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Young people enjoy the rides at Afra's theme park in Khartoum, Sudan. Khartoum's first mall 'Afra' opened in 2004 and has become a place to congregate for young Sudanese..Khartoum is modeling itself as the Dubai of Africa and despite Western sanctions the city is booming. Away from the troubles and poverty that plaque the rest of Sudan, development in Khartoum is moving at an astonishing rate. Investment from the East, and in particular China, allowed the Sudanese economy to grow by 11% in 2007. This growth is driven largely by oil, with production rising from 63,000 barrels per day in 1999 to over 500,000 barrels today.