DMCC boss Ahmed Bin Sulayem entertains Robert Mugabe in Dubai

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Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, DMCC and His Excellency Cde. Robert Mugabe, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe in Dubai.

Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, DMCC and His Excellency Cde. Robert Mugabe, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe in Dubai.

Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) executive chairman Ahmed Bin Sulayem on Wednesday welcomed Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe to the Dubai Diamond Exchange at its premises in Almas Tower in Dubai's Jumeirah Lake Towers.

Zimbabwe and Dubai have very strong trade relations going back to the discovery of diamonds in the Marange fields and the African republic is the fourth largest diamond-producing nation in the world, DMCC said in a press release.

Robert Mugabe said: “It is encouraging to see how Dubai has developed tailor-made strategies to an industry which was new to them only twelve years ago. We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and conviction in which policies have been pursued and businesses successfully attracted. We are happy to be part of this success story and look forward to continue a mutual beneficial relationship with Dubai in the future exploration and exploitation of our diamond business.”

Bin Sulayem added: “DMCC strongly supports Zimbabwe’s diamond industry for the future. At the Dubai Diamond Exchange we offer a platform which serves as a bridge between producing and consuming nations. Having personally witnessed the energy and ambitious mentality of the nation during the inaugural Zimbabwe Diamond Conference 2012, I am particularly ecstatic with His Excellency Cde. Robert Mugabe, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe’s visit to the DDE as a support for our common ideals to improve the status of the world diamond industry.”

Also present at the meeting were Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe, the Ambassador of Zimbabwe to the GCC, Hon. Mark Grey Marongwe and Peter Meeus, chairman of the Dubai Diamond Exchange.

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Posted by: Matt Williams

@fga ''However today, simply because he decided to dispossess a few white farmers of their land and redistribute to the poorer indigenous blacks''

Understatement of the decade! Lol

Yes and in doing so he killed many of them and left the farms in the hands of people who did not have a clue as to what they were doing, which in turn caused his economy to nose dive. Mugabe takes care of himself, first and foremost.

Posted by: Izzo

For a long time, I thought Zim went to the dogs because of Pres. Mugabe. I was wrong! Zim's economy has suffered a terrible blow - but in every cause, there is an effect. I bet they will rise up wiser and better off!
On another note, there are 54 countries in the continent.
For a long time, the phrase 'this is Africa' has had a negative connotation, but will 'soon' change.

Posted by: WHJ

@Doug. How hypocritical! Your very own EU lifted its sanctions on diamond imports from Zimbabwe only last September in a unanimous vote!! Perhaps your preaching about buying diamond from "African nations that aren't soaked in blood" should be directed a little westward, don't you think?

Posted by: Adizzle fo Shizzle

If you are not African please shut up!
there are 54 countries in Africa and if you are not from any of those nations, please shut up and mind your business!
Stupid Europeans who butt into conversations that have nothing to do with them.
We love Mugabe!
DMCC carry on!

Posted by: Matt Williams

Lol Ok you keep Mugabe after all, he has done so many positive things for his country....Duh!

Posted by: Econ

This is a business deal, nothing political here. The moment u start looking for all the wrong things in business esp in a deal that'll benefit dubai more than zimbabwe then u've lost it. This Ahmed man is very clever, Diamonds from Zimbabwe r far cheaper than most becoz the country hsnt started processing its diamonds for the retail market so dubai gets to do the processing thats +jobs n sells at their own hiked price +revenueEno. SSo Zim gains by havng a buyer but dubai wins it all....#econ

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