Half-built twin towers in Jordan's capital to be completed

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Posted: May 23, 2016 9:06 AM
Half-built twin towers in Jordan's capital to be completed

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Half-built twin towers have blighted the Amman skyline for years, a symbol of mega-construction schemes gone awry and a potential turn-off for investors.

Now city officials say work on the Jordan Gate Towers will resume in two months, following a deal between the Gulf-based Al Bayan Holding Company, and a Jordanian firm, Al Hamad Contracting.

Murad Awamleh, a senior official in the Amman municipality, said Monday that the partners agreed to complete the project within two years for $120 million.

Construction began in 2005, but the $400 million project was halted four years later, amid disputes between the companies involved.

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Awamleh says the delay harmed Jordan's image as an investor-friendly destination.

The towers stand on a high point in Amman. They will house offices, a five-star hotel and shops.