Category: Interviews

Our Passage to India

As India and Jordan mark 65 years of relations this month, New Delhi’s ambassador to the Kingdom hopes political and economic ties between the two countries will grow even deeper. By Jane Hosking This month marks 65 years since the…

Just Build It

Boston-based Sami Shalabi, who famously moved to Google with his Zingku startup in 2007, was recently back in Jordan to attend its edition of Global Entrepreneurship Week. The head engineer of Google’s Digital Publishing Platform had a simple message for…

Italy Offers Eco Expertise

Specialist Italian companies are keen to help Jordan deal with its big energy and environmental challenges. By Elisa Oddone Italian Trade Commissioner Alessio Ponz de Leon Pisani said a recent visit by a group of eco-minded Italian firms, aimed to…

From Yahoo! to Vyu

After helping shape the region’s digital landscape through Maktoob, Ahmed Nassef now has his sights set on changing the way we watch TV. By Elisa Oddone Regional Internet pioneer Ahmed Nassef, who left his senior position at Yahoo last year,…

Mövenpick on the Move

These are tough times for our region’s hotels, but Mövenpick is still gaining ground. By Dina al Wakeel Tourism in our part of the world is far from being in rude health. Instability has scared many foreign tourists away, leaving…

Our French Connection

France’s ambassador to Jordan says King Abdullah’s recent visit to Paris, which included a fruitful meeting with a group of high-profile business figures, proves that despite some challenges, economic ties between the two nations are stronger than ever. By Dina…

How France Helps

The French Development Agency is playing a central role in tackling some of the biggest challenges facing Jordan. By Elisa Oddone Financing projects in Jordan worth a total of JD540 million, the state-backed French Development Agency (AFD) has been active…

Driving Hyundai Forward

Hyundai is the top-selling car brand in Jordan. Tom Lee, the head of the Korean automaker’s regional base, aims to keep it that way. By Ghaith Madadha Hyundai has consistently managed to post sales and market share rises over recent…

Ignatius on ISIS

David Ignatius, the celebrated associate editor and columnist at the Washington Post, visited the Columbia Global Centers, Middle East in Amman last month to speak about US foreign policy and the crisis in the region. Ignatius has spent around 35…

Yemeksepeti Gobbles Up ifood.jo

Turkish online food ordering company Yemeksepeti has bought a majority stake in ifood.jo, the fast growing Jordanian startup offering the same sort of service. Set up by Zeid Husban and Omar Akel in January 2012, ifood.jo provides restaurants with instant…