News ID: 118189
Published: 0313 GMT May 17, 2015

Mideast's tallest suspension bridge inaugurated in Meshkinshahr

Mideast's tallest suspension bridge inaugurated in Meshkinshahr

The tallest suspension bridge in the Middle East was inaugurated on Saturday in a ceremony attended by the Head of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Masoud Soltanifar.

The bridge stands over Khiyo Chaei River in Meshkinshahr, Ardebil province. Tourists can view the beautiful scenery of Sabalan slopes from a height of 80 meters.

It is 325 meters long and two meters wide. The bridge was built in Khiav Tourism Zone at a cost of 400 billion rials.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Soltanifar added that Iran has achieved a great deal in the construction of infrastructures and buildings. “Currently, we are one of major exporters of technical engineering services in the world.”

He said Iranian engineers conducted the feasibility studies, designing and executive operations of the suspension bridge.

Also, Ardebil governor-general said the government seeks to draw investors to this northwestern province.

Majid Khodabakhsh added that tourism is one of the development axes of Ardebil province. Private investment is also supported, he said.

He cited Meshkinshahr Suspension Bridge as an example.

In related news, a lawmaker from Meshkinshahr, Younes Asadi said Meshkinshahr has numerous potentials for investment in the tourism sector.

He urged the government to pay more attention to this region.

Asadi called for expediting the renovation of the tomb of Sheikh Heydar, a leader of a Sufi order.

The zone, extending over 1,300 hectares, is the largest tourism project of Ardabil province.

The project includes reception halls, suites, hot air balloon site, aerosports, revolving restaurant, handicraft bazaar and amusement park.

Meshkinshahr is located 85 km northwest of Ardabil. It has numerous natural and historical attractions.

There are at least three spa complexes in the region, and Meshkinshahr is one of the main stop for tours to the dramatic Sabalan mountains. The city itself also has numerous tourist attractions, including a castle, petrographs, and the tomb of Sheikh Heydar.                                          

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