A representative of PT Bali Tourism Development was sent to Dubai on Sunday to meet representatives of the troubled Dubai-based Emaar Properties regarding a long-delayed $600 million tourism megaproject planned for south Lombok, a senior West Nusa Tenggara government official said.
“A representative of PT Bali Tourism Development will go to Dubai and talk to Emaar to push them to finalize the project,” said Badrul Munir, West Nusa Tenggara’s deputy governor. “Vice President Jusuf Kalla wants the matter resolved before October.”
The project has been plagued by land-acquisition problems and disputes over a proposed joint venture.
In mid-June, Emaar gave the government a third and final extension - until the end of the year - to resolve the issues. No progress has been made in the three months since the “final” extension was signed.
“Emaar hasn’t responded at all to BTDC letters in recent months,” said Hari Susetyo, the tourism deputy at the State Enterprises Ministry.