Tag: infrastructure

Climbing Up

In the World Economic Forum’s recently published Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015, Jordan managed to improve its position, moving up from 68 to 64 out of 144 economies. Margareta Drzeniek, director and lead economist, Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking Network, tells Venture…

Setting Priorities in the Electricity Sector

Jordan’s struggling electricity companies should be more concerned with upgrading their grids than dishing out juicy dividends. By Jawad J. Abbassi Jordan’s electricity grid losses problem continued to mount in 2014. In the grids of Jordan Electricity Company and Irbid…

Why Should Your Business Go Mobile?

Throughout the Middle East, rapid and widespread use of mobile devices has transformed how consumers work and live. Large, small, and midsize enterprises as well as public-sector agencies have a unique opportunity to unlock this potential and drive business growth….

Boulevard Arjaan: High End Hospitality

Rotana’s newly opened serviced hotel apartments aim to offer luxury long-stay lodgings at the heart of Abdali’s Boulevard.  By Elisa Oddone After years in development, guests can finally check into Rotana’s new set of Arjaan-branded serviced hotel apartments that run…

Easy Taxi’s Popularity Picking Up

Easy Taxi’s regional boss says Ammanis are fast catching on to the benefits of using the mobile taxi booking service. By Elisa Oddone Mobile taxi booking apps are exploding in popularity in cities around the world, and according to Easy…

The Arab Potash Company: Did Privatization Work?

This article appeared in the April, 2014 edition of Venture.   More than a decade has passed since the Arab Potash Company was partly sold off under Jordan’s controversial privatization drive. Was it a wise move? By Dina al-Wakeel Jordan’s controversial…

Izzat Marji Sees Big Demand for Solar Power Systems

Solar power system provider Izzat Marji said demand for its products is growing rapidly as homes and small to medium sized businesses finally begin taking advantage of Jordan’s Renewable Energy Law. Between 2013 and 2014, the Director of Izzat Marji’s…

The Good State of Real Estate

Lamudi’s Khaled Anabtawi believes 2015 is shaping up to be another strong year for Jordan’s real estate sector.  By Elisa Oddone Jordan’s real estate market, which makes up around 5 percent of the Kingdom’s GDP, seems to be in good…

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…

Green City

Low Rise to High Rise?

In an effort to prevent Amman from inefficiently sprawling outwards as its population soars, city planners are considering allowing apartment buildings in the capital to rise to six floors from the current four. GAM said it might amend long-established building…