The region’s main economic sectors are agriculture, real estate, transport and communication,electricity and water supply and public administration. The GDP of the Greater Irbid (or valueadded) has been estimated at 445 Million JOD, with a GDP per capita of 978 JOD in 2002 at current prices against 1240 JOD/cap for Jordan.
Most of the city’s economy is based on the services sector, that is directly or indirectly related to the higher education institutions in the city, as an example there are 26 book publishing companies in the city. The number of internet cafes per capita is the highest in the world that took Irbid to the Guinness Book of World Records. Irbid is considered the cultural capital of Jordan. There is one Qualifying Industrial Zone in Irbid.