Archives For Jordan

Endless ideas that keep crossing my mind every time I face or witness an issue that’s related to youth employability. This continuous debate keeps going in Jordan and all Arab countries, and it acquires significant attention as a main topic in different conferences and forums taking place around the region, one of which is the World Economic Forum meeting at the Dead Sea last Sunday.

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لطالما كنت اسمع باسم دوزان واوتار من حولي نظراً لاهتماماتي الفنية، وقد سمحت لي الفرصة بمشاهدة اول عرض مصغر لهم خلال مسرح الفكر الجديد قبل عدة سنوات، وتجددت الفرصة ذاتها عندما دعوني أصدقائي في شركة أمنية لحضور عرض آخر في رمضان الماضي، علماً بأن أمنية هي أحد الداعمين الدائمين للفرقة كجزء من اهتمامهم الملفت للنظر فيما يتعلق بالأحداث الفنية والثقافية في الأردن.

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Last night, I took my RJ flight from Dubai back to Amman, and I was super excited about landing at the new airport. The feedback I got from different people about the new facility was conflicting, so I decided that I will make my own decision, based on my experience.

It didn’t really take disappointment a lot of time before it hits me; and I’ve expressed that over Twitter last night, taking advantage of the 70 minutes I spent waiting for the luggage. Furthermore; I was shocked from the way people reacted to my tweet, because the fact that the French people are managing the airport, makes it unquestionable and perfect by default. I will get into my opinion about this part later, after I list the reasons that made my experience at the new facility lousy enough to ignore anything positive happened to me there.

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CSRIt has been a long time since I started to work with a lot of NGOs when I started Nakhweh back in 2009, as a supportive platform to serve social institutions and initiatives. One of my main observations during the last few years, is the maldistribution of funds happening in Jordan. I was always trying to understand why a lot of impactful organizations or initiatives, regardless of their size and the people behind them, were failing to secure a very small amount of money to sustain themselves and continue their mission.

NGO funds in Jordan can be categorized under two main pillars; local and international funds. Local funds are mostly from private sector companies, and these come under the umbrella of the misunderstood CSR concept, also a small portion of these funds come from certain individuals.

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Regardless of my endless fights with Zain Jordan, even after I got rid of their service; their أنا مع زين is absolutely getting on my nerves, I find it really useless and reflects nothing but how cocky and bumptious the company is. What value does Omar Al-Abdullat, Diana Karazon or Mohammad Al-Wakeel give the company or give me as a consumer (and I know they are not the only ones in the campaign)? Why those people? Where’s the rest of the community or the other users of the “largest” mobile provider in Jordan?

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I might be against the concept of having certain products or services targeting certain cultures or areas by private companies that provide their services to the public mass; such a strategy could be more harmful than beneficial, from a development point of view, especially for areas that are considered underprivileged; it makes those people or areas feel more disconnected rather than feeling special. However, we can’t ignore that such strategies exist already, thus, I decided to write this post and reflect my personal perspective on how private sector should be doing it, in order to really serve their target audience and help in bridging the existing gap between communities.

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Dear CEO of Zain Jordan, Good Day!

I hope my first public email finds you well.

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The last few weeks were filled with events and accidents that forced me to write such a post especially after a very weird meeting I had with someone who drove me nuts yesterday.

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During my visit to Egypt two weeks ago to attend the regional panel of Ashoka, many things happened and encouraged me to write this post. I used to get one question from everyone in Cairo, “how’s the situation in Jordan?” sometimes it’s being asked differently as in “how’s the revolution in Jordan?” definitely such questions didn’t surprise me; the norm in Arabia now is to have a revolution, otherwise we’re behind. My default answer was “No Jordan is totally different”. Usually I’m not a fan of politics and I don’t really understand that dilemma and I didn’t actually want to get into an endless conversation to explain why Jordan is different.

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في أول أيام شهر رمضان المبارك أعاده الله علينا و عليكم، خرجت من مكتبي القريب من شارع الوكالات في الصويفية بإتجاه مخابز بردايس لشراء الخبز المنقوش “موضة رمضان”، و للذين لا يعلمون؛ المخبز عادةً ما يكون مزدحماً بسبب القطايف. دخلت المخبز و لم أجد من الخبز الذي ذهبت لشرائه فكان علي الانتظار لبضعة دقائق حتى ينتهي خبزه.

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