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Country data

Jordan 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015f
Nominal GDP ($bn) 23.8 26.4 28.9 31.0 33.9 36.6* 39.3
GDP per capita ($) 3,987 4,326 4,619* 4,843 5,174 5,460 5,745
Real GDP growth (annual change, %) 5.5 2.3 2.6 2.7 2.9 3.5* 4.0
Government revenue (% of GDP) 26.5 24.9 26.4 23.0 24.0 28.3* 27.5
Government total expenditure (% of GDP) 35.0 30.0 33.2 31.5 35.4 38.6* 33.5
General government debt (gross, % of GDP) 64.8 67.1 70.7 80.2 85.8 90* 91.1
Current account balance (% of GDP) -3.3 -5.3 -12.0 -15.4 -9.8* -10.0 -6.9
Inflation (%) 2.7 6.1 3.3 6.5 3.3 2.5* 2.4
Population (millions) 6.0 6.1 6.3* 6.4 6.5 6.7 6.8
Unemployment (%) 12.9 12.5 12.9 12.2 12.2 12.2* 12.2
Click to see full economic data (2005 - 2019 forecast)
Source: International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database;
Last updated: February 2015; *=Estimate

Jordan trends

Power and water

Region’s utility sector races to meet demand Subscription

30 October 2014 | By

With rapid population and industrial growth, the Middle East and North Africa is a key market for companies involved in the power and water sectors

Challenge: One barrier to developing alternative energy is the existence of fuel subsidies in the region

Region set to miss 2020 renewables target Subscription

30 October 2014 | By

Lack of regulatory frameworks holds back development of alternative energy in the Middle East and North Africa

Egypt has finally taken action on reducing electricity price subsidies

Egypt takes the plunge Subscription

22 October 2014 | By Bernadette Ballantyne

As Cairo finally takes action on reducing electricity subsidies, other regional states are feeling the pressure to step up their reform efforts as consumption continues to rise

Middle East contracts September 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: September 2014 Subscription

16 October 2014

Over $2bn of contracts awarded in September in the Middle East

Middle East contracts awarded August 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: August 2014 Subscription

14 October 2014

Over $3bn of contracts awarded in August in the Middle East

Jordan projects by sector and project status

Jordan pushes ahead with transport plans Subscription

1 October 2014

While airport and shipping projects flourish, finance issues plague rail development

Promising development: Amman is now studying a proposal to issue its first Islamic bond

Wider Middle East ripe for Islamic finance Subscription

18 September 2014 | By Richard Nield

Sharia-compliant banking has yet to take off across most of the Levant and North Africa. But growing support from governments could soon lead to a boom in demand

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MEED comment


Jordan’s renewables plan gains momentum Subscription

24 February 2015 | By

First phase projects move toward financial close


Energy key to Jordan’s security Subscription

21 August 2014 | By

Amman has been forced to buy expensive fuel oil to meet the shortfall in gas supplies


Lesson of Jordan’s renewables delay Subscription

24 July 2014 | By

Amman’s alternative energy setback could prove a valuable lesson for the country and the wider region

Renewable energy

Jordan sets model for renewables Subscription

12 June 2014

Amman has progressed with 12 solar projects, paving the way for other countries in the region to follow suit

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Special reports

Amman, the capital of Jordan

Jordan: Wider unrest leaves fiscal recovery in balance Subscription

14 August 2014

Jordan’s fragile economy faces more challenges as fallout from Iraq conflict adds to pressure from the civil war in Syria

Region: Political stability a must to be able to go nuclear

Nuclear: Backing key to plans Subscription

7 August 2014

The highly regulated nature and requirements of the nuclear power industry means foreign support is key to the region’s ambitions

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Market presentations

Top 10 projects


Rank Project Name Sector Contract value ($m)
1 Attarat Um Ghudran Power Plant Power 2200
2 The Red Sea Astrarium Construction 1550
3 Port of Aqaba LPG Terminal Gas 800
4 Amman IPP3 Power 552
5 Abdali Mall Construction 441
6 Saraya Aqaba: Phase 1: Jumeirah Al Qala'a & Qasr Al Aqaba Construction 350
7 Tafila Wind Farm Power 280
8 Caustic Soda and Chlorine Plant  Expansion Chemical 250
9 Andalucia Village Construction 212
10 Saraya Abdali W Amman Hotel Construction 200
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Click through to MEED's Q3 2014 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: November 2014; All projects are in execution


Jordan: School construction Subscription

21 March 2015 | By

Construction of a secondary school for girls

Jordan: Security guard booths Subscription

21 March 2015 | By

Provision of security guard booths and equipment

Jordan: Medical equipment Subscription

13 March 2015 | By

Supply of medical equipment

Jordan: Flow meters and servo valves Subscription

10 March 2015 | By

Supply diesel flow meters and servo valves

Jordan: Wastewater treatment plant consultancy Subscription

4 March 2015 | By

Provision of consultancy services comprising due diligence for an expansion of a wastewater treatment plant

Jordan: Pediatric hospital Subscription

2 March 2015 | By

Expansion of a pediatric hospital

Jordan: Medicines Subscription

25 February 2015 | By

Supply of medicines for a health centre

Jordan: Snake venom anti-serum Subscription

14 February 2015 | By

Supply of snake venom anti-serum

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Project awards

Red Sea, Jordan

Jordan inks LNG supply deal with Shell Subscription

29 January 2015 | By

Kingdom to import enough gas to meet quarter of national electricity demand


Jordan signs fertiliser deal with Chinese group Subscription

17 September 2014 | By

State mining group plans to build $350m phosphates plant in Aqaba


Rubicon Group Holding Subscription

Jordan based Rubicon Group Holding is active across entertainment, themed entertainment, digital media, licensing and merchandising, as well as technology

Karak International Oil Subscription

Karak International Oil (KIO) is a Jordanian mining and oil shale processing company

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Safwan Moubaydeen Subscription

28 January 2015

Safwan Moubaydeen is managing partner at Dentons in Amman, Jordan and Doha, Qatar

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