Heard will tes­tify against Depp

UAE firm re­de­vel­op­ing swathe of Ser­bian cap­i­tal

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By Shoshana Ke­dem A Ser­bian diplo­mat has said that plans by a UAE firm to re­de­velop part of Bel­grade will cre­ate thou­sands of jobs and in­ject bil­lions of dol­lars into the econ­omy.

Mi­los Perisic, charge d’af­faires at the Ser­bian Em­bassy in the UAE, spoke to 7DAYS fol­low­ing a protest in the Ser­bian cap­i­tal on Satur­day where de­mon­stra­tors claimed Bel­grade Wa­ter­front would “de­grade” the city.

The project along the banks the river Sava, led by Abu Dhabi-based prop­erty devel­oper Ea­gle Hills, in­cludes of­fice blocks, flats, hotels and a shop­ping mall, as well as the 200m-high Kula Tower, com­pany’s web­site says.

Perisic told 7DAYS the that the de­vel­op­ment will cre­ate more than 10,000 jobs.

“The UAE-Ser­bia project Bel­grade Wa­ter­front is re­ally one of the best projects for our cap­i­tal city, Bel­grade,” he said.

Perisic added: “The im­pact on our econ­omy will be pos­i­tive”, as sev­eral do­mes­tic con­struc­tion com­pa­nies are build­ing res­i­den­tial units and the tower.

“They are em­ploy­ing do­mes­tic work­ers and they are con­tribut­ing to our GDP,” he said.

The project could also at­tract tourists and in­ter­na­tional trade. “From the other side, high qual­ity of the flats, hotels, of­fices and ex­cel­lent lo­ca­tion [on the river bank] at­tracts peo­ple from other parts of Ser­bia and Europe as well to visit Bel­grade, so we will have in­creased num­ber of tourists and busi­ness peo­ple who will start their busi­ness and run it from Ser­bia,” he said.

Ea­gle Hills says on its web­site that it spe­cialises in the “de­vel­op­ment, cre­ation and rein­vig­o­ra­tion of ur­ban cen­tres”.

7DAYS made sev­eral attempts to con­tact the firm but was un­able to get a re­sponse.

Am­ber Heard and two of her friends are set to tes­tify about Johnny Depp’s alleged abuse in court to­mor­row. The 30-year-old ac­tress will stand be­fore the judge along with her pal iO Til­lett Wright and her neigh­bour Raquel Rose Pen­ning­ton as they pro­vide ev­i­dence on the for­mer cou­ple’s toxic re­la­tion­ship in a hear­ing about ex­tend­ing her do­mes­tic-vi­o­lence re­strain­ing or­der against the ac­tor. Depp, 53, has de­nied phys­i­cally abus­ing his wife of 15 months.

SPEAK­ING OUT: The protest in the Ser­bian cap­i­tal

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