TDIC signs AED 500 million credit facility with banking consortium funds to finance major development projects
Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the Abu Dhabi headquartered infrastructure development group, has signed its maiden credit facility with a banking syndicate comprising the UAE number one bank National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) , Standard Chartered Bank and HSBC.
The finance is to be used to fund a series of major development projects within the UAE capital which are currently being master planned by TDIC, the name behind the flagship transformation of Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island into an international tourism destination.
“This is a solid demonstration of the private sector’s increasing commitment to the future of Abu Dhabi and to TDIC in delivering the required infrastructure to meet the emirate’s international tourism ambitions in line with the government directions” said His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman, of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and TDIC.
“This is the start of what we hope and believe will be a long and extremely fruitful partnership going forward with the UAE’s largest bank and two prominent international banks.”
Operating along strictly commercial lines, TDIC is currently progressing around 15 projects, some in partnership with private investors, which will see up to 4,000 hotel rooms added to Abu Dhabi’s hospitality portfolio within the next three years. TDIC has aggressive plans to build the emirate and in the process will be tapping various financial markets and use innovative financial products to support its growth plans.
“TDIC and its work in significantly developing Abu Dhabi’s global tourism offering is a major step forward in the emirate’s economic diversification strategy and one which the local and international banking community is keen to support,” said Michael H Tomalin, CEO, NBAD.
“We will look to further strengthen our relationship as TDIC expands its footprint emirate-wide.”