Published: 2017-11-05 20:30
Last Updated: 2017-11-05 21:19
The government officially announced the launch of New City Project, the project that has taken the Kingdom by storm, with rumors circulating around the government establishing a new capital.
The project, which is expected to be finished in 2050 across five stages, seeks to establish a new city with an entrepreneurial focus, providing career and living opportunities to middle class citizens of Amman and Al Zarqa, in an attempt to counteract crowding and pressure on infrastructure as a result of the ever-increasing population of both cities.
The city is not expected to replace Amman as a capital, nor is it an extension of Amman.
It is planned to run completely on renewable energy, and is expected to provide local and international investment opportunities.
The project will be funded and executed in partnership with the private sector on government-owned land, in the middle of the Kingdom.
The first stage of the project is expected to commence next year, and is slated to finish in 2030, with 39km2, 10% of the project’s total size, completed.
In a statement detailing the plans for the project, the government said that many public directorates and ministries will be moved to the new city.
The government plans on launching an interactive website through which citizens could express their opinions and expectations of the project.