Category: Features

Religious Tourism: a Sector’s Salvation?

Pope Francis’ recent trip to Jordan showcased to the world the important role that the Kingdom has played in the rich history of the Holy Land. The benefits of attracting more of the world’s faithful to visit Jordan’s many religious…

Water Warning

Jordan’s thirsty agricultural sector must dramatically boost its water efficiency to prevent the Kingdom’s vital groundwater basins from drying up. But this will be easier said than done. By Laith Abou-Ragheb A few days of heavy rainfall at the tail…

Feeding Jordan Well

It‘s becoming harder and harder to get enough of the right foods into Jordanian mouths. By Elisa Oddone Jordan has made substantial health gains over the past two decades, including increases in life expectancy and reductions in child mortality and…

Tomorrow’s TV

How worried should the region’s traditional broadcasters be about the rise of Internet TV? By Laith Abou-Ragheb The battle for viewers and ads is heating up between the region’s established TV networks and over-the-top upstarts like YouTube and Netflix, which…

Setting the Privatization Record Straight

Many still suspect major mistakes were made during Jordan’s controversial privatization drive. A year-long investigation led by Omar Razzaz, chairman of the Privatization Evaluation Committee, has now concluded the sell-off of public assets was by and large smoothly executed, but…

Going Nuclear

Even as the debate over whether Jordan needs to generate nuclear power rages on, work is forging ahead on building an entirely new energy industry to run the Kingdom’s controversial nuclear program. For some, the answer to Jordan’s energy crisis…