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June 27th, 2012
Iraq Agrees on Housing Project Pact With U.A.E.’s IIAJ
By Khalid Al-Ansary - Jun 27, 2012 5:51 AM ET
Iraq agreed on a $245 million contract with the United Arab Emirates’ IIAJ Ltd. to build 1,083 housing units in the southern region of Diwaniya, according to a provincial official.
The project, the al-Zahra residential compound, will be built within two years on the southwestern side of Diwaniya city, Majid al-Mehanna, spokesman for the Diwaniya Investment Commission, said by telephone today. The province needs 100,000 residential units, he said.
Iraq, which holds the world’s fifth-largest reserves of crude oil, is seeking foreign investment to help rebuild an economy and infrastructure damaged by years of war, sanctions and underinvestment. Iraq plans to spend $4 billion on housing through 2016 to reduce the housing shortage, Construction and Housing Minister Mohammad Saheb al-Darraji said May 21.
original source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-27/iraq-agrees-on-housing-project-pact-with-u-a-e-s-iiaj.html