Category: News & Views

Size Doesn’t Always Matter

The market capitalization of a company isn’t always the most important factor to consider when investing. By Sameer Massis Here’s an investment question to consider: Two years ago, would you have invested in company “A” which had zero debt, an…

Jafar Tukan: Remembering an Architectural Giant

By Sandra Hiari Jafar Tukan, the renowned architect who pioneered Jordan’s important modernist era, died in Amman on November 25 after a long illness. He was 76. Jerusalem-born Tukan graduated from the American University of Beirut in 1960. He worked…

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The Curious Case of the Ajloun Gold Find

The farcical events surrounding an alleged treasure find highlighted some sad truths about the dysfunctional relationship between the government, media, and general public.  By Osama Al Sharif Public opinion in Jordan, like in many other countries, has long been susceptible…

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Bridging the Gender Gap

Much more needs to be done to boost the number of women in the global tech industry. By Zeid Nasser Despite the success of female tech industry CEOs like Marissa Mayer of Yahoo, Meg Whitman of Hewlett-Packard, and Oracle’s co-CEO…

Call for Better Monitoring of Economy

Jordanian decision makers need to focus harder on coordinating and monitoring the implementation of national economic policies. That was the main conclusion of two reports released last month by the Identity Center, an independent civil society organization working to encourage…

Cognitive Errors that Could Ruin Startups

It’s imperative that entrepreneurs frequently take a step back and reevaluate the driving forces behind the ideas, operations, and goals of their startup. By Robert Carroll I usually think of myself as a pretty smart guy, but then I meet…

Meezan Wins Urban Tech Startup Contest

From near-gridlocked streets to a creaking water network, Amman is grappling with a long list of development challenges. But a little extra help is now at hand from Meezan, a young company from Jordan that has just won the first…

Setting Boundaries

Getting investors on board is vital for any business to succeed. But founders should remain in the driving seat. By Nader Museitif From weak product or service design, to pricing or strong competition, businesses can fail for many reasons. Some…

Deal for First Oil Shale Plant

Jordan has signed a $2.2 billion build-operate-transfer deal with a consortium led by Estonia’s Enefit to have the Kingdom’s first oil shale power plant up and running by the end of 2018. Construction of the 470-megawatt plant, which is expected…

Cheap Oil: Boon or Bane?

Tumbling oil prices might be a double-edged sword for Jordan. By Yusuf Mansur Jordan, which imports 97 percent of its energy, and the wider Middle East are bound to feel the impact of falling oil prices soon. The price of…