Monday, 31 October 2011

Salmond's 'Friends in the Gulf'

Salmond seeks Middle East investors

Last updated 1 Nov 2011 - 2:25 am

First Minister Alex Salmond has said Scotland could offer attractive 'investment opportunities' to Gulf states
Scotland could offer attractive investment opportunities to its "friends in the Gulf", First Minister Alex Salmond has said.

Mr Salmond, on a five-day trip to Qatar and United Arab Emirates, will meet representatives from Abu Dhabi Investment Authority to discuss possible joint working between UAE and Scotland on infrastructure projects.

Scottish Enterprise chief executive Lena Wilson and other leading business figures will also be at the forthcoming meeting.

Speaking before it, Mr Salmond said leading figures in both Qatar and UAE had "expressed their confidence in Scotland's economic strategy".

The meeting with the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi government, is "an opportunity to talk in more detail about some of the unique opportunities Scotland can offer".

Mr Salmond went on: "Worldwide market forces make this an attractive time to invest in long-term, viable capital projects. I am confident that the Scottish Government's commitment to capital investment for long-term growth will make Scotland an attractive partner for our friends in the Gulf."

The talks come after the First Minister spent two days in Qatar where he discussed strengthening links with Scotland with Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, emir of Qatar, and Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al Thani, prime minister and foreign minister.

Mr Salmond said: "The economies of Qatar and the UAE continue to perform well as they seek to diversify. They share Scotland's commitment to sustainable capital investment which will secure the long-term future of our respective economies.

"In the current economic circumstances, capital investment must be a priority in both the public and private sector. Scotland offers many attractive business opportunities, particularly in renewables and infrastructure, which offer the prospects of good returns for substantial investors.

"Now is the time to invest, which is why I am visiting both Qatar and the UAE this week."
Source: The Herald


  1. Salmond wants to Islamize Scotland by default. He is a thoroughly despicable person. The Scots should get rid of him asap. Scotland can do much,much better.

  2. As the Scottish people push the prospect of national independence more and more the Seventyniners (SNP) raison d’ĂȘtre is being exposed as exclusively an ideological appetite for the destruction of the British state, on independence that appetite for destruction will then consume and destroy Scottish national identity, as is self-evident in the platformists present political slogans one Scotland - many cultures and no place in Scotland - a future Scotland that will not ideological reconcile itself with national identity and nationhood. That “vigorous nihilistic rejection” will manifest itself in humiliation as thousands of Scottish nationalists seek political asylum in England.

  3. I read the first article and it's quite sad that some countries are under attack that involves some crazy radicals for sure. I do not understand how governments are so reluctant to protect their own citizens! We often forget the majority rules and people should stand up for their countries and protect them and if the leaders and the police fail to protect, write letter to your highest levels of government and be heard. This is the reason our politicians are so happy if most people turn on their televisions and keep their mouths shut and don't call on them for reform or change or to call them out on what they are not doing that they should be doing! We can't stay silent while innocent people are abused or killed at the hands of some crazed extremist.