Zanzibar-China’s MCC Overseas Company has signed a contract to build the Zanzibar Amber Resort in Matemwe Village. The resort will be one of the biggest in the East African region, say project owners. The signing ceremony was witnessed by dignitaries including Speaker of the Zanzibar House of Representatives Zubeir Ali Maulid, his deputy, Mgeni Hassan Juma, legislators and ministers.The ceremony saw exchange of documents between Zou Weimin, Chairman, MCC Overseas and the Brian Thomson, Owner & Director, Pennyroyal (Gibraltar) Limited. While giving a brief statement at the signing ceremony, Khamis Mussa, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Finance had expressed that the project is a milestone for Zanzibar’s efforts in building the economy through the tourism industry.The ambitious project is worth $1.6 billion and according to Thomson, it will include construction of 1,900 luxury villas, 3,500 apartments, residential complexes, five-star hotels, marina, luxury islands golf course, 100,000 square metre of retail space, among others.“It is my honour and pleasure to witness the Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract on Amber Resort. This is an opportunity for Zanzibar…all you need is tourism infrastructure and facilities to match the escalating demand for high-end destination,” Weimin said.