Venerdì, 21 Settembre 2018

Aqaba's ASEZA hosts Biennale for Mediterranean Architecture


Rome, February 22 - Jordanian architect, professor
and Head Commissioner of ASEZA (Aqaba Special Economic Zone)
Kamel O. Mahadin is a true-blue citizen of the Mediterranean.
'We live in a part of the world that is unique and whose
nations are cut from one cloth'.
Mahadin is the voice of the burgeoning autonomous area
that is poised to bloom much as the superchic northeastern
Sardinian resort of Porto Cervo has over the last three decades.
ASEZA is a liberalized, low-tax, duty-free area that has
its sights on becoming a world-class hub for business and
leisure, easily accessible to the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
It is also making sure that visitors and business
travellers are well-nourished culturally.
Under the Patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn
Al-Hussein, ASEZA is hosting the first and largest architectural
conference and exhibition in the region starting February 21.
The 'Aqaba Biennale for Mediterranean Architecture - Hands
Painting Cities' will present works by more than 25 architects
from Egypt, Britain, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, the
Palestinian Territories, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Syria,
Turkey, United Arab Emirates and USA, with the participation of
over 1,000 architects from Jordan including prominent architects
from the University of Jordan Department of Architecture.
Regional, local media and over 200 public figures
representing the local community of Aqaba, along with social and
economic figures from Jordan thronged to the inauguration.
The Aqaba Biennale for Mediterranean Architecture is one
of many upcoming steps towards promoting and highlighting the
architectural side of Aqaba in addition to its tourism and
business side.
Mahadin explains that the Aqaba Biennale features a wide
variety of activities that will take place mainly in Aqaba.
Besides a tour of the Petra archeological site and Wadi
Rum, also known as The Valley of the Moon, visitors to the
Biennale will have access to workshops, round-table discussions,
exhibitions displaying over 200 unique architectural designs
from the region, interactive sessions and activities combining
students with top professional architects in addition to outdoor
painting activities.
Mahadin, who is also a professor specializing in landscape
architecture, says that 'architects attending the event are a
group of internationally renowned figures. It is a great chance
to share thoughts and initiate discussions with participants
like international architect Richard England, one of the world's
top 20 architects, and many others'.
Mahadin added 'we are pleased that ministers of tourism
and culture, ambassadors, university deans and other prominent
figures are participating. Numerous individuals have
significantly contributed to the development of Aqaba over the
years will also be honored'.
Dynamic figures and pillars of society like His Excellency
Akel Biltaji, a former ASEZA Chief Commissioner and architect
Hasan Al Nouri, the Designer of Sharif Hussein Bin Ali Mosque,
one of Aqaba's landmarks among many others will attend many of
the event's festivities.
Sponsored by the University of Jordan Department of
Architecture, Aqaba Development Corporation, Aqaba Containers
Terminal, Ayla, Marsa Zayed, Saraya Aqaba, with all inland
transportation by JETT Transportation Company, the Biennale is
just the first architecture jubilee of many to come at Aqaba's

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