Author Archives: Rebecca Irvine

The Rum Group: A Lesson in Resilience

Jordan’s tourism sector is going through a rough patch. But the Rum Group, which has a foothold in everything from hospitality to aviation, is better positioned than most to weather the downturn. By Rebecca Irvine Now is arguably not a…

How to Set Up Shop in Dubai

Setting Up Shop in Dubai

Gaining a foothold in the economic powerhouse of Dubai is an ambition held by many Jordanian SMEs. But to succeed in doing so, preparation is key. By Rebecca Irvine The benefits of setting up a business in Dubai are easy…

Nuclear Research Reactor

First Research Reactor Set to be Activated by September

The Kingdom’s first research and training nuclear reactor is expected to go on line by September at the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in Irbid. Construction of the 5-megawatt reactor, which is being built by the Korea Atomic Energy…

Logistics Software for All

While global logistics companies like FedEx probably have the resources to develop their own in-house data processing systems, this option might not be available to less monolithic rivals. Cofounded by Ibrahim Naouri’s son, Kareem, LogistaaS aims to provide simple-to-use and…

Power in Numbers

Oxygen Global Energy is offering Jordanian companies the chance to cut costs by grouping together to develop renewable energy projects. By Rebecca Irvine Oxygen Global Energy Cofounder Yazan Faouri says his company’s innovative business model, which brings companies together and…

Moumayaz

Moumayaz Launches Women-Only Taxi Service

Mirroring a fast growing global transport trend, Moumayaz has just launched a fleet of women-only taxis in Amman. The 20  vehicles will have female drivers and can only be booked via the Moumayaz hotline, The Jordan Times reported. “We are…

MadfooatCom: Paying the digital bills

Having set about transforming the way Jordanians pay their bills via its e-Fawateer platform, online payment company MadfooatCom now has its sights set on regional expansion. By Rebecca Irvine When Nasser Saleh returned to Jordan after several years of working…

Remuneration

The Right Remuneration

Deciding what salary they should pay themselves can be one of the trickiest questions that founders face. By Rebecca Irvine While Emile Cubeisy, managing partner at venture capital firm Silicon Badia, believes there’s no clear cut answer to how big…

High Fashion Gets Online

The founders of elmuda.com are confident they can tap into the region’s growing taste for designer fashion. By Rebecca Irvine Their online luxury fashion magazine elmuda.com may only have launched under a year ago, but Editor-in-Chief Badea Jaber and CEO…

Wamda Capital Reaches Funding Milestone

Tech Growth Fund Wamda Capital has raised $60 million in the first round of funding of a $75 million Wamda MENA Ventures I fund, and invested 40 percent of that so far. The venture capital firm, which is based in…