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Accra development must take Dubai model – President Mahama

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Dubai WorldPresident John Mahama says he wants the development of Accra to be modeled around Dubai’s.

According to the President, Ghana and Accra, in particular would draw lessons from the way infrastructure in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) city has been developed in a spectacular form.

President Mahama who went on holidays in the UAE made these comments when he met the UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum in Dubai.

According to the Emirates News Agency, President Mahama expressed the hope that his country and capital Accra in particular would draw lessons from Dubai’s development model and benefit from its human expertise and energies.

He said that the Accra airport, seaports, bridge and tunnel network, financial market and tourism need similar development and modernisaltion on the model of Dubai and the UAE in general.

Sheikh Mohammed discussed with President Mahama ways of enhancing bilateral co-operation and exchange of expertise in diverse sectors as tourism, oil and infrastructure which Ghana has begun to upgrade and modernise in its capital Accra, especially after the discovery of oil and gas in the country.

Dubai has recently attracted world attention through many innovative large construction projects and sports events. The city has become symbolic for its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, such as the world’s tallest Burj Khalifa, in addition to ambitious development projects including man-made islands, hotels, and some of the largest shopping malls in the region and the world.

As of 2012, Dubai was the 22nd most expensive city in the world, and the most expensive city in the Middle East.

By Ekow Quandzie

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3 comments

  1. EXCELLENT IDEA AND AM ALL FOR IT. GHANA NEED VISIONARY LEADERS TO STEER THIS COUNTRY INTO SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS, EDUCATION, MECHANIZED AGRICULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIETY FOR CURRENT AND NEXT GENERATION

  2. NOT ONLY IN ACCRA BUT ALSO THE REST OF THE COUNTRY AS WELL AS IN THE NORTH TO LINK BURKINA FASSO, MALI, NIGER AND SOUTHERN SUDAN AS WELL AS WHOLE OF WEST AFRICA

  3. is mahama now appreciating peoples frustration? he didn’t need to go to the UAE to appreciate the disgusting filth, lack of planning haphazard inefficient use of land in this country.
    i’ve never travelled to the UAE b4, and yet my vision of accra, and ghana in general is a clean beautiful and efficient city and country.
    and please don’t tell there is no money; competent leadership will make it happen!!!!!!
    stop the mediocrity and excuses and show great quality leadership.
    it is not rocket science. i voted for you mr president; i want nothing but the best of the best. i’m not a second class human being. abahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!