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Dubai World signs deal to implement projects in Senegal


Dakar : Dubai World today signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Senegal to develop a world-class five-star hotel and beach resort on Goree Island, as well as a bird sanctuary and reserve north of Dakar and another game reserve close to the Senegalese capital. Agreements were signed in Dakar by Sultan Ahmad Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai World, and Cheikh Hadjibou Soumare, the Prime Minister of Senegal, in the presence of Karim Wade, special adviser to the President of Senegal and chairman of the National Agency of the Organization of Islamic Conference (ANOCI) .

Bin Sulayem and a number of senior Dubai World officials earlier visited Dakar as part of their tour of West Africa to explore investment opportunities. Bin Sulayem met Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade and discussed a number of issues pertaining to mutual cooperation and economic ties. “We value the deep-rooted trade relations between Dubai and Senegal, and we see great potential for building on these ties. Senegal has all the required assets to make it one of the world’s best tourist destinations. It is already well served by an international airport and other tourist attractions. We would like to see tourism develop further through our expertise in this sector,” said Bin Sulayem.

“Apart from Goree Island development, the bird sanctuary and game reserves will be a valuable addition to Dubai World Africa’s high-end portfolio, which include Shamwari, Sanbona, Jock Safari Lodge and Nkomazi reserves,” he said. The MoU will expand Dubai World’s operations in Senegal, where several flagship companies under the group already have a strong presence.