Moving to Jordan
Sitting in a strategic location at the crossroads of what Jews, Christians and Muslims call the ‘Holy Land’, and home to one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Jordan remains a popular expat destination in the Middle East.
Phosphate mines in southern Jordan have made the country one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of this mineral, while agricultural produce is another large contributor to the economy. There are also many international software and hardware IT companies present in the capital, Amman, which is the national and regional hub in communications, transport, education and investment, and the city where most expats living in Jordan are located.
Expats in Jordan tend to work for international organisations and multinational companies in the finance, media, development and oil and gas sectors. Some expats also move to Jordan to work in the educational sector.
Although the majority of Jordan’s population of 6.1 million people are Muslim, Jordan has a secular government and it is viewed as one of the most liberal countries in the Middle East. Nevertheless, expats should respect the local customs and etiquette; women in particular should dress modestly.
Jordanians are generally viewed as friendly and welcoming to foreigners. Arabic is the official language of Jordan, although most Jordanians can speak English, and expats should not have a problem communicating in professional settings, particularly in Amman.
Expats moving to Jordan need not worry about their health. The country has one of the best healthcare systems in the Middle East, with both private and public medical facilities providing a high standard of care. Most doctors are proficient in English and have been educated abroad, and the country is becoming a popular regional medical tourism hotspot.
Jordan has a high literacy rate and the government views education as a priority. The language of instruction at local schools is Arabic, and expats seeking to continue their children’s education from home will be pleased to know that there are a number of international schools in Jordan, catering for a variety of different nationalities. These are mostly located in Amman.