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For years, the Arabs have been known to be trailblazers in construction expertise – from the tower of Babel in Mesopotamia to pyramids in Egypt, they have been there. In fact, one would argue that they are probably led by an Ishmael gene that just drives them to heights of enchanted waters.

(Watch the World’s New Tallest Building Under Construction Above)


The United Arab Emirates (Dubai) is the fastest growing enterprise in the world per capita growth. Its own population is only one-eight compared to that of temporary immigrant workers from around the world working inside Dubai, for instance. It is no wonder some of the world’s Fortune 500 corporations are relocating their headquarters there.

(Watch Dubai Transformed From A Desert To A Paradise On Earth)


The incentives are incomparable in many ways, from zero to marginal taxation to free trade zones, Dubai now houses the world’s tallest hotel, the world’s largest man-made port, the world’s largest shopping mall, the world’s largest man-made islands called “The World”, and the list is endless.

(Watch “The World” – A Network of Man-made Islands Under Construction Above)


What is amazing though is that the Emirates are forward thinkers and planners such that their own Sheiks are at the center of the storm as they transform their nation into a premier world destination. Theirs will be an enterprise to reckon with nevertheless. One of the world’s most profitable airlines is called the Emirates.  

(Watch A Clip As The Emirates Sows Through The Skies)


I guess the question that begs to be answered is … what are we doing with our own time and abundant resources in the Zambian Enterprise? We have all the cement their hearts’ desire for their construction, we have all the other raw materials and yet we don’t even have a full commercial attaché from our commerce department over there.

(Watch Zambia The Beautiful In Her Raw Form)


For instance, the Barj Dubai – the new world’s tallest building will cost over $20 billions, that’s twenty sparking billions dollars – one building!!!! That’s by far greater than our entire national budget, far much greater than our own GDP even …


Then they have “The World” seen above still under construction, some estimates say the islands will hold over a trillion dollars in real estate value when completed. Do we realize how much we are missing out in terms of striking difference, foreign trade and being able to share in this pie?


I was one of the first to advocate for trade with China in the late 90’s and early 00’s some laughed. Well, today everything is made in China and our own embassy there is now a serious hive of activity.


For individual entrepreneurs, it is time you added Dubai to the list of your preferred business destinations and ten years from now you will be glad you did … Dubai is now ahead of curve compared to Hong Kong.


Live Long & Prosper; that’s this week’s memo from us at the Zambian Chronicle … thanks a trillion. 


Brainwave R Mumba, Sr.

CEO  & President – Zambian Chronicle


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