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Japan grants Jordan JD4.76m to build Petra museum

AMMAN — Japan will grant Jordan 686,200,000 yen (around JD4.76 million) to build a new museum in the ancient city of Petra, under an agreement signed on Saturday.

The new museum is scheduled to be inaugurated in 2016, according to a Japanese embassy statement.

The 1,800-square-metre museum will showcase historical and archaeological artefacts discovered in the Petra region, and raise the local community’s awareness on protecting both the tangible and intangible heritage of Petra, the statement said.

“We are very much confident that this museum will also contribute to the community development in Petra region,” said Japanese Ambassador Junicho Kosuge, who signed the agreement with Planning Minister Ibrahim Saif.

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