In November of 2012, negotiations began between Mr. Hussen Almusawi of Four Direction Company located in Baghdad, Iraq and Dr. Bassam Gorgis, of the US, in an arrangement to enter into a joint venture agreement, and form a new company to be registered and located in Iraq; the new joint venture company was named “Al-Faowry Building Technology”.
The new company has been awarded several government contracts to construct Thirty state of the art Towers; each eight – story apartment tower located in Maysan City, Iraq will have four apartments on each floor with different floor plans offered. The project is expected to launch ground breaking sometime in the early summer of 2013 and be completed around May of 2016.
Both companies have been working diligently together along side with the Iraqi government; more specifically with the Ministry of Construction and Housing to clear the way for this project to launch this spring. The first of several projects will consist of a total of thirty buildings; the first phase will consist of eight brand new, eight story apartment towers, that will offer a total of thirty-two family apartment dwellings with variety of floor plans to choose from; including, two and three bedroom options. The scope of the project will eventually lead to a total of thirty Towers with an additional sixty Villas being erected during the project, which is scheduled to be completed in three years.
The Maysan City project will include schools, a health clinic and shopping; other projects are being reviewed to follow this first project. Amarah or Maysan [Misan] as it is known has a very interesting history to share; Amarah [Amara] (Maysan) with a population of 340,000 (2002 Census) is the administrative center of Maysan Governate and should not be confused with the Al ‘Amarah Marsh.
The country that is today Iraq consisted in 1914 of the three Turkish Vilayets of Basrah, Baghdad and Mosul. The British conquest of that territory began one day after the outbreak of war between Great Britain and Turkey on the 5th November 1914. The occupation of southern Iraq (the Basrah vilayet) was completed with the capture of Amarah and Nasiriyah in the summer of 1915.
Despite long-standing government interest in developing the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers into major arteries for inland transport, little had been accomplished by the late 1980s, primarily because of the massive scale of such a project. Dredging and the establishment of navigation channels had been completed on several stretches of the Tigris south of Baghdad, and in 1987 a river freight route using barges was opened between Baghdad and Al Amarah.
Iraq has 38,402 kilometers of paved roads. Expressway No. 1-a 1200-kilometer, six-lane freeway-connects Baghdad to Kuwait in the south and runs to Jordan and Syria in the west. A 630-kilometer freeway (Expressway No. 2) runs north from Baghdad to the Turkish border, where it links up with the modern freeway connecting southeast Turkey to Ankara and Istanbul. Another Baghdad-Basra route is planned via Kut and Amarah and will be known as Expressway No. 3.