Category: News & Views

Startup Captures Geopolitical Big Data

Investing in emerging economies, especially in the conflict-ridden Middle East, often comes with a degree of risk which can be tricky to weigh up if you don’t have access to the right information. EQLIM, a new Lebanon-based data and analytics…

Ever Cheaper Internet

Even though many of us enjoy nothing more than complaining about the ever increasing taxes and charges on our mobile bills, it’s hard not to begrudgingly admit that for most Jordanians accessing the Internet from smartphones, it has never been…

Tech Investing: Truths and Myths

The tech investment world is full of widely held, but wildly inaccurate beliefs. Avoid them and reap the benefits. Startup Jordan- Robert Carroll There’s no doubt that people are winning big by making tech investments. For example, several investors got mega…

In Gold They Trust

A whirlwind of speculations and denials unleashed by an alleged gold discovery has again got us asking who’s really to blame for the low level of trust between Jordanians and their government? The Economist- Yusuf Mansur For yet another dispiriting…

RJ’s Dreamliner to the Rescue?

Royal Jordanian’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner took off on its inaugural flight from QAIA to London Heathrow Airport on September 1, with the loss-making airline no doubt hoping the addition of the next-generation airplane to its fleet will boost its…

EBRD: Jordan’s Long-term Development

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is fast shaping up to be a major supporter of Jordan’s economy, having sunk no less than $260 million into a variety of projects over the two years it’s been operating in…

Surging Online Classifieds

Classified ads in the region are rapidly switching from print to online, with beneficial results for all.   By Khaldoon Tabaza Anyone who enjoys nothing more than getting their fingers covered in ink while leafing through a classifieds newspaper on…

Dealing with the Danger

It’s tempting to try to ignore the regional turmoil that’s fast becoming an existential threat to Jordan. But we have to face up to it. Postscript- Osama Al-Sharif We’re hosting over a million Syrians who fled the brutal civil war…

The Media Battle for Gaza

As the guns fall silent in Gaza, the Palestinians have emerged as winners in their recent heated media war with the Israelis. Media and Society- Osama Al Sharif Both sides in this summer’s bloody Gazan war have claimed victory. Like…

Saudi Stocks: Worth a Punt for Foreigners?

Saudi Arabia hopes that there will be a lot of interest in its stock market when it finally opens up to international investors next year. But it might only succeed in attracting technical, rather than value, investors. By Sameer Massis…