Jordan boosts border infrastructure for enhanced connectivity

Trebil border crossing
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AMMAN — Minister of Interior Mazen Al-Faraya emphasized on Wednesday the significant importance that the government places on border crossings. He described them as the first point of contact for visitors arriving in Jordan. اضافة اعلان

During his discussion with Al-Mamlaka TV, while inspecting passenger movements at the Al-Omari border center, he highlighted a comprehensive governmental plan concerning border crossings. This plan includes ongoing efforts to establish a new crossing in Aqaba (Al-Durra crossing), as well as the completion of some passenger buildings for the Al-Karama crossing with Iraq.

Last February, Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh, representing His Majesty King Abdullah II, laid the foundation stone for the Al-Durra Border Crossing project in Aqaba province, which connects the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

"The government has allocated JD600,000 for comprehensive plans related to the Jabir (with Syria) and Al-Karama (with Iraq) crossings (...)."

Regarding the King Hussein Bridge connecting Jordan and the Palestinian territories, the minister mentioned an ongoing tender for new buildings and facilities.

In February last year, the Ministry of Public Works and Housing announced the completion of the rehabilitation project for the area surrounding the King Hussein Bridge. This included expanding and paving the road in front of the bridge, removing encroachments on the road's right-of-way, as well as rehabilitating sidewalks and the central island.

He pointed out that Jordan is expected to witness an active movement of arrivals from Saudi Arabia to Jordan. He mentioned that last year, 24,000 people entered during a single working day at the Al-Omari crossing.
Today's visit to the crossing aims to rectify the mistakes of last year and overcome obstacles by increasing personnel and implementing other measures.

He emphasized that the Al-Omari crossing needs a comprehensive review to align with the developments on the Saudi side.

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