Tag: transportation

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Ushering in a New Era

Jordan’s transport system stands on the cusp of major change. But it won’t move smoothly to its next stage of development without public sector officials adopting the right mindset. The development of transportation in any country progresses through various stages…

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Public Transport Policymaking: Stuck in Gear

recently, Jamil Mujahed was sworn in as Minister of Transport in a reshuffle of Prime Minister Hani Mulki’s cabinet. Mujahed is the fourth person to hold this office in the past 12 months, and the ninth in the last five…

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Khutoutna App: An Alternative Way to Navigate Amman

Ma’an Nasel, the public transport campaign group that I helped found, recently launched its own app. It has a feature that allows users to enter starting and ending points in Amman to obtain public transport routes they can take to…

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A Report to Revamp Public Transport

An important new policy report explains how to solve eight key challenges facing the Kingdom’s public transportation system. “Public transportation does not seem to be a priority of the state.” This was one of the refreshingly frank conclusions of a…

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Decentralizing Transport

With local elections taking place this summer, it’s important to consider transport planning in the context of Jordan’s ambitious decentralization efforts. As Jordan’s decentralization program moves forward, the Kingdom is slated to hold municipal and governorate council elections on August…

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Lifting the Breaks on Big Data

There’s a wealth of data available that could help vastly improve traffic management in our cities. We just need to put it to use. Between 2008 and 2010, GAM carried out an extensive household survey covering a representative sample of…

Anthony El-Khoury, Uber’s Middle East manager

Uber: Legal at Last?

Uber says new legislation could be imminent to finally regulate Jordan’s fast growing ride-hailing sector. By Dina al Wakeel Ride-hailing services have had anything but an easy ride since they first began shaking up Jordan’s creaky transport sector around two…

The EBRD

EBRD Could Boost Investment to 150 Million Euros This Year

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said it could invest as much as 150 million euros in Jordan in 2017, up from 120 million euros the previous year. “Last year’s target started off with 120 million euros that…

Laith Al Qasem

Working as One

If they really want to achieve sustainable economic growth, Jordan’s public and private sectors need to start seeing each other as allies rather than adversaries. By Laith Al Qasem Public–Private Dialogue (PPD) is an increasingly valuable tool that enables public…

Mudassir Sheikha, the Cofounder of Careem

Careem and the Irresistible Rise of Ride-Hailing

Despite coming up against regulatory hurdles and protests from taxi drivers, the cofounder of Careem says his ride-hailing platform is in Jordan to stay. By Laith Abou-Ragheb Mudassir Sheikha, the cofounder of Careem, the Dubai-based ride-hailing platform, made a flying…