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Dubai said to sign deal to develop Smart City Lagos project

Smart City Lagos will run along similar lines to other Dubai Holding schemes such as Kochi Smart City and Malta Smart City

Dubai said to sign deal to develop Smart City Lagos project
A model of the Smart City Kochi project. (For illustrative purposes only)

Dubai Holding has reportedly signed an agreement to extend its Smart City concept to the Nigerian state of Lagos, building on similar developments in India and Malta.

According to the African Review, Lagos State inked the deal at the Emirates Tower in Dubai at a ceremony attended by the CEO of Smart City Dubai, Jabber Bin Hafez, Lagos State governor Akinwumi Ambode and chairman of Dubai Holdings, Ahmad Bin Byat.

Earlier this year, Dubai Holding announced the opening of the Kochi Smart City project in Kerala which aims to create more than 90,000 technology sector jobs in the Indian state by 2020.

Smart City Lagos will run along similar lines to Kochi Smart City, developed by Dubai Holding in collaboration with the Kerala state government, which is being developed across 246 acres, including 6.5 million square feet designed specifically for knowledge services and information technology and related services.

Ambode said in comments published by African Review: “A Smart City Lagos will be the pride of all Lagosians just as we have Smart City Dubai, Smart-City Malta and Smart-City Kochi (India). We are encouraged by the fact that we do not, as a government, need to develop at a slow pace, but take full advantage of the digital age and fast track development of Lagos to a real megalopolis that we can all be proud of.

“The future is ours to take. It also marks the first Smart City in Africa when completed,” Ambode added.

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