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Arab Investors Indicate Interest in Nigerian Tourism Sector

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A number of investors from the United Arab Emirates have indicated interest to invest in the Nigerian tourism sector.

The investors who met with the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Sunday in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), said Nigeria had the full potential in the tourism sector which they were willing to explore.

The meeting was on the sideline of the “International Conference for the Safeguard of Cultural Heritage in Conflict Areas’’ attended by the minister in Abu Dhabi.

The meeting was coordinated by Nura Rimi, the Charge d’ Affaires of the Embassy of Nigeria in UAE, Abu Dhabi.

Speaking after the meeting, Mohammed Hamadi, a reknown sectorial investor and Consultant, who has business concern across the globe, said that Nigeria had a lot of investment opportunities, being the largest country in Africa in terms of population.

“Generally speaking, tourism is one of the industries that I see blinking in the light of Nigeria and we are ready to add a lot to the Nigerian tourism sector. Nigeria and the Gulf countries are sharing the same similarity with the dependency on oil resource and we need to diversify inevitably to other resources,’’ Hamadi said.

He said he would be leading a team of investors to Nigeria between April and May 2017 to explore areas of opportunities in the tourism sector.

Specifically, Hamadi said the team would explore opportunities in the natural, cultural and business potentials in the tourism sector.

“Nigeria has a lot of natural and cultural endowments, therefore, natural and cultural tourism is one of the options we are considering.

Cultural tourism is a viable area especially in some cities like Lagos, Kano and other cities where you have cultural touch base.

Business tourism is another area we are interested in because Nigeria is a country where a lot of people move from North to South.

When I traveled to Nigeria, I noticed that every half an hour we see people moving particularly to Lagos and Abuja.

All of these people need different places to stay and hotel and relaxation centres in different categories will also be our interest,’’ he said.

Daniel Weihrouh, a German whose tourism business, Lions and Gazelles, is based in Abu Dhabi, said his company was ready “to ignite tourism in Nigeria’’.

“Our long time ambition is for the Europeans and Americans, rather than going to Kenya for Safari, they should go to Calabar for the Carnival and to Lagos for the nightlife,” he said.

Weihrouh said the company had planned to start with domestic tourism to attract the attention of the people to the potential in the sector.

“To get started with this, we have to start domestically to celebrate the tourism potential in the country. After we start domestically, we will go pan African and look at the neighbouring countries, Cameroon, Ghana and Benin Republic. Instead of them going to South Africa, they can come to Nigeria,’’ he said.

To connect with the vision, he said the Federal Government must carry the states and relevant stakeholders along in the process.

He said that because of the size of the country and its diversity, there could be the challenge to bring the stakeholders together to move in the same direction.

On infrastructure deficit, the investor said that they were ready to work on what the country had on ground, stressing that “it is not about resources but to be resourceful’’.

The minister assured the investors of the cooperation of government stressing that tourism had been identified in the Administration’s diversification agenda.

“These are investors who open up tourism development centres all over the world and they are interested in new tourism access all over the world.

We will be interested to look into possibilities of partnering with them in Nigeria.

We believe that with 170 million people a diversity of culture, domestic tourism can thrive in Nigeria and create more jobs.

Domestic tourism is always the first step to international tourism,’’ he said.

The minister said the government would look forward to receiving them in the country.

NAN

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13 Comments

  1. TeeS

    December 5, 2016 at 5:43 am

    Lol. Smh. So we don’t have the same brains that these “investors” have abi. Lmfaoooo. They’ll start making money on y’alls head again to help y’all build your own country Nigeria because not one of us is smart enough to do it abi!
    Ahhhhh! ??????.
    Did the arabs themselves ask anyone to help them build their own country?
    Or did Americans do the same thing?
    Such a simple task. Tourism.
    It’s not rocket science tho! But okay. All the best.

    • Ekene

      December 5, 2016 at 7:26 am

      Go and build na. Are you not a Nigerian ?

