Category: Opinion

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….

Let them Work

Syrians in Jordan could make a huge contribution to the Kingdom’s economy, if only we would let them. By Yusuf Mansur Jordan is hosting around 1.4 million Syrians, almost half of whom are registered as refugees. They can’t remain refugees…

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Print’s Day of Reckoning

Jordan’s two leading dailies are in serious trouble, and it may be too late to save them from the same fate that befell so many other newspapers in the digital age. By Osama Al Sharif The crisis facing Jordan’s two…

Tackling our Pension Problem

Standing at the same amount as the budget deficit, Jordan’s bankrupt public pension system is funded solely by new debt. Rationally reducing its burden should be of prime importance. By Jawad J. Abbassi At the parliamentary discussions of the government…

Sukuk Market Set for Lift-Off

With new regulations firmly in place, Sharia-compliant bonds finally appear to be gaining traction in Jordan. The Islamic debt market in Jordan is set to capitalize on growing worldwide interest in sukuk, or sharia-compliant bonds. This comes after long-awaited regulations…

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The Spy in Your Pocket

There’s yet another emerging, unpleasant side-effect to the revolution of personal gadgets: cyberstalking. By Zeid Nasser For all the convenience and pleasure a mobile phone provides, it still apparently doubles as a personal tracking device. Whether it’s in your pocket…

The Seven Qualities of a Good Founder

If a founder isn’t made of the right stuff, it’s doubtful their startup will thrive. By Robert Carroll What does it take to start a company successfully? That’s a question we think about a lot at Oasis500. We’re always looking…

Understanding Millennials

Figuring out what makes millennials tick is key to unlocking their potential as consumers and workers. Millennials seem to be all the rage today. The generation that hit young adulthood around the year 2000 are the holy grail for marketing…