The Arab Economic Summit,
19-20 January 2009,
State of Kuwait

Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan


Ruler Abdullah II bin al-Hussein, King of Jordan

Geography

Jordan is a Southwest Asian country, bordered by Syria to the north, Iraq to the northeast, Saudi Arabia to the east and south and Israel and the West Bank to the west. All these border lines add up to 1,619 km (1,006 mi). The Gulf of Aqaba and the Dead Sea also touch the country, and thus Jordan has a coastline of 26 km (16 mi). the total are of the kingdom about 92,300 square meters.

Climate

The climate is dry in summer with average temperature in the mid-30°C (mid-90°F) and relatively cold in winter averaging around the 0 °C (32 °F). The western part of the country receives greater precipitation during the winter season from November to March and snowfall in Amman (756 m (2,480 ft) ~ 980 m (3,215 ft) above sea-level) and Western Heights of 500 m (1,640 ft). Excluding the rift valley the rest of the country is entirely above 300 m (984 ft) .

Currency The Dinar is the currency of Jordan , divided into 100 qirsh or 1000 fils.

Economy

Jordan relies on natural gas for 10% of its domestic energy needs , but Jordan's economic resource base centers on phosphates, potash, and their fertilizer derivatives; overseas remittances;

Also , Tourism is a very important sector of the Jordanian economy, contributing between 10 percent and 12 percent to the country's Gross National Product in 2006. In addition to the country's political stability, the geography offered makes Jordan an attractive tourism destination. Jordan's major tourist activities include numerous ancient places, its unique desert castles and unspoiled natural locations to its cultural and religious sites.

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