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UNICITI : the western coast welcomes the new smart city of Medine

Medine group has announced its upcoming major project during a launching ceremony on Friday 7th of September in Flic en Flac with their honourable guests, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic development: the Smart City, Uniciti. Luxury Mauritius will share its best picks!

Medine Group aspires to create a Smart City which includes residential areas, schools, universities, shopping malls, sport and leisure centres but also an art and cultural centre and a botanical garden. On a surface area of 823 acres between Bambous, Cascavelle and Flic en Flac, the investment is a huge one: a prior contract of Rs 1.5 billion before 2017, construction works amounting at Rs 1.3 billion and a global investment of Rs 35 billion once the city is completed. Uniciti aims at being a city where unity and solidarity prevail among its dwellers.

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[from left to right] Daniel Giraud, CEO from Medine Group ; Jacques Li Wan Po,  Vice-chairman of the administrative counsel of Medine Group ; Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Prime Minister and Thierry Sauzier, Deputy CEO of Medine Group and Managing Director of Medine Property

LEISURE: a cultural and art centre at the heart of the city 

Music, show, art and exhibition lovers will be delighted: a centre for art and culture will soon be part of Uniciti. The centre will be built on the lovely park where the launching ceremony was celebrated. The centre will host an open-air amphitheatre, concert halls, bars and restaurants… and a nightclub for a dynamic night life in the island style. The aim of the art and cultural centre is to become a genuine hub for fine art and other forms of local and international creations. Everything has been planned to make of Uniciti a new cosy environment where life is pleasant.

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EDUCATION: an « Education hub for Africa» at Uniciti

“We are convinced that high quality tertiary education and research can become the new pillar of our economy, like in Australia, where more than 16 billion of Australian dollars are spent each year for this industry,” as Thierry Sauzier, Deputy CEO and Managing Director of Medine Property has put it.

Indeed, for Medine Property, education is part of the priorities of the Smart City. Uniciti is looking forward to welcome more than 5, 000 students in the future in famous universities, like Middlesex University. It is worth noting that pre-primary, primary, secondary schools and even a nursery will be part of the “Education hub”.

BUSINESS: working spaces in the form of a business park 

A Smart City is not complete without a cool working space! Clarens Field Business Park, known for its architectural design, is already part of Uniciti with 9 buildings and more than 20 owners on an area of 6, 000 m2. This business park will be developed with a second project on a surface area of around 8, 000 m2. The advantages of this business park and of Uniciti as a whole is that 6, 000 direct employments and 6 500 indirect employments will be created.

Uniciti is the embodiment of “a better Mauritius”, has emphasized Daniel Giraud, CEO of Medine Group.

With the wish to bring some new energy to the western area, the Smart City will try to offer a different approach to the island life: “Live-Work-Enjoy-Learn” !

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