Tag: Syria

Merza Hussain Hasan, Regional Head of World Bank

Strong Support

The regional head of the World Bank says his organization stands ready to help Jordan meet its potential. As well as Jordan, Merza Hussain Hasan oversees World Bank projects in Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, the Maldives, Oman, Qatar,…


Solidarity: Insuring Tomorrow

First Insurance was established in 2007 with a paid up capital of JD28 million. The company entered an already crowded market that was ripe for consolidation. This finally happened last year, when First Insurance absorbed rival Yarmouk Insurance, to become…

No Half Measures on Jihadist Radicalism

Last year’s Karak Castle terrorist attack, which claimed the lives of nine policemen and one Canadian tourist, reminded us that the threat of the jihadist homegrown radical extremism has become a fixture of our lives and will be for some time…


Playing the Long Game

If we want our economy to prosper, we need to start planning for the long-term.

Hassan Abu Hanieh, author and researcher on jihadist groups

Wake Up Call

One of the foremost experts on extremist groups in Jordan is worried we’re underestimating the true scale of the jihadist threat facing the country. By Dina Al Wakeel Few Jordanian analysts know more about extremist Islamist groups than Hassan Abu…

Dr. Meteb Wrekat, the director of the Ministry of Health’s Medical Tourism Directorate

A Shot in the Arm: Keeping Medical Tourism Competitive

Jordan remains an important medical tourism market, a reputation that can be maintained if the government tackled the big issues facing the sector. With no less than 65 private hospitals, many boasting cutting edge facilities and first-rate physicians, Jordan has…

Unemployment in Jordan not expected to fall -ILO

No fall in Jordan’s Unemployment Rate Expected in 2017 – ILO

Unemployment in Jordan and other Arab countries weighed down by the region’s twin security and refugee challenges will remain stuck at around 15 percent this year, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said in a new report “The unemployment rate for…


Growth Against the Odds

Despite having to contend with regional turmoil and significant domestic challenges, the IMF’s Mission Chief for Jordan believes the Kingdom’s economy will keep expanding in 2017. By Dina al-Wakeel  It’s been a trying few years for Jordan’s economy. From raging…

The US State Department's Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs Ziad Haider

Bringing Business to Jordan

A senior US trade official says American companies can play a crucial role in the Kingdom’s economic development. By Dina al Wakeel Last month, The US State Department’s Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs, Ziad Haider, headed a major…

Dead Sea Red-Dead Project

Consortiums Selected for Red-Dead Project

The Ministry of Water and Irrigation has chosen five international consortiums to carry out the first phase of a $1.1 billion conveyance project that will use water from the Red Sea to replenish the rapidly receding Dead Sea. The consortiums…