UAE: Airbase planned in Somaliland

Issue 1024 - 21 Oct 2016
The UAE has agreed to build and occupy an airbase near the Somaliland port of Berbera, in the unrecognised territory on the northern Somali coast. This builds on last May’s agreement between Dubai ports operator DP World and the Somaliland government to manage Berbera port. The new development is expected to cost $400m. In combination with its existing naval facilities in Assab, Eritrea, the new airbase will strengthen the UAE’s position around the economically critical sea-lanes of the Red Sea, Bab Al-Mandab strait and the Gulf of Aden.

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