Wadi Araba Integrated Development Master Plan



Jordan Valley Authority


Keios (Italy)
Hani Sahooly & Associate Canada INC (Canada) (leading firm)
Orient Engineering Consultancy & Design (Jordan)
iPlan Jo (Jordan)




2015 – underway

Project Description

Wadi Araba is the part of the Jordan Valley that extends from the southern Ghors to the Gulf of Aqaba over an area of 24,000 krn2
The population of the area is sparse, consisting of around ten thousand inhabitants distributed over eight settlements.
The general objective for the study is to provide the Jordan Valley Authority with an Integrated Master Plan that guides planned development of Wadi Araba region in an efficient, balanced and sustainable way over the next 30 years for the benefit of Jordan and the local communities (by improving living conditions and employment opportunities, developing economic activities and infrastructural networks, safeguarding the fragile environmental and cultural assets, etc.).
The Wadi Araba Integrated Development Master Plan (WAIDMP) amongst others: plans the sustainable use of land, determines investments needed to improve the quality of life of local communities, outlines investment potential for economic activities including strategies to attract investment, outlines transport and infrastructure required to support the future development, aims at ensuring sustainability through environmental, social and economic measures based on the principles of social progress, ecological balance and economic growth.
Moreover, the WAIDMP includes also an effective implementation mechanism encompassing recommendations for the institutional set-up and legal and institutional arrangements, site-specific development guidelines, a phased development plan and a capital investment plan that will determine the financial resources needed and the sources of financing (public, private) with a focus on PPP strategies.

Scope of Services

Leadership of the interdisciplinary team of experts, formulation of vision and overall integrated development strategy, data collection and assessment, land use planning and development of sustainable tourism.