Tag: UK

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…

Jordanians Have Visa-Free Access to 44 Countries – Report

Jordanian passport holders can visit 44 countries around the world without the need for a visa, according to the annual Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index. Emirati passport holders fared best in the region in terms of visa-free travel, with…

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Do We Need Another Public Service Broadcaster?

Questions concerning editorial independence, funding, and audience demand need to be asked about plans for a new public service broadcaster. By Osama Al-Sharif The government is pushing ahead with plans to launch another public service broadcaster that will consist of…

Jordan Expected to Issue Debut Sukuk

Jordan said last month it was going to issue its first ever sovereign sukuk, or sharia-compliant bonds, soon. The long anticipated issuance is expected to rake in some JD400 million to finance real estate projects, a source familiar with the topic…

Let them Work

Syrians in Jordan could make a huge contribution to the Kingdom’s economy, if only we would let them. By Yusuf Mansur Jordan is hosting around 1.4 million Syrians, almost half of whom are registered as refugees. They can’t remain refugees…

Sukuk Market Set for Lift-Off

With new regulations firmly in place, Sharia-compliant bonds finally appear to be gaining traction in Jordan. The Islamic debt market in Jordan is set to capitalize on growing worldwide interest in sukuk, or sharia-compliant bonds. This comes after long-awaited regulations…

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The Spy in Your Pocket

There’s yet another emerging, unpleasant side-effect to the revolution of personal gadgets: cyberstalking. By Zeid Nasser For all the convenience and pleasure a mobile phone provides, it still apparently doubles as a personal tracking device. Whether it’s in your pocket…

Approval Opens Door to Greater Crowdfunding Opportunities

Dubai-based crowdfunding platform Eureeca has just received regulatory approval from the UK’s powerful Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which should give a major boost to Jordanian startups and early-stage businesses seeking investment. The FCA approval means Jordanian companies will be in…

Alternative Citizenship: Putting a Price on a Passport

Worried about your future in the Middle East? If you’re wealthy enough, citizenship of a safer far away country is only a check away. By Elisa Oddone Keen to insure themselves against regional political and economic uncertainty, a growing number…

Year in Pictures

The Events that Shaped 2014 From the rise of ISIS and the triple airline catastrophes of Malaysian airlines, to Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak and Israel’s war on Gaza, it often seemed like 2014 was overburdened with horrific events. But even…