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Countdown to NEOM

Saudi Arabia’s planned $500 billion NEOM mega-city could easily become one of the most important economic development projects in the MENA region. And Jordan would have an important part in making it a success. The wildly ambitious NEOM business and…

Altibbi Health Platform Wins $6.5 Million Funding

Altibbi, the Amman-based health consultation platform, has raised $6.5 million in a new round of funding led by DASH Ventures and Middle East Venture Partners, along with strategic investors TAMM, RIMCO Investments, Endeavor’s Catalyst Fund and other undisclosed investors. The…

Job Creation Leaps 50 percent in H1

The number of jobs created during the first half of 2016 increased by 50 percent compared to the same period the previous year, according to recent figures by the Department of Statistics. The DoS said 26,000 jobs were created during…

Embrace Online Education- Edraak

Calls for the greater adoption of digital learning methods were made during a regional conference recently organized by Edraak, the not-for-profit online education platform. “The idea is that instead of focusing on the transfer of knowledge in the classroom which…

Three- Quarters of Jordanians Not Banked- Report

Around 75 percent of Jordanians above the age of 15 still don’t have bank accounts, according to a new report from the Jordan Strategy Forum (JSF). The report from the economic think tank, which examined the state of financial inclusion…

Jordan Steps Up Airport Upgrades and Flights to Key Destinations  

An enhancement of Jordan’s airport infrastructure, coupled with an increase in the number of passenger routes to the Kingdom, could provide a welcome tourism boost.  The completion of a second phase of work at Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) last…

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A Vote in the Right Direction  

Jordan’s twin local elections, held in mid-August, were no ordinary events. Aside from the municipal elections, the first to be held since 2013, voters were asked to elect representatives to the newly formed 12 Governorate Councils; an essential component of…

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The Value of Good Service

Countries over the world fully grasp the important role good services can play in the development of strong and competitive economies. So why doesn’t Jordan? In the current division of economic development stages for nations, only those with outstanding service…

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Canada’s PotashCorp Looks to Sell Stake in Jordan’s APC

Canadian PotashCorp is looking for a buyer of its shares in Arab Potash Company (APC), which it is forced to sell as part of a merger agreement, said the company’s President and CEO Brent Heimann. Last year, Potash Corp and…

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Falling Behind

Jordan was ranked a mediocre 65 out of 137 countries in the World Economic Forum’s latest global competitiveness report. When will we admit that our economy isn’t being run effectively? According to the Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic…