Tag: development

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Too Much of a Good Thing

An over reliance on foreign aid has allowed successive governments to put off taking the tough steps needed to create a truly sustainable economy. For the sake of Jordan’s future, this has to change. By Laith al-Qasem Jordan is a…

Return on Positivity

More and more organizations are realizing the benefits of creating a positive working environment. By HRH Princess Noor Bint Asem There is a rippling shift in consciousness around the globe, where organizations are increasingly aware of the need to develop…

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Coding for Kids

The ability to read and write computer code from a young age is becoming increasingly important in our technology-driven age. In an effort to address the need for greater ICT skills in the Middle East, a group of Harvard and…

Tourism Drive Reaping Results

Jordan’s struggling tourism industry appears to have begun benefiting from a package of measures introduced last year that aimed to entice first time holidaymakers to the Kingdom and win back repeat visitors, particularly from the Gulf. Thanks to its abundance…

Mixed Outlook for Regional Airlines

The Secretary General of the Arab Air Carriers Organization says travel barriers and regional unrest continue to hamper his industry. But rising passenger numbers, lower oil prices, and expansion into international markets give him cause for cheer. By Dina Al-Wakeel…

Aqaba Rising: PBI Aqaba- The Industrial Ingredient

Aqaba’s future doesn’t just lie in luxury lifestyle projects. Companies like PBI Aqaba are fast molding the Red Sea port into a major center for manufacturing, logistics, and storage services. Aqaba’s glamorous leisure and tourism projects are naturally more adept…

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Aqaba Rising: Ayla – Build it and they will Come

Ayla, a sprawling Dubai-style development featuring a world class golf course and man-made lagoons, is shaping up to be central to Aqaba’s plans to become a world class tourism and leisure destination. There are several multimillion-dollar mixed-use mega projects under…

The Work Ahead for the ILO

The International Labour Organization’s newly-appointed regional chief has big plans to improve the lot of workers in Jordan over 2016 and beyond. By Rebecca Irvine With its mission to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection,…

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Post at Your Peril?

This month: A worrying interpretation of the law, how to stop news websites from trading in sensationalist rumors, and why terrible events in Paris shouldn’t stifle the freedom to express ourselves online. By Osama al Sharif Journalists and social media…

Time to Build

Jordan has signed multimillion dollar funding deals for a wide array of new infrastructure projects. But not everyone is happy about who gets to build them. Jordan has inked more than $600 million worth of funding agreements in recent months,…