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Aqaba gets ready to welcome Saudi business owners

(Photo: Jordan News)
(Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Two hundred businesspeople from Saudi Arabia are expected to arrive in Aqaba via cruise ship in July to look into investment opportunities, according to an official source at the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, who spoke to Jordan News over the phone.اضافة اعلان

Economists told Jordan News that they have high hopes for the visit, adding that there has been breakthroughs and growth between the economic sectors of Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Zaid Abdallah, a Jordanian economist, told Jordan News that "I expect that this visit will have a great impact on all sectors, not only in Aqaba, but across the Kingdom."

"We suffer from a lack of financial resources and unemployment because of the pandemic and we need new projects, particularly since the Saudis are professional businessmen and they have good relations with Jordanians," Abdullah said.

Abdullah attributed Jordan’s “good relations with neighboring countries to the wisdom of Jordanian leadership.”

Ahmad Takrouri, another Jordanian business owner, told Jordan News that "I have worked with Saudis, they are professional, reliable, and honest, we must have good projects with them this will have a great impact and I can say this is a promising visit."
"Visits like these will give us a chance to combat the increasing levels of unemployment,” he said.  

A source from the Saudi Embassy in Amman told Jordan News over the phone that "A seminar will be held on Sunday at Aqaba University for Technology in the presence of the ambassador, Naif bin Bandar Al-Sudairi, to discuss the upcoming visit and future plans and projects and means to bolster the relations between the brotherly countries."

The seminar is titled: “Aqaba and its role in bolstering Saudi-Jordanian relations both on economic and investment fronts.”

The seminar is set to outline the means for further cooperation and how to best leverage the upcoming visit.

The Saudi ambassador shared pictures on his twitter on Saturday during his visit to Aqaba.

He tweeted, “Today, In Tala Bay Aqaba, Jordan’s future which is being built by the hands of its dedicated and productive youth.”

Head of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, Nayef Al-Bakhit told local media that the same cruise ship that will be carrying the Saudis will make another trip in August with 2,500 Saudi tourists on board.

Bakhit added that low-cost airlines will also begin operating flights to Aqaba again at the beginning of October.

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