Author Archives: Laith Abu-Ragheb

High-Tech Horology

More and more companies seem to be jumping on the wearable tech bandwagon by releasing their own smartwatches. Here are four of the best. By Laith Abou-Ragheb   Tag Heuer Connected Eyebrows were raised when luxury Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer…

Aqaba Rising: PBI Aqaba- The Industrial Ingredient

Aqaba’s future doesn’t just lie in luxury lifestyle projects. Companies like PBI Aqaba are fast molding the Red Sea port into a major center for manufacturing, logistics, and storage services. Aqaba’s glamorous leisure and tourism projects are naturally more adept…

Ayla Oasis

Aqaba Rising: Ayla – Build it and they will Come

Ayla, a sprawling Dubai-style development featuring a world class golf course and man-made lagoons, is shaping up to be central to Aqaba’s plans to become a world class tourism and leisure destination. There are several multimillion-dollar mixed-use mega projects under…

Aqaba Rising

This month, Venture presents a snapshot of the work underway to realize Aqaba’s ambitions of becoming a major hub for everything from tourism and manufacturing, to logistics and cargo support. With its strategic location, state-of-the-art port, kilometers of sandy beaches,…

Del Monte Eyes Jordanian Farms

Del Monte, the giant American producer and distributor of canned fruits and vegetables, said it’s looking to buy farms in Jordan. In a statement, Del Monte said it was planning to acquire farms in Jordan, as well as neighboring Saudi…

Royal Jordanian's Crown Lounge at Queen Alia International Airport

RJ’s QAIA Lounge Voted Best in Africa and Middle East

In a sign the Kingdom’s aviation sector is successfully wooing coveted frequent flyers, Royal Jordanian’s Crown lounge at Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) was named the best in Africa and the Middle East at the Priority Pass Airport Lounge of…

steel

Venture Explains: The Plummeting Price of Steel

What’s happening? According to Al Ghad, the price of steel in Jordan dropped 23 percent to JD385 per ton in the first 10 months of the year, compared to the same period in 2014. The declining cost of the metal in…

A Storage Solution for Renewables

Jordan’s solar and wind projects won’t live up to their full potential if they can’t find a way to store the energy they produce. The AES Corporation’s country manager says his company has a pioneering battery-based solution. By Laith Abou-Ragheb…

Venture Explains: Volkswagen’s Defeat Device

What is it? Volkswagen has admitted to cheating official emissions tests in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency found that certain diesel engines made by Volkswagen were fitted with a so-called defeat device. The piece of computer software senses…

Reimagining Amman’s Abandoned Megaprojects

What should become of the half-finished real http://latana.ca/fiu-training-in-using-web-cam/ estate megaprojects that still litter Amman’s landscape from the heady boom days of the mid-noughties? Studio X Amman, the Jordanian branch of Columbia University’s global network of architecture and urban planning research…