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Largest Tourism Project in Mideast to be Launched in Jordan

Amman, June 15 (Petra) – The largest integrated tourism project in the Middle East, planned to be built along the Dead Sea shores by an Egyptian real estate developer, will be up and running by 2019, the company's chief executive said on Saturday. 
Amer Investment Group CEO Salah Amer said during a meeting with Development Zones Commission DZC acting investment and infrastructure commissioner Khaled Abu Rabeeh, that Porto Dead Sea, a $250 million venture, would increase the number of tourists to the Dead Sea by some quarter of a million per year and create thousands of jobs for Jordanians. 

He praised the Jordanian government's pledge to provide all facilities for the mega project, while removing any barriers that might slow down construction of the project, noting Jordan’s security, political stability, sound legislative environment, services and skilled manpower as key ingredients to assure the project's success. 
Amer added that his company would abide by electric power conservation and energy- and fuel-efficiency regulations, in addition to setting up a water desalination station for the project using up-to-date equipment and technologies to assure the optimal use of resources. 

Porto Dead Sea, he added, would support the local community and other national projects, including social responsibility projects, via the group's charity endowment program. 
The new facility, to be built out over the next five years, involves construction of a five-star hotel, about 3,000 hotel-style apartments and villas, a mall, a variety of tourist and commercial outlets, mainly restaurants and cafes, an international health resort, sports facilities and swimming baths. 
Abu Rabeeh said Jordan attaches great importance to creating an investment-friendly climate through speedy clearance of paper work in a safe and stable environment and the consistent enforcement of regulations and laws. He stressed that coordination would continue between DZC officials and Amer Group to remove any technical glitches so the project would proceed without delay.