Category: Opinion

OBG on Subsidy Cuts: Light at the End of the Tunnel?

They’ve been painful, but there are signs subsidy cuts may have started to bear fruit. The Jordanian government’s decision in 2012 to begin a phased withdrawal of electricity subsidies was undoubtedly a good one from the point of view of…

Hotel Electricity Rate Cut: A Misguided Move

The decision to slash electricity rates for hotels won’t do anything to solve the crisis in Jordan’s tourism sector. By Jawad J. Abbassi Jordan’s tourism sector plays an important role in the Kingdom’s economy. According to the Ministry of Tourism…

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Disruption Calling

Relentless convergence continues to rattle telecom operators and their once lucrative business models. What can they do to adapt? By Zeid Nasser Telecom operators are in a curious position at the moment. They owe their very existence to the same…

Volatility Is Good

Market volatility never really goes away. The trick is learning to adapt to it. By Nader Museitif This year has seen a good share of volatility, on both global and regional levels. The price of oil has dipped since the…

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A Furious Fall Out

Al Rai’s relations with the government have soured as the rancorous debate continues over the future of Jordan’s troubled daily newspapers. By Osama Al Sharif The crisis engulfing Jordan’s daily newspapers continues to show no sign of abating after Al-Rai’s…

Setting Priorities in the Electricity Sector

Jordan’s struggling electricity companies should be more concerned with upgrading their grids than dishing out juicy dividends. By Jawad J. Abbassi Jordan’s electricity grid losses problem continued to mount in 2014. In the grids of Jordan Electricity Company and Irbid…

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Beware the Brand Trolls

Brand trolling is making managing your online corporate identity even tougher. By Zeid Nasser For those lucky enough to have never encountered one, an Internet troll is a person who starts arguments, upsets people, and posts inflammatory messages in an…

OBG: Regional Volatility Hits Tourism

A concerted drive is underway to reinvigorate Jordan’s important tourism sector that has been shaken hard by regional instability. Jordan’s all-important tourism sector is having a rough time of late. According to the Jordan Tourism Board (JTB), the number of…

Samih Darwazah: Losing a Legend

Samih Darwazah, the founder of Hikma Pharmaceuticals, died on Friday at the age 85. Long a towering figure in Jordan’s business community for creating such an important firm, he was also one of the country’s first pharmacists, and served both as…

Why Should Your Business Go Mobile?

Throughout the Middle East, rapid and widespread use of mobile devices has transformed how consumers work and live. Large, small, and midsize enterprises as well as public-sector agencies have a unique opportunity to unlock this potential and drive business growth….