    • M&

      December 5, 2016 at 8:58 am

      Actually the Arabs brought in the Americans and Europeans to build their countries but they maintain full control (no sellouts), e.g. for any company to register in their countries, their own nationals have to be at the head of the company such as Chairman and BODs, and they are given strict conditions to work with.

    • John Doe

      December 6, 2016 at 8:00 am

      Inaccurate. FYI, for any company to register in the UAE for example, they have 2 options, a Free Zone license or a Mainland license.
      With a freezone license you have 100% ownership and control of your company, but with a mainland license you get 49% ownership, while a local sponsor get to own 51% of your business.
      Setting up a Free Zone business is more expensive than setting up a mainland business, and approvals usually take longer compared to the mainland, but it’s usually worth it, cos you get your freedom, and no one gets to fvck you over.

  2. Author Unknown

    December 5, 2016 at 6:12 am

    “Our long time ambition is for the Europeans and Americans, rather than going to Kenya for Safari, they should go to Calabar for the Carnival and to Lagos for the nightlife,”

    Europeans and Americans exoticize Africa because of animals. That’s what they want to see. Even your business is called Lions and Gazelles. Why then would you send them to see masquerades in Calabar or nightlife in Lagos?

    “To get started with this, we have to start domestically to celebrate the tourism potential in the country. After we start domestically, we will go pan African and look at the neighbouring countries, Cameroon, Ghana and Benin Republic. Instead of them going to South Africa, they can come to Nigeria,’’

    What could be so unique about Nigerian tourism that would attract people from Benin and Ghana? What culture do we plan to showcase that they don’t already have? They troop to South Africa for the same reasons that Nigerians do. Its uniqueness – Europeanised Africa.

    Most importantly, Nigeria needs to get its security act together first. American and European countries generally do not encourage travel by its citizens to Nigeria. Invest in security and infrastructure first abeg.

    • EE

      December 5, 2016 at 7:33 am

      You think Europe and America lacks wild animals??? Everybody exoticizes their tourist destination. Unless you believe the air in Paris is different, why can’t Kafanchan be the city of love.

  3. Mashi.

    December 5, 2016 at 6:50 am

    BN, POST MY COMMENT AND POST IT NOW, NOT HOURS OR A DAY LATER WHEN TRAFFIC HAS MOVED AWAY FROM THE PAGE. THANK YOU AND GOOD MORNING.

    Islamic banking. Jaiz bank.
    Islam in agriculture, and all the other areas you brought Morocco for.
    Even tourism, that the South-South and CHRISTIAN (notably Cross River) developed and took to a level never before seen, you are bringing islam to steal and take over, as you and your people have ensured you have taken over the oil, the major resource of the South-South with over 80% of the oil fields owned by muslim northerners. You are also using the money from the same South-South, sinking it like water in billions of dollars to find oil in your dry Chad basin. In your administration is when we experienced a whole Minister of Interior of the FEDERAL REPUBLIC announcing to us that the sultan of sokoto has declared such and such dates public holidays and that as such having been declared so by the sultan, those dates are public holidays. You are carrying out the Saudi agenda killing and oppressing all Shi’ites. Your daughter Zahra has already spoken on Facebook words and ideologies she could only have learnt from you:

    “”“‘KILLING WILL KEEP GOING ON, MUSLIMS WHO DONTS WANT TO ADHERE TO MUSLIMS RULES WILL BE KILLED, CHRISTAINS WILL DIE UNTIL THEY TURN MUSLIMS, BIAFRANS IS JUST A SAY DREAM, POLITICAL OPPOSITIONS MUST FOLLOW MY DAADYS RULE.”” Click or paste link in browser to see screenshots of the entire conversation.

    http://celebsnest.com.ng/2016/10/zahra-buhari-makes-controversial-statement-after-angry-nigerian-attacks-her/

    “”Arab”” = muslim/islam/islamic and Sunni.
    Middle Eastern = ditto.

    You have never changed. You are still the one and the same dyed-in-the-wool fanatic (and unrepentant dictator) who, in 2001, at that islamic seminar in Kaduna, vowed:

    “”“I WILL CONTINUE TO SHOW OPENLY AND INSIDE ME THE TOTAL COMMITMENT TO THE SHARIA MOVEMENT THAT IS SWEEPING ALL OVER NIGERIA. GOD WILLING WE WILL NOT STOP THE AGITATION FOR THE TOTAL IMPLEMENTATION OF SHARIA IN THE COUNTRY.””

    http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/12/insurgency-buharis-call-full-sharia/

    Whether it is those who collected money and did PR for you and put you in coat and tie and told you and taught you to smile, and widely, in photos, and put out all kinds of lies, sorry, PR spin, about you, and gave you a new, FAKE, image, and sold you to gullible, millennial Nigerians unaware of history and strangely bewitched and spellbound non-millennials, older and usually intelligent Nigerians who should have known better, but didn’t, or, formerly much more greatly revered elder and garlanded statesmen who for a pot of beans we are yet to discover, recanted all their past factual and truthful assessments of you and were human loudspeakers proclaiming from the rooftops your lie that you had become “‘a born-again democrat””, or whether it is the Nigerians who allowed themselves to be sold such a whopping huge lie, who suspended ALL intelligence, and bought the robotic, one-track, radical islamist, bloodletting-loving, selfish, tyrannical, vengeful, vendetta-thirsty, boko haram sponsoring and aiding, Niger Delta (militants) slaughtering, fulani killer terrorist herdsmen pampering and rewarding dummy they were sold, that need to apologise to themselves, only God can judge,

    You are as subtle as a bull in a China shop with your radical islamist agenda yet Nigerians, Southerners, Christians, right-thinking northerners with common sense, intelligence, appreciation of history (the world over)/good students of history, wisdom, all the qualities you so abysmally lack, all are keeping quiet, staying inactive, watching.

    God is watching too.

    One Day, this powder keg will blow up.

    Right in your face.

    • EE

      December 5, 2016 at 7:38 am

      Oya what is your solution?

    • The Real Oma

      December 5, 2016 at 10:19 am

      I am shocked, if Zahra did make those statements, then ‘controversial’ does not even begin to describe them…

    • A Real Nigerian

      December 5, 2016 at 11:29 am

      *sigh*
      1. The Chad Basin is not dry.
      2. That is not Zahra Buhari’s Facebook account.
      3. Regarding the article from Vanguard, the legitimacy of that quote is questionable. The author of that article – an article which is obviously an opinion piece – cited no sources and seems to be more focused on a personal agenda rather than being objective.
      4. Tourism exists in other places besides the south-south. Nowhere in the article does it state that the companies are focusing explicitly on the south-south. So, the fear mongering is way off.
      As much as I agree with you that Buhari is definitely a closet jihadist, you are allowing your ethnic and religious sentiments get in the way of your reasoning.
      You have decided to tell lies, rely on misconceptions and false information. You could have easily put down and criticized Buhari’s policies and government without resorting to desperately low levels.
      From saying Trump insulted Nigerians, to stuff like this, we really need to learn how to think critically and not to take in every “news” we see just because it aligns with what we desperately want to believe.
      You can do better.

    • Oma

      December 5, 2016 at 12:49 pm

      Did Zahra actually spew that? Ayam not understanding??? How come it did not go viral? And, how are my sure she typed it? Even if it is her father’s agenda, it will not happen!!!! I do not trust these ”investors” o.

    • Bimbo

      December 5, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      Mashing, I’ll advise you to stop wasting your time with this hateful propaganda! Find something else to do ! If buhari did not islamize Nigeria when he was a military head of state how would he islamize it in a democracy ???

  4. Bandele

    December 5, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    I walk into Loius Vitton shops every time.. doesn’t mean I’m gonna buy anything from there.

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