Published on 24 September 2015

The Sama Dubai affair, a lakeside powder keg

The Sama Dubai affair, a lakeside powder keg

The 837 hectares that Emirates property developer Sama Dubai relinquished on the south bank of Lake Tunis have once again raised interest! From the politician-businessman Slim Riahi through the minister for international investment and cooperation Yassine Brahim to the Ennahda Islamists, all are placing their pawns in readiness for the forthcoming redistribution of the capital’s main land reserve. Not only to curb their enthusiasm, but also - and especially - to maintain good relations with the United Arab Emirates, President Beji Caid Essebsi has sent his brother, the lawyer Slaheddine Caïd Essebsi, to the frontline. Maghreb Confidential takes stock of the situation.

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