10 Jul 2019 - Chad (N'djamena)
I am in N’djamena in Chad, looking at the market for villas and apartments.
I am staying at La Residence which is a good hotel which you can literally walk to from the airport terminal as it is about 300 metres distant. From here it is a 5-minute walk to the top end of Avenue Charles de Gaulle, which is N’djamena’s banking district. Therefore, this central part of the city is all quite compact and accessible.
17 Jun 2019 - Malawi (Lilongwe)
i am in Lilongwe in Makawi, looking at the office market.
I have based myself in City Centre which is the location of all of the principal institutions and embassies in the city. Just adjacent and to the north of this area there is Capital Hill (a Government reserved area), Parliament, Bingu International Conference Centre, and the Peermont and Sunbird Capital hotels.
15 May 2019 - Senegal (Diamniadio)
I am in Senegal looking at the office market in Dakar, although I have also had an opportunity to look more closely at Diamniadio.
Until recently Diamniadio was a relatively small and unremarkable town with a population of just 12,000. However, under the leadership of President MackySall, Diamniadio has become the focus of a plan to revitalise the Senegalese economy and ease the population pressure on Dakar. The development of the new city is taking place around 30 km from Dakar, close to the Blaise Diagne International Airport, which opened in December 2017.
I have been driving around the area today, and it is currently largely characterised by empty, unused land and is sparsely populated. However, dotted around this zone there are some significant new developments, including the Dakar Arena, Sphere Ministeriellebuilding, Centre des Conférences de Diamniadio and the Radisson Blu.