Middle East

Half-built twin towers in Jordan's capital to be completed

FILE -- In this Sunday, July 6. 2008 file photo, the sunset reflects on the Jordan Gate Towers under construction in Amman, Jordan. Murad Awamleh, a senior official in the Amman municipality, said Monday, May 23, 2016 that work will resume on the half-built twin towers that have blighted the skyline of the Jordanian capital for years, a symbol of mega construction schemes gone awry. The official said the Gulf-based Al Bayan Holding Company, and a Jordanian firm, Al Hamad Contracting, reached a deal to complete the Jordan Gate Towers within two years for $120 million. (AP Photo/Nader Daoud, File)

FILE -- In this Sunday, July 6. 2008 file photo, the sunset reflects on the Jordan Gate Towers under construction in Amman, Jordan. Murad Awamleh, a senior official in the Amman municipality, said Monday, May 23, 2016 that work will resume on the half-built twin towers that have blighted the skyline of the Jordanian capital for years, a symbol of mega construction schemes gone awry. The official said the Gulf-based Al Bayan Holding Company, and a Jordanian firm, Al Hamad Contracting, reached a deal to complete the Jordan Gate Towers within two years for $120 million. (AP Photo/Nader Daoud, File)  (The Associated Press)

Half-built twin towers have blighted the Amman skyline for years, a symbol of mega-construction schemes gone awry and a potential turn-off for investors.

Now city officials say work on the Jordan Gate Towers will resume in two months, following a deal between the Gulf-based Al Bayan Holding Company, and a Jordanian firm, Al Hamad Contracting.

Murad Awamleh, a senior official in the Amman municipality, said Monday that the partners agreed to complete the project within two years for $120 million.

Construction began in 2005, but the $400 million project was halted four years later, amid disputes between the companies involved.

Awamleh says the delay harmed Jordan's image as an investor-friendly destination.

The towers stand on a high point in Amman. They will house offices, a five-star hotel and shops.