Oddone

Zoomaal Leads MENA Crowdfunding Revolution

Lebanese crowdfunding platform Zoomaal is helping hundreds of exciting and innovative ideas get off the ground across the region. By Elisa Oddone Since it was launched in 2013, Beirut-based Zoomaal has quickly asserted itself as one of the region’s leading…

New Language School Taps Growing Interest in Arab Culture

A new language school, the Sijal Institute, opened its doors in Amman earlier this year, cementing the city’s position as one of the most popular places to learn Arabic in the region. Because of its political stability and thanks to…

Nuclear Giving Way to Renewables Globally – Study

While Jordan is moving forward with its controversial nuclear energy program, a new study said solar energy added 26 percent more electricity to the global grid than nuclear last year. The latest edition of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report, which…

Palestinian-Designed Charger Shoots Past Crowdfunding Goal

A tiny USB top-up charger designed by a team of Palestinian tech entrepreneurs has raked in around $70,000 on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform—nearly five times its original funding target. The BOLD Knot, which comes in the shape of a knot…

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Global Interest Growing in Gulf Real Estate Projects – Deloitte

A growing number of international construction firms, particularly from China, are lining up to invest in the Gulf region’s trillion-dollar real estate sector, according to Deloitte. With $2.8 trillion worth of projects planned or ongoing in the Gulf Cooperation Council…

Universities to Launch Digital Learning Platform

Jordan’s public universities are aiming to increase their Internet presence through a new online platform that will pool lectures, examinations, and lesson plans. The Jordan Universities Network (JUNet), in partnership with Microsoft Jordan, will launch the Jordan Open Courseware Platform—www.elearning.edu.jo—in…

Jordan Expected to Issue Debut Sukuk

Jordan said last month it was going to issue its first ever sovereign sukuk, or sharia-compliant bonds, soon. The long anticipated issuance is expected to rake in some JD400 million to finance real estate projects, a source familiar with the topic…

SESAME: A Scientific Step Forward

Jordan has never excelled at scientific study. But a newly revamped, first-of-its-kind research facility could change that. By Elisa Oddone When discussing Jordan’s efforts to develop a knowledge-driven economy, the important role research and development can play is too often…

Vocational Training Boost Needed – Al Qassem

If in the past Jordan’s education system was directed at encouraging students to embrace an academic path, now the pendulum must swing back towards vocational training, Arabian Business Consultants for Development CEO Laith al Qassem said during last month’s Educating…

Nip and Tuck: Jordan’s Plastic Surgery Boom

Whether they’re carrying out nose jobs on women wanting to look like film stars, or liposuction on men hurtling towards middle age, Jordan’s plastic surgeons say they’ve never been busier. By Elisa Oddone As we become more and more accustomed…