Doing business

Current business situation

Doing business in Jordan is relatively less constrained than other markets of the Middle East. Business people are open, progressive and well educated. Relationships are important and care needs to be taken in establishing representation.

Jordan is an ideal Middle East test market as well as being a useful supporting market for more established business in the Gulf.

Business culture

Business tips

Jordanian businessmen usually extend an invitation of friendship before any business deals are transacted.

Knowing a few simple Arabic words and phrases such as Shukran (thank you), min fadlak (please), kaifhalak (how are you) is always helpful.

Business visits during Ramadan (fasting month) and Hajj (pilgrimage) should be avoided as working hours are shortened and many senior businessmen will not be available.

Setting up in Market

Australian companies are advised to spend time investigating the market, obtain professional advice where appropriate and thoroughly investigate the issues in entering the market and establishing business relationships.

Australian firms wishing to operate in this country should commit to the highest level of corporate behaviour and familiarise themselves with Australia's law and penalties pertaining to bribery of foreign officials.

Banking and finance

The commercial banking sector offers a full range of services, with both local and international banks offering accounts in both Dinars and foreign currencies.

Links and resources

Government, business and trade

Amman Chamber of Commerce
Amman Chamber of Industry
Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Customs Department
Jordan Investment Board
Jordanian Free Zones Corporation
Ministry of Finance
Ministry of Industry and Trade

News and media

AME Info
Jordan News Agency
Jordan Times

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