F.W. de Klerk impressed by Nakheel projects

Published December 6th, 2005 - 12:55 GMT

The World, arguably the most exciting, innovative and visually stimulating of all Dubai’s mega-projects – 300 islands strategically positioned to form the shape of the world map - has been heralded as the future of the Emirate, by one of the 20th Century’s most respected political figures, F.W. de Klerk.


In the introduction to his speech at the Leaders in Dubai conference, the former President of South Africa said: ““Forty years ago, Dubai was little more than a small fishing village.  Today it has transformed into a city with modern buildings and infrastructure.  And last night, on ‘The World’, I saw what Dubai will be in the future.”


De Klerk was speaking following an exclusive evening on The World, at which Master Developer Nakheel hosted a number of the high-profile speakers from the Leaders in Dubai conference, including Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Spencer Johnson, Daniel Pink, Scott Bedbury, Arie de Geus and Kenchi Ohmae.


The guests enjoyed a trip across the moonlit Arabian Gulf, before experiencing the luxury island retreat of ‘Greenland’, the ‘show island’ of The World.


Speaking on the island, Nobel Peace Prize winner de Klerk, said: “The realist in me asks how can this be done? But the idealist in me congratulates you and says God speed! We will be watching you every centimetre, every metre, every kilometre of your progress.”


Prior to travelling to the island, the guests were greeted by Nakheel’s management at the Master Developer’s Sales Centre, where they received a presentation on Nakheel’s extensive projects.  Once on the luxury island, they enjoyed a memorable evening under the stars.


Welcoming the guests to the island along with Hamza Mustafa, General Manager of The World, James Wilson, CEO of Nakheel said: “It’s a great honour to welcome some of the world’s greatest leaders to witness the realisation of Dubai’s vision through our groundbreaking new developments.  At Nakheel, we are keen to demonstrate the creativity of the Middle East to the speakers of the ‘Leaders in Dubai’ as we showcase the unique projects in the Nakheel portfolio, which generate so much attention the world over.”


Hamza Mustafa, General Manager, The World said “The World is fast becoming a favoured destination for VIPs visiting Dubai, keen to see how the vision for the transformation of the Emirate is turning into reality. It was an honour to host some of the most visionary and influential leaders and opinion formers of modern times and show them how we are moulding our world.”


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