Category: Interviews

Timeless Timepieces

Officine Panerai is confident its luxury timepieces face no threat from smartwatches. By Jane Hosking By creating a $17,000 edition of its new tech-laden timepiece, Apple is making an audacious grab at the multimillion dollar luxury watch market. But Officine…

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…

Easy Taxi’s Popularity Picking Up

Easy Taxi’s regional boss says Ammanis are fast catching on to the benefits of using the mobile taxi booking service. By Elisa Oddone Mobile taxi booking apps are exploding in popularity in cities around the world, and according to Easy…

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…

Growing to Compete

Amman’s Kempinski is undertaking a major expansion to take on growing competition in the capital. By Elisa Oddone A string of new five star hotels are due to open in Amman in the near future, sharply raising the competitive stakes…

Printing Tomorrow

This article appeared in the June, 2014 edition of Venture.   Armed with groundbreaking software designed to make 3D printing easier, Mixed Dimensions Inc. CEO Muhannad Taslaq aims to dominate an emerging technology sector that’s revolutionizing manufacturing as we know it….

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,…