Category: Opinion

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A Capital Idea?

Building a completely new Amman free of the infrastructure headaches that plague the current capital seems like an exciting proposition. But it could easily create more problems than it solves.  Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki unveiled last month the government’s intentions…

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Countdown to NEOM

Saudi Arabia’s planned $500 billion NEOM mega-city could easily become one of the most important economic development projects in the MENA region. And Jordan would have an important part in making it a success. The wildly ambitious NEOM business and…

Jordan Steps Up Airport Upgrades and Flights to Key Destinations  

An enhancement of Jordan’s airport infrastructure, coupled with an increase in the number of passenger routes to the Kingdom, could provide a welcome tourism boost.  The completion of a second phase of work at Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) last…

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A Vote in the Right Direction  

Jordan’s twin local elections, held in mid-August, were no ordinary events. Aside from the municipal elections, the first to be held since 2013, voters were asked to elect representatives to the newly formed 12 Governorate Councils; an essential component of…

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The Value of Good Service

Countries over the world fully grasp the important role good services can play in the development of strong and competitive economies. So why doesn’t Jordan? In the current division of economic development stages for nations, only those with outstanding service…

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Falling Behind

Jordan was ranked a mediocre 65 out of 137 countries in the World Economic Forum’s latest global competitiveness report. When will we admit that our economy isn’t being run effectively? According to the Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic…

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Challenging Big Tech

Many believe the Internet is and will continue to be an open and democratic space. But the reality is that it’s increasingly dominated by a handful of companies that control our digital autonomy. By Zeid Nasser Each month, Facebook is…

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Hashtag #Ten

On August 23, 2007, Chris Messina (@ChrisMessina) suggested the use of the hashtag sign ‘for groups on Twitter’. The rest is history. The hashtag has become an integral part of social media trends across a number of platforms, not just…

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The Aid Conundrum

Jordan has received generous amounts of foreign aid over recent years. So why has it had such little impact on the economy? Jordan has long depended on foreign financial assistance to get by. Aid has played a crucial role in…

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Ushering in a New Era

Jordan’s transport system stands on the cusp of major change. But it won’t move smoothly to its next stage of development without public sector officials adopting the right mindset. The development of transportation in any country progresses through various stages…