Nader Al-Dahabi

Nader Dahabi
نادر الذهبي
Prime Minister of Jordan
In office
25 November 2007  14 December 2009
Monarch Abdullah II
Preceded by Marouf al-Bakhit
Succeeded by Samir Rifai
Personal details
Born (1946-10-07) 7 October 1946
Political party Independent
Alma mater Al Hussein College
Hellenic Air Force Academy
Cranfield University
Auburn University
Religion Islam

Nader Dahabi (Arabic: نادر الذهبي) born 1946 in Amman Jordan, is a Jordanian politician, who was prime minister from 25 November 2007 to 14 December 2009. He took office following the resignation of Marouf al-Bakhit, and days after the parliamentary elections in which Islamists and opposition were defeated by pro-regime candidates. On 9 December 2009, he handed in his resignation to King Abdullah II, along with the rest of his government.

Born in Amman on 7 October 1946, Nader Dahabi is married with two sons and one daughter.

His brother Muhammad, former General Intelligence Directorate chief, was in 2012 convicted to 13 years imprisonment.

Early Life and education

Dahabi graduated from Al Hussein College in Amman in 1964. Then he joined the Royal Jordanian Air Force. Nader succeeded at joining the Royal Jordanian Air Force and was sent on a scholarship to Greece where he received a BSc. in aeronautical engineering from the Hellenic Air Force Academy in 1969 and graduated top of his class. He has an MSc in aeronautical engineering from Cranfield Institute of Technology in the United Kingdom. He also received an Msc. in Public Administration from the Auburn University (Alabama, USA) in 1987.[1]


He joined the Royal Jordanian Air Force as a cadet in 1964, he then got the position of assistant commander of the Royal Jordanian Air Force for logistics from 1992 to 1994.[1]

He was CEO of Royal Jordanian Airlines from 1994 to 2001,[2] and served as chairman of the Arab Air Carriers Organization from 1994-1995.[1]

Dahabi also has been Chairman of the Board of Royal Jordanian Falcons since 1994, is a member of the board of the Royal Jordanian Academy.

He was the first Arab to serve as president of IATA from 1996–1997, and served as a member of the IATA board of governors from 1995-1998. He was named Minister of Transports by prime minister Ali Abu al-Ragheb in 2001.

In March 2004, Dahabi was appointed as the Chief Commissioner of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA), a special economic zone established in 2001 on the Red Sea city of Aqaba.

On 25 November 2007, he was appointed as Prime Minister and Minister of Defense and formed the first Jordanian government with four women.

Dahabi's brother Mohamad was until January 2008 the head of the General Intelligence Directorate (GID).[3]


PM Dahabi is apparently an avid fan of AEK Athens FC. In May 2008, he allegedly received a Nikos Liberopoulos jersey as a gift from the Greek Minister of Defense, during an official visit of the latter to Amman.

See also


Political offices
Preceded by
Marouf al-Bakhit
Prime Minister of Jordan
Succeeded by
Samir Rifai
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