Economy

Innovative Solutions to Battle Youth Unemployment in Jordan

It had been about a year since Mohamed Arabiat had graduated, and despite applying for perhaps 50 odd positions in Jordan and abroad, he had…

The Invisible Claws: Are Real Estate Prices Killing Arab Economies?

In his book, The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith makes the provocative claim that beneath that chaotic system of individual haggling over prices, there is…

Inside Saudi Arabia’s Covert Expat Money Laundering Schemes

“How do I get my money out of Saudi Arabia?” A question many expats find themselves asking in the conservative Islamic kingdom. Likely they are…

The Top 10 Arab Universities

No longer a privilege allotted to a select few, higher education is now a requirement in the Arab world, tied in with everything from social…

Could Aquaponics Ensure Self-Sufficiency for Egyptians?

After living abroad for 38 years, Hisham Haggag, a graduate of economics at Oxford University, decided to return to  Egypt. Struck by a vision of…

The Economic Collapse of Islamic State

The richest and most well-funded terrorist organization faces the specter of bankruptcy. Islamic State’s treasuries no longer have the resources to hold out in its…

Halal tourism: Good business or religious duty?

Have you heard of “Halal tourism” before? Does it mean that is there is halal tourism there also “Haram (forbidden) tourism”? With the spread of…

Arab airlines are breaking world records!

Since the time of Abbas Ibn Firnas, the first man who attempted to fly, the Arabs have been setting standards for the flying industry. Here…

The Business of Terror: Can Economics End Terrorism?

This article is an invitation to analyze terrorism through the lens of economics. Can this discipline help us understand terrorism and its connection to politics,…

Who Has the Biggest Debt? Ranking the Arab States

The issue of public debt occasionally occupies front pages, headlines, and debates in cafes around the 22 Arab countries. But the topic always slips back…