Abu Nowar was born in Oxford in 1981, from a Jordanian military family.
When Abu Nowar was 10 years old, his family moved to Jordan. He later returned to England to complete his A Levels and attend King’s College London where he focused on war studies. He used some of the strategic and organizational skills acquired at college during the making of his movie, Theeb. Early in his career, Abu Nowar and his friend Rupert Lloyd got jobs laying dance floors. When they won their first BAFTA, they would dance on a floor they had constructed years earlier at the Grosvenor House Hotel.
Abu Nowar returned to Amman in 2004, where he took up residence.
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