Human Development Data for the Arab States

Annual freshwater withdrawals, total (% of internal resources)

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 agriculture and industry are total withdrawals for irrigation and livestock production and for direct industrial use (including withdrawals for cooling thermoelectric plants). 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 .. .. .. .. .. .. 52.7
Bahrain .. .. 3300 1760 220 220 220
Comoros .. 0.8 .. .. .. .. 0.8
Djibouti .. 6.3 .. .. .. .. 6.3
Egypt .. 3790 .. .. .. .. 119
Iraq 122 187 .. .. .. .. 87.3
Jordan .. .. 137 118.2 99.4 99.4 99.4
Kuwait .. .. .. .. .. .. 2470
Lebanon .. 29.9 26.3 27.2 28.1 28.1 28.1
Libya 793 718 .. .. .. .. 718
Mauritania .. 400 .. .. .. .. 14
Morocco .. 43.4 .. .. .. .. 43.4
Occupied Palestinian Territory .. .. 51.5 50.7 49.9 49.9 49.9
Oman .. 94.7 .. .. 86.6 86.6 86.6
Qatar .. 348 471 463 455 455 455
Saudi Arabia .. .. .. 943 943 943 943
Somalia .. 54.8 38.7 30.6 22.4 22.4 22.4
Sudan 51.7 124 .. .. .. .. 57.6
Syrian Arab Republic .. .. 235 167.4 99.8 99.8 99.8
Tunisia 73.1 66.2 .. .. .. .. 61.7
United Arab Emirates .. 1680 2030 2030 2030 2030 2030
Yemen 139 161 .. .. 169 169 169
Arab States .. .. .. .. 181 132.5 84
East Asia & Pacific (developing only) .. .. .. .. 10.8 10.3 9.9
Europe & Central Asia (developing only) .. .. .. .. 6.5 5.8 5
Latin America & Caribbean (developing only) .. .. .. .. 2 1.8 1.6
Least Developed Countries: UN classification .. .. .. .. 3.8 3.3 2.8
OECD Members .. .. .. .. 9.9 9.5 9
South Asia .. .. .. .. 50.4 41.9 33.4
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only) .. .. .. .. 3.2 2.7 2.2
World .. .. .. .. 9 8.1 7.3


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