Emaar to raise US$1 billion in debut Islamic facility

Published October 4th, 2006 - 07:14 GMT

Emaar Properties PJSC, the Dubai-based Public Joint Stock Company, will raise US$1 billion through Musharaka Islamic syndication. The five-year facility will primarily be used to finance Emaar’s large-scale international projects and complete its multi-billion dirham projects in the UAE.

The syndicated Musharaka facility is the first debt issue for Emaar in terms of size and scope, and will be instrumental in meeting the company’s growth needs in the near future. The pioneering transaction is crucial in reinforcing Emaar’s ties with global financial powerhouses that will participate in the syndication.

Mr Mohamed Ali Alabbar, Chairman, Emaar Properties, said: “The Musharaka Islamic syndication reiterates Emaar’s Vision 2010 of becoming one of the world’s most valuable companies through international expansion and diversification. Working with key global Islamic finance institutions further enhances our position in the capital markets.”

Emaar, one of the world’s largest real estate companies, is listed on the Dubai Financial Market and is part of the Dow Jones Arabia Titans Index. The company is constructing the landmark US$20 billion Downtown Burj Dubai development, which has the Burj Dubai – the tallest tower in the world when completed in 2008 – at its epicentre.


Emaar’s international roster of projects now spans Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Pakistan and India. In Saudi Arabia, Emaar is developing the US$26.6 billion King Abdullah Economic City, a six-component project which will bring in a new era of economic prosperity to the Kingdom. The property developer is extending its core competency of developing master-planned communities in the other markets apart from undertaking strategic initiatives in education and healthcare sectors.


About Emaar Properties PJSC:
Emaar Properties, the Dubai-based Public Joint Stock Company and one of the world's largest real estate companies, is listed on the Dubai Financial Market and is part of the Dow Jones Arabia Titans Index. The company recently announced that its net profits for the half year ended 30 June 2006 reached AED 3.053 billion (US$831 million) - a significant gain of 21 per cent over the first-half 2005 results of AED 2.533 billion (US$690 million) - reflecting the remarkable growth the company has gained since its inception in 1997.

With more than 14,000 homes handed over to customers, Emaar has several major real estate projects under various stages of development in Dubai. Emaar is marching ahead with the construction of its AED 73 billion (US$20 billion) Downtown Burj Dubai mixed-use development that encompasses Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest tower when completed in 2008.

The company has joint ventures and projects across the region covering Saudi Arabia, India, Egypt, Turkey, Morocco, Bahrain, Syria, Jordan, Pakistan, Lebanon and Tunisia. In Saudi Arabia, Emaar is developing the US$26.6 billion (SR100 billion) King Abdullah Economic City, the single largest private sector project in the Kingdom.

Emaar also entered the US market by acquiring John Laing Homes, the second largest privately held homebuilder in the US for AED 3.856 billion (US$1.050 billion). Emaar joined hands with The Turner Corporation, a leading international building services provider, to form a new entity, Turner International Middle East Ltd (Turner International ME) to jointly tap regional growth opportunities.

In a move that scaled up its core competency in product sales across the international arena, particularly the Western hemisphere, Emaar acquired Hamptons International, the UK-based subsidiary of premier property developer Wheelock Properties (Singapore) Ltd in a deal worth AED 562.45 million (US$153.05 million).

Last year the property developer announced plans to aggressively expand the retail sector with investments of over AED 15 billion (US$4 billion) to develop approximately 150 malls in the larger emerging markets of the Middle East, North Africa (MENA) and the Indian subcontinent. In addition, Emaar has teamed up with Giorgio Armani S.p.A to build and manage 10 Armani hotels and resorts across the world; an Armani hotel will feature in Emaar's flagship Burj Dubai tower.

Emaar’s education initiative will involve the establishment of international schools in the MENA region and India, which will offer premium quality education and an integrated curriculum for students ranging from kindergarten to tertiary levels. Emaar's healthcare diversification will see the company invest around AED 18.35 billion (US$5 billion) over the next decade in the MENA and South Asia markets with the construction of hospitals, clinics and medical centres and the investment in the provision of world-class healthcare services.

Emaar has diversified into related business lines to further build value for its shareholders, which includes the Government of Dubai. Emaar owns and manages EMRILL, a joint venture with the UK-based Carillion which provides innovative property and facilities management services. Emaar also holds 30 per cent equity in Dubai Bank, focused on retail and commercial banking and is the majority shareholder in Amlak Finance, UAE's leading Islamic home financing company.


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