Sahl Majali, the Minister of Public Works and Housing, says that the first group of homes will be ready by the end of 2008.

More than 100,000 homes will be built in the kingdom over the next five years in an effort to provide housing to the poorest Jordanians. The first homes will be built in Abu Alanda on the southeastern edge of the capital Amman.

By the end of April, more than 240,000 people had applied for the cut-price homes (MEED 22:4:08).

About 75,000 of the 100,000 homes to be built will be located in the major cities. The contractors, who have yet to be named, will build the rest in smaller towns and villages.

King Abdullah II launched the ‘Decent housing for decent living’ project to solve the kingdom’s housing shortage earlier in 2008.