Tag: Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Women Blazing a Trail

In a challenge to deeply rooted conventions and stereotypes, Saudi women entrepreneurs like Sarah al Ayed and Lujain al Ubaid are achieving huge success in the world of business. By Elisa Oddone Hit hard by plunging oil prices, Saudi Arabia…

Air Arabia Jordan Piles Pressure on RJ with New Saudi Route

QAIA-based budget airline Air Arabia Jordan began flying to a second destination in Saudi Arabia earlier this month, a move which shows just how much of a threat this newly-launched carrier poses to troubled Royal Jordanian and its vital network of…

Online Encyclopedia Mawdoo3 Receives $1.5 Million in Funding

Online Arabic content was given a boost last month with the announcement that Jordanian startup Mawdoo3—a Wikipedia-like online Arabic encyclopedia—received $1.5 million in Series A funding from Dubai-based investor EquiTrust. Initially founded as a student project in 2010, Mawdoo3 quickly…

iMENA Group Invests in Real-Estate Technology House, JRD Group

iMENA Group, the leading operator of online businesses in the MENA region, today announced that Dubai-based technology enterprise, JRD Group, is a new member of its growing platform. JRD recently received an investment from iMENA which the company plans to…

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For Jordanians, Facebook is More than Just a Fun Diversion

Facebook isn’t just a website to share videos of kittens, it’s fast becoming our window to the world. By Osama Al Sharif Social media’s sway on public opinion continues to increase in Jordan at a time when the influence of…

Venture Explains: Mobile Number Portability

What is it? Mobile Number Portability (MNP) is the ability to keep your mobile phone number when switching from one telecom operator to another. Why does it matter? MNP is particularly important for business users, many of whom find value…

Telr-Made Solutions for Region’s E-Commerce

Online payment company Telr is hoping to speed up the adoption of e-commerce in the region by offering merchants unique, tailor-made solutions. By Dina Al-Wakeel Sirish Kumar, the co-founder and CEO of online payment gateway Telr, said his company is working…

Enter the House of Genius

House of Genius offers budding entrepreneurs the world over the chance to pick the brains of industry leaders. It looks like the popular meetups might be coming to our part of the world soon. By Dina Al Wakeel A typical…

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A Furious Fall Out

Al Rai’s relations with the government have soured as the rancorous debate continues over the future of Jordan’s troubled daily newspapers. By Osama Al Sharif The crisis engulfing Jordan’s daily newspapers continues to show no sign of abating after Al-Rai’s…

Azkadenya Eyes Regional Expansion

As part of an aggressive regional expansion drive, Jordan’s Eat Restaurant Group opened a flagship branch of its popular Azkadenya chain in Dubai last month. The new branch, which is located in a shopping mall in the city’s high-end Jumeirah…