Category: Executive Interview

Mixed Outlook for Regional Airlines

The Secretary General of the Arab Air Carriers Organization says travel barriers and regional unrest continue to hamper his industry. But rising passenger numbers, lower oil prices, and expansion into international markets give him cause for cheer. By Dina Al-Wakeel…

The Work Ahead for the ILO

The International Labour Organization’s newly-appointed regional chief has big plans to improve the lot of workers in Jordan over 2016 and beyond. By Rebecca Irvine With its mission to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection,…

Haitam Giat, Yes Atlas Founder

The University Matchmaker

The head of Yes Atlas says his educational consultancy agency is helping more and more students from across the Middle East secure their higher education overseas. By Rebecca Irvine After Haitam Giat attended university in Australia, he spotted a gap…

Liwwa: Looking to Lend More

After securing a crucial round of funding from investors, CEO of peer-to-peer lender liwwa says he’s ready to further expand the platform’s reach across the region. By Jane Hosking The region’s SMEs have long had a hard time securing finance,…

Minister of Energy Ibrahim Saif on Future Fuels

Jordan’s energy minister is convinced sun and wind power hold one of the keys to energy independence. By Dina al-Wakeel Decision makers seem to have finally realized that part of the solution to Jordan’s pressing energy challenge lies in diversifying…

Construction Woes

The head of Jordan’s contractors association says his members are starting to suffer due to a downturn in their sector. By Dina Al Wakeel According to the Department of Statistics, the number of building licenses issued during the first five…

Zoomaal Leads MENA Crowdfunding Revolution

Lebanese crowdfunding platform Zoomaal is helping hundreds of exciting and innovative ideas get off the ground across the region. By Elisa Oddone Since it was launched in 2013, Beirut-based Zoomaal has quickly asserted itself as one of the region’s leading…

Hilton’s High Hopes for Dead Sea Resort

Hilton’s regional chief says his new Dead Sea resort will be open this summer, ready to take on the competition in Jordan’s increasingly competitive hospitality market. Hilton is set to expand its presence in Jordan this summer with the opening…

Telr-Made Solutions for Region’s E-Commerce

Online payment company Telr is hoping to speed up the adoption of e-commerce in the region by offering merchants unique, tailor-made solutions. By Dina Al-Wakeel Sirish Kumar, the co-founder and CEO of online payment gateway Telr, said his company is working…

Hope for Startups

Startup guru Christopher Schroeder is a firm believer in the MENA region’s entrepreneurial spirit, which he says is inspiring young, tech-savvy Arabs to leverage the little they have to shape a better future for themselves and those around them.     By…