Category: Features

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…

Intaj CEO Nidal Bitar

The State of the Sector

Even though times are tough for Jordan’s tech sector, Intaj CEO Nidal Bitar says the future remains bright for his members. Intaj, the association that represents Jordan’s tech sector, has organized this year’s MENA ICT forum. The high profile event was held…

Social Media Influencers

The Rise of Influencer Marketing

In a bid to reach young, tech-savvy consumers, brands in Jordan are increasingly partnering with social media influencers with armies of loyal online followers. By Laith Abou-Ragheb The advertising industry’s switch to online is picking up pace around the world,…