Tag: UAE

Air Arabia Jordan: Ready for Liftoff

By buying a major stake in Petra Airlines, low-cost giant Air Arabia has created a new carrier which will use Amman as a hub to further its ambitious expansion plans. By Laith Abou-Ragheb Jordan’s aviation and tourism sectors were given…

The Kingdom’s Shop

This article appeared in the May, 2014 edition of Venture.   From and handicrafts, to armored cars and military figurines, Urdon Shop aims to champion a huge range of Jordanian-made products. By Jane Hosking It was three years in the making,…

Smartphone Generation

In case you hadn’t noticed, the MENA region is undergoing a mobile Internet revolution. By Khaldoon Tabaza What’s the biggest indicator related to the online market opportunity in the UAE and Saudi Arabia that beats all other developed and developing…

Ignatius on ISIS

David Ignatius, the celebrated associate editor and columnist at the Washington Post, visited the Columbia Global Centers, Middle East in Amman last month to speak about US foreign policy and the crisis in the region. Ignatius has spent around 35…

Surging Online Classifieds

Classified ads in the region are rapidly switching from print to online, with beneficial results for all.   By Khaldoon Tabaza Anyone who enjoys nothing more than getting their fingers covered in ink while leafing through a classifieds newspaper on…

Saudi Stocks: Worth a Punt for Foreigners?

Saudi Arabia hopes that there will be a lot of interest in its stock market when it finally opens up to international investors next year. But it might only succeed in attracting technical, rather than value, investors. By Sameer Massis…