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Sep 14, 2014

Dubai’s Emaar looks to raise $1.58 bln from malls unit’s IPO

DUBAI, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Dubai’s Emaar Properties
is seeking to raise as much as 5.8 billion dirhams
($1.58 billion) from an initial public offer of shares in its
shopping malls unit that is expected to be the Gulf’s biggest
stock sale since 2008.

The planned listing of Emaar Malls Group (EMG) underlines
Dubai’s recovery from its financial crisis, which erupted in
2009, and is expected to pave the way for other companies to
list on the emirate’s stock markets after a drought of IPOs.

Sep 8, 2014

Dubai’s ICD buys $300 mln stake in Nigeria’s Dangote Cement

LAGOS/DUBAI, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Sovereign fund Investment
Corp of Dubai (ICD) has bought a 1.4 percent stake in Dangote
Cement, Nigeria’s biggest company by market
capitalisation, for $300 million, a Dangote spokesman said on
Monday.

Dangote Cement spokesman Carl Franklin confirmed the sale,
but provided no further details.

Sep 8, 2014

Dubai to spend $32 bln on airport expansion amid aviation push

DUBAI, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Dubai will spend $32 billion on
expanding its second airport to handle over 200 million people
annually next decade, roughly triple the current level of
passenger traffic through the emirate, airport authorities said
on Monday.

The expansion could allow Dubai’s fast-growing flagship
carrier Emirates to shift its operations to the new
facility by the mid-2020s, airport officials said. That might
prompt other international airline operations in Dubai to follow
suit because of business ties to the Emirates group.

Sep 4, 2014

Dubai Holding unit in talks to raise up to $1.1 bln loan

DUBAI, Sept 4 (Reuters) – A unit of Dubai Holding, the
investment vehicle of the emirate’s ruler, said on Thursday it
was in talks with lenders to raise a syndicated loan, with
banking sources adding the facility could be worth up to 4
billion dirhams ($1.1 billion).

TECOM Investments, a business park operator and one of the
key assets of Dubai Holding, is expected to use the proceeds for
its growth plans, while some of the cash would also be diverted
to the parent company, one of the sources said.

Sep 1, 2014

Dubai’s state property firm Meraas seeks up to $4 bln loan – sources

DUBAI, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Meraas Holding, a state-owned
property firm that is developing some of Dubai’s most ambitious
real estate projects, is in talks with banks to raise up to $4
billion, sources aware of the matter said on Monday.

Dubai has bounced back rapidly from a debt crisis in 2008,
when property prices fell by more than half, and state-linked
property companies have started work on several major projects
in the last two years.

Aug 31, 2014

Dubai’s Emaar to launch long-awaited malls unit IPO in Sept

DUBAI, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Emaar Properties will
launch its highly anticipated initial public offer of at least
15 percent of its shopping malls and retailing unit on Dubai’s
main stock market in September, and plans to list the shares in
October.

The offer would be one of the largest equity sales in the
Middle East since 2008, underlining Dubai’s recovery from a
credit crisis that forced many state-linked developers to stall
projects, and some – though not Emaar – to restructure debt.

Aug 7, 2014

Creditors approve $2.7 billion debt restructuring for Dubai’s Amlak

DUBAI, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Dubai mortgage lender Amlak Finance
said on Thursday that all its creditors had approved a
plan to restructure its debt, bringing to a close protracted
talks over the last major hangover from the emirate’s property
market crash of 2008.

Twenty-eight creditors had been seeking a deal with the
Islamic lender, which had its shares suspended from trade on the
Dubai Financial Market in November 2008 as the crash ravaged its
finances.

Jul 8, 2014

Dubai Holding chief says company needs $6.8 bln to build new mega-mall

DUBAI, July 8 (Reuters) – Dubai Holding, the
investment vehicle of the emirate’s ruler, will need 25 billion
dirhams ($6.8 billion) to build an entertainment district that
will include the world’s largest shopping mall, its chief
executive said on Tuesday.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum announced on Saturday
plans to build the “Mall of the World”, encompassing an 8
million square foot mall connected to a theme park, 100 hotels
and serviced apartment buildings with 20,000 rooms.

Jun 27, 2014

Thousands march across Kabul to protest election fraud

KABUL (Reuters) – Thousands of angry protesters marched on the Afghan president’s palace on Friday in support of candidate Abdullah Abdullah’s allegations that mass fraud had been committed during the presidential election by organisers and state officials.

The run-off poll, pitting the former Northern Alliance leader against ex-finance minister Ashraf Ghani on June 14, has fallen into deadlock over Abdullah’s decision last week to drop out.

Jun 27, 2014

Thousands march on Afghan president’s palace to protest elections

KABUL (Reuters) – Thousands of angry protesters marched on the Afghan president’s palace on Friday in support of candidate Abdullah Abdullah’s allegations that mass fraud had been committed during the presidential election by organizers and state officials.

The run-off pitting the former Northern Alliance leader against ex-finance minister Ashraf Ghani on June 14 has fallen into a deadlock over Abdullah’s decision to drop out last week.