ADC, ADPG sign agreements to develop Aqaba's infrastructure

(Photo: Aqaba Development Corporation)
AMMAN — Deputizing for Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh, minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Nasser Shraideh, attended on Sunday in Aqaba city the signing ceremony of five agreements and memoranda of understanding between the Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC) and Abu Dhabi Ports Group (ADPG), according to Petra News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

Under the agreements, ADPG contributes to developing Aqaba's tourism, transport, logistics, and digital infrastructure sectors.

These agreements, which constitute a milestone in the strategic Jordanian-UAE cooperation, aim to develop Aqaba's Marsa Zayed area and the cruise ship terminal and launch an advanced digital system for the port, modernize King Hussein International Airport (KHIA), and develop a multi-purpose port.

Shraideh said these agreements reflect His Majesty King Abdullah II's directives to make Aqaba a tourist, trade, and investment destination on the Red Sea, and embody the "distinguished" bilateral relations.

Agreements include implementing a number of investment projects, most notably the Marsa Zayed project, which is a major tourism project that will create more quality tourism services and products that enable Jordan to attract more tourists from various regional and international markets, according to Shraideh.

The other important project is the establishment of a cruise ship terminal that is connected with KHIA development, which will enable Aqaba to be a destination for cruise tourism and provide quality services to allow tourists to visit Aqaba and the Golden Triangle in Rum and Petra.

The other projects, noted Shraideh, also seek to develop the Aqaba port system and a multi-purpose port, which will increase trade movement to regional and world markets.
Speaking at the ceremony, the chairman of Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority and ADC, Nayef Bakhit, said the agreements reflect Royal directives to make Aqaba and Jordan the gateway to a "bright" future.

Bakit expressed confidence that these projects will enhance Aqaba's position as a regional port and make Aqaba a global tourist destination.

The cost of completing the Marsa Zayed project exceeds JD6 Billion, which will benefit Aqaba and the Jordanian economy and provide job opportunities for Jordanian youth, according to Bakit.

These agreements constitute an "important" addition to efforts to develop the Aqaba region, which will support action to increase the number of travelers and tourists wishing to travel to the Golden Triangle of Jordan (Wadi Rum, Aqaba, and Petra), with its unique tourist potentials.

For his part, Mohammed Juma Al-Shamsi, ADPG CEO, said this "strategic" alliance supports the efforts of Abu Dhabi leadership and its vision that aim to strengthen cooperation with Arab countries and support them in building "advanced" infrastructure that contributes to developing tourism and trade sectors as well as enhance their capacity to access "key" global markets.

"We are confident that the mega projects that will be implemented under these agreements constitute a valuable addition to the development programs for the trade, logistics, and tourism sectors that have been announced during the past few years in Jordan," Shamsi said.

"These ambitious projects, which are implemented in close cooperation with partners in Aqaba Development Corporation, will contribute to expansion and modernization of marine, air and land facilities available to travelers and companies, to consolidate Aqaba’s position as a major regional center, and support the Kingdom's economic development plans, " Shamsi added.

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