Tag: Gulf

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…

Jordan Kuwait Bank: The Road Ahead

In an exclusive one-on-one, Jordan Kuwait Bank Chairman Abdul Karim Kabariti outlines his bank’s strengths and weaknesses, and explains how he plans to take the Kingdom’s third largest lender to the next level. By Dina Al-Wakeel Under the 20-year stewardship…

Housing Bank's new building

Banking on Success

The Housing Bank for Trade and Finance is building on its solid reputation to expand its retail and corporate business. Jordan’s banks are known for their resilience. The sector has been one of the main pillars that support the economy…

Kinz: Digging Deep for Data

When he founded Kinz back in 2009, Marwan Juma set out to convince Jordanian companies they were sitting on an untapped treasure trove of information. The data mining firm now has hundreds of clients across the Kingdom, and is setting…

Audi Boss Eyes Clear Road Ahead

Even with the challenges posed by low oil prices and an ongoing emission scandal, Audi Volkswagen’s regional chief Benoit Tiers predicts a bright future for his brand in the region. By Ghaith Madadha With sales of 11,000 cars, Audi said…

How to Set Up Shop in Dubai

Setting Up Shop in Dubai

Gaining a foothold in the economic powerhouse of Dubai is an ambition held by many Jordanian SMEs. But to succeed in doing so, preparation is key. By Rebecca Irvine The benefits of setting up a business in Dubai are easy…

What Cheap Oil Means for Us

On paper, record low oil prices should prove to be an economic bonanza for an emerging market energy importer like Jordan. But what’s the reality? By Dina al-Wakeel In 2011, just when it was trying to get back on its…

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…

High Fashion Gets Online

The founders of elmuda.com are confident they can tap into the region’s growing taste for designer fashion. By Rebecca Irvine Their online luxury fashion magazine elmuda.com may only have launched under a year ago, but Editor-in-Chief Badea Jaber and CEO…