Qatar’s leader wants to build hotels in Grenada

One of the world’s richest men, the Emir of Qatar wants to build hotels in Grenada.

Confirmation on this has come from Finance Minister Nazim Burke.

Burke’s comments follow a recent visit to the island by the Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, who met with Prime Minister Tillman Thomas at the Spice Island Beach Resort.

Burke told a radio programme this morning a cooperation agreement between both countries is expected to be signed soon.

“It was a very short but a very important visit….the main area of interest appears to be tourism infrastructure,” Burke said on live radio on Wednesday.

“What we are talking about with the Emir is the possibility of some hotel construction here in Grenada.”

Burke declined to go into further details but said the meetings were very encouraging and that the countries are in the process of preparing co-operation agreements.

Qatar, once one of the poorest Gulf states, is now one of the richest countries in the region, thanks to the exploitation of large oil and gas fields since the 1940s.

Prime Minister Thomas met the leader of Qatar last September while attending the United Nations summit.

During a ten minute conversation between the two leaders, the Emir promised to send a team to Grenada to probe investment prospects.

Burke admitted that two scouts came to Grenada earlier this year to gather information on Grenada to take back to Qatar.

“In February,  two persons from Qatar came to Grenada…they looked around they saw what they liked and then they went back to Qatar and gave a report,” the Finance Minister said.

“As a result of this visit, he’s now seen several things and is interested in talking about tourism construction.©

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