Tag: UAE

Logistics Software for All

While global logistics companies like FedEx probably have the resources to develop their own in-house data processing systems, this option might not be available to less monolithic rivals. Cofounded by Ibrahim Naouri’s son, Kareem, LogistaaS aims to provide simple-to-use and…

Minister of Transport Ayman Hatahet: Getting Jordan Moving

Jordan’s Transport Minister is excited about the big transportation projects slated to come on line in the near future. Because it’s sandwiched between Iraq, Syria, the Palestinian Territories, and Saudi Arabia, the important role Jordan plays as a trade hub…

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…

refugee crisis

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…