Category: Opinion

Saudi Stocks: Worth a Punt for Foreigners?

Saudi Arabia hopes that there will be a lot of interest in its stock market when it finally opens up to international investors next year. But it might only succeed in attracting technical, rather than value, investors. By Sameer Massis…

Jordan and the Iraqi Predicament

Editor’s letter Dina al-Wakeel While Jordan has so far thankfully managed to insulate itself from the violence engulfing its neighbors, the Kingdom’s economy has still taken a hit. According to sources, exports to Iraq, Jordan’s number one trading partner, dropped…

Getting Started

Getting a business up and running can be a daunting experience. But it can be made a whole lot easier by following a simple set of rules. Startup Jordan- Robert Carroll Author Mark Twain once said: “The secret of getting…

Prying Eyes in the Workplace

At this very moment, an HR rep could be sifting through your Twitter feed in an effort to make you a more efficient employee, or to judge your suitability for a job vacancy. Outraged? You’re not alone.  Tech Talk- Zeid…

Which Economy Do We Want?

The dash to become a service-based economy shouldn’t come at the expense of developing our manufacturing sector. The Economist- Yusuf Mansur   Every now and then a government official with something to do with running the economy states that Jordan…

So Many Pharmacies, So Few Ideas

From mobile phone shops to burger joints, Jordanians like nothing more than flogging a good retail concept to death. We desperately need new business ideas. The Strategist- Nader Museitif Did you know that Jordan has more than 1,600 pharmacies? That…

Shunning Civic Duty

A lack of civic responsibility is behind many of the problems we face today. By Osama Al-Sharif In Karak a few months back, someone decided they were perfectly entitled to riddle a major water pipe with bullets so that their…

The Buyback that Didn’t Fly

Our media proved its worth by exposing government plans to quietly buy back shares in our national carrier without proper oversight. By Osama al-Sharif By now you would have thought the government should have learned its lesson regarding the need…

The MENA Market Awaits Your Ingenuity

Rather than lazily copying existing global tech fads, Jordanian entrepreneurs would be wiser to focus their efforts on meeting the needs of the region. Startup Jordan- Robert Carroll Delivery startups for pets, apps that share photos in unnecessary ways, and…

The Right to be Forgotten

As we immerse ourselves ever deeper into the digital world, can we really expect to control what information appears about us online? Tech Talk- Zeid Nasser Five years ago, a Spanish lawyer took Google to court because he wanted to…