Author Archives: Rebecca Irvine

Oasis500’s new CEO, Faisal Hakki

A Leg Up to the Next Level

The newly installed CEO of Oasis500 aims to provide greater post-acceleration support for startups. By Rebecca Irvine Since its establishment in 2010, Oasis500 has graduated several well known Jordanian companies, including ArabiaWeather, e-payment platform MadfooatCom, and book seller Jamalon. Oasis500’s…

Pella Pharmaceuticals CEO Abeer Obeidat

Pella Pharmaceutical: Branching Out

After finding success locally, Jordanian skincare company Pella Pharmaceuticals is now aiming to expand further into foreign markets with its Derma product line. By Rebecca Irvine The pharmaceutical industry in Jordan is a strong one. You only need to look…

Mowgli CEO Kathleen Bury

More than Just the Bare Necessities of Mentoring

A mentorship program inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is offering a helping hand to Jordanian entrepreneurs. By Rebecca Irvine Mowgli, the central character in The Jungle Book, famously had a group of animal friends on hand to offer…

Rashad Bibars, acting project director for the USAID LENS project

Registering Right

Registering a company can be fraught with difficulties. But a new USAID-funded guide is here to help. By Rebecca Irvine The Startup Guide is a free, comprehensive guide on how to approach registering a business within the Kingdom. It was…

Amman Rotana Hotel to Open this Month

The Amman Rotana Hotel, a central feature of the multi-billion dollar Abdali mega project, is due to start receiving guests this month. The soft opening will allow guests access to the first 26 of the 50 floors of the tower,…

Kinz: Digging Deep for Data

When he founded Kinz back in 2009, Marwan Juma set out to convince Jordanian companies they were sitting on an untapped treasure trove of information. The data mining firm now has hundreds of clients across the Kingdom, and is setting…

Lana Ghanem, the managing director of the Hikma Ventures fund

Hikma’s Healthy Investments

Hikma Pharmaceuticals plans to inject $30 million into digital health startups through a new global investment fund. By Rebecca Irvine Until March Hikma was a FTSE100 listed company, and remains the biggest pharmaceutical company in the Middle East. Now making a…

Theeb film cast

Theeb’s Oscar Bump

Although Jordan’s film industry is still nascent, the Royal Film Commission (RFC) now hopes the wave of publicity generated by the Oscar-nominated Theeb will further highlight the huge potential for movie making in the Kingdom.     By Rebecca Irvine     The…

Kempinski General Manager, Sébastien Mariette

Good Bookings

Despite the tough times facing Jordan’s tourist industry, the manager of the Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea explains how his hotel has managed to maintain an enviable occupancy rate. By Rebecca Irvine A significant dip in visitor numbers to Jordan has…

retailers

Jordanians Yet to Embrace Online Banking – Report

The use of electronic and mobile banking channels amongst Jordanians remains low for payment services, according to a new report from the Arab Advisors Group. While online banking was used by 14.6 percent of respondents who have a bank account,…