Category: News & Views

Gemalto Jordan e-ID card

Gemalto Chosen to Introduce e-ID Program

International digital security firm Gemalto said it’s been selected by the Ministry of ICT to implement a new citizen ID program across Jordan. Amsterdam-based Gemalto said in a statement it’s been tasked with delivering e-ID cards as well as automatic…

Nuclear Research Reactor

First Research Reactor Set to be Activated by September

The Kingdom’s first research and training nuclear reactor is expected to go on line by September at the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in Irbid. Construction of the 5-megawatt reactor, which is being built by the Korea Atomic Energy…

APC 2015 Net Profits Surge 31 Percent

Arab Potash Company (APC) said its 2015 net profits rose 31 percent year-on-year to around JD131 million, while it also achieved a record production volume of 2.355 million tons over the same period. In a statement, APC’s chairman Jamal al…

Identity Center Report, Investment

Depsite Reforms, Jordan Still Failing Investors – Report

Even though it’s made encouraging moves to attract greater FDI over recent years, such as the introduction of the 2014 Investment Law, Jordan still isn’t doing enough to develop an investor-friendly business environment, a new report by the Identity Center…

Moumayaz

Moumayaz Launches Women-Only Taxi Service

Mirroring a fast growing global transport trend, Moumayaz has just launched a fleet of women-only taxis in Amman. The 20  vehicles will have female drivers and can only be booked via the Moumayaz hotline, The Jordan Times reported. “We are…

Jordanian-led Team Develops Flying, Submersible Drone

A Jordanian-led university research team that developed a drone that can fly, float, and dive underwater has won a $1 million prize at a top international competition. The Loon Copter, which was built by a group of University of Oakland…

digital competitveness

Coding for Kids

The ability to read and write computer code from a young age is becoming increasingly important in our technology-driven age. In an effort to address the need for greater ICT skills in the Middle East, a group of Harvard and…

Batelco Cancels Planned Umniah Sale

Bahrain’s Batelco has cancelled its planned sale of Umniah, citing market conditions. “We’re going to terminate the sale process. It’s not an optimal time to sell, it’s an optimal time to buy. Prices are reducing, the appetite of so many…

Al-Qadi Family Buys Bristol Rovers Soccer Club

Jordan’s Al-Qadi family, the business tycoons and founders of the Arab Jordan Investment Bank (AJIB), has bought a 92 stake in England’s Bristol Rovers soccer club for an undisclosed sum. The new president of the 133-year-old, Division Two club will…

Batelco Receives Bids for Umniah

Bahrain’s Batelco said it has received bids to buy Umniah, ending months of speculation surrounding the possible sale of Jordan’s third biggest telecom operator. “After a detailed review of the asset by Batelco and its financial advisor, it was decided…