|By TAP Staff| Dubai-based developer Buroj Property Development said it plans to invest $4.8 billion to build a luxury tourist resort near Sarajevo, in what could be the biggest foreign investment of its kind in the Balkan country, Reuters reported.
Bosnia, where Muslim Bosniaks are the largest of its three ethnic groups, has seen an influx of tourists from the Middle East in recent years and a growing number of Middle Eastern buyers of properties, attracted by the country’s mountain landscape.
“The initial investment in the project is worth around 920 million euros, while the total investment will amount to 4.3 billion euros” over the next eight years, Ismail Ahmed, the company’s manager, told a news conference.
The ‘Buroj Ozone’ will stretch over an area of 1.3 million square meters and include thousands of housing units, hotels and the largest shopping center in Bosnia, Ahmed said.
It will be located in the municipality of Trnovo which lies below the Bjelasnica and Igman mountains, venue of the 1984 Winter Olympic Games, around 20 kilometers from Sarajevo.
Ahmed said construction would begin in April or May next year pending a resolution of regulatory issues and necessary permits from the Trnovo municipality, which will lease the land to Buroj Property Development for 99 years.