Saudi Arabia’s Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA) to improve animal welfare at the UNESCO Heritage site in Jordan.
As part of the proposal, KBW Ventures, an investment controlled by Prince Khaled, will donate a number of specialised electric vehicles to help transport visitors through the site, the company said in a press statement.
In addition, KBW Ventures has also said that the initiative will include the restoration of the famous steps that lead up to the Monastery, one of Petra’s most famous monuments, as well as the construction of a shelter for working animals on the site.
In a statement posted on social media, PDTRA chief commissioner Falah Omoush said that the proposal includes ‘clear and enforceable regulation of working animals’ on the Petra site, the introduction of qualified welfare inspections and the establishment of local veterinary clinics.
“Over the past years, there has been repeated complaints and reports pointing out improper treatment of working animals inside of Petra,” Omoush said.
“Cruelty to animals is a crime punishable by law, and an issue that we take extremely seriously in Jordan.
“We are delighted and extremely grateful to His Royal Highness Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud, who has initiated the contact with us, and who has been personally involved in all of the intricate details of the plan.”
Jordan’s most famous tourist attraction saw a rebound in visitors last year, with numbers up by 65 percent on 2016.
Tourism is a key driver of the Jordanian economy, with 4 million visitors travelling to the country in 2017. In an interview with AFP in May, Tourism Minister Lina Mazhar Annab said that Jordan’s goal was to reach 7 million visitors a year by 2020.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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