Tag: Jawad Abbassi

Is Dubai the region's ICT hub?

Dubai’s Tech Hub Dream

Thanks to its investor-friendly business environment, world-class infrastructure, and strong government backing, Dubai is fast emerging as the go-to tech hub for the region. What lessons can other rival startup centers around the region, including Jordan, learn from the emirate’s…

Dubai Metro: Mass Transit Done Right

2012 2013 2014 Q1 2014 Q1 2015 Dubai Metro Passengers 109,491,741 137,759,258 164,307,080 40,655,978 44,371,860 Growth 28,267,517 26,547,822 3,715,882 Growth (%) 26% 19% 9% Source: RTA annual report Dubai’s metro system has radically reduced the city’s congestion problems and secured…

Hotel Electricity Rate Cut: A Misguided Move

The decision to slash electricity rates for hotels won’t do anything to solve the crisis in Jordan’s tourism sector. By Jawad J. Abbassi Jordan’s tourism sector plays an important role in the Kingdom’s economy. According to the Ministry of Tourism…

Tackling our Pension Problem

Standing at the same amount as the budget deficit, Jordan’s bankrupt public pension system is funded solely by new debt. Rationally reducing its burden should be of prime importance. By Jawad J. Abbassi At the parliamentary discussions of the government…

Electricity: Rebalance, Don’t Hike

The government’s plan to increase electricity rates across the board will damage both its credibility and the economy. By Jawad J. Abbassi The rapid drop in oil prices, by over 60 percent since the summer, is a game changer for…

ICT in 2014: A Year in Review

From falling telecom revenues to the roll out of fiber and 4G, 2014 has been a year of mixed blessings for Jordan’s technology sector. By Laith Abou-Ragheb Technology companies gathered at Amman’s King Hussein Business Park last month for the…