Tag: UAE

iMENA Group Invests in Real-Estate Technology House, JRD Group

iMENA Group, the leading operator of online businesses in the MENA region, today announced that Dubai-based technology enterprise, JRD Group, is a new member of its growing platform. JRD recently received an investment from iMENA which the company plans to…

For Jordanians, Facebook is More than Just a Fun Diversion

Facebook isn’t just a website to share videos of kittens, it’s fast becoming our window to the world. By Osama Al Sharif Social media’s sway on public opinion continues to increase in Jordan at a time when the influence of…

Dubai Metro: Mass Transit Done Right

2012 2013 2014 Q1 2014 Q1 2015 Dubai Metro Passengers 109,491,741 137,759,258 164,307,080 40,655,978 44,371,860 Growth 28,267,517 26,547,822 3,715,882 Growth (%) 26% 19% 9% Source: RTA annual report Dubai’s metro system has radically reduced the city’s congestion problems and secured…

Building Up Dubai

Despite recent volatility, Dubai’s real estate sector is proving to be more resilient than ever. By Nader Museitif Everyone loves chatting about Dubai’s real estate sector, even those who don’t actually live in the city, which is now synonymous with…

Climbing Up

In the World Economic Forum’s recently published Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015, Jordan managed to improve its position, moving up from 68 to 64 out of 144 economies. Margareta Drzeniek, director and lead economist, Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking Network, tells Venture…

Alissar: A Blooming Business

Founded in Amman over three decades ago as a small family-run florist, Alissar’s distinctive flower arrangements can now be found in homes and businesses across the region, including some of the Gulf’s most luxurious hotels. By Dina al Wakeel The…

Setting Sail for Luxury

The Dubai International Boat Show is a highlight of the international boating calendar. Whether you’re buying or just there to browse, the five-day show provides an experience like no other. By Jane Hosking While only a short flight away, the…

Capturing Investment

Luring desperately needed foreign direct investment to the Kingdom has never been easy. But the head of the new Jordan Investment Commission believes his team is up to the job. By Elisa Oddone In a bid to make investing in…

Five Factors for Success

If you want your MENA e-commerce venture to thrive, it needs five key factors. By Khaldoon Tabaza In the rush to create the next big online success story in the MENA region, it’s useful for our industry to pause and…

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,…