Category: News

Keep Diversifying Energy – First Solar

US photovoltaic company First Solar, which plans to build one of the region’s biggest solar power plants in southern Jordan, said recent major oil price fluctuations mean it’s vital for states in the region to continue diversifying their energy sources….

EBRD: Firms Need Greater Government Help

Jordanian firms need more government support to overcome challenges holding back greater competitiveness and innovation, including lack of access to finance, corruption, skill shortages, and over-burdensome taxes, according to a major new report from the European Bank for Reconstruction and…

Crowdfunding Aids Gaza Accelerator

A crowdfunding campaign aiming to save Gaza’s only technology accelerator from closure looks set to end this month with its original funding target of $70,000 oversubscribed by 150 percent. The campaign was launched in November on the Indiegogo crowdfunding website…

Tamatem Hits Six Million Downloads

The runaway success of a mobile game featuring a food delivery guy racing around the potholed streets of Amman recently helped Jordanian games publisher Tamatem to hit the six million download mark. Tamatem said its King of Delivery game, which…

Green City

Low Rise to High Rise?

In an effort to prevent Amman from inefficiently sprawling outwards as its population soars, city planners are considering allowing apartment buildings in the capital to rise to six floors from the current four. GAM said it might amend long-established building…

An Animated Discussion

Animation studios from across the region gathered for a special session at last month’s MENA ICT forum in Amman to discuss the challenges facing their industry, which include a paucity of investment, high operating costs, poor promotional channels, and a…

Bayt’s Ataya: Startups are Key Job Creators

The only way the region can overcome its pressing unemployment challenge is if the startup scene takes off. That was the message Bayt.com Founder and CEO Rabea Ataya had to give to a group of aspiring entrepreneurs at last month’s Startup…

EMP Jordan in New E-commerce Push

Emerging Markets Payments Jordan (EMP) are set to roll out a new collection of products designed to boost the popularity of e-commerce in a country where cash is still king. EMP Jordan, which serves more than 20 banks and 18,000 merchants…

Uber Eyes Amman

Taxi drivers beware. Uber, the fast growing ride sharing service laying waste to transport business models the world over, is setting its sights on coming to Amman. The San Francisco-based company recently posted an online advertisement looking for a community…

EBRD Extends $20 Million MSME Facility to Cairo Amman Bank

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is partnering with Cairo Amman Bank (CAB) to increase support for small businesses in Jordan by providing the equivalent of US$ 20 million in Jordanian dinars for on-lending to micro, small and…