Category: News & Views

GAM to Convert Waste into Energy

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has loaned the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) $13 million to fund the construction of a landfill-gas recovery system which converts municipal waste into energy. The project, which is the first of its…

Tesla Home Battery: The Answer to Jordan’s Solar Energy Conundrum?

It’s pretty obvious that Jordan, an energy-poor country with almost year-round sunshine, is set to benefit greatly from advances in solar power technology. But even with the encouraging appearance of more and more photovoltaic panels on the roofs of homes…

Four Companies to be Selected in Second Renewables Round

As part of Jordan’s second round of national renewable energy IPPs, Arabia Group said it has been shortlisted to construct a 50 MWp plant. The company said it’s one of four solar developers that will be selected to provide a combined…

Jordan Relaunched: Opportunities, Investments, and Partnerships

As part of the “Jordan Relaunched” program unveiled at last month’s World Economic Forum, the Kingdom laid out investment opportunities worth $20 billion that aim to create 180,000 desperately-needed new jobs over the next decade. If successfully funded, the ambitious…

Going Electric

This year’s World Economic Forum at the Dead Sea saw the signing of several agreements, including an MoU with manufacturers of electric cars that aims to encourage their use in the Kingdom. A statement from the Royal Court said an…

Russian Nuclear Energy Deal Signed

In a move which brings Jordan’s controversial nuclear energy program a big step closer to reality, the government recently signed a $10 billion agreement with Russia’s Rosatom to build the Kingdom’s first nuclear power plant. Chairman of the Jordan Atomic…

Azkadenya Eyes Regional Expansion

As part of an aggressive regional expansion drive, Jordan’s Eat Restaurant Group opened a flagship branch of its popular Azkadenya chain in Dubai last month. The new branch, which is located in a shopping mall in the city’s high-end Jumeirah…

Samsung sees “strong” demand for S6

Samsung said there’s strong demand in Jordan for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, two premium devices the South Korean tech giant launched in Amman last month and hopes will restore its fortunes in the closely fought global smartphone market….

Liwwa P2P Lender Scores New Investment

In a sign that crowdsourcing is set to become an important fundraising option for the region’s cash-starved SMEs, Amman-based peer-to-peer lender Liwwa recently closed a successful financing round involving three major investors. The round was led by DASH Ventures, with…

Google’s Internet Balloons Near Lift Off

Google have never been a company to shy away from a challenge. With Project Loon, the tech giant is having a crack at connecting millions of people around the world to the Internet via balloons drifting around the stratosphere. According…