Category: Opinion

capital spending

Austerity isn’t the answer

The latest round of tax hikes and subsidy cuts of austerity will unlikely have much of an impact on the underlining challenges facing Jordan’s economy. The government’s main justification for recently passing broad new austerity measures was to try to…

fake news

A tumultuous 2018

Brace yourselves—2018 is likely to be tumultuous, packed with ever more instability and uncertainty. By Osama Al Sharif A record was set when the Lower House of Parliament passed the 2018 state budget in one day; effectively doing away with…

project

All aboard the Amman-Zarqa bus rapid transit project

After delays and setbacks spanning decades, the Amman-Zarqa bus rapid transit project is finally up and running. The growth and development of Amman and Zarqa have long been intertwined, not least because of their close proximity to one another (they’re…

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi: The Year Ahead

An expected increase in oil prices, combined with sustained growth in the non-oil sector, should drive economic expansion in Abu Dhabi in 2018, allowing the economy to rebound from a relatively flat performance in the previous 12 months. Abu Dhabi’s…

Dubai: Year in Review 2017

Increased activity in trade, tourism, and construction paved the way for another year of growth in Dubai, with momentum expected to continue through 2018 as the emirate’s preparations for Expo 2020 shift up a gear.   Dubai’s economy looks set…

secularism

Secularism Should not be Shunned

Jordan can become a shining example of an Arab nation that chooses to adopt secularism, not as a nefarious concept that seeks to undermine people’s faiths and beliefs, but as a way of cementing democratic values. The Arab world has…

bitcoin

We haven’t seen the back of Bitcoin

Despite wild fluctuations in value and grumblings from regulators, it seems likely that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are here to stay. At the end of November, the price of Bitcoin crossed reached $10,000 and just kept going up and up…

real growth

Reasons for Cheer in 2018

After a decade or so in the doldrums, things are finally looking up for Jordan’s economy. Evidence from both the global and regional arena warrant saying that Jordan is moving towards a growth cycle, leaving the bottleneck of the last…

transport woes

Amman’s Transport Woes: Managing Expectations of the BRT

The BRT has come to be viewed by some as the be-all, end-all solution to Amman’s transport woes. In reality, the project is only the first step in a long journey ahead. Its significance is more in what it represents…

smart city

Retailers and the Digital Sales Switch

Bricks and mortar retailers must develop an online presence if they want to keep hold of customers that are steadily drifting online. A Study by the US National Retail Federation found that 59 percent of shoppers plan to make online…