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Haitam Giat, Yes Atlas Founder

The University Matchmaker

The head of Yes Atlas says his educational consultancy agency is helping more and more students from across the Middle East secure their higher education overseas. By Rebecca Irvine After Haitam Giat attended university in Australia, he spotted a gap…

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…

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…