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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…

Oasis500’s new CEO, Faisal Hakki

A Leg Up to the Next Level

The newly installed CEO of Oasis500 aims to provide greater post-acceleration support for startups. By Rebecca Irvine Since its establishment in 2010, Oasis500 has graduated several well known Jordanian companies, including ArabiaWeather, e-payment platform MadfooatCom, and book seller Jamalon. Oasis500’s…

Rashad Bibars, acting project director for the USAID LENS project

Registering Right

Registering a company can be fraught with difficulties. But a new USAID-funded guide is here to help. By Rebecca Irvine The Startup Guide is a free, comprehensive guide on how to approach registering a business within the Kingdom. It was…

Lana Ghanem, the managing director of the Hikma Ventures fund

Hikma’s Healthy Investments

Hikma Pharmaceuticals plans to inject $30 million into digital health startups through a new global investment fund. By Rebecca Irvine Until March Hikma was a FTSE100 listed company, and remains the biggest pharmaceutical company in the Middle East. Now making a…

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…

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…