Category: News & Views

A Creative Oasis

Oasis 500, which has primarily positioned itself as a tech accelerator until now, is branching out into the creative industries. The decision to set up a dedicated training and investment track for more artistic business endeavors came after the fund…

The Lure of Easy Money

Editor’s letter- Dina al-Wakeel In a blatant challenge to Western nations that have long dominated the global financial system, the BRICS emerging economics have decided to establish their own $50 billion development bank. Noble as the idea may be, its…

Eyeing Investment in India and Indonesia

With prospects for real growth ahead, the Fragile Five might not be as brittle as you thought. By Sameer Massis The US central bank is in no rush to raise interest rates. Even though the Fed minutes released last June…

Movie-Making Boost

Jordan has long been a favored international movie-making destination, thanks to its unique landscapes and locations, as well as a respected local film industry led by the Royal Film Commission (RFC). The country’s cinematic ambitions are now being helped by…

Internet of Things

Technology trends don’t come more dazzling or daunting than the Internet of Things. In simple terms, it involves virtually every object around you, whether an alarm clock or a mid-sized family sedan, being hooked up to the Internet via sensors….

Hikma’s Health App

Hikma Pharmaceuticals, which was founded in Jordan in 1978 and listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2005, has just unveiled a new app which is designed to help users better monitor their health. The Hikma Health app, which is…

Latest Lumias Launched

The first set of Lumia devices have just been launched in the region since Microsoft finally completed its acquisition of Nokia’s mobile phone arm. The new Lumia lineup includes the flagship 930, the mid-range 630, and its dual-SIM counterpart, the…

Office in Your Pocket

It’s time to unleash the true potential of your mobile device. Is that tablet sitting on your desk at the office just used for checking emails, presenting some slides, and playing Angry Birds? If it is, then maybe it’s time…

Us and the Rest

Why are economies around the world steadily powering ahead while ours remain stifled? Six months into 2014, and we’re faced with a mix of good and bad currents shaping both the world and our region. Some of them are old,…

As the Debt Grows

Most governments borrow money, but it’s how they spend it that counts. The Economist- Yusuf Mansur Jordan’s current debt-to-GDP ratio has been much higher in the past, so why is it suddenly attracting more grumbling than ever before? Net public…