Aqaba 'achieving vision thanks to king', says Mahadin
ASEZA chief says port has 'immunity against bureaucracy'04 November, 14:09
"Aqaba has over $20 billion of committed achievements (in investment), part of which is already on the ground, while the original goal set in 2001 was to attract $6 billion by 2020," Mahadin said.
"The government has been successful in implementing his majesty's vision and empowering the zone with a flexible decision-making process and streamlined procedures that gave Aqaba immunity against bureaucracy".
Professor Mahadin gave a briefing on major economic indicators in Aqaba this year and noted that "Aqaba has received over half a million tourists this year on board 2,057 flights and 97 cruise ships". "Local community students received around 630 scholarships to different universities and colleges in Jordan as part of ASEZA's local community development strategy. Moreover, Aqaba's main port handled over 12 million tons of cargo while the Aqaba Container Terminal handled, up to end of October 2013, 2,367 vessels with around 652 thousand TEU". Regarding the Aqaba ports development master plan, Mahadin said: "a very ambitious master plan was created to develop Aqaba ports, so far the value of port projects tendered out reached 820 million Jordanian dinar (JOD) and included the Aqaba natural gas terminal, the Aqaba petroleum gas terminal, the Aqaba Phosphate terminal, the Aqaba industrial terminal, the Aqaba passenger terminal, the Aqaba Container terminal expansion, the Aqaba miscellaneous liquids terminal, the Aqaba cruise ship terminal and the Aqaba New Port".
This year has witnessed many success stories including the inauguration of Prince Hashim bin Abdullah II military hospital, the expansion of King Hussein International Airport, the inauguration of the Aqaba Container Terminal Expansion, the launch of Turkish Airline's direct flights between Aqaba and Istanbul, the establishment of the Aqaba Promotion Company and the announcement of a number of investment opportunities in different sectors.