Enda Kenny puts power on the agenda in Dubai
THE Taoiseach has highlighted the role massive power and water schemes played in transforming Dubai into a global commercial centre in what could be seen as a cut at anti-pylon campaigners.
Enda Kenny made the comments as he wrapped up a five- day trade mission to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states.
The trade mission was hailed as a success by the Taoiseach despite controversy at home over the failure of the Irish delegation to raise the issue of human rights abuses and the status of women.
While in the Middle East, Mr Kenny also weighed into the controversy at home over Eirgrid's plans for new power pylons, when he said infrastructure was needed to help cut emigration.
Yesterday, he again raised the issue of power by highlighting the impact of major schemes in the development of Dubai, which he visited on the fourth and final leg of his trip.
"This was a city that was non-existent just that short time (30 years) ago, where there were no facilities in terms of water or power facilities. The extraordinary transformation has been in part due to the vision of the programmes that have been put in place," he said.
Earlier Mr Kenny and Jobs and Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton met the hereditary ruler of Dubai, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, who is also the prime minister of the federal United Arab Emirates. The Irish delegation also visited the headquarters of Dubai's flag carrier Emirates. Its chief executive officer announced that the airline is to double the number of flights on its Dublin-Dubai route from one a day to two.