Tag: Middle East

Exports

Car Exports Stall

Instability in the region continues to seriously disrupt Jordan’s trade with its neighbors. Exports from Jordan’s free zones to the Iraqi market, which usually accounts for 60 to 65 percent, have plunged to 20 percent since July as IS militants…

New US Ambassador Appointed

Alice G. Wells has been sworn in as the new US ambassador to Jordan, replacing Stuart E. Jones who held the pivotal diplomatic position for three years. This will be the first ambassadorial post for Wells, a career Foreign Service…

Valley Fund Ventures East

The Middle East’s startup scene is getting a $25 million investment boost from Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Fenox VC. By Sadad Talhouni Fenox Venture Capital is a Silicon Valley-based VC that provides early and growth-stage funding to emerging technology…

Look Who’s Calling

Millions of smartphone users in Jordan are turning to Truecaller to rid themselves of nuisance and spam callers. By Sadad Talhouni With 65 million users worldwide, Truecaller is easily the most popular of a growing number of apps that allow…

Water Warning

Jordan’s thirsty agricultural sector must dramatically boost its water efficiency to prevent the Kingdom’s vital groundwater basins from drying up. But this will be easier said than done. By Laith Abou-Ragheb A few days of heavy rainfall at the tail…

Feeding Jordan Well

It‘s becoming harder and harder to get enough of the right foods into Jordanian mouths. By Elisa Oddone Jordan has made substantial health gains over the past two decades, including increases in life expectancy and reductions in child mortality and…

The MENA Market Awaits Your Ingenuity

Rather than lazily copying existing global tech fads, Jordanian entrepreneurs would be wiser to focus their efforts on meeting the needs of the region. Startup Jordan- Robert Carroll Delivery startups for pets, apps that share photos in unnecessary ways, and…

Us and the Rest

Why are economies around the world steadily powering ahead while ours remain stifled? Six months into 2014, and we’re faced with a mix of good and bad currents shaping both the world and our region. Some of them are old,…