Category: Features

Red Sea-Dead Sea Project: Too Little, Too Late?

The $950 million Red Sea-Dead Sea conveyance project has finally been given the go-ahead. While it will likely save Jordan money and provide it with much-needed fresh water, doubts remain about whether it can save the fast-shrinking Dead Sea over…

Climbing Up

In the World Economic Forum’s recently published Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015, Jordan managed to improve its position, moving up from 68 to 64 out of 144 economies. Margareta Drzeniek, director and lead economist, Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking Network, tells Venture…

Nip and Tuck: Jordan’s Plastic Surgery Boom

Whether they’re carrying out nose jobs on women wanting to look like film stars, or liposuction on men hurtling towards middle age, Jordan’s plastic surgeons say they’ve never been busier. By Elisa Oddone As we become more and more accustomed…

Venture: Available in Stores

In this issue: What to Expect at the WEF As Jordan hosts the World Economic Forum this month, Venture takes a closer look at the forum’s central themes, debates, and participants. By Laith Abou-Ragheb   The Women Leading Lebanon’s Startup…

The New Income Tax Law: Who Wins and Who Loses?

The new Income Tax Law finally came into effect this year in an attempt to raise more government revenue. But what does it mean for individuals and businesses? By Jane Hosking Jordan’s long awaited, and debated, new Income Tax Law…

Arabia.com: The Legacy Lives On

Twenty years have passed since a team of creative young Jordanians launched Arabia.com, the first ever Arabic web portal. Even though it fell victim to the dot-com crash, the pioneering Internet project left behind a legacy that resonates to this…

Nuqul Goes for Growth

Not content with its already strong position in Jordan and the wider region, the Nuqul Group is undertaking an ambitious expansion plan which aims to take the multifaceted company to the next level. By Elisa Oddone Ghassan Nuqul made a…

Alissar: A Blooming Business

Founded in Amman over three decades ago as a small family-run florist, Alissar’s distinctive flower arrangements can now be found in homes and businesses across the region, including some of the Gulf’s most luxurious hotels. By Dina al Wakeel The…

Mubadarah: The Politics of the Possible

After successfully pressuring the government to grant civil rights to the children of Jordanian women married to foreigners, MP Mustafa Hamarneh’s Mubadarah legislative bloc is out to prove that parliament isn’t an ineffectual talking shop. By Abdul-Wahab Kayyali and Dina…

Alternative Citizenship: Putting a Price on a Passport

Worried about your future in the Middle East? If you’re wealthy enough, citizenship of a safer far away country is only a check away. By Elisa Oddone Keen to insure themselves against regional political and economic uncertainty, a growing number…