Author Archives: Rebecca Irvine

tourism

Tourism SOS

Despite the big international marketing drive that was recently undertaken by the Jordan Tourism Board, other players in the Kingdom’s tourism sector still say a much more concerted strategy is needed to help them escape their slump. By Rebecca Irvine It’s…

The Work Ahead for the ILO

The International Labour Organization’s newly-appointed regional chief has big plans to improve the lot of workers in Jordan over 2016 and beyond. By Rebecca Irvine With its mission to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection,…

Struggling Yahoo to End Middle East Presence in April

Yahoo, the troubled Internet giant that famously bought Jordan’s Maktoob, said it plans to close its last remaining Middle Eastern office in April. In a statement, Yahoo said the decision to shutter its Dubai office came as part of the…

Jobedu: The Little T-shirt Company That Could

Not even 10 years have passed since Tamer al Masri and Michael Makdah first set up Jobedu in Rainbow Street’s Souk Jara. From these relatively humble beginnings, the company has grown remarkably, and is currently looking towards the future and…

Haitam Giat, Yes Atlas Founder

The University Matchmaker

The head of Yes Atlas says his educational consultancy agency is helping more and more students from across the Middle East secure their higher education overseas. By Rebecca Irvine After Haitam Giat attended university in Australia, he spotted a gap…

Oasis500 Reaches For the Stars with New Tech Fund

Oasis500 has launched a new multimillion dinar venture fund which seeks to develop businesses based around space technologies. The startup accelerator’s Jordan Space Ventures Fund will provide funding and mentorship to entrepreneurs using technologies like satellite communication systems to tackle…

Netflix Set to Expand Into the Middle East

Netflix, the paid-for streaming platform behind such popular TV shows as Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, is hiring new staff to help launch the service in the Middle East next year. The California-based media giant recently…

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WFP Launches Donation App for Refugee Children

The World Food Programme (WFP) last month launched an app that allows users to donate money to help feed thousands of Syrian refugee children in Jordan. Through the simple click of a button, users of the ShareTheMeal app have the…

Entrepreneurs and Investors Meet at Endeavor Jordan’s DealMakers

At Endeavor Jordan‘s annual DealMakers event in Amman last month, entrepreneurs and potential investors were brought together for one-on-one speed networking sessions that aimed to give promising young companies a chance to pitch their ideas in a less formal setting…