Tag: Amman

Dubai Metro: Mass Transit Done Right

2012 2013 2014 Q1 2014 Q1 2015 Dubai Metro Passengers 109,491,741 137,759,258 164,307,080 40,655,978 44,371,860 Growth 28,267,517 26,547,822 3,715,882 Growth (%) 26% 19% 9% Source: RTA annual report Dubai’s metro system has radically reduced the city’s congestion problems and secured…

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Tech Talent Tournament

As a high profile showcase for Jordan’s brightest young minds, Microsoft’s Imagine Cup is hard to beat. By Zeid Nasser The Imagine Cup is Microsoft’s global technology competition for students between the ages of 16 and 24. Since it began…

Endeavor Chairman Calls for Creative Industry Body

While Jordan isn’t lacking in creative talent, attracting investment for media and art business ventures is no easy task. In order to grow the Kingdom’s creative economy, an industry body is needed to fight its corner, said Ali al-Husry, chairman…

Universities to Launch Digital Learning Platform

Jordan’s public universities are aiming to increase their Internet presence through a new online platform that will pool lectures, examinations, and lesson plans. The Jordan Universities Network (JUNet), in partnership with Microsoft Jordan, will launch the Jordan Open Courseware Platform—www.elearning.edu.jo—in…

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Wasted Youth

Jordan’s economy might be improving, but youth unemployment remains a pressing challenge. By Khalid W. Wazani Every six months, the World Bank publishes the Jordan Economic Monitor. The wide-ranging report provides a snapshot of how the Kingdom’s economy is performing…

Jordan Expected to Issue Debut Sukuk

Jordan said last month it was going to issue its first ever sovereign sukuk, or sharia-compliant bonds, soon. The long anticipated issuance is expected to rake in some JD400 million to finance real estate projects, a source familiar with the topic…

Venture Explains: Mobile Number Portability

What is it? Mobile Number Portability (MNP) is the ability to keep your mobile phone number when switching from one telecom operator to another. Why does it matter? MNP is particularly important for business users, many of whom find value…

Orange Launches Dual-Screen YotaPhone 2

Last month marked the release of the Russian-made YotaPhone 2 in the Jordanian smartphone market, with Orange selected as the exclusive provider of the dual-screen handset. The launch of the 4G-enabled YotaPhone 2 “demonstrates our continued efforts to provide our…

BMW Launches i8 and i3 Electric Cars

BMW’s Jordanian distributor Abu Khader Automotive launched the i8 plug-in hybrid supercar in Jordan last month along with the i3, the first all-electric vehicle to be commercially available in the Kingdom. The i3 is a zero-emission, four-seat hatchback made from…

Orange Jordan: Essentials 2020

Orange Jordan CEO Jean-Francois Thomas has just unveiled a far-reaching strategic plan that lays out the company’s vision for the telco sector over the coming five years, with a core focus on the customer. Through Essentials 2020, Orange Jordan aims…