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A Furious Fall Out

Al Rai’s relations with the government have soured as the rancorous debate continues over the future of Jordan’s troubled daily newspapers. By Osama Al Sharif The crisis engulfing Jordan’s daily newspapers continues to show no sign of abating after Al-Rai’s…

Liwwa P2P Lender Scores New Investment

In a sign that crowdsourcing is set to become an important fundraising option for the region’s cash-starved SMEs, Amman-based peer-to-peer lender Liwwa recently closed a successful financing round involving three major investors. The round was led by DASH Ventures, with…

Capturing Investment

Luring desperately needed foreign direct investment to the Kingdom has never been easy. But the head of the new Jordan Investment Commission believes his team is up to the job. By Elisa Oddone In a bid to make investing in…

Five Factors for Success

If you want your MENA e-commerce venture to thrive, it needs five key factors. By Khaldoon Tabaza In the rush to create the next big online success story in the MENA region, it’s useful for our industry to pause and…

Full Growth for MENA Internet in 2015

These are exciting times for MENA’s online industry. Traditional sectoral investors are starting to worry about the impact of low oil prices, a potential slowdown in construction and real-estate, and eroding margins in telecom and banking. On the other hand,…

Maersk Launches New Service through Aqaba

Denmark’s Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping company, is promising Jordanian companies faster and easier access to global markets with the launch of a new service that directly connects Aqaba to South India and the Western Mediterranean. With its…

A Crisis Costing Billions

The Syrian civil war, coupled with the spread of ISIS, has so far cost countries in the region over $33 billion, according to a World Bank report. The policy research working paper quantifies the direct and indirect economic impact of…

Tabuk: On Pharma’s Frontline

By boldly overhauling its management structure and expanding its range of medicines over recent years, Tabuk Pharmaceuticals has cemented it position as one of the region’s leading drug companies. By Elisa Oddone Boasting a steady annual growth of 25 percent…

Mövenpick on the Move

These are tough times for our region’s hotels, but Mövenpick is still gaining ground. By Dina al Wakeel Tourism in our part of the world is far from being in rude health. Instability has scared many foreign tourists away, leaving…

Ignatius on ISIS

David Ignatius, the celebrated associate editor and columnist at the Washington Post, visited the Columbia Global Centers, Middle East in Amman last month to speak about US foreign policy and the crisis in the region. Ignatius has spent around 35…