Friday, June 11, 2004

CNN.com - Iran tourism project to rival Dubai - Jun 11, 2004

CNN.com - Iran tourism project to rival Dubai - Jun 11, 2004: "Iran tourism project to rival Dubai
Friday, June 11, 2004 Posted: 7:42 AM EDT (1142 GMT)

Kish, which lies north of Dubai, is a designated free trade zone.

TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) -- Iran's top foreign investment decision-making body has given the green light to a 1.7 billion euro ($2.0 billion) luxury tourism project on the Gulf island of Kish designed to rival nearby tourism hotspot Dubai.

Islamic rules on women's dress and mingling of the sexes are less strictly enforced on Kish although women are still required to wear headscarves and cover their bodies when swimming, and alcohol consumption is banned.

The "Flower of the East" project -- the largest in the tourism sector since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution - reflects increasing efforts by the OPEC power to attract foreign money and diversify its economy away from staple oil.

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