Floating hotel for Lake Victoria?
Tuesday, July 29, 2003
New Vision (Kampala, Uganda) by David Muwanga
Uganda will soon be getting floating hotels on Lake Victoria, after an agreement is signed between the Government and Egypt's African Development Incorporation based in Cairo.
Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) acting director of investment promotion, Hajji Issa Mukasa said yesterday, the company's chairman Moustafa El Gendy is to soon start a boat construction company at Masese in Jinja.
"He is already marketing his project that is to be established in Uganda with the code name Nile A-Z, where A is the Uganda project that will have a floating hotel on Lake Victoria, from Uganda to Kisumu and Mwanza, Ssese Islands, and Serengeti National Park in Tanzania." Mukasa said.
He said El Gendy runs a 120-room floating hotel, with gym, restaurants and bar and a swimming pool on Lake Nasser in Eqypt.
"The Uganda Investment Authority, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries officials and the management of the African Development Incorporation will sign a tenancy agreement for Masese on July 31," Mukasa said.
"This is where he is to establish a workshop for building boats for sale to business people and for private purposes. He is also to offer training sessions to Ugandans in Egypt and Egyptian experts will be coming in here for training," he said.
He said an advance team is already here and after setting up the boat workshop, El Gendy will then begin on the project.
Nile-B will include another floating hotel on Upper Nile from Aswan Dam on Lake Nasser and will float up to Abousambel town, Nubia region in Southern Egypt.