Aqaba Development Corporation projects aim to cement port city as regional hub

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AMMAN — The Aqaba Development Corporation has been developing a number of projects for over a year now that will contribute to developing the Aqaba Ports Community System (APCS), and will soon launch other projects, according to the corporation’s executive director of transport and logistics, Mohammad Al-Sakran.اضافة اعلان

Sakran told Jordan News that “the corporation has many promising projects for the upcoming period, which I believe will contribute to developing the port system significantly.”

“We have signed a number of agreements to contribute to the development of the transport sector and infrastructure for logistics and digital services in Aqaba,” he said, adding that these projects will contribute to the expansion and modernization of marine, air, and land facilities available to travelers and companies, thus consolidating Aqaba’s position as a major regional center and supporting economic development plans in the Kingdom.

Sakran said that the corporation had already started implementing most of the projects and that others will be launched soon.

“An initial agreement was signed stipulating that Abu Dhabi Ports Group will develop the port community system for the Aqaba Ports Community System in order to facilitate communication among all Aqaba port operators, the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, the Aqaba Development Corporation, the Jordan Maritime Authority, and others,” Sakran said.

This will be Abu Dhabi Ports Group's first facility in the Kingdom and its first cruise ship terminal outside the UAE.

“The cruise ship terminal will be developed at the port of Aqaba as the main gateway to receive passengers on cruise ships,” he said.

The new agreements represent a milestone in the strategic cooperation between the two brotherly countries and enhance the regional presence of Abu Dhabi Ports Group, Sakran added.

“The five strategic partnerships relate to the development of the Marsa Zayed area, the cruise ship terminal, an advanced digital system for the port system, and contribute to the development and modernization of a multi-purpose port,” he said.

“All the agreements and projects that we have undertaken and will carry out in the near future constitute an important addition to our efforts to develop Aqaba and its port, which will support the efforts to increase the number of tourists and will contribute to creating many investment and job opportunities, and to strengthening the pivotal role of Aqaba as a distinguished regional center in the fields of trade exchange, logistics, maritime and air navigation,” Sakran emphasized.

He said that the corporation is proud to announce that it is responsible for the design and supervision of the implementation of the national railway network.

Minister of Transport Wajih Azaizeh confirmed on Monday Jordan's endeavor to develop the Aqaba port system in a way that enhances its competitive, commercial, and maritime position in the Red Sea and the world.

Speaking to local media outlets, Azaizeh emphasized the importance of the geographical location of port of Aqaba, on the Red Sea, “especially since it constitutes a marine end to the Gulf of Aqaba and a land start within a north and northeastern path to cross to Turkey and Eastern Europe in addition to neighboring Arab countries”.

Azaizeh said that the government's priority is to implement the national railway network project that will link the port of Aqaba to Al-Maduna region in Amman in a way that “strengthens and supports the port of Aqaba to form an integrated and multimodal transport system”.

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