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QAIA Hits Passenger Record in 2016

Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) dealt with a record number of passengers during 2016. Annual passenger traffic rose 4.4 percent to just over 7.4 million, Airport International Group, the company that manages QAIA, said in a statement. Aircraft movement rose…

Jordanian entrepreneurs at the launch of an Endeavor survey

Most Jordanian Businesses Want to Relocate – Survey

Most companies in the Kingdom are considering relocating abroad, according to a new survey from Endeavor Jordan, the business mentorship group. Of the 125 companies surveyed, 72 percent said they were considering moving their headquarters abroad. Of these, over half…

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Aramex Posts Bumper Results

Aramex reported that its full-year profit for 2016 surged 37 percent to JD82.4 million, fuelled largely by the growing popularity of e-commerce and a string of recent investments. The Dubai-based logistics giant, whose revenues also leapt 16 percent to JD838.7…

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Lifting the Breaks on Big Data

There’s a wealth of data available that could help vastly improve traffic management in our cities. We just need to put it to use. Between 2008 and 2010, GAM carried out an extensive household survey covering a representative sample of…

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Careem adds Mumayaz to its Fleet

In a sign that ride-haling apps might soon be officially licensed, Careem announced last month that its users will now be able to book cars belonging to Al Mumayaz taxis. “Careem is a technology platform that is available for everyone…

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Deaths of Despair

Jordan’s shocking suicide rate is a sign of a society in crisis. By Osama Al Sharif Between 2011 and 2016, Jordan’s suicide rates rose 300 percent. During last year alone, 117 people took their own lives: 91 men and 26…

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AI: Speaking Up

All the big names in tech are betting big on AI voice assistants. But who will come out on top? By Zeid Nasser Thanks to the early success of household devices like Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo, and the higher than expected…

Microsoft Jordan Country Manager Hussein Malhas

Microsoft Opens EMEA Support Hub in Jordan

Microsoft opened a major new support center in Jordan last month to serve clients across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The global Customer Service and Support Hub is staffed by a team of more than 70 Jordanians fluent in…

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Don’t Muzzle Social Media

Offensive comments made on Facebook shouldn’t be used as an excuse to expand government control of free speech. By Osama Al Sharif The government has announced it will present a draft social media law to the Lower House that aims…

Unemployment in Jordan not expected to fall -ILO

No fall in Jordan’s Unemployment Rate Expected in 2017 – ILO

Unemployment in Jordan and other Arab countries weighed down by the region’s twin security and refugee challenges will remain stuck at around 15 percent this year, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said in a new report “The unemployment rate for…