Solidere Soldiers On

Solidere, the developer credited with breathing life back into Beirut’s civil war-ravaged center, has struggled in recent years to weather the impact of continuing regional unrest inspired by the Arab Spring. But there are now real signs the company may…

Aramex: Delivering the Goods

After posting a set of strong first quarter results, Aramex’s COO Iyad Kamal says 2014 is shaping up to another great year for the logistics giant. By Dina al-Wakeel Aramex, the region’s largest courier company, recently reported a 14 percent…

Raising Hilton Higher

With a sprawling luxury resort set to open soon on the shores of the Dead Sea, Hilton is continuing to make inroads into Jordan’s competitive hospitality market. After taking over the management of the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center…

Nokia XL: Bigger isn’t Always Better

Nokia finally buckled this year and launched Nokia X, its first range of Android-powered smartphones. The largest of the bunch, the suitably titled Nokia XL, is now retailing for less than JD150. But just how much bang do you get…

Internet of Things

Technology trends don’t come more dazzling or daunting than the Internet of Things. In simple terms, it involves virtually every object around you, whether an alarm clock or a mid-sized family sedan, being hooked up to the Internet via sensors….

Hikma’s Health App

Hikma Pharmaceuticals, which was founded in Jordan in 1978 and listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2005, has just unveiled a new app which is designed to help users better monitor their health. The Hikma Health app, which is…

Latest Lumias Launched

The first set of Lumia devices have just been launched in the region since Microsoft finally completed its acquisition of Nokia’s mobile phone arm. The new Lumia lineup includes the flagship 930, the mid-range 630, and its dual-SIM counterpart, the…

Office in Your Pocket

It’s time to unleash the true potential of your mobile device. Is that tablet sitting on your desk at the office just used for checking emails, presenting some slides, and playing Angry Birds? If it is, then maybe it’s time…

Us and the Rest

Why are economies around the world steadily powering ahead while ours remain stifled? Six months into 2014, and we’re faced with a mix of good and bad currents shaping both the world and our region. Some of them are old,…

As the Debt Grows

Most governments borrow money, but it’s how they spend it that counts. The Economist- Yusuf Mansur Jordan’s current debt-to-GDP ratio has been much higher in the past, so why is it suddenly attracting more grumbling than ever before? Net public…