The Kingdom of Jordan is in the heart of the Middle East. It has history seeping through its pores from lost cities, biblical stories and tales of Lawrence of Arabia. It is a country with astonishing natural beauty and many ancient ruins. The capital city is Amman and the official language is Arabic, but English is widely used in commerce and government.
Much of the country is desert with a fertile strip running along the Jordan River. The desert castles, ancient city of Petra carved in the rose-colored rock and the Dead Sea all draw tourists to Jordan.
However what attracts people to move to Jordan is the massive National Resources Investment and Development Corporation which is developing huge areas of former military camps throughout the land. One of the projects is the establishment of Abdali investment and Development Company by Saudi Oger to transform a 34 hectare site in West Amman. The Al Abdali Urban Regeneration project will provide high quality commercial, residential and recreational property including a new library and conference center. International companies are moving into Amman and prices for prestigious office space and high quality accommodation are rising.
Amman’s first residential high-rise ‘The Heights’ was quickly sold out, along with two further luxury apartment projects which include pools, saunas, a gym, security, concierge services and standby generators which bring a new sophisticated standard of living to the country. Gated communities are becoming more desirable and properties in the more exclusive compounds cost well over a million dollars.
As part of the regeneration, a massive American university will occupy 60,000 square meters and aims to accommodate up to 7000 students.
Jordan has a very harsh desert climate with many extreme temperatures which makes it hard for immigrants to adjust to. The hot dry summer will consistently have temperatures above 95F (35C) whilst winter temperatures drop to freezing. Temperatures are more moderate on the coast of the Dead Sea with temperatures ranging from 86F (30C) in the spring to 104F (40C) but it has 330 days of sunshine which makes it an ideal holiday destination.
Generally Jordan is a relatively safe country, having made peace with Israel and it is an important ally of the USA. It is not in the conflict zone but there have been some terrorist atrocities in recent years with suicide bombings and shootings in Amman.
Real estate in Jordan has been booming in recent years due to the affluence in the region brought about by high oil prices. Expatriate Jordanians are looking to buy retirement homes in their home country and Kuwaitis and Bahrainis are investing in holiday apartments and investment properties. Over half a million Iraqis are also thought to have moved to Jordan to escape the Iraqi conflict. Foreign companies, UN agencies and other workers have made their base in Jordan whilst working in the Middle East area. Rules for foreigners owning real estate in Jordan have now relaxed but they must hold the real estate for a minimum of five years and need to obtain permission beforehand. Immigration is tightening and information should be sought before planning to move permanently to Jordan.
Whilst the culture is very different in Jordan compared to western civilizations, the standard of living is good, the crime rate is low and job prospects are plentiful, particularly with international companies moving to the area. Nature reserves and archaeology are popular attractions along with the resort of Aqaba. Water sports are popular and shopping is also excellent. Although for westerners it is a dramatic change in culture, for many living in the middle East, Jordan offers a comparatively safe and properous place to live.