The Angolan president's quiet trip to Abu Dhabi last week is the latest sign of a fast-tracked rapprochement between the UAE and Angola. But this blossoming diplomatic and economic alliance depends on the UAE's willingness to hunt down the dos Santos family's assets.
The wealthy Indian Kothari family, which owns the KGK Group gemstone and jewellery company, is backing João Lourenço's shake-up of the diamond sector. By helping the president with his plan to make Angola more than a mere producer of stones, the Kotharis are counting on better access to the country's output.
Ernest Monimambo, a former TAAG national airline board member and oil and gas entrepreneur, is taking his first steps in the mining sector. He has joined forces with the deposed deputy director of Luó diamond mine to create Emza Mining.
Angola and other diamond-rich countries in Africa eagerly attended an online conference jointly conducted by the diamond exchanges in Dubai and Tel Aviv to explain the ramifications of the US-brokered deal Israel and the UAE struck in September to normalise their relations.