French President Sarkozy at Paris-Sorbonne Abu Dhabi foundation laying ceremony, back in 2008
Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala), the Abu Dhabi-based strategic investment company, has announced an agreement to sell 49 per cent of its equity interest in Manhal Development Company P.J.S.C., the developer, owner and operator of the campus of the Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (PSUAD), to Mubadala Infrastructure Partners (MIP). Mubadala, General Electric and Credit Suisse are co-sponsors of MIP, an infrastructure focused private equity fund investing in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, which includes regional and international institutional investors.
The PSUAD project is strategically important to Mubadala and not only positions Abu Dhabi as a centre for educational and cultural excellence, but sets an important benchmark for the development of future UAE social infrastructure projects. The project also demonstrates Mubadala’s expertise in developing and delivering Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects.
Ali Eid Al Mehairi, Associate Director, Mubadala Infrastructure, said: “Mubadala is proud to have built in conjunction with Abu Dhabi Education Council and Paris Sorbonne, a global leader in education, a world class educational facility. The sale of a minority equity stake allows Mubadala to realise a commercial benefit while being in line with its strategy of sharing project risk with other parties at appropriate times which is an important step in the development of the PPP market locally and in the region. We have a strong relationship with MIP and look forward to leveraging their extensive experience to create further value.”
Mubadala Infrastructure Partners Limited’s Chief Executive Officer Philip K. Haddad, said: “Our investment in PSUAD is aligned with our aim of investing in social infrastructure opportunities throughout the MENA region and Turkey and diversifying our portfolio. We believe PSUAD will deliver strong and reliable returns to our investors, while affording MIP the opportunity to actively participate alongside Mubadala in value creation through operational improvements. We look to furthering our strong relationship with Mubadala on similar opportunities in the future."
The PSUAD project was completed in August 2010 on Al Reem Island and constitutes approximately 93,000m² of state-of-the-art teaching and recreational facilities. The University provides courses in arts, languages and political sciences. Mubadala developed the project under a long-term BOOT structure, which covers build, own, operate and transfer. The grantor of the BOOT concession and off taker of the project is the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC).