Author Archives: Laith Abu-Ragheb

Sun Shines on Jordan’s EV Dream

With a deal in place to fit thousands of solar-powered charging stations around Jordan, the Kingdom looks set to embrace the electric car. By Laith Abou-Ragheb It might not seem obvious at the moment, but Jordan is gearing up for…

Best of IFA 2015

There was a huge range of interesting gadgets and gizmos on display at this year’s IFA, Europe’s biggest technology show. Here are four that caught our eye. By Laith Abou-Ragheb   Samsung SleepSense This inconspicuous-looking device slides under your bed…

Venture Explains: The Schengen Agreement

What is it? The Schengen agreement, named after the village in Luxembourg where it was signed in 1995, allows for passport-free travel through 26 European countries, including most members of the EU. What did it help achieve? The agreement succeeded…

The Transporter

Ayman Smadi, GAM’s veteran transit chief, says the newly reinvigorated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project is just one of the many examples of how the city is finally facing up to its huge transport challenges. By Laith Abou-Ragheb After years…

Budget Thrills

Don’t worry if you can’t afford to fork out $800 for a flagship smartphone, the shops are teeming with cheap but feature-packed handsets. Here are four of the best. By Laith Abou-Ragheb   OnePlus 2 http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/articles/199514-image/OnePlus-2.jpg www.oneplus.net A follow up…

Venture Explains: The Right to be Forgotten

What is it? Last year, the European Court of Justice ruled that European residents could ask Internet search engines like Google to de-list search results which appeared under a person’s name when they’re out of date, irrelevant or inflammatory—the so…

Air Arabia Jordan Piles Pressure on RJ with New Saudi Route

QAIA-based budget airline Air Arabia Jordan began flying to a second destination in Saudi Arabia earlier this month, a move which shows just how much of a threat this newly-launched carrier poses to troubled Royal Jordanian and its vital network of…

Cutting the Cord

Cheap and versatile media streamers are slowly but surely replacing satellite TV receivers and DVD players as stand-alone living room entertainment hubs. Here are four of the best. By Laith Abou-Ragheb   Apple TV Apple’s hockey puck-style streaming box gives…

Venture Explains: The Electric Car

What is it? After a few stalled starts, some believe we’re now finally on the brink of an electric car revolution. Sales of all-electric vehicles (including their plug-in hybrid cousins) are surging worldwide thanks to a combination of stricter global…

In the Driving Seat

Sebastien Wakim, Uber’s General Manager for Amman and Beirut. Who are you targeting in the Jordanian market? We don’t really have a target audience. Transport is a daily necessity for most people and we are here to provide another choice…