Tag: GAM

Mudassir Sheikha, the Cofounder of Careem

Careem and the Irresistible Rise of Ride-Hailing

Despite coming up against regulatory hurdles and protests from taxi drivers, the cofounder of Careem says his ride-hailing platform is in Jordan to stay. By Laith Abou-Ragheb Mudassir Sheikha, the cofounder of Careem, the Dubai-based ride-hailing platform, made a flying…

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Driving Demographics

We need to start considering what role demographic trends have to play in Jordan’s growing congestion problem. By Hazem Zureiqat When we talk about traffic congestion in Jordan, we tend to view it as a snapshot in time and refer…

Ayman Smadi

Ayman Smadi’s Transport Legacy

Amman’s outgoing transport chief Ayman Smadi represents a shining example of how a dedicated civil servant can make a positive difference to our everyday lives. GAM should ensure that the work he started progresses as planned. By Hazem Zureiqat Last month,…

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Going Underground

A metro system for Amman? With the proper planning, the idea might not be as outlandish as you think. On a few occasions this year, Amman’s mayor Akel Biltaji has expressed enthusiasm for an ambitious plan to construct a metro…

Iraqi Business Council President Majid Alsadi

In for the Long Haul

Despite cross-border trade disruptions and taxation worries, Iraqi Business Council President Majid Alsadi believes that Jordan remains an attractive long-term investment bet for his members. By Dina Al-Wakeel With investments worth over $14 billion spread across multiple sectors, it’s hard to…

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Interim Interventions

Upgrading public transport in the capital is essential, but it will take time to fully materialize. Until it does, simple, temporary fixes can be employed to make better use of our road infrastructure and improve traffic conditions. By Hazem Zureiqat…

Jordan Gate

Resurrecting Jordan Gate

After a delay lasting years, work is finally set to resume this month on Amman’s Jordan Gate. But critics of the controversial mega project still question whether it should have left the drawing board. By Laith Abou-Ragheb Work on the…

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Regulating Ride-Hailing

The government’s recent crackdown on ride-hailing apps like Uber and Careem is short-sighted and represents a losing battle. A process of planned integration should be developed, in which new services are legalized, existing operators are protected, and the sector’s competitiveness is…

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A Long-Needed Law

A sweeping new law is finally about to come into force should give public transportation in Jordan a big boost. By Hazem Zureiqat After three years of gathering dust in parliament, a new law that governs passenger transport in Jordan…

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Joined-Up Thinking Needed

Jordan needs to adopt a more holistic approach to mobility if it wants to successfully tackle its transport challenges. By Hazem Zureiqat Up until it was granted the authority to plan and regulate public transport within its boundaries in 2007,…