Category: Interviews

Kempinski General Manager, Sébastien Mariette

Good Bookings

Despite the tough times facing Jordan’s tourist industry, the manager of the Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea explains how his hotel has managed to maintain an enviable occupancy rate. By Rebecca Irvine A significant dip in visitor numbers to Jordan has…

Audi Boss Eyes Clear Road Ahead

Even with the challenges posed by low oil prices and an ongoing emission scandal, Audi Volkswagen’s regional chief Benoit Tiers predicts a bright future for his brand in the region. By Ghaith Madadha With sales of 11,000 cars, Audi said…

Ala Suleiman, Cofounder of Masmoo3

Telling Stories

Through Masmoo3, Ala Suleiman seeks to build an audience for Arabic audio books. By Camilla Caraccio After spotting a gap in the Middle East’s publishing market for listening to stories on-the-go, Ala Suleiman joined his sister in founding Masmoo3, the…

Feeling the Squeeze, Orange Comes Out Fighting

A revamped range of mobile packages is just one of the ways Orange Jordan CEO Jerome Henique is trying to stay ahead of the competition amidst tougher than ever trading conditions. By Laith Abou-Ragheb As well as spending millions of…

Power in Numbers

Oxygen Global Energy is offering Jordanian companies the chance to cut costs by grouping together to develop renewable energy projects. By Rebecca Irvine Oxygen Global Energy Cofounder Yazan Faouri says his company’s innovative business model, which brings companies together and…

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…

High Fashion Gets Online

The founders of elmuda.com are confident they can tap into the region’s growing taste for designer fashion. By Rebecca Irvine Their online luxury fashion magazine elmuda.com may only have launched under a year ago, but Editor-in-Chief Badea Jaber and CEO…

Air Arabia Eyes Growth in 2016

Last year Sharjah-based low-cost carrier Air Arabia made Amman its fifth hub through a 49 percent acquisition of Petra Airlines, which was then relaunched as Air Arabia Jordan. On the sidelines of the recent Arab Aviation and Media Summit in…

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,…

TechWadi Eyes Start-Up Potential

Google’s Sharif El-Badawi sees signs of a tech eco-system forming in the region—and Jordan is right at the heart of it. By Camilla Caraccio When he’s not spotting and nurturing talent in his role as a partner lead to VCs…