Tag: Saudi Arabia

Five Factors for Success

If you want your MENA e-commerce venture to thrive, it needs five key factors. By Khaldoon Tabaza In the rush to create the next big online success story in the MENA region, it’s useful for our industry to pause and…

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…

Full Growth for MENA Internet in 2015

These are exciting times for MENA’s online industry. Traditional sectoral investors are starting to worry about the impact of low oil prices, a potential slowdown in construction and real-estate, and eroding margins in telecom and banking. On the other hand,…

Maersk Launches New Service through Aqaba

Denmark’s Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping company, is promising Jordanian companies faster and easier access to global markets with the launch of a new service that directly connects Aqaba to South India and the Western Mediterranean. With its…

Hellofood Pushes into Online Groceries

Online food ordering giant Hellofood has joined forces with the Dukkan supermarket chain to launch an online grocery delivery service. “We have started expanding to grocery stores as our aim is to become the leading marketplace for food,” said Hellofood…

Altibbi: A Website in Good Health

Altibbi has risen from modest beginnings to become the region’s number one health website. By Jane Hosking The origins of Altibbi can be traced back to a hefty medical dictionary sitting on a shelf in the Amman office of Jalil…

Crowdfunding Comes of Age

This article appeared in the June, 2014 edition of Venture.   By offering cash-strapped entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their ideas directly to the general public, crowdsourcing is fast emerging as a major source of funding for Jordanian startups. By Elisa…

Venture Explains: Cheap Oil

For as long as they last, cheap oil prices have far-reaching implications.  Why are oil prices so low? Fracking, which involves shooting a mixture of water, sand, and chemicals into the ground to crack open deposits of oil and natural gas,…

Tabuk: On Pharma’s Frontline

By boldly overhauling its management structure and expanding its range of medicines over recent years, Tabuk Pharmaceuticals has cemented it position as one of the region’s leading drug companies. By Elisa Oddone Boasting a steady annual growth of 25 percent…

An Animated Discussion

Animation studios from across the region gathered for a special session at last month’s MENA ICT forum in Amman to discuss the challenges facing their industry, which include a paucity of investment, high operating costs, poor promotional channels, and a…