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A megalomaniac project backed by the promise of Abu Dhabi money is forcefully pushed forward by sidestepping laws and ignoring existing urban fabric, in order to secure the future identity of Serbia and its capital.
In the past 25 years, it was almost impossible to see positive key words – develop, potential, ambitious or modern – in the global media relating to the name Belgrade or Serbia. That is, until the revelation of the Belgrade Waterfront project, also known as Beograd na Vodi (Belgrade on Water). Although an international project, its official English name is different. Well, it is a bewildering stream of information in which this project floats or sinks, depending on how deep you dive into it.
The Belgrade Waterfront project was announced for the first time in the spring of 2012. In the peak of the election campaign, during a friendly boat trip up the Sava River, First Vice President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, revealed the plan (in front of cameras) to his guest, Rudolph Giuliani. A better future for Serbia and a solution for the country’s huge unemployment rate were to emerge from the rebuilding of the central zone of Belgrade which was confined by railway tracks and has been neglected for decades. […]