Category: Features

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,…

Great Wall of China

Getting China Back on Track

Significant restructuring and rebalancing of China’s underperforming economy is needed before the country sneezes and we all catch a cold. China’s economy, long a reliable source of growth, has been experiencing a wave of economic difficulties that has created uncertainty…

Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA)

QAIA: Ready for Lift Off

Now that the second phase of the multimillion-dollar project to expand Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) is complete, Jordan’s main gateway to the world will be able to smoothly handle rising traffic demand for years to come. By Laith Abou-Ragheb…

Mohammad Alayyan, Founder of al Ghad

Al Ghad Looks to Tomorrow

As Al Ghad marks its 12-year anniversary, the owner of Jordan’s most popular independent newspaper remains upbeat about the title’s future in a fast changing media landscape marked by declining ad sales and readership. By Dina Al Wakeel Mohammad Alayyan…

A Statesman Speaks

Marwan Muasher isn’t waiting for change to be instigated from the top. He’s building a constituency on the ground that will push for it. By Abdul-Wahab Kayyali To Jordanians of all stripes, Marwan Muasher hardly needs an introduction. The former…

Iraqi Business Council President Majid Alsadi

In for the Long Haul

Despite cross-border trade disruptions and taxation worries, Iraqi Business Council President Majid Alsadi believes that Jordan remains an attractive long-term investment bet for his members. By Dina Al-Wakeel With investments worth over $14 billion spread across multiple sectors, it’s hard to…

Wael al Qadi, Bristol Rovers Owner

Buying into the Beautiful Game

Until recently, Wael al Qadi’s family was best known for founding the Arab Jordan Investment Bank (AJIB). But now they’ve joined the elite ranks of business figures from our region to own a team in the multi-billion dollar English Football…