Category: Opinion

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…

smart city

Facing up to Facebook after the Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook played a central role in the unfolding Cambridge Analytica scandal should have us all worried. The scandal centered around Cambridge Analytica acquiring Facebook data on 50 million users without their knowledge, and then utilizing it for online political campaigns…

smart city

Mobile phone worries

With sales declining, mobile phone makers will have to find new ways of keeping consumers interested. Global smartphone sales are slowing. International Data Corporation (IDC) recently reported that smartphone vendors shipped 403.5 million units during the fourth quarter of 2017,…