The King of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has heaped praises on Nigeria describing the country as the business hub of Africa and a potential world super-power
He made the statement during a recent meeting with Nigerian businessman, Sijibomi Ogundele, CEO Sujimoto Group, when Sijibomi visited Dubai. Their meeting was strategically designed to explore investment opportunities and exchange between Nigerian luxury real estate brand, Sujimoto Construction and top Emirati architectural firms.
Shiekh Al Maktoum said: “Dubai is great, but Nigeria’s potential is beyond our imagination. Nigeria would be one of the greatest countries not only in Africa but also in the world with the right investments and infrastructural developments. Her economy is developing rapidly and her construction industries can match what obtains in many advanced countries.’’
The Emir also shared his vision for his country, he said: “Failure is never an option. Dubai can never afford to settle for less. The fear of failure is my number one motivating factor. I wake up each day reminding myself that I would do everything to show the world that the UAE and Dubai in particular would never become followers but Leaders in all sectors of leadership.”
Ogundele also spoke about his desire to transform Nigeria’s building sector, noting that: “ The real-estate sector in Dubai inspires me a lot so I desire to transform the Nigerian building sector to match that of the UAE. Our flagship buildings, ‘Lorenzo By Sujimoto’, are designed after outstanding UAE structures. We intend to achieve this by bridging the gap in the provision of exceptional luxury structures in Lagos, Nigeria, other parts of West and ultimately the UAE.”