MP requests establishing a casino, but ban Jordanians from entering it

Jordan

Published: 2017-12-14 13:43

Last Updated: 2017-12-14 13:43


MP Ali al-Khalayleh
MP Ali al-Khalayleh

Jordanian MP Ali al-Khalayleh has requested the establishment of a casino in Jordan, but one that will ban all Jordanians.

Al-Khalayleh suggested the casino would enhance tourism and investment in the country but went on to say Jordanian citizens should not be allowed to enter.

His curious suggestion popped up during parliamentary discussions with the Finance Committee on the budget of the Office of Investment.

However, the members of the parliamentary Finance committee rejected the request, noting that the Kingdom is a conservative society.

They remained unconvinced even after al-Khalayleh defended the idea by saying the casino will boost taxes for the treasury.

As all forms of gambling are banned in Jordan, the establishment of all casinos precedently are as well.

Earlier in 2007, a super casino project planned in the area of Dead Sea. However, the project was frozen following protests and demonstrations.