TEHRAN - The secretary of Iran’s Supreme Council of Free Industrial-Trade and Special Economic Zones said sea passenger lines are planned to be launched from Qeshm and Kish islands to the Sultanate of Oman and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Hojatollah Abdolmaleki pointed to the development of sea tourism and transportation of sea passengers in the free zones of the country and said that in addition to developing the domestic sea lines, there are plans to launch recreational and passenger lines from Kish and Qeshm islands to the destinations of Dubai and Oman.

The development of maritime tourism and transportation of sea passengers in the free zones of the country have been put on the agenda of the council, Abdolmaleki emphasized.

He stressed that Qeshm and Kish islands have high capacities for launching maritime lines to Persian Gulf littoral states.

Given the keenness of investors in the private sector, the country would witness the commissioning of these international maritime lines which will boost maritime tourism in the region, he underscored.

Abdolmaleki said more than 100 investment packages, valued at €1.0 billion, have been presented to the investors of the private sector.

Emphasizing that the free zones have become a safe place for preventing capital flight from the country, the adviser to the Iranian president stated that the presence of both domestic and foreign tourists in the free zones has contributed to the economic development of the country.