The Al-Ataba al-Hussayniya (Hussein Mosque) Board has signed a contract with a firm from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to build a five-star two-tower tourist hotel with a capacity of 3,000 guests, the board’s relations director said on Sunday.
“The mosque’s board secretary, Sheikh Abdulmahdi al-Karbalaie, signed the contract with the chairman of the UAE company to build the hotel that will be only one kilometer away from the city center to have it near the holy shrines,” Jamal al-Shahrestani told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
“Works on the new project will start early next year and is expected to take up to four years to finish,” he added.
He noted that the hotel, to stand over an area of 14,000 square meters, will offer jobs for thousands of unemployed persons in the province and neighboring provinces.
The holy Shiite city of Karbala, said to be housing the body of Imam al-Hussein ibn Ali, the third holiest figure for Shiite Muslims who was killed in the battle of Taf in Karbala in the year 680, lies 110 km southwest of Baghdad.