Human Development Data for the Arab States

Annual freshwater withdrawals, domestic (% of total freshwater withdrawal)

Annual freshwater withdrawals refer to total water withdrawals, not counting evaporation losses from storage basins. Withdrawals also include water from desalination plants in countries where they are a significant source. Withdrawals can exceed 100 percent of total renewable resources where extraction from nonrenewable aquifers or desalination plants is considerable or where there is significant water reuse. Withdrawals for domestic uses include drinking water, municipal use or supply, and use for public services, commercial establishments, and homes. Data are for the most recent year available for 1987-2002.

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization, AQUASTAT data.


Country/Region 1990 2000 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Algeria 24.9 22.5 .. .. .. .. 22.5
Bahrain 39.3 .. 49.8 49.8 49.8 49.8 49.8
Comoros .. 48 .. .. .. .. 48
Djibouti .. 84.2 .. .. .. .. 84.2
Egypt .. 7.8 .. .. .. .. 7.8
Iraq 3 6.5 .. .. .. .. 6.5
Jordan .. .. 31 31 31 31 31
Kuwait .. .. .. .. .. .. 43.9
Lebanon .. 30.3 29 29 29 29 29
Libya 8.6 14.1 .. .. .. .. 14.1
Mauritania .. 4.7 .. .. .. .. 4.7
Morocco .. 9.8 .. .. .. .. 9.8
Occupied Palestinian Territory .. .. 47.9 47.9 47.9 47.9 47.9
Oman .. 7.4 10.1 10.1 10.1 10.1 10.1
Qatar .. 23.8 39.2 39.2 39.2 39.2 39.2
Saudi Arabia .. .. .. 9 9 9 9
Somalia .. 0.3 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
Sudan 4 2.3 .. .. .. .. 2.3
Syrian Arab Republic .. .. 8.8 8.8 8.8 8.8 8.8
Tunisia 8.5 12.4 .. .. .. .. 12.8
United Arab Emirates .. 17.7 15.4 15.4 15.4 15.4 15.4
Yemen 6.9 8 .. .. 7.4 7.4 7.4
Arab States 5.3 6.8 12.8 9 10.4 9.2 8
East Asia & Pacific (developing only) 6.9 12 10.8 7.3 10.3 10.4 10.5
Europe & Central Asia (developing only) 9.5 8.2 6.4 29.8 14.8 13 11.2
Latin America & Caribbean (developing only) .. 20.9 25.7 28 20 20.3 20.6
Least Developed Countries: UN classification 4.6 5.6 4.9 4.5 3.2 4.9 6.7
OECD Members 13.2 15.8 13.7 14.6 15.5 16 16.4
South Asia 4.9 5.9 6.2 5.2 4.2 5.5 6.9
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only) 10.7 12.2 65.7 37.9 10 11.1 12.1
World 8.2 11.4 12 15.2 12.9 12.3 11.7


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