I have been watching this video over and over but it was tonight that a bell rung in me and I was forced to work with my computer system despite how weak I am.
This Dubai citizen was questioned on how Dubai became great and he replied, “Nigeria has everything to become the world most powerful, strongest and the best country with great market value but it’s a pity that Nigeria lacks a true and right leader to make it like Dubai”.
Imagine! A Dubai citizen comparing Nigeria to Dubai….. What a great insult! But, let’s look into prior point he was trying to make…. He meant Nigeria lacks a true and right leader to take it to the promise land. The discovery of oil in 1966 kick-started the development of present Dubai, however Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum (ruler from 1958 till 1990) realized one day Dubai would run out of oil and started building an economy that would outlast it.
In 1989 the Dubai Commerce and Tourism Promotion Board was established, to promote Dubai as a luxury destination for the up-tier market and influential business sectors. In January 1997, it was replaced with the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).
Tourism in Dubai is a part of the Dubai government's strategy to maintain the flow of foreign cash into the emirates. In May 2013, the government of Dubai launched the Dubai Tourism Strategy 2020, with the key objective to attract 20 million visitors a year by 2020 and making Dubai a first choice destination for international leisure travelers as well as business travelers. In 2018, the strategy was expanded by setting new goals of attracting 21-23 million visitors in 2022 and 23-25 million visitors by 2025.
Dubai's lure for tourists is based mainly on shopping, but also on its possession of other ancient and modern attractions.
Yes, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum (ruler from 1958 till 1990) was a good leader and he realized that there might be an end to the petroleum dependency and he, as the ruler, needs more than petroleum. He invented in something else.
Malaysia, one of the best countries of the world today is known for her high capacity in palm oil production, locally and internationally. Well, the story was funny at the beginning. They got their kernel from Nigeria and when the kernel could not germinate on their land, they came back to Nigeria to get our loamy soil. Today, they produce the best palm oil in the market. Where is Nigeria that owned their kernel? Nowhere!
If Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum of Dubai and the prime minister of the then Malaysia could reason beyond reasonable doubt to find a lasting solution to their problem before it even kick-starts, what is holding Nigeria back from making her own plan. Up till today, Nigeria relies largely on petroleum exportation and whenever there is a huge blow on the petroleum, the whole country suffers. What a pity? Nigeria was one time known for her cocoa, coffee, rubber and groundnut exportation among other agricultural products. Today, where are those products? Swept under carpet
I belief it’s high time our leaders start recruiting people with deep thought to help them if their brains plus their advisers plus their ministers, senators, representatives and other political office holders cannot think and come out of the darkness before it’s too late for Nigeria to take it up to the next level in the world market. Nigeria is such a dependent; a consumer instead of being an inventor.
I wish you listen before it’s too late.
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