Author Archives: Laith Abu-Ragheb

Renewable green energy

Jordan lagging behind on ‘green’ economic performance – report

Jordan achieved an underwhelming ranking on a global index that measures the green economic performance of countries and how experts assess that performance. Jordan, which made it onto the list for the first time, was rated 60 out of 80…

souq.com

Souq.com Plans IPO at $1.2 Billion Value – Report

Souq.com, the region’s biggest online retailer, is reportedly planning to sell around a 30 percent stake that would give the company a valuation of at least $1.2 billion. The Dubai-based company has appointed Goldman Sachs to find potential buyers for…

Laptops

Laptops Galore

Whether you need one for the classroom, office, or home, there’s a plethora of great laptops around at the moment. Here are four of the best. By LaithAbou-Ragheb   Apple Macbook www.apple.com Apple’s laptop range is looking pretty tired at…

Welcoming the World Cup

Organizers of this month’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup say the event represents a unique opportunity to develop the game at home and prove the Kingdom can host international sports tournaments. By Laith Abou-Ragheb The eyes of the sporting world…

Jordanian Truck Drivers

Border Closures Costing Jordanian Truckers Millions

Jordanian truck drivers have lost approximately JD600 million over the past five years due to the closure of borders with Iraq and Syria, the Jordanian Truck Owners Association said. The association’s president, Mohammad al Dawood, said overland journeys by truck…

The berm

Venture Explains: The Berm

What is it?  Aid agencies say around 75,000 Syrian refugees have amassed in a buffer zone around the berm and are unable to pass into Jordan or receive adequate aid as the border was recently sealed off by the Jordanian…

Wael al Qadi, Bristol Rovers Owner

Buying into the Beautiful Game

Until recently, Wael al Qadi’s family was best known for founding the Arab Jordan Investment Bank (AJIB). But now they’ve joined the elite ranks of business figures from our region to own a team in the multi-billion dollar English Football…

Jordanian Exports: Rules of Origin Agreement with the EU

Jordanian Exports Granted Preferential Access to EU

The European Union last month agreed to grant Jordanian exports preferential access to the world’s richest trading bloc in a deal designed to ease the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis. “This agreement will make it easier for Jordan to…

ARTICLE 50

Venture Explains: Article 50

What is it? Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty outlines exactly how an EU member can voluntarily leave the 28-nation bloc. “Any member state may decide to withdraw from the union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements,” the article…

Jordan Gate

Resurrecting Jordan Gate

After a delay lasting years, work is finally set to resume this month on Amman’s Jordan Gate. But critics of the controversial mega project still question whether it should have left the drawing board. By Laith Abou-Ragheb Work on the…