Dubai’s reputation was hit after real estate prices plunged more than 50 per cent after the 2009 financial debt crisis. Kamran Jebreili / AP Photo
Dubai’s reputation was hit after real estate prices plunged more than 50 per cent after the 2009 financial debt crisis. Kamran Jebreili / AP Photo

Abu Dhabi to refinance $20 billion Dubai loans at lower rate



Abu Dhabi has agreed to refinance US$20 billion of debt it extended to Dubai in the aftermath of financial crisis at a cheaper rate to boost the country’s economic growth.

The rollover is also likely to further reassure investors and add further steam to a rally of the country’s stocks and traded debt.

The Abu Dhabi Department of Finance, the Central Bank of the UAE, and the governments of Dubai and Abu Dhabi signed an agreement yesterday to extend two tranches of $10bn, one loan and one bond, for a further five years at a rate of 1 per cent, the official news agency Wam reported yesterday.

“This is certainly positive news for the Dubai debt story and fixed income investors are likely to perceive it as such,” said Chavan Bhogaita, the executive director of credit and alternatives at National Bank of Abu Dhabi. “It removes the cloud that many saw hanging over Dubai and allows the emirate to concentrate on further strengthening its balance sheet and cash flows.”

The bonds and loan, which were initially issued at a rate of 4 per cent, can also be renewed when they mature in 2019.

"It had been widely assumed that the debt would be rolled over, but the confirmation removes any lingering uncertainty and is highly welcome," said Simon Williams, HSBC's chief economist for the Middle East and North Africa. "Just like the Expo award, it's another key development that allows Dubai to claim that it has put the 2009 crash definitively behind it."

Dubai took out more than $100bn of loans to build a tourism, financial services and trade hub before the financial crisis, building the world’s tallest tower, biggest mall and an indoor ski slope to stand out and attract visitors and investors.

The Dubai World conglomerate triggered the debt crisis in 2009 when it asked its creditors for more time to pay $26 billion in borrowings.

“Signing of these agreements is consistent with the UAE’s prudent financial policy which aims at supporting and promoting economic growth,” said Khalifa Mohamed Al Kindi, chairman of the board of directors at the Central Bank. “We at the Central Bank are constantly seeking to maintain a strong economy and a sound banking sector.”

The country’s economy turned a corner last year, growing at more than 4 per cent.

Dubai’s reputation was hit after real estate prices plunged more than 50 per cent after the 2009 financial debt crisis, but it recorded a spectacular return of confidence in 2013 after years of stagnant asset prices.

Its main equity benchmark more than doubled last year and has gained 20 per cent this year, making it the fourth best performer of primary global indexes tracked by Bloomberg.

Yields on the debt of Dubai’s companies, such as Emaar Properties, have also dropped and property prices have jumped as investors become more confident of the Emirate’s growth prospects.

Ram Mohan, vice president for treasury and capital markets at Invest AD, an Abu Dhabi asset manager, said that he expected the favourable financing terms would help Dubai’s overall efforts to refinance other debt and issue new bonds ahead of Expo 2020.

He added that the refinancing may mean greater demand for existing Dubai debt in the secondary market.

“This will also give a boost to secondary market prices, as the need for immediate new issuance has been avoided and regional investors will be looking to add more of the Dubai complex names into their books based on this positive news,” he said.

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UNSC Elections 2022-23

Seats open:

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  • One for Latin America and Caribbean Group
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Countries so far running: 

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  • Brazil 

Pupils in Abu Dhabi are learning the importance of being active, eating well and leading a healthy lifestyle now and throughout adulthood, thanks to a newly launched programme 'Healthy Lifestyle'.

As part of the Healthy Lifestyle programme, specially trained coaches from City Football Schools, along with Healthpoint physicians have visited schools throughout Abu Dhabi to give fun and interactive lessons on working out regularly, making the right food choices, getting enough sleep and staying hydrated, just like their favourite footballers.

Organised by Manchester City FC and Healthpoint, Manchester City FC’s regional healthcare partner and part of Mubadala’s healthcare network, the ‘Healthy Lifestyle’ programme will visit 15 schools, meeting around 1,000 youngsters over the next five months.

Designed to give pupils all the information they need to improve their diet and fitness habits at home, at school and as they grow up, coaches from City Football Schools will work alongside teachers to lead the youngsters through a series of fun, creative and educational classes as well as activities, including playing football and other games.

Dr Mai Ahmed Al Jaber, head of public health at Healthpoint, said: “The programme has different aspects - diet, exercise, sleep and mental well-being. By having a focus on each of those and delivering information in a way that children can absorb easily it can help to address childhood obesity."

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Started: 2023
Co-founders: Arto Bendiken and Talal Thabet
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: AI
Number of employees: 41
Funding: About $1.7 million
Investors: Self, family and friends

The specs

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The specs: 2018 Volkswagen Teramont

Price, base / as tested Dh137,000 / Dh189,950

Engine 3.6-litre V6

Gearbox Eight-speed automatic

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Fuel economy, combined 11.7L / 100km

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Founder: Eisa Alsubousi

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Daily visitors to Dragon Mart in 2010: 20,000

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Started: Sept 2017
Based: UAE with a subsidiary in the UK
Industry: FinTech
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Day 3, Abu Dhabi Test: At a glance

Moment of the day Just three balls remained in an exhausting day for Sri Lanka’s bowlers when they were afforded some belated cheer. Nuwan Pradeep, unrewarded in 15 overs to that point, let slip a seemingly innocuous delivery down the legside. Babar Azam feathered it behind, and Niroshan Dickwella dived to make a fine catch.

Stat of the day - 2.56 Shan Masood and Sami Aslam are the 16th opening partnership Pakistan have had in Tests in the past five years. That turnover at the top of the order – a new pair every 2.56 Test matches on average – is by far the fastest rate among the leading Test sides. Masood and Aslam put on 114 in their first alliance in Abu Dhabