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Ground breaking for $1.5bn Jordan leisure resort.

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Dr. Kamel Mahadin, the High Commissioner of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA), announced that groundbreaking for the first themed tourist destination - The Red Sea Astrarium - in Jordan is ready .

At a ceremony held under the patronage of the Prime Minister of Jordan, Abdalla Ensour, the layout for land development, entertainment designs and architectural and engineering plans were revealed.

Details of the 184-acre themed entertainment resort were revealed via a purpose-built cyclorama with 360-degree virtual reality projection.

The presentation also highlighted the project's mandate for job creation, the contribution it will have towards tourism in Jordan and its use of clean energy sources.

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Dr Mahadin said, "A major goal in the design of The Red Sea Astrarium is to actively engage the local communities through training with on site hospitality academies, job creation, promoting the length of a tourist's stay and encouraging repeat visitation."

He continued: "The entertainment resort will undeniably transform the Aqaba region and make it a high-end tourism hub for Jordan. It will do so whilst telling stories from our regional culture, integrating alternative energy sources and promoting the development of the entertainment industry in Jordan."

The resort will host the American Museum of Natural History's Silk Road Exhibition throughout its Hijazi Gardens. Other details that were announced included four-world-class hotels, an expansive retail and dining district, a theatre that will bring globally renowned shows to Aqaba, a 4D cinema, a water park and an entertainment district that includes 16 entertainment attractions, 15 designed by Rubicon Group Holding, an international group founded and head quartered in Jordan, and the 16th attraction based on Star Trek, the CBS-owned property designed by Paramount Pictures.

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