Category: Opinion

Five Factors for Success

If you want your MENA e-commerce venture to thrive, it needs five key factors. By Khaldoon Tabaza In the rush to create the next big online success story in the MENA region, it’s useful for our industry to pause and…

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How Microsoft Got its Mojo Back

With the help of the feature-packed Windows 10 operating system, Microsoft is set to stage a major comeback. By Zeid Nasser Microsoft was the darling of the tech industry during the 80s and 90s. Infatuation with Bill Gates and his…

Failing Health

Public hospitals desperately need a dose of competition to boost standards and efficiency. I witnessed a terminally ill cancer patient being admitted to a top-rated private hospital in Amman. The room was sparkling clean and the nursing staff fully attentive,…

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Teaching Tolerance to Fight Extremism

The battle against religious extremism should be waged in the classroom, not just the battlefield. By Osama Al Sharif Our war on violent religious extremism became even more essential after the horrific execution of air force pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh by…

Measuring Risk

What’s the best way to evaluate risk? Learn from the past. By Nader Museitif Risk is a science. It can be calculated using events, trends, and probabilities. When we have a finite set of outcomes to a repeated event, based…

Full Growth for MENA Internet in 2015

These are exciting times for MENA’s online industry. Traditional sectoral investors are starting to worry about the impact of low oil prices, a potential slowdown in construction and real-estate, and eroding margins in telecom and banking. On the other hand,…

The Best Reason to Join an Accelerator

There are many sound reasons to join a startup accelerator, but one stands out from all the rest. By Robert Carroll Startup accelerators are awesome. The first one we know of was started in 2005 by Paul Graham in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Known…

Trashing Petra Tourism

The ludicrously high garbage collection fees charged to struggling Petra hotels is just another example of the government’s myopic approach to raising revenue. By Yusuf Mansur On its website, the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority describes itself as a…

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We Aren’t Charlie

If social media is any gauge of attitudes towards the brutal Charlie Hebdo attack, then most Jordanians appear to believe free speech should have its limits. By Osama Al Sharif Last month’s deadly attack by Islamist terrorists on the French…

Electricity: Rebalance, Don’t Hike

The government’s plan to increase electricity rates across the board will damage both its credibility and the economy. By Jawad J. Abbassi The rapid drop in oil prices, by over 60 percent since the summer, is a game changer for…