Category: News & Views

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Omar Razzaz, Agility is the Answer

To successfully overcome the challenges ahead, Omar Razzaz and his new government will need to move quickly and transparently. A new government headed by Omar Razzaz was established recently. The administration’s main motto is agility. This means it will focus…

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New Developments to Spur Growth in Abu Dhabi’s Retail Sector

Improving economic conditions, increased tourism numbers and the launch of two major development projects are forecast to support growth in Abu Dhabi’s retail sector, especially within the food and beverages (F&B) segment. In late April it was announced that construction…

services

Rise of On Demand Insurance and Services

Thanks to new tech innovations, on demand insurance and other services have branched out into industries beyond entertainment and transportation. Customers can now purchase them via a mobile app. By Rae Steinbach It’s easy to understand why on demand insurance…

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Step Away From your Screens

A campaign against spending too much time in front of screens is gaining momentum, particularly among activist parents seeking to counter what they believe to be their children’s device addiction. While this situation is totally understandable, and has been an…

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Refugee Response Plan Only 7 percent Funded

Only 7.3 percent of the $2.5 billion Jordan requires for its 2018-2020 Syrian refugee response plan have so far been secured, according to Jordan Response Platform for the Syria Crisis. In total, the international community pledged $7.8 billion in grants…

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Towards a New Social Contract

The peaceful protests that swept the nation for a few heady days in mid-summer have sparked a real desire to change the Jordanian societal Contract. The most important observation to be made about the recent spontaneous eruption of anti-austerity protests…

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Jordan Climbs Digital Competitiveness Table

Jordan rose 11 spots to forty-fifth place in the second edition of a global digital competitiveness report. The IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking 2018 said Jordan’s improved ranking came as a result of the country’s overall transition into a more…

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A New Chance for Change

Improving transport services was a central component in the new government’s letter of designation and policy statement. Could this provide the sector with much-needed new momentum? Ever since he took office following the recent anti-austerity protests, Prime Minister Omar Razzaz…

Tourism Receipts

Minister of Tourism Eyes Doubling of Tourism Receipts by 2022

Jordan could double its tourism receipts by 2022 if the sector manages to continue growing annually by 10 to 15 percent, Minister of Tourism Lina Annab said. “That’s very doable. It’s realistic and ambitious,” Annab told Venture on the sidelines…

Templeton Prize

HM King Abdullah Awarded 2018 Templeton Prize

HM King Abdullah has been named as the 2018 Templeton Prize Laureate for his work promoting religious harmony. King Abdullah “has done more to seek religious harmony within Islam, and between Islam and other religions, than any other political leader….