RPT-UPDATE 1-Facelift or folly, Belgrade braces for Dubai-style makeover

March 31, 2015 3:32 PM

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BELGRADE, March 31 (Reuters) - The vista of rusting boats and drab wasteland that greets visitors passing over the river Sava into Belgrade is set to be transformed into a futuristic forest of skyscrapers under ambitious redevelopment plans that have left Serbs deeply split.

Construction for the Belgrade Waterfront project is due to kick off this summer, bankrolled by Gulf Arabs, and will forever change the appearance, and critics say also the character, of Serbia's capital city, home to around 1.3 million people.

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