Category: Executive Interview

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…

Capturing Investment

Luring desperately needed foreign direct investment to the Kingdom has never been easy. But the head of the new Jordan Investment Commission believes his team is up to the job. By Elisa Oddone In a bid to make investing in…

We’re Lovin’ It

While McDonald’s might be striving to maintain its dominant position in other parts of the world, the owner of the fast food giant’s Jordanian franchise says business has never been better. By Dina al-Wakeel Last year, McDonald’s reported falls in…

The Good State of Real Estate

Lamudi’s Khaled Anabtawi believes 2015 is shaping up to be another strong year for Jordan’s real estate sector.  By Elisa Oddone Jordan’s real estate market, which makes up around 5 percent of the Kingdom’s GDP, seems to be in good…