In order to serve the local community and the economic activities in the Mafraq governorate, Al al-Bayt University established Water, Environment and Arid Regions Research Centre at the beginning of 2009. The centre aims to conduct scientific research on water, environment and natural and human resources of the arid areas in Jordan. This includes conducting studies on water resources management, natural and human resources. The centre will carry out environmental impact assessment studies for projects that will be established in the area. It will also serve the local community, governmental agencies and the private sector in conducting environmental monitoring programmes and environmental awareness campaigns. It will also provide the governmental agencies in Jordan, the private sector and researchers from within and outside the university with advanced laboratories analysis of water, liquid, minerals, rocks and organic materials.