Author Archives: Elisa Oddone

Four Companies to be Selected in Second Renewables Round

As part of Jordan’s second round of national renewable energy IPPs, Arabia Group said it has been shortlisted to construct a 50 MWp plant. The company said it’s one of four solar developers that will be selected to provide a combined…

Jordan Relaunched: Opportunities, Investments, and Partnerships

As part of the “Jordan Relaunched” program unveiled at last month’s World Economic Forum, the Kingdom laid out investment opportunities worth $20 billion that aim to create 180,000 desperately-needed new jobs over the next decade. If successfully funded, the ambitious…

Russian Nuclear Energy Deal Signed

In a move which brings Jordan’s controversial nuclear energy program a big step closer to reality, the government recently signed a $10 billion agreement with Russia’s Rosatom to build the Kingdom’s first nuclear power plant. Chairman of the Jordan Atomic…

Azkadenya Eyes Regional Expansion

As part of an aggressive regional expansion drive, Jordan’s Eat Restaurant Group opened a flagship branch of its popular Azkadenya chain in Dubai last month. The new branch, which is located in a shopping mall in the city’s high-end Jumeirah…

Nuqul Goes for Growth

Not content with its already strong position in Jordan and the wider region, the Nuqul Group is undertaking an ambitious expansion plan which aims to take the multifaceted company to the next level. By Elisa Oddone Ghassan Nuqul made a…

Capturing Investment

Luring desperately needed foreign direct investment to the Kingdom has never been easy. But the head of the new Jordan Investment Commission believes his team is up to the job. By Elisa Oddone In a bid to make investing in…

Petra Tourism Crash

Visitor numbers to Petra have plunged over recent years, forcing several hotels to close. Jordan Hotel Association Chairman Michael Nazzal said a solid investment from the government and a thoroughly planned marketing operation are needed to attract tourists back to…

Boulevard Arjaan: High End Hospitality

Rotana’s newly opened serviced hotel apartments aim to offer luxury long-stay lodgings at the heart of Abdali’s Boulevard.  By Elisa Oddone After years in development, guests can finally check into Rotana’s new set of Arjaan-branded serviced hotel apartments that run…

E-Commerce Growth Driving Interest in Online Security

Jordan’s fast developing e-commerce market is convincing more companies to seek ways of making online transactions more secure, said Medhat Iskander, business development manager at payment solution provider BPC Banking Technologies. “Fraud happens when not enough security measures are implemented….

Alternative Citizenship: Putting a Price on a Passport

Worried about your future in the Middle East? If you’re wealthy enough, citizenship of a safer far away country is only a check away. By Elisa Oddone Keen to insure themselves against regional political and economic uncertainty, a growing number…