Tag: Middle East

Meezan Wins Urban Tech Startup Contest

From near-gridlocked streets to a creaking water network, Amman is grappling with a long list of development challenges. But a little extra help is now at hand from Meezan, a young company from Jordan that has just won the first…

How Low Can Oil Go?

The oil market’s reaction to America’s renewed military operations in the Middle East has been counter to normal expectations. Rather than rise in price, Brent dropped from $115 in June to below $100 in September. How can this correction be…

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Terrifying Tweets

IS is expertly using social media to fulfill its objectives. This makes it even harder to stop. By Osama Al Sharif The main objective of propaganda is to sway, influence, and manipulate public opinion. In today’s information age, it’s becoming…

Startup Captures Geopolitical Big Data

Investing in emerging economies, especially in the conflict-ridden Middle East, often comes with a degree of risk which can be tricky to weigh up if you don’t have access to the right information. EQLIM, a new Lebanon-based data and analytics…

Tech Investing: Truths and Myths

The tech investment world is full of widely held, but wildly inaccurate beliefs. Avoid them and reap the benefits. Startup Jordan- Robert Carroll There’s no doubt that people are winning big by making tech investments. For example, several investors got mega…

RJ’s Dreamliner to the Rescue?

Royal Jordanian’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner took off on its inaugural flight from QAIA to London Heathrow Airport on September 1, with the loss-making airline no doubt hoping the addition of the next-generation airplane to its fleet will boost its…

Surging Online Classifieds

Classified ads in the region are rapidly switching from print to online, with beneficial results for all.   By Khaldoon Tabaza Anyone who enjoys nothing more than getting their fingers covered in ink while leafing through a classifieds newspaper on…

Dealing with the Danger

It’s tempting to try to ignore the regional turmoil that’s fast becoming an existential threat to Jordan. But we have to face up to it. Postscript- Osama Al-Sharif We’re hosting over a million Syrians who fled the brutal civil war…

Saudi Stocks: Worth a Punt for Foreigners?

Saudi Arabia hopes that there will be a lot of interest in its stock market when it finally opens up to international investors next year. But it might only succeed in attracting technical, rather than value, investors. By Sameer Massis…

Jordan and the Iraqi Predicament

Editor’s letter Dina al-Wakeel While Jordan has so far thankfully managed to insulate itself from the violence engulfing its neighbors, the Kingdom’s economy has still taken a hit. According to sources, exports to Iraq, Jordan’s number one trading partner, dropped…