Centenary Economic City Free Zone is a forward thinking group of visionaries from a wide range of professional, social and cultural backgrounds. However, we all share a common goal for the solidarity and overall progress of the nation of Nigeria, it’s blessed land and it’s wonderful people.
We believe the path to progress must be lined with substantial development of both our abundant raw material and natural resources, as well as our vibrant and growing human capital. Our vision is to create sustainable development thorough the infusion of private equity investment along with federal incentives to nurture an enabling environment for industrialization and commercial growth. A win win situation for all parties involved.
It is with great pleasure that I present to you Centenary City, Abuja – a Legacy Project of Nigeria’s Centenary Celebration in 2014.
The aim of the Centenary City, which will be built from scratch by the private sector, is to focus the attention of the investing world to Nigeria in a way that has never been done before. The successes of such cities as Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Songdo International Business District in South Korea, King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) in Saudi Arabia, Canary Wharf in the United Kingdom, and Beirut Central District in Lebanon have shown that the development of a certain class of city – an economic city – is the strongest social, political and economic tool for securing foreign direct investment, promoting positive international attention and signalling a new national economic renaissance.
The Centenary City was designed with unique passion by a genius who also supervised the master plan by reputable world-class design teams as an efficient “mixed-use” city with emphasis on modernity and Nigeria’s unique cultural heritage. The aim is to integrate contemporary demands and future expectations into a working scheme that will allow the City to develop in a sustainable and socially responsive manner.
The City will be a revolutionary approach to urbanization in Africa where natural beauty and architecture icons will merge to create an environment that is alive and productive and will, through its private ownership, promote the private sector’s participation in projects of significant magnitude. It will also demonstrate the harmony between nature and human creativity to create a solid example for future urban development in Nigeria.
By the end of its planned 10-year development cycle, it is expected that this innovative and vibrant City would have created over 150,000 construction jobs and 250,000 permanent well-paying jobs. The City is planned for a residential population of about 200,000 people and around 500,000 daily visitors. It will also accommodate world-class multinational and domestic businesses in a world-class environment.
While we may occasionally disagree on some things, we must commit to working and living together on what unites us. I therefore invite all patriotic Nigerians and friends of Nigeria to join us in the development of this glorious tribute to the first century of our nation and a magnificent milestone in our journey into the second century that will surely witness the fulfillment of Nigeria’s immense potentials.
Welcome to Centenary City, Abuja.
The Board of Directors of Centenary City and H.E. Mohamed Al Abbar on a Courtesy Call to President Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR after their inauguration on October 7th, 2013
The Board and Management of Centenary City with President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR and Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, GCON following a Courtesy Visit on August 28th, 2015