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Dubai expertise for Rajasthan townships, theme parks
May 14, 2007 - 3:22:56 PM

Jaipur, May 14 - The Dubai government will soon send a technical team to Rajasthan to give their expertise and scout for locations for developing integrated townships, theme parks and convention centres in the state.

The decision to send an expert team was taken after a meeting between Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Mohammed Ali Alabbar, director general of Dubai's department of economic development, in Dubai late Sunday.

Raje left Jaipur May 11 for an eight-day tour to Dubai and New York.

Alabbar assured Raje that his government would share expertise in setting up theme parks, housing estates and sports complexes in her state.

'In the hour-long meet, Raje discussed various development mechanisms in place in Rajasthan, including the financing of infrastructure projects through special purpose vehicles -,' an official statement said here Monday.

Alabbar outlined the manner in which integrated urban development was underway in Dubai and stressed on the importance of having time-bound action plans and technical expertise.

He also accepted Raje's invitation to visit Rajasthan.

Raje later went on a guided tour of the Dubai Sports City, comprising a stadium, sports academies, golf course and residential areas on an area of 50 million sq ft.

A sports city project on similar lines has been proposed near Jaipur. Spread over 500 acres, it is to include both outdoor and indoor sports facilities, a golf course, shopping arcades and restaurants. The Jaipur Development Authority has issued a request for proposal - for this project.

Raje is scheduled to leave for New York Monday to receive the United Nations Women's Together Award this year. She is set to will fly back to India May 20.

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