Tag: transportation

Tourism Drive Reaping Results

Jordan’s struggling tourism industry appears to have begun benefiting from a package of measures introduced last year that aimed to entice first time holidaymakers to the Kingdom and win back repeat visitors, particularly from the Gulf. Thanks to its abundance…

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Public Transport in Amman: Bigger is Better

Amman’s population has reached 4 million, yet the city’s public transport network remains largely reliant on smaller vehicles. This is inefficient and requires an overhaul in the way people move about the capital. By Hazem Zureiqat Early in the second…

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Fixing the Fragmentation

A new law could hold the key to improving the often chaotic and self-interested way Jordan’s public transport vehicles are operated. By Hazem Zureiqat A paradigm shift is slowly taking place in Jordan in terms of public transport and urban…

Get on the Bus

Renewed work on a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system marks a positive development for Jordan, promising improved connectivity in and around the capital city. Jordan’s burgeoning and rapidly urbanizing population, estimated at nearly 7 million and expected to reach 8.5…

The Transporter

Ayman Smadi, GAM’s veteran transit chief, says the newly reinvigorated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project is just one of the many examples of how the city is finally facing up to its huge transport challenges. By Laith Abou-Ragheb After years…

Easing Investment in Iraq

Momentum seems to be building behind Khaled Kanaan’s ambitious plan to break down barriers of entry into Iraq to promote greater cross-border trade, investment, and cooperation. But the prominent Jordanian businessman admitted that convincing more of his peers to bet…

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Uber Arrives in Amman

Uber recently launched its massively in-demand smartphone app in Amman, allowing passengers in the capital to hail a ride at the touch of a button. But will it encounter the same resistance as it has elsewhere? And with several other…

Mubadarah: The Politics of the Possible

After successfully pressuring the government to grant civil rights to the children of Jordanian women married to foreigners, MP Mustafa Hamarneh’s Mubadarah legislative bloc is out to prove that parliament isn’t an ineffectual talking shop. By Abdul-Wahab Kayyali and Dina…

Easy Taxi’s Popularity Picking Up

Easy Taxi’s regional boss says Ammanis are fast catching on to the benefits of using the mobile taxi booking service. By Elisa Oddone Mobile taxi booking apps are exploding in popularity in cities around the world, and according to Easy…

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,…