The 28th Ordinary Summit of the Arab League

Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Amman Summit
23 – 29 March 2017
About Summit

Hosting CountryHashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Jordan and Arab Summits

Jordan has been acting with a great sense of responsibility towards the issues of the Arab nation and joint Arab action, showing commitment to attending all Arab Summits, actively participating and providing constructive contributions to ensure their success and that their outcomes serve the nation’s causes and meet the aspirations of its peoples.

Jordan and Joint Arab Action

Under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein, bolstering joint Arab action by developing its tools and mechanisms remains a top priority in Jordan’s foreign policy. Jordan also believes in the importance of complementary cooperation and integration in various fields, in the service of Arab citizens’ welfare and development. Jordan also believes in the importance of complementary cooperation and integration in various fields, in the service of Arab citizens’ welfare and development.

Name

The word “Jordan” consists of “Jor” and “Dan”, which are the northern tributaries of the Jordan River. In time, the Arabic pronunciation changed into “Ordan” and “Urdun”. Arabs then called this area “Jordan”, meaning fortitude and dominance.

Administrative Units

Jordan is divided into 12 governorates: Amman (the capital), Irbid, Zarqa, Mafraq, Ajloun, Jerash, Madaba, Balqa, Karak, Tafileh, Maan, and Aqaba. Each governorate is divided into districts and sub-districts.

Time

Time in Jordan is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time in winter (wintertime), and three hours ahead of GMT in summer (summertime).

Population

According to Department of Statistics’ data from 2015, Jordan’s population is around 9.5 million.

Jordan's Economy

Jordan’s economy is adaptable to internal and external shocks, and is capable of steady and sustainable growth.

The Arab League’s 28th SummitMeetings & Events Programme

  • Thursday 23-03-2017

  • Senior officials at the Economic and Social Council meet

  • Saturday 25-03-2017

  • Permanent representatives and senior officials meet

  • Sunday 26-03-2017

  • The Economic and Social Council’s ministerial meeting

  • Monday 27-03-2017

  • Foreign ministers’ preparatory meeting

  • Tuesday 28-03-2017

  • Reception of Arab leaders and heads of delegations

  • Wednesday 29-03-2017

  • The Arab League Council meets at the Summit level

Member States

  • Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
    Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

    Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

    Located in Southeast Asia, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is part of an area known as the Fertile Crescent. Jordan has long served as a vital linking point between the East and the West, and has been home to prosperous civilisations.

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  • United Arab Emirates
    United Arab Emirates

    United Arab Emirates

    The UAE is located at the heart of the Gulf Arab region, boasting signs of human presence that date back to over 6,000 years BC. The island of Dalma houses the earliest traces of human settlement west of the Arabian Gulf, dating to the period 4500-400 BC.

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  • Kingdom of Bahrain
    Kingdom of Bahrain

    Kingdom of Bahrain

    Bahrain is located at the southern centre of the Gulf Arab region. It is an archipelago, with the largest island being the Bahrain Island.

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  • Tunisian Republic
    Tunisian Republic

    Tunisian Republic

    Located in the northernmost part of Africa, Tunisia overlooks the Mediterranean Sea from the north and east. Tunisia boasts a diverse economy that encompasses agriculture, manufacturing, tourism, and mining. It has a mild climate, affected by the Mediterranean.

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  • People's Democratic Republic of Algeria
    People's Democratic Republic of Algeria

    People's Democratic Republic of Algeria

    Located in the northwest of Africa, Algeria overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, with its northern coast extending over 1,200km from Tunisia in the east to Morocco in the west. According to ancient remains unearthed in Algeria's west, human settlement in the country dates back to over 500,000 years.

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  • Republic of Djibouti
    Republic of Djibouti

    Republic of Djibouti

    Djibouti is located in the north of Africa, on the western shore of Bab El Mandeb Strait, and it is part of what has been historically known as the Horn of Africa.

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  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia is located in the southwestern edge of Asia, occupying 80% of the area of the Arabian Peninsula. The country’s agricultural sector is rapidly growing, with over 2,100 types of plants recorded in its diverse terrain. Several types of wild animals can also be found there, having adapted to the arid climate.

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  • Republic of the Sudan
    Republic of the Sudan

    Republic of the Sudan

    Located in the northeast of Africa, Sudan lies at the centre of the Nile Basin. The country is rich in natural resources, such as forests, fertile agricultural land, abundant water, livestock, fish resources, and minerals. Sudan depends mainly on agriculture, which accounts for 80% of the occupations of its people, followed by industry, especially in fields closely related to agriculture.

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  • Syrian Arab Republic
    Syrian Arab Republic

    Syrian Arab Republic

    Located at the heart of the Middle East in West Asia, Syria overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and is part of the area known as the Fertile Crescent. Syria has been the link between the Mediterranean Sea and the Far East, with the Silk Road passing through its land from the farthest ends of China westward.

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  • Federal Republic of Somalia
    Federal Republic of Somalia

    Federal Republic of Somalia

    Located in easternmost part of Africa, Somalia is bordered by the Gulf of Aden from the north and is part of what is historically described as the Horn of Africa.

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  • Republic of Iraq
    Republic of Iraq

    Republic of Iraq

    Located in Southwest Asia, Iraq makes up the northeastern part of the Arab world. It is connected to the Levant, forming with it the area known as the Fertile Crescent. There are around 10,000 ancient archaeological sites in Iraq, bearing witness to civilisations that go as far back as the Stone Age, which has turned Iraq into a hub of science, art, and culture.

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  • Sultanate of Oman
    Sultanate of Oman

    Sultanate of Oman

    Located in Southwest Asia in the southernmost part of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman is the cradle of Arab civilisation, home to archaeological sites that date back to the fifth millennium BC.

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  • State of Palestine
    State of Palestine

    State of Palestine

    Located in Southwest Asia, Palestine lies in the southern part of the eastern coast of the Mediterranean, and it is part of the area known as the Fertile Crescent.

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  • State of Qatar
    State of Qatar

    State of Qatar

    A peninsula at the centre of the western coast of the Arabian Gulf, Qatar is located in the Middle East in Asia. Archaeological discoveries, in addition to uncovered engravings and unearthed pottery indicate that Qatar’s land has been inhabited since the fourth millennium BC.

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  • Union of the Comoros
    Union of the Comoros

    Union of the Comoros

    The Comoros islands are located in the Indian Ocean, close to the east coast of Africa. The archipelago was formed due to volcanic activity. The country features a diverse culture and history; its major economic sectors are agriculture, fishing, animal hunting, and forest management.

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  • State of Kuwait
    State of Kuwait

    State of Kuwait

    Located on the northwestern edge of the Arabian Gulf, which borders it from the east, Kuwait is the Arabian Peninsula’s natural outlet to the northeast, which has given it an important role in trade for many years.

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  • Lebanese Republic
    Lebanese Republic

    Lebanese Republic

    Part of the area known as the Fertile Crescent, Lebanon is located on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. From ancient times, Lebanon has been a destination for Orientalists, scientists, and scholars, who would come to take up residence there or to get acquainted with the country’s archaeology and traditions, and discover its magic and landmarks. Lebanon resembles a cultural mosaic that is one of its kind,

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  • State of Libya
    State of Libya

    State of Libya

    Libya is located in the north of Africa, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, with a nearly 2,000km-long coastline. The country features a diverse climate, with a Mediterranean climate on the coast and arid climate in the south. Oil and gas are its major natural resources, representing the main sources of income for the country.

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  • Arab Republic of Egypt
    Arab Republic of Egypt

    Arab Republic of Egypt

    Located in the northeast of Africa, Egypt is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea in the north and the Red Sea in the east. It also extends into Asia through the Sinai Peninsula. Egypt boasts diverse water resources—in addition to its coasts on the Red and Mediterranean seas—with natural and artificial lakes spread around its landscape.

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  • Kingdom of Morocco
    Kingdom of Morocco

    Kingdom of Morocco

    Located in the northwest of Africa, Morocco overlooks the Strait of Gibraltar and the Mediterranean Sea to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.

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  • Islamic Republic of Mauritania
    Islamic Republic of Mauritania

    Islamic Republic of Mauritania

    Located in the northwest of Africa, Mauritania is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and has a 300-kilometre-long coastline; therefore, it has a major fishing and maritime hunting sector.

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  • Republic of Yemen
    Republic of Yemen

    Republic of Yemen

    Located in the southwest of the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen has a southern coast on the Arabian Sea, and a western coast on the Red Sea. The country’s coastline is over 2,000km long.

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