Category: Opinion

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…

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Waiting on the Internet of Things

Everyone agrees the Internet of Things will revolutionize our homes. But it’s not clear when this might happen. By Zeid Nasser Some find it hard to define, but the Internet of Things (IoT) simply refers to ‘things’ that are connected…

Too Little, Too Late

Too many entrepreneurs fall into the trap of releasing underwhelming products that have already missed the proverbial boat. By Robert Carroll An all too common mistake made by entrepreneurs is to create a product that’s only marginally better than its existing…

Sometimes the Glass Can Be Half Empty

We must learn to temper optimism with a little pessimism to successfully tackle the daunting challenges that lay ahead. By Nader Museitif It’s easier to be an optimist; you worry less, maintain a normal blood pressure, and handle things as…

Revisiting Incentives

Understanding what motivates people can help invigorate a company’s whole value chain. By Nader Museitif Our world is driven by greed, fear, and sex. This is how some politicians may simplify the underlying principles of why humans do what they…

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Muslims: TV’s Dependable Villains

No matter how intelligent or sophisticated the latest crop of US drama series might be, they too often rehash tired Muslim stereotypes.  By Osama Al Sharif Ever since US TV producers lost the Soviet Union as an archenemy, they’ve shifted…

The Great Travel Expense Swindle

  Regulators need to clamp down on the abuse of board of directors’ travel expenses. By Jawad J. Abbassi Jordan’s Corporation Law sets clear compensation guidelines for board of directors in publicly traded companies. Directors can receive a maximum of…

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Will Robots Inherit the Earth?

For some, the great leaps being made in the field of artificial intelligence will only benefit mankind. But the possibility of thinking machines has others worried. By Zeid Nasser Artificial Intelligence (AI) is all around us, whether in the form…

Working Behind the Wall

Entrepreneurs should start using the economic barriers surrounding the MENA market to their own advantage. By Robert Carroll Sometimes I feel like there’s a high wall surrounding the Arab world. Not literally, of course, because people come and go all…

A Good Year for Online Industry

If you thought 2014 was an exciting year for doing business on the Internet, then expect 2015 to be even better. By Khaldoon Tabaza Last year will go down as a milestone for online businesses in the Arab world. It…