Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

Jordan seaside port charms tourists and residents


Rome, December 21 - Emad Kilani remembers swimming
in the clear waters of Aqaba when he was just a child. "We would
come with the family. At the time it was just a small village".
Though Aqaba now is a liberalized, low-tax, duty-free area
that has its sights on becoming a world-class hub for business
and leisure, Kilani assures that its charm is still intact.
"We looked at and learned from many examples of port-city
developments around the world and the one thing that we knew for
sure is that we had to preserve the original feel of this
magical place," CEO of Al Maabar Jordan Investments, Emad Kilani
told ANSA.
Kilani heads the investment company developing the Marsa
Zayed zone of Aqaba. The $500 million deal Al Maabar struck with
the Jordanian government in 2008 was the country's
second-largest ever. And it is expected to bring an investment
value of over $10 billion by the time the area is completed.
Marsa Zayed, a mega mixed-use development project, is the
largest ever envisioned in the region. It will include a
commercial center, hotels and residences along with a plethora
of venues for activities and sports. When all is finished, the
seaside community Marsa (meaning harbor) Zayed (in memory of the
Late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan) will have as many as
70,000 residents enjoying year-round warm weather and
crystalline waters.
The burgeoning autonomous area is poised to bloom much as
the superchic northeastern Sardinian resort of Porto Cervo has
over the last three decades and gracefully combines Med charm
and Oriental elegance.
"Our goal is to work in harmony with the local heritage
and environment of Aqaba," Kilani underlines.

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