Wednesday, May 23, 2007


Authorities in Amara sign contract for construction of 'tourist town'

(Azzaman) - The provincial authorities in Amara have signed a contract for the construction of a tourist town with the aim of turning this southern city reputed for its marshes and ancient Mesopotamian sites into a tourist attraction. The town to be built on the banks of the Tigris River will include a modern hotel, houses, a supermarket and playgrounds.
The authorities say the relative quiet in the Province of Missan of which Amara is the capital has encouraged them to go ahead with plans to build modern tourist infrastructure in the area. In the province are the remains of the Sumerian civilization which flourished in southern Iraq nearly 5,000 years ago. The Sumerians were the world’s most literate people in their time. To them are attributed the invention of writing and the wheel.

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