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Reimagining Amman’s Abandoned Megaprojects

What should become of the half-finished real http://latana.ca/fiu-training-in-using-web-cam/ estate megaprojects that still litter Amman’s landscape from the heady boom days of the mid-noughties? Studio X Amman, the Jordanian branch of Columbia University’s global network of architecture and urban planning research…

Making a Case for Gender Pay Equality in Private Education

A conference organized last month by the National Committee for Pay Equity (NCPE) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) called for fair wages for female teachers in private schools in Jordan. According to a 2013 ILO report, female teachers working…

UN Launches New Global Development Goals

A new 15-year global development strategy was recently launched by the United Nations with the aim of ending poverty, promoting prosperity and people’s wellbeing, while protecting the environment. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the 2030 Agenda or…

Jordanians Have Visa-Free Access to 44 Countries – Report

Jordanian passport holders can visit 44 countries around the world without the need for a visa, according to the annual Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index. Emirati passport holders fared best in the region in terms of visa-free travel, with…

Jordan’s Greenest Buildings

According to the United States Green Building Council, buildings are one of the heaviest consumers of natural resources and account for a significant portion of greenhouse gas emissions. But in recent years a move towards implementing green building practices has…

Learning from a Google Success Story

JJ Geewax is the celebrated Google engineer whose Invite Media advertising company was famously sold to the search giant for $81 million in 2010. He dropped by the offices of Oasis500 last month to share a few tips and insights…

Jordanian Designer Creates Next-Gen Refugee Tent

With millions in the region displaced due to ongoing conflicts in countries like Syria, the question of how best to shelter refugees from the elements has become more pressing than ever. Jordanian designer Abeer Seikaly believes she has an answer…

Jordan Starts Offering Unified Tourist Site Ticket

In a move designed to boost visitor numbers to Jordan, the Ministry of Tourism has begun offering tourists the chance to buy a single ticket that gives them access to most of the Kingdom’s major archaeologist sites and museums. The…

EBRD Loans $21 million to Al Jazeera Agricultural Company

In an effort to foster economic development in rural areas of Jordan, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has loaned $21 million to the Al Jazeera Agricultural Company to help expand and upgrade its facilities. The investment will…

Jordan Secures $3 Billion ITFC Import Loan

Jordan has signed up to a five-year, $3 billion loan package with the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) to finance the import of energy and food staples. Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Imad Fakhoury said the country’s private…