Dr. Ahmad HouraniFounder

areas of expertise and traits
  • Business Administration
  • Finance 
  • Law
  • Leader
  • Educator
  • Philanthropist
  • Visionary
  • Innovator
  • Inspiring
  • Ambitious
  • PH.D, Law, University of Cairo -Egypt
  • Diploma, Public Law, University of Cairo -Egypt
  • Diploma, Tax Legislation, University of Cairo -Egypt
  • B.A, Law, University of Damascus-Syria
  • B.A, Arts, University of Damascus-Syria



Dr. Ahmad Hourani is a Palestinian businessman, educator and philanthropist who lived in Jordan and was known for his accomplishments in educational institutions, tourism & hospitality, dairy and food services.


Dr. Hourani born in 1942 in Toul Karem, Palestine, believed that there are no limits in education. He held multiple distinguished university degrees from Cairo & Damascus Universities. He obtained two Bachelors’ Degrees in Arts & Law from the University of Damascus and he acquired two Diplomas in Tax Legislation & Public Law from the University of Cairo. Dr. Hourani was granted a PH.D in Law from the University of Cairo in 1972.


Inspired by his love of knowledge, Dr. Hourani started his professional career as a teacher in Saudi Arabia and Libya. After that, he decided to go back to Jordan and joined the Central Bank working in various managerial positions. He became an adviser to the Minister of Labor and an assistant to the General Manager of the Social Security Corporation and a deputy of the General Manager of the Cities and Villages Development Bank. To mention his practical experiences in the private sector, he founded the “United Jordanian Company for Investment” and became the Chairman of its Board of Directors.


Continuing his love and passion for education, he established Al-Jami’a schools Group in Amman, the capital, as well as AL- Andalus Intermediate University College and also established AL-Ahliyya Amman University which was the first private university in Jordan and the Arab world.


Moreover, Dr. Hourani owned the largest share of the Jordanian Dairy Co. Ltd and also purchased the Danish Jordan Dairy Co. where he was involved, loved and renowned locally, regionally and internationally.


Being a visionary and a strong believer in Jordan’s beauty as a global touristic destination, he decided to get into the tourism business and moved forward in his distinguished career and assumed the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al-Sharq Hotels & Tourism Projects Company that owns the Amman Movenpick Hotel previously ( Holiday Inn ). Then he founded the Arena for Hotel and Tourism Investment Company, which owns the Arena Space (4 stars) in Jordan and three hotels (4 and 5 stars) in Bulgaria.


In addition to these achievements, his ambition to invest in the field of providing food service spawned the founding of a restaurant and coffee shop in Abdoun (Zoka) and also purchased an international Canadian chain agency in Jordan: java u.


Dr. Hourani passed away in Amman, Jordan in 2016, at the age of 74 leaving his teachings, values and the Hourani legacy to his children and family members.