The announcement of Dubai Airports Seychelles project should be welcomed by Seychelles. It is a golden opportunity that will cement Seychelles’ tourism industry, with a serious partner who has earned the reputation as delivering “The Best International Airport Experience in The World.” Dubai leads the world in airport technology and know-how. Dubai has become the envy of the United States in airport infrastructure, to the point that Donald Trump, President elect, has said UAE has run circles around America in this field.
Seychelles should negotiate a serious lease with Dubai International. This should include new terminals, double run ways, deadline for non-performance, guaranteed lease payments, heavy penalties for delayed construction, preferential rates for Air Seychelles, and reserved duty free shop space for local business and other concessions.