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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

Corruptioin perception and press freedom in Mena

Tackling the problem of corruption Subscription

1 July 2015 | By Dominc Dudley

The region’s policies to weed out malpractice and fraud are rarely seen as effective

Contract awards

Middle East contracts awarded: May 2015 Subscription

14 June 2015

Nearly $9bn of contracts awarded in May

Aqaba drives Jordan construction Subscription

4 May 2015 | By

Financing from international investors is likely to keep flowing for essential and under-construction projects, but larger schemes have already run into trouble

US-based GE’s distributed power business finds promising markets in areas of volatility

GE sees opportunity in instability Subscription

27 April 2015 | By

Firm’s CEO of distributed power talks about supply and generation challenges in region

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MEED comment

Philippa Wilkinson

Renewables financing deals show opportunities Subscription

26 May 2015 | By

Financing for renewables projects still relies on development banks

Renewable energy

Renewables market hotspots taking off Subscription

28 April 2015 | By

Excitement over Egypt, but Saudi Arabia’s plans remain unclear


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

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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 2,200
2 The Red Sea Astrarium Construction 1,550
3 Abdali Mall Construction 441
4 Saraya Aqaba: Phase 1: Jumeirah Al Qala'a & Qasr Al Aqaba Construction 350
5 Tafila Wind Farm Power 290
6 Caustic Soda and Chlorine Plant Expansion Chemical 250
7 Amer Group - Porto Dead Sea Construction 211
8 Saraya Holdings - Saraya Abdali W Amman Hotel Construction 200
9 Upgrade of Az Zarqa / Al-Azraq- Al-Oumary Road Section 1 Transport 198
10 The St. Regis Amman & The Residences Construction 197
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Click through to MEED's Q1 2015 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: May 2015; All projects are in execution


Jordan: Water treatment and transmission plant works Subscription

6 July 2015 | By

Carrying out water treatment and transmission plant works

Jordan: Portable generators Subscription

6 July 2015 | By

Supply of portable generators

Jordan: PCs and note books Subscription

6 July 2015 | By

Supply of PCs and note books

Jordan: Wastewater treatment plant Subscription

1 July 2015 | By

Construction of a wastewater treatment plant

Jordan: Dam consultancy Subscription

1 July 2015 | By

Provision of consultancy engineering services for a dam

Jordan: Slaughterhouse Subscription

29 June 2015 | By

Carrying out a slaughterhouse project

Jordan: Boiler electrode water level meters Subscription

29 June 2015 | By

Supply of boiler electrode water level meters

Jordan: Bus Subscription

25 June 2015 | By

Supply of a 21-25-seater city bus

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Project awards

Wind farm

Jordan signs wind power purchase agreement Subscription

27 May 2015 | By

First wind project on feed-in tariff scheme to progress

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


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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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