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Uganda signs deal with UAE to build third international airport

June 21, 2024 at 4:33 pm

Ground crew prepare a Uganda Airlines Bombadier aircraft in Nairobi on August 27, 2019 [ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP via Getty Images]

Uganda has signed a pact with a business association from the United Arab Emirates to build a new international airport, President Yoweri Museveni’s office said on Friday, Reuters reports.

The deal for the East African nation’s third such airport expands the UAE’s economic footprint beyond its interests in the renewable energy and oil and gas industries.

The UAE’s Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry will build the airport just outside the Kidepo National Park in the north-east, near Uganda’s border with Kenya, Museveni’s office said in a statement, without giving the cost.

Construction will start in August, said Abdallah Sultan Al Owais, chairman of the Sharjah business body.

The airport will boost tourism by drawing visitors to the 1,442-sq-km (557-sq-mile) Kidepo Park known for lions, giraffes, buffaloes and other big game.

The agreement was “a sign of the deepening relations with our Gulf partners and another opportunity to co-operate in investment and trade”, Museveni, who witnessed the signing, said in a post on X.

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