Category: News & Views

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…

How to (Really) be Innovative

When someone labels a new product or service innovative, it probably isn’t. By Robert Carroll Innovation is easily one of the buzziest terms of our age. It pops up all over the Internet, your boss uses it constantly in meetings,…

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Where Tech Heads Next

As 2014 draws to a close, it’s worth taking a look at past and future predictions in device sales and usage.  By Zeid Nasser      Over recent years, technology market analysts like IDC and Gartner have been obsessed with making predictions…

Donors Happy with Municipality Aid Package

International contributors to a $53 million aid program designed to maintain public services in communities hosting Syrian refugees around the Kingdom say they’re pleased with its results a year since its launch. “We’re very happy that the project is actually…

ArabiaWeather Closes $2 Million in Funding

ArabiaWeather, a leading provider of weather products, services, and solutions to consumers and businesses in the Arab World, today announced it has completed an investment round of two million dollars, led by new investor Badia Impact Fund, a venture capital…

What Lies Ahead

The economic forecast for 2015: volatile, with the chance of stormy competition. By Nader Museitif This year wasn’t a normal one on many levels, and there’s no reason to expect a normal 2015. But amidst all the assessment, soul searching,…

University Challenge

Jordan is nowhere to be seen on the Center for World University Rankings’ latest list of top 1,000 higher education institutions. The head of the Jordanian branch of the Arab Open University Mohammad Abu Qudeis, believes a big overhaul of…

Water Worry

The decay and neglect of vital infrastructure is one of the main reasons behind Jordan’s water supply crisis.   By Yusuf Mansur One of the most dispiriting facts you often hear about Jordan is that it’s the third most water…

Batelco to Sell Umniah?

There are strong signs that Umniah, one of Jordan’s big three mobile operators, could be put up for sale. Batelco, the Bahraini telco that bought a majority stake in Umniah for just over $400 million in 2006, has mandated Citigroup…

Smartphone Generation

In case you hadn’t noticed, the MENA region is undergoing a mobile Internet revolution. By Khaldoon Tabaza What’s the biggest indicator related to the online market opportunity in the UAE and Saudi Arabia that beats all other developed and developing…