Jordan

October 22, 2013

Syrian workers eyed with suspicion as Jordanian government looks to legitimize workers. [Haytham al-Moussawi]
14:01 GMT

With many Syrian refugees working illegally in Jordan, the kingdom is prepared to start a mass exit if work permits aren't established by November 2013.

The Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ) has decided to reduce the interest rates on key monetary policy tools by 25 basis points (0.25 per cent) from Tuesday signaling lower rates at commercial banks.
12:06 GMT

According to economists, the move is a sign of sound confidence in the local currency and an indication of a high level of foreign currency deposits at Jordan's central bank.

October 21, 2013

Finance Minister Umayya Toukan on Sunday said that the government is set to issue the US-guaranteed eurobonds on international markets on October 28, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.
12:48 GMT

Finance Minister Umayya Toukan on Sunday said that the government is set to issue the US-guaranteed eurobonds on international markets on October 28, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

October 18, 2013

Jordanian customers look for luxury but with more reasonable prices these days; they want to look trendy, luxurious and fashionable, but with lower price tags, Dahleh told The Jordan Times.
10:48 GMT

Although the commercial sector in the Kingdom is facing a slowdown due to a drop in consumer spending, suppliers of luxury goods describe the demand for the expensive items as “good” and even surging.

October 13, 2013

In April 2013, Jordan received the second tranche of the loan to finance projects under the programme, at a total of $385 million
10:40 GMT

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) executive board has agreed to dispense the third tranche of its “Stand-By Arrangement” (SBA) loan for Jordan to finance projects at a total of $258 million.

October 9, 2013

Syrian rebels seized another Jordan border area near Ramtha late last month (AP)
16:32 GMT

Syrian opposition rebels seized a guard post near Daraa and now control border lands between Daraa and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Rebels and pro-regime forces also clashed in the Damascus province and Idlib Wednesday.

During a meeting with a delegation of Yemeni businessmen at the Prime Ministry, Ensour stressed the importance that Jordan attaches to Yemen’s security and stability.
09:15 GMT

Given that the commercial activity is still at a minimal, there is still a long way to go.

October 8, 2013

Jordan's King Abdullah was among the first country leaders to welcome the military coup that ousted former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi (AP)
17:20 GMT

Jordan's King Abdullah met with the Egyptian interim president Tuesday calling for Egyptian "unity." While the two heads of state met in Amman, the Egyptian government in Cairo revoked the Muslim Brotherhood's NGO registration and seized the Islamist group's frozen assets.

The unemployment rate in the Kingdom rose during the first quarter of 2013 to 12.8 per cent
08:52 GMT

The unemployment rate for the third quarter of 2013 stood at 14 per cent, compared with 13.1 per cent during the same period in 2012.

October 7, 2013

Bedouin tribes in the Jordanian desert.  Tribalism has often been the cause of conflict in Jordan. (Image credit: Getty)
17:49 GMT

Former Irbid deputy Abdul Nasser Bani Hani was killed on Sunday night during a tribal clash.

Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour is due in Amman on Tuesday to meet with King Abdullah. (Photo courtesy of the Egyptian presidency)
12:55 GMT

Egyptian interim President Adly Mansour is due to travel to Amman on Tuesday, despite widespread clashes across Egypt causing the death of more than 50 civilians.

Mays Hamdan loved playing "Nuha" on Death Game. (Image: Facebook)
08:24 GMT

Mays Hamdan talks about the success of her latest drama “Li'bat Mawt” (Death Game).

October 4, 2013

Diana Karazon shows she's at least easy on the eyes! (Image: Facebook)
09:00 GMT

Jordanian singer Diana Karazon has recorded a new song in the Moroccan accent with the ever so pretentious title of "Ana Ahla" (I'm the Prettiest).

October 3, 2013

Jordan produces around 5 per cent of its needs of wheat, while the rest is imported from other countries, mainly the US
11:04 GMT

With Jordan officially receiving the go-ahead to invest in Russia wheat production, the authorities are encouraging local businessmen to enter joint ventures with their Russian counterparts and invest in the water-rich country.

The Kingdom ranked 44th in the education pillar, 68th in health and wellness, 97th in workforce and employment and 46th in terms of having an enabling environment.
09:44 GMT

The Human Capital Report details the findings of a new index that measures countries on their ability to develop and deploy healthy, educated and able workers through four distinct pillars: education; health and wellness; workforce and employment; and enabling environment.