Category: Opinion

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,…

school

Trusting in Transport Tech

The Technology-based transportation solutions springing up in countries across the world can only thrive with adequate public and private sector support. From global ride-hailing platforms to regional and local apps for carpooling or for making public transport more reliable, entrepreneurs…

fake news

Hands Off the Fund

Any attempt by the government to tap the billions held by Social Security Investment Fund would have dire political consequences. After weeks of confusion and controversy, Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki publicly affirmed in April that his government does not seek…

startup

Tunisia Strengthens Startup Scene through ‘Startup Act’

Tunisia’s parliament has just voted to adopt a groundbreaking piece of legislation that will broaden and strengthen the country’s startup community. Other Arab states should take note. While Tunisia is best known over recent years for successfully adopting a series…

retail

Retail Giants: The Age of Amazon

Despite Trump’s tweets, there’s little stopping the onward march of Jeff Bezos’s technology giant. Compared to the retail giants of the world, Amazon is bigger than the 13 combined global retailers including the likes of Walmart, Costco, Target, Tesco and…

forecasts

Economic Forecasts and Predicting Growth

While certainly useful, economic forecasts shouldn’t distract decision makers from pursuing sound economic strategies. In a recent report, the World Bank Monitor said Jordan’s maximum real growth this year was unlikely to exceed 2.4 percent. While the average outlook over…

off-plan

Off-plan Led Recovery?

Affordable off-plan developments are showing signs of potential amid a wider downturn in Abu Dhabi’s residential market. Off-plan projects that offer residential buyers attractive incentives and greater affordability could help offset soft demand in Abu Dhabi’s broader real estate market,…

fake news

Is it time to unfriend Facebook?

We urgently need to wake to the reality that Facebook has been allowed to hoover up our data unhindered for too long. The latest revelation that Facebook allowed a British data analytics firm to harvest the personal information of more…

school

Out of Control Auto Ownership

Alarming new research shows it’s time we slammed the breaks on rapidly growing car ownership in Jordan. The Jordan Strategy Forum (JSF) recently published a note entitled “Vehicle Ownership in Jordan: A Comparative Perspective”. The note presented the current level…

direct investment

Finding foreign direct investment

Jordan needs to do much more to attract much-needed foreign direct investment (FDI.) Here’s how to generate investor interest.  It will come as a surprise to no one to learn the UAE is the largest landing hub for foreign direct…