Category: Features

IMF

Growth Against the Odds

Despite having to contend with regional turmoil and significant domestic challenges, the IMF’s Mission Chief for Jordan believes the Kingdom’s economy will keep expanding in 2017. By Dina al-Wakeel  It’s been a trying few years for Jordan’s economy. From raging…

Deutschen Bank

Deutsche in Danger?

Deutsche Bank has been slapped with a $14 billion fine over a charge it mis-sold US mortgage securities. The case has raised worrying questions about the stability of the global financial giant. By Venture staff Deutsche Bank is one of…

Laith Al Qasem

Working as One

If they really want to achieve sustainable economic growth, Jordan’s public and private sectors need to start seeing each other as allies rather than adversaries. By Laith Al Qasem Public–Private Dialogue (PPD) is an increasingly valuable tool that enables public…

Eastern Holding CEO Majid AlSadi

Majid AlSadi: The Art of Hospitality

Even with the difficulties facing Jordan’s important tourism sector, Eastern Holding CEO Majid AlSadi said he plans to build on the success of his award-winning luxury hotel in Amman. With a company portfolio spanning the aviation, hospitality, and manufacturing sectors, Eastern…

Jordanians Coming back from the Gulf

Readying for an Expat Exodus

Many thousands of Jordanian expats working in the Gulf face an uncertain future as low oil prices begin forcing GCC governments to cut spending. Just how prepared is Jordan for their potential return? By Mothanna Gharaibeh Following the energy sector…

Jumana Jacir, Founder of Kama

Kama: Serving up Our Finest Foods to the World

Through Kama, her new luxury gourmet food brand, Jumana Jacir is out to show the world the many culinary delights Jordan and the wider Middle East have to offer. By Mel Plant Jumana Jacir, founder of Kama, is nothing if…

Minister of Finance Omar Malhas on Jordan's Economy in 2017

The Economy in 2017

Jordan’s Finance Minister, Omar Malhas, says the country will have to make some tough economic choices in 2017. By Dina Al Wakeel Jordan’s public debt now stands at almost 95 percent of GDP, and unemployment is running at around 16…

Mudassir Sheikha, the Cofounder of Careem

Careem and the Irresistible Rise of Ride-Hailing

Despite coming up against regulatory hurdles and protests from taxi drivers, the cofounder of Careem says his ride-hailing platform is in Jordan to stay. By Laith Abou-Ragheb Mudassir Sheikha, the cofounder of Careem, the Dubai-based ride-hailing platform, made a flying…

Umniah CEO Ziad Shatara

The Evolution of Umniah

Umniah CEO Ziad Shatara is overseeing an ambitious plan to transform his company from a mere mobile operator into a complete digital service provider. Umniah set up shop in Jordan in 2005, breaking the duopoly that had existed in the…

Is Dubai the region's ICT hub?

Dubai’s Tech Hub Dream

Thanks to its investor-friendly business environment, world-class infrastructure, and strong government backing, Dubai is fast emerging as the go-to tech hub for the region. What lessons can other rival startup centers around the region, including Jordan, learn from the emirate’s…