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Ashraf Sabry, Fawry CEO

All Aboard Egypt’s E-payments Express

Whether it’s buying a bus fare or an airline ticket, Egypt’s first and biggest e-payment firm Fawry handles around 1.5 million transactions daily. Fawry CEO Ashraf Sabry told Venture how he planned to convince even more merchants and consumers to make…

DOT Jordan

Tech Training

The Digital Opportunities Trust, which is backed by the Ministry of ICT and the government of Canada, offers technology training programs to young Jordanians. The NGO’s President and CEO, Janet Longmore, hopes her newly reopened center in Sweileh, near Amman,…

LG CEO Shadi Ramzi al Majali

LG: Plugging into Demand

Jordan’s electrical appliances market has grown rapidly over recent years, as the cost of products like widescreen TVs and washing machines dropped and their availability increased. New Vision, the distributor of LG products in the Kingdom, has helped develop this…

Wessam Issa, the CEO of Bustami and Saheb, dealer of Leaf Electric Car

Going Electric

Jordan’s Nissan dealership will soon start selling the Leaf electric car in the Kingdom. By Dina Al Wakeel After years of only being available to buy on the grey market, Nissan has finally decided to start selling its affordable electric…

Hector Rodriguez, Regional Risk Officer, CEMEA, Visa

Visa: Prioritizing Payment Safety

When it comes to the future of e-commerce in Jordan, Visa’s regional risk officer believes growth and security must go hand in hand. By Dina Al Wakeel Visa organized a forum on risk management in Amman last month to examine…

Lars Rennerfelt, President of the Swedish Jordanian Chemicals Company

Cleaning Up Wastewater

A new factory is about to open in Jordan that produces a chemical vital for wastewater purification and that could provide the government with a local alternative to foreign imports. By Dina al Wakeel The Swedish Jordanian Chemicals Company is…

Eagle Hills Add W Hotel to its Growing Portfolio

Eagle Hills is eyeing a 2017 launch for its multi-million dollar Abdali development, which will include one of the region’s few W hotels. By Dina al-Wakeel A 280-room W hotel will form the centerpiece of a new $200 million development…

The Kharabeesh Team

Kharabeesh: There’s Money in Funny

Wamda Capital, Endeavor Catalyst Fund, and Dash Ventures recently teamed up to invest $5 million in Kharabeesh, the multi-channel network best known for its popular online comedy videos. The network, which helped launch the careers of such stars as Rajae…

MEPS CEO Khaled Zakaria

Pushing Forward With E-Payments

The boss of MEPS says he’s committed to making regional e-payment systems safer and more convenient to use. Owned by 11 local and regional leading banks and companies, Middle East Payment Services, or MEPS for short, provides a selection of…

Welcoming the World Cup

Organizers of this month’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup say the event represents a unique opportunity to develop the game at home and prove the Kingdom can host international sports tournaments. By Laith Abou-Ragheb The eyes of the sporting world…