Japanese $6.7m grant to build Petra's archaeological museum

تم نشره في Sun 2 March / Mar 2014. 06:11 PM

PETRA -- Jordan and Japan have signed a $6.7 million grant agreement to build the Petra Archaeological Museum in the ancient city of Petra.

Under the agreement, signed by Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Ibrahim Saif and Japanese Ambassador to Jordan Junichi Kosuge, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will fund the project. Saif said that the grant agreement comes as part of the cultural cooperation programme signed between Jordan and Japan. The museum, he added, will be built according to modern engineering designs and will have on display the ancient city's antiquities that represent the different civilizations in Petra.

The museum will also help diversify tourism activities in Petra, which is one of the New Seven World Wonders, the minister noted.

The Japanese envoy, on his part, said that the project would be a qualitative stride in the tourism services and would contribute towards supporting the tourism development there.

Minister of Labour and Minister of Tourism Nidal Qatamin, who attended the signing ceremony, said that the project would enrich the tourism sector in Petra and will act as an incentive for the visitors' to extend their stay. (Petra)