Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Ajman be the next attraction for tourists and investors

The Ajman Government is all set to make the place more tourist and investor friendly, and is making initiatives towards attracting investors through a series of projects, The Chairman of Ajman Municipality and Planning Department, Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, has revealed that Ajman is investing in hospitality, infrastructure, and other environmental projects to woo tourists and investors alike. He also mentioned that Ajman is in the process of entering into an agreement with a company for developing a master plan for the emirate.

Real Estate and Housing is said to be the top-most priority among Ajman’s developmental agenda. In addition to the real estate projects that are under construction on Emirates Road, Emirates City and Al Amira Village, three others are in pipeline. The total investment for the entire five projects is about Dh.20 to 25 billion.

Ajman’s next priority is the sanitation project, which is likely to get operational by the end of the year and will connect most emirates. Towards mid-2008, this sanitation plant is likely to connect the entire emirate to the project.

Next in-line is the finalization of the road network, which is due within a couple of months. Sheikh Rashid stated that a budget of Dh.150 to 160 million has been allocated for 2007, though in all possibilities, it is likely to exceed the allocations to keep pace with developmental needs.

Ajman Government also has plans to set up a special department for developing hospitality and tourism industries in the emirate. Also the industries in Ajman are advised to comply with a set of environmental guidelines prepared by the Government and a committee is set up to identify specific pollutants and the means for disposal. Sheikh Rashid added that a strict measure will be enforced for closure of firms that ignore environmental limits.

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