Tag: Middle East

Sukuk Market Set for Lift-Off

With new regulations firmly in place, Sharia-compliant bonds finally appear to be gaining traction in Jordan. The Islamic debt market in Jordan is set to capitalize on growing worldwide interest in sukuk, or sharia-compliant bonds. This comes after long-awaited regulations…

Approval Opens Door to Greater Crowdfunding Opportunities

Dubai-based crowdfunding platform Eureeca has just received regulatory approval from the UK’s powerful Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which should give a major boost to Jordanian startups and early-stage businesses seeking investment. The FCA approval means Jordanian companies will be in…

We’re Lovin’ It

While McDonald’s might be striving to maintain its dominant position in other parts of the world, the owner of the fast food giant’s Jordanian franchise says business has never been better. By Dina al-Wakeel Last year, McDonald’s reported falls in…

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…

InterContinental’s New Manager Upbeat

InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) recently appointed Micheal Koth to the positions of Director of Operations for the Levant, and the of InterContinental Jordan. The industry veteran is confident he can maintain his group’s leading position in the Kingdom’s fast developing…

Failing Health

Public hospitals desperately need a dose of competition to boost standards and efficiency. I witnessed a terminally ill cancer patient being admitted to a top-rated private hospital in Amman. The room was sparkling clean and the nursing staff fully attentive,…

Jordan’s Top Businesswomen: Nadia Shahin

General Manager of Amin Kawar and Sons, Shipping and Transportation Nadia Shahin has earned the quiet hour she enjoys each morning. After 30 years working for Kawar Group and raising two children, she now relishes the cup of coffee she…

Jordan’s Top Businesswomen: Mary Nazzal

This feature is part of a series highlighting some of the most prominent Jordanian businesswomen who managed to climb to the top of the corporate ladder in their respective fields in the Kingdom.   Deputy Chairperson at the Landmark Hotel, a Barrister, a Founding…

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Teaching Tolerance to Fight Extremism

The battle against religious extremism should be waged in the classroom, not just the battlefield. By Osama Al Sharif Our war on violent religious extremism became even more essential after the horrific execution of air force pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh by…

Jordan’s Top Businesswomen: Iman Mutlaq

CEO of Sigma Investments Iman Mutlaq rises every morning at 5 am, meditates for two hours and focuses on her goals for the day. Then she goes to work where she manages financial transactions worth $1.5 billion. Mutlaq is the…