President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has approved the construction of an airport in Kidepo Valley National Park in the Karamoja sub-region. The decision came during a meeting with a delegation from the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry led by Abdallah Sultan Al Owais, Chairperson of the Board of Directors. The delegation updated the President on the airport’s progress.
Museveni, while endorsing the project, emphasized the importance of safeguarding wildlife in the park. He also assured the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry of tax exemptions for their involvement in the project. Additionally, the President pledged to mobilize the Uganda Hotel Owners Association to construct hotels in the vicinity to accommodate airport users.
The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, established in 1970, plays a vital role in Sharjah’s economic development across various sectors. The airport, upon completion, is slated to feature a 3,500-meter runway capable of accommodating aircraft like the Boeing B777. The meeting, attended by key officials, including the Attorney General and ministers, aimed to foster collaboration.
Despite being one of Uganda’s largest national parks with diverse flora and fauna, Kidepo remains among the least visited due to its remote location and poor road infrastructure. Museveni’s approval of the airport project signals a potential boost to tourism in the region.