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Taba-Aqaba tourist route opens after lengthy closure
By Petra - Sep 30,2012 - Last updated at Sep 30,2012
TABA — The Taba-Aqaba route re-opened on Saturday after nearly a year and a half of closure.
During a ceremony in Taba, Egypt, on Saturday, Tourism Minister Nayef Al Fayez said re-operating the route will have a positive impact on Jordan and Egypt’s tourism sectors.
Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil said more than 250,000 tourists use the route annually, generating about $250 million of revenues for both countries.
Jordan Chamber of Commerce (JCC) President Nael Kabariti on Sunday reviewed means to develop commercial relations between Jordan and Egypt and to eliminate obstacles hampering commercial cooperation.
About 40 Jordanian tourists left Egypt on Thursday back home after they staged a sit-in at the gate of the Taba Heights Port following an “unjustified” decision by authorities there to close down the harbour, according to a source in the tourism sector.
Egypt’s central bank said this week it would allocate 10 billion Egyptian pounds ($1.44 billion) for low-cost housing projects, one of the demands in protests that led to the ouster of autocratic President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
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