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Going Underground

A metro system for Amman? With the proper planning, the idea might not be as outlandish as you think. On a few occasions this year, Amman’s mayor Akel Biltaji has expressed enthusiasm for an ambitious plan to construct a metro…

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Who Won the Smartphone Wars?

With the global smartphone market now close to peaking, it’s clear to see who the winners and losers are in this closely-fought segment. By Zeid Nasser After years of battle, some tech watchers have declared the smartphone wars over. The…

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Empowering the Regions

All of Jordan’s governorates, not just Amman and Aqaba, hold huge economic potential. The challenge facing us is how to unleash it. By Khalid Wazani How bad is income inequality in Jordan? Is it fair to say its economy is…

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New App Offers On-Demand Gas Cylinders

A young Jordanian entrepreneur has created a new app that delivers gas cylinders to homes. Fifteen-year-old Fares Abu-Shehab said his Jarra app should help save families the time and effort that would otherwise be spent on searching for gas distributors…

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Jordan lagging behind on ‘green’ economic performance – report

Jordan achieved an underwhelming ranking on a global index that measures the green economic performance of countries and how experts assess that performance. Jordan, which made it onto the list for the first time, was rated 60 out of 80…

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Jordan Looks to Reinvigorate Trading With a New Exchange

Jordan has launched a new over-the-counter (OTC) exchange as part of a series of initiatives to boost the competitiveness of the Kingdom’s capital markets. Jordan’s new OTC exchange is a by-product of two sets of regulations enacted earlier this year—the…

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Souq.com Plans IPO at $1.2 Billion Value – Report

Souq.com, the region’s biggest online retailer, is reportedly planning to sell around a 30 percent stake that would give the company a valuation of at least $1.2 billion. The Dubai-based company has appointed Goldman Sachs to find potential buyers for…

New Trade Deal to Boost Exports to EU

Jordanian exports to Europe are expected to rise following a newly-inked deal that relaxes rules of origin requirements. A new trade agreement between Jordan and the EU, which is based around relaxed rules of origin rules, will enable industries in…

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The Value of Vox Pops

By Osama Al Sharif In all my years as a journalist, from starting out as a junior reporter right up to becoming a senior editor, I never forgot one simple piece of advice given to me by an American mentor:…