Tag: UAE

Jordanian-led Team Develops Flying, Submersible Drone

A Jordanian-led university research team that developed a drone that can fly, float, and dive underwater has won a $1 million prize at a top international competition. The Loon Copter, which was built by a group of University of Oakland…

What Cheap Oil Means for Us

On paper, record low oil prices should prove to be an economic bonanza for an emerging market energy importer like Jordan. But what’s the reality? By Dina al-Wakeel In 2011, just when it was trying to get back on its…

MadfooatCom: Paying the digital bills

Having set about transforming the way Jordanians pay their bills via its e-Fawateer platform, online payment company MadfooatCom now has its sights set on regional expansion. By Rebecca Irvine When Nasser Saleh returned to Jordan after several years of working…

Batelco Cancels Planned Umniah Sale

Bahrain’s Batelco has cancelled its planned sale of Umniah, citing market conditions. “We’re going to terminate the sale process. It’s not an optimal time to sell, it’s an optimal time to buy. Prices are reducing, the appetite of so many…

Ronaldo Mouchawar, Souq.com CEO

Souq.com: Riding High on the E-Commerce Wave

Over the past decade, Souq.com has quickly risen to become the region’s largest online retailer. The company’s CEO and Founder Ronaldo Mouchawar is confident of even greater success as enthusiasm for e-commerce amongst consumers picks up pace. By Dina al-Wakeel…

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Spotting Opportunities

Everyone agrees the coming year will be a tough one for the region’s economies. But some countries will fare much better than others because their decision makers were bold enough to seek out new opportunities and act upon them. By…

Bringing them Back: Boosting Jordan’s Ailing Visitor Numbers

Sapped by continuing conflict in surrounding countries, Jordan’s tourism sector has seen better times. But the Kingdom’s Tourism Minister Nayef al-Fayez is leading an ambitious drive to encourage visitors to return. By Elisa Oddone In the new science fiction epic…

Dubai Diversified

Dubai is a great example of how global cities can adapt and thrive in uncertain times. By Nader Museitif Global cities, just like global companies, find it difficult to ride an economic boom and avoid the subsequent cooling off period. Economies…

Tablet Decline

In the fast-moving consumer tech world, the tablet computer market is already showing signs of fatigue. By Raed Malhas Tablet computers have been around for a lot longer than many think. They were first depicted in some of my favorite…

Business Community Mourns Loss of Salti Sisters

Jordan’s business community has reacted with sadness and shock to news of the death of sisters Jumana and Soraya Salti over the weekend. Soraya was a celebrated entrepreneur and the founder of INJAZ, a regional non-profit organization that aims to…