Updated: March 27, 2013 at 9:10 PM EST: Armin Rosen, a journalist working for the Atlantic Times, contacted me for information about the Dahlak Island resort via email last week. I provided him with as much information as I could. It was only after I asked him why he was so curious about this project that he informed me he was writing a piece about the island. Seeing that Armin never visited the country, I attempted to explain to him, using credible sources, on why his last article about Eritrea was unwarranted and outright ridiculous. In that article, he described Eritrea as an African version of North Korea and other ludicrous nonsense. Unfortunately, Armin remains obsessed with spreading misinformation to pay his bills. I understand he's trying to make his quota and needs to sex up his story about an African country most of his readers know nothing about but the least he can do is be balanced. His latest article about Eritrea published today, March 27, proves he is incapable of meeting the minimum ethics of journalism. We will collect information on Armin's yellow journalism and send it to the proper channels for further investigation.
If you want to read what tourist have to say about Eritrea, you can read it here and here
If you want more information about Armin Rosen, please contact me via email: MadoteEritrea@gmail.com
Updated 9:25 PM EST: the first phase of construction on Dahlak Kebir has been completed.
October 12, 2012 — The luxurious Dahlak resort, which is financed by Qatari Dirar, is set to be in operation within the immediate future. The resort is part of a grander master plan the Government of Eritrea envisions for the island that will include five high-end resort villages connected by a central core town.
Construction of the five-star resort began in 2007 by Kuwait First Logistic Company (KFLC), a firm appointed by Qatari Diar, while the engineering supervision task was awarded to EDESSA group, a Lebanon-based company that's working on several projects in Eritrea.
Following a labor dispute in 2008 by KFLC, all construction on the island stopped and their contract with Qatari Diar was terminated. Construction resumed in early 2009, after Qatari Diar signed a joint venture agreement with the French construction company, VINCI.
The 48 million dollar resort features 2 high luxury 850m² villas with swimming pools, 50 bungalows, club house, roads, network utilities, landscaping, helipad, desalination plant, staff housing, kitchen, laundry and other amenities.
|Dahlak Kebir's 5-star resort|
|Dahlak resort helipad|
|A map showcasing Dahlak Kebir's Master Plan locations|