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Officials deny sale of tourist sites, assets to foreign entities

(Brief) Karak Panorama
Castle of Karak. (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — The government denied having sold land and rights to operate and manage archaeological sites in the south for billions of dollars, Jo24 reported.اضافة اعلان

Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority stressed that it did not and will not sell any centimeter of the archaeological city of Petra, and that it will protect and preserve it as a global cultural heritage.

The authority denied allegations that it is sold 2,700 acres of the city’s archaeological land to a foreign religious tourism company for $3.2 billion, including the right to operate and manage it for 100 years.

Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) also denied allegations that Aqaba land was sold to a Gulf investment fund in a $2 billion deal, or that Aqaba airport was sold to a Kuwaiti investment company for $2 billion.

Maan Development Area said that none of its territory was sold to a Kuwaiti investment fund for $1.3 billion, adding that there has been no discussion in this regard.

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities confirmed that the site of the archaeological castle of Karak is managed by the Department of Public Antiquities, which has denied having granted a Catholic Italian enterprise the right to operate it for 50 years for $200 million.

The Ministry of Tourism denied selling the right to operate Mount Nebo to the Vatican, saying that the site of Mount Nebo is a Christian endowment guarded and managed by the Holy Land Franciscan Institute.

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources denied allegations that it gave mining concession in Tafileh to an anonymous company registered in Cyprus for $1.5 billion, stressing that there are no mining concessions in Tafileh.

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