Author Archives: Jane Hosking

Jordan’s Greenest Buildings

According to the United States Green Building Council, buildings are one of the heaviest consumers of natural resources and account for a significant portion of greenhouse gas emissions. But in recent years a move towards implementing green building practices has…

Eco Apps

While many of us would like to live more sustainably, it’s sometimes hard to know where to start. But with the help of these four eco apps you’ll be on the right path to greener living. By Jane Hosking Rippl…

Learning from a Google Success Story

JJ Geewax is the celebrated Google engineer whose Invite Media advertising company was famously sold to the search giant for $81 million in 2010. He dropped by the offices of Oasis500 last month to share a few tips and insights…

Jordanian Designer Creates Next-Gen Refugee Tent

With millions in the region displaced due to ongoing conflicts in countries like Syria, the question of how best to shelter refugees from the elements has become more pressing than ever. Jordanian designer Abeer Seikaly believes she has an answer…

Health and Fitness Apps

Want to keep on top of your health but don’t know where to start? These four health and fitness apps will help keep you fit and healthy, and ready to deal with any medical issues that come your way. By…

Standing Out from the Job Hunting Crowd

Anyone attempting to land their dream job can learn a great deal from Nina Mufleh’s experience. By Jane Hosking Sometimes submitting your resume when applying for a job feels more like you are throwing it into a dark abyss where…

Think Tank Questions Effectiveness of NEPCO Rescue Plan

A new Identity Center report has questioned the effectiveness of the National Electric Power Company’s (NEPCO) cost recovery strategy, after it found a recent round of electricity tariff hikes failed to drag the publicly-owned company out of debt, but led…

Online Encyclopedia Mawdoo3 Receives $1.5 Million in Funding

Online Arabic content was given a boost last month with the announcement that Jordanian startup Mawdoo3—a Wikipedia-like online Arabic encyclopedia—received $1.5 million in Series A funding from Dubai-based investor EquiTrust. Initially founded as a student project in 2010, Mawdoo3 quickly…

Lending to the Little Guy

The growth of small and medium businesses continues to be hindered by a lack of access to finance. But could recent initiatives change this? By Jane Hosking Growing an SME without access to finance is no easy task. Just ask…

Ride-Hailing Apps

Ride-hailing apps are becoming increasingly popular in Jordan, and there are now more options than ever to get you where you want to go. Here are three of our favorites. By Jane Hosking   Uber Uber is the latest ride…