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Ulcinj

The ancient port city of Ulcinj in the far South of the country, close to the border with Albania, is the one town in Montenegro where the Albanian community is in a clear majority. Of the town's population of 10,800 the majority are of Albanian ethnicity. Ismet Karamaga says that 95% of them voted for independence.

It has beautiful beaches and was a famous tourist destination until the 1990's. It hosts the longest beach in the country, Velika Plaza (the big beach) which extends over 12 km of continuous sandy beach.

Under the National Plan for tourism, major tourist facilities and accommodation 30,000 beds are to be built at Velika Plaza, south east of the town. The project has been dubbed the "new Dubai."

The plan avoids the sort of high rise accommodation that has scarred the southern coast of Spain. However there are concerns about uncontrolled development, water and power facilities, and waste and rubbish facilities, and the impact on the ecology of the area which is famous for its abundant aquatic life and its plants.

April 2008

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