• Amirate Pharmacy
    1926

    The Founding Years

    Amin Kawar established the Amirate Pharmacy as the first pharmacy in Amman, Trans Jordan.

  • Phophate with King Hussein
    1935

    First Industrial Venture

    Amin Kawar, passionate geologist, discovers phosphate in Russeifa, Jordan. Founder of the Transjordan Phosphate Mines Ltd.

  • Amin Kawar Train
    1950s

    Amin Kawar & Sons. Established

    Later named the Jordan Phosphate Mines Co. (JPMC), which went public in 1953, Tawfiq Amin Kawar establishes Amin Kawar & Sons (AKS) as a ship agency and logistics company in 1955.

  • Kawar Shipping 2
    1960/70s

    International Partnerships

    • AKS launches Travel & Tourism division, with offices in Beirut, grows to become the largest inbound tour operator in Jordan.
    •  AKS partners with global shipping companies including Maersk (1982), PIL (1972), GAC (1985) MSC (1976), Hoeg (), COSCO ()
  • 1980s

    Pioneering ICT

    • Karim Tawfiq Kawar along with Rudain Tawfiq Kawar establish Ideal Systems as the first Apple Distributor in Jordan offering solutions to Jordanian organizations.

    • This company led to the creation of many ventures and contributed to the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Jordan and the region.
  • 1990s

    IdealSoft & NETS, NatHealth

    • The Kawar’s and Imad Malhas establish IdealSoft to develop Arabic packaged software for the Arab speaking Macintosh users. NETS is founded as the first Internet Service Provider (ISP) in Jordan.
    • NatHealth was established as the first health insurance network to operate on the Internet in Jordan. It is by far the largest company in TPA (Third Party Insurance Administration) in Jordan and Palestine with plans to expand into the neighboring countries.
  • irisguard
    1999

    IrisGuard Founded

    IrisGuard is the world’s leading supplier of end-to-end iris recognition financial delivery platforms, that since 2001 have been authenticating large-scale humanitarian deployments, delivering on the bold objective to provide financial inclusion and authorization of transactions for refugees and vulnerable populations.

  • ALV
    2000s

    KARGO Founded, ACT Established

    IrisGuard is the world’s leading supplier of end-to-end iris recognition financial delivery platforms, that since 2001 have been authenticating large-scale humanitarian deployments, delivering on the bold objective to provide financial inclusion and authorization of transactions for refugees and vulnerable populations. 

    In 2004, Kawar Group rebranded its Logistics and Freight Forwarding arm as KARGO to give clients a one-stop-shop solution for all their logistics needs.

    The Aqaba Logistics Village (ALV) offers warehousing, logistics and cargo support services from a 470,000 sqm site adjacent to Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT).

  • 2005

    AKS 50 Year Anniversary

    The Kawar Group celebrated the 50 year anniversary of Amin Kawar & Sons

  • 2006

    Optimiza IPO

    Twenty years after the inception of its ICT division, Kawar Group led the largest ICT buyout transaction in the Region, aimed at acquiring and integrating 11 IT and consulting companies into what became the public shareholding company Optimiza, listed as Al Faris National Company for Investment & Export (CEBC), the first IT Company to go public on the Amman Stock Exchange (ASE).

  • 2008

    Kawar Energy Established

    Since 2008, Kawar Energy set to be at the forefront of clean and affordable energy in Jordan. Kawar Energy’s focus is on clean energy technologies and has the capability to develop, build, own and operate large scale renewable projects and across the energy value-chain.

  • oasis
    2010

    Co-Founded Oasis500

    Oasis 500, the MENA region’s first and largest ICT accelerator, was co-founded Kawar Group’s management and continue to serve on the board.

  • Shams Maan
    2014

    Shams Ma’an Commissioning

    Shams Ma’an Power Generation PSC, the largest solar plant in Jordan, was developed by Kawar Energy since 2009, with COD achieved in 2014. Shams Ma’an was the largest privately owned PV plant in the region at the time of commissioning. Kawar Energy invited Mitsubishi Corporation’s subsidiary Diamond Generating Europe, Ltd. and Nebras Power Q.S.C. as equity partners along with Kawar Investments.

  • 2015

    GAC Jordan FSRU Aqaba

    GAC Jordan handling the first gas carriers to offload at Aqaba FSRU terminal.

  • irisguard
    2018

    IrisGuard Goldman Sachs Investment

    IrisGuard completed its latest investment round fully subscribed from Goldman Sachs' Merchant Banking Division to fund Irisguard’s growth for Financial Inclusion in Emerging Markets.

  • 2019

    Kawar Energy Shams al Etisalat

    Kawar Energy completed the largest private-to-private solar wheeling project (37MW) in the Region with Orange Group Jordan, a leading Telecom Operator. The Project was financed by the EBRD and a syndicate of local banks.