Category: News & Views

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New Taxi Hotline Sidesteps App

A new taxi hotline has just been launched which will surely provide a boost for thousands of Jordanian cab drivers in the short-term, but is unlikely to stave off the threat of industry disruptive transport apps like Uber in the…

Exports

Car Exports Stall

Instability in the region continues to seriously disrupt Jordan’s trade with its neighbors. Exports from Jordan’s free zones to the Iraqi market, which usually accounts for 60 to 65 percent, have plunged to 20 percent since July as IS militants…

Shams Ma’an Start Date Announced

Construction of the Shams Ma’an project, a 52.5 MW photovoltaic (PV) power plant, is set to start at the beginning of 2015, with electricity expected to start flowing by early 2016. The $160 million facility will deliver 160 million kWh…

Tapping Gaza’s Gas

Finally taking the lead and thinking ahead to solve its energy issues, the Jordanian government is taking a stab at Gaza and Cyprus’s offshore gas reserves. Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Mohammad Hamed said the agreement, which is yet…

New US Ambassador Appointed

Alice G. Wells has been sworn in as the new US ambassador to Jordan, replacing Stuart E. Jones who held the pivotal diplomatic position for three years. This will be the first ambassadorial post for Wells, a career Foreign Service…

Ramatex Enters Apparel Sector

Jordan’s apparel sector was given a major boost with the announcement that Singapore’s Ramatex Group, which makes clothes for the likes of Nike and Uniqlo, is pressing ahead with plans to establish a manufacturing facility in the Kingdom at a…

Microsoft Ditches Nokia Staff and Android Phones

As part of a major new restructuring strategy, Microsoft announced it will shed 12,500 jobs from its recently acquired Nokia Devices and Services division and scrap its poorly-received X line of Android smartphones. The low-cost X handsets, which were only…

Go Ahead Given for Oil Shale Power Plant

For years now, Jordan’s huge oil shale deposits have been talked up as the answer to the Kingdom’s energy woes. But there are finally signs the dream of energy self-sufficiency is becoming a reality with the government signing off on…

Transit Hotel for QAIA

The prospect of a lengthy airport layover is enough to fill even the most seasoned business traveler with a sense of dread.  But the experience should soon become a little more pleasant for the growing number of air passengers passing…

Mosques Go Green

The government has launched a JD 50 million scheme to fit photovoltaic solar systems to all of Jordan’s 6,000 mosques in a green-minded move that’s expected to shave JD 7 million off their annual energy bill. The Ministry of Awqaf…