Go Ahead Given for Oil Shale Power Plant

For years now, Jordan’s huge oil shale deposits have been talked up as the answer to the Kingdom’s energy woes. But there are finally signs the dream of energy self-sufficiency is becoming a reality with the government signing off on…

More Debt, Little Growth

The Ensour government likes to crow about its achievements. But I can’t see any, beyond boosting the national debt to new highs with little to show for it. The Economist- Yusuf Mansur The national debt increased by the end of May…

Transit Hotel for QAIA

The prospect of a lengthy airport layover is enough to fill even the most seasoned business traveler with a sense of dread.  But the experience should soon become a little more pleasant for the growing number of air passengers passing…

Mosques Go Green

The government has launched a JD 50 million scheme to fit photovoltaic solar systems to all of Jordan’s 6,000 mosques in a green-minded move that’s expected to shave JD 7 million off their annual energy bill. The Ministry of Awqaf…

Digital Disruption

The disruptive march of Internet in Jordan just keeps gathering pace, with new figures released by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) starkly illustrating canada goose Expedition Parka just how quickly new digital forms of communication are laying waste to established…

A Creative Oasis

Oasis 500, which has primarily positioned itself as a tech accelerator until now, is branching out into the creative industries. The decision to set up a dedicated training and investment track for more artistic business endeavors came after the fund…

The Lure of Easy Money

Editor’s letter- Dina al-Wakeel In a blatant challenge to Western nations that have long dominated the global financial system, the BRICS emerging economics have decided to establish their own $50 billion development bank. Noble as the idea may be, its…

Eyeing Investment in India and Indonesia

With prospects for real growth ahead, the Fragile Five might not be as brittle as you thought. By Sameer Massis The US central bank is in no rush to raise interest rates. Even though the Fed minutes released last June…

Brainstorming Brilliant Ideas

When done right, brainstorming is still one of the best ways to come up with ideas to push your business to the next level. By Jane Hosking Brainstorming was a concept dreamt up in the 1950s by Alex Osborn, an…

Setting the Privatization Record Straight

Many still suspect major mistakes were made during Jordan’s controversial privatization drive. A year-long investigation led by Omar Razzaz, chairman of the Privatization Evaluation Committee, has now concluded the sell-off of public assets was by and large smoothly executed, but…