Category: Opinion

fees

UAE Cuts Tourism Fees to Encourage Growth

Recent moves by the Abu Dhabi and UAE governments to waive or reduce hotel and visa fees are expected to bolster the country’s important tourism sector and pave the way for more investments. In June the Abu Dhabi Executive Committee…

refugee crisis

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…

retail

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…

smart city

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…

fake news

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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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…

smart city

GDPR: A New Dawn for Data Privacy

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will give EU citizens a much greater say over how their personal data is used. Expect the rest of the world to follow suit. In the last two weeks of May, your mailbox was…

refugee crisis

We Need a Time Out on Taxes

Further taxes and tax rises will only exacerbate the grave economic problems facing Jordan. During the mid-1970s and early 1980s, it was widely believed that Jordan suffered from the Dutch Disease, in that it had a strong currency but a…

entertainment

Saudi Arabia: Opening Up to Entertainment

Widespread reform in Saudi Arabia is opening up lucrative investment opportunities in the kingdom’s underdeveloped media and entertainment sector. Saudi Arabia’s debut at the Cannes Film Festival, coupled with moves to expand the number of cinemas and promote local filmmaking,…