The new naval facility being built near the regional port of Berbera is expected to be completed by June 2018.
Construction of a UAE naval base in Somaliland has started with the facility expected to be completed by June 2018.
Sharjah-based engineering group
Divers Marine Contracting is leading the project after being awarded the $90m contract in April, Arabian Business reported, citing company managing director Abdulla Darwish as saying. Continue reading UAE’s Somaliland Naval Base Construction Begins
What’s in it for Djibouti? Money. Pure and simple. For the very autocratic regime that has done extraordinarily little for its people, this is a fantastic get-rich-quick scheme – to rent bits of desert to foreign powers.
| THE CIPHER BRIEF EDWARD PAICE
China is constructing its first overseas military base just a few miles from one of the United States’ largest and most important foreign bases — Camp Lemonnier in the small East African nation of Djibouti. Five other nations have put up bases there, and Saudi Arabia will soon join them.
Cipher Brief’s Kaitlin Lavinder asked Edward Paice, Director of the Africa Research Institute in London, why China chose Djibouti, what the U.S. thinks about it, and why several other nations, including the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, focusing military attention on the coast of the Horn of Africa. Continue reading Djibouti Wins Jackpot – Renting Out Desert for Military Bases
Somaliland Foreign Minister Saad Ali Shire said, the U.A.E. armed forces can launch military attacks from the Berbera base with the preliminary agreement placing no limits on the operations they can carry out.
| VOA NEWS ABDULAZIZ OSMAN
A top official said Friday that forces from the United Arab Emirates could soon be flying fighter jets from a new base in the breakaway republic of Somaliland.
Somaliland Foreign Minister Saad Ali Shire said the UAE could use the base in the town of Berbera for any purpose, including “training, surveillance and military operations.”
Continue reading UAE Can Fly Warplanes from New Berbera Base