Jordan to build new smart city worth billions | Jordan News | Ammon News

Jordan to build new smart city worth billions

[11/7/2017 2:13:20 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The Jordanian government announced it will build a new smart city near the capital in a bit to stimulate the economy and create more jobs, in a project expected to cost billions of dollars.

"Under the plan, a new, smart and sustainable city will be built, equipped with all infrastructure services and will adopt a long-term urban planning system with a vision that leaves the door open for further future development," government officials were quoted by the Jordan Times.

The city, to be built east of Amman, will be fully financed and implemented in cooperation between the public and private sector under a build-operate-transfer scheme.

The scheme aims at accommodating part of the accelerating urban expansion of Amman and Zarqa, among other cities, and providing convenient alternatives for citizens in terms of the quality of residences, as well as alleviating pressure and overcrowding in major cities, said the government in a statement.

The government says the project will help the middle class to deal with rising cost of living and provide long term solution to urban expansion in the capital. The project is to be floated for tenders earlier next year, and will consist of five phases where the actual outcome of planning expected to be in 2030 at 39 square kilometres square land.

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