Jordan's $324m Saudi Fund-backed desert highway 60% complete

Spokesperson for Jordan’s Ministry of Public Works and Housing says upgrade work will complete by mid-2020

Jordan's Ministry of Public Works and Housing is backing the project.
Petra
Jordan's Ministry of Public Works and Housing is backing the project.

Jordan’s Ministry of Public Works and Housing said maintenance work on its desert highway – a $324m project that connects Jordan with Saudi Arabia through the Al Mudawwarah border crossing, of which $138m was provided by Saudi Fund for Development as a grant and another $105m as a loan – was progressing ahead of schedule, and had noted 60% completion.

According to an Arabic-language report by Jordan news agency Petra, the ministry’s spokesperson, Omar Maharmeh, said that development works were “three months ahead of schedule” and would be completed by mid-2020.

Tenders for the project were signed in July 2018, and development work includes renovating the road and building a new highway with three lanes on each side.

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