28 Jan 2019 - Uzbekistan (Tashkent)
Arriving at Tashkent International airport I am reminded that cash is king with the severe lack of ATMs anywhere. When I finally find one it’s a USD only machine and that you need to exchange your ‘’winnings’’ into the local currency. That being said it is an immensely efficient airport and with the help of the friendly airport taxi service, who will also sell you a local sim card, bottled water and soft drinks, I am heading through the early morning darkness to my hotel. I am in Tashkent, Uzbekistan looking at the residential development land market.
14 Jan 2019 - Armenia (Yerevan)
Rerouting an original flight now via Moscow to arrive at Zvartnots the rather aptly named ‘’Celestial angels’’ airport on an overnight flight, is a shock to the system. Exiting the warm airport, the -4 degree air temperature hits the lungs with a vengeance. Snow and more snow and not a ski lift in sight. I am in Yerevan, Armenia looking at the residential villa market and commercial development land market, respectively.
13 Dec 2018 - Niger (Niamey)
I am spending the week in Niamey, the capital of Niger, looking at the villa market.
There is a lot going on here in terms of construction, with an Islamic College being built by Saudi Arabia and a significant programme of hotel construction in advance of next year's African Union conference.
However, there has been nothing like the amount of construction that I saw in N'djamena in Chad when they were intending to host the same conference (and then cancelled it), and I am not sure this event will bring any international hotel brands into the Niger market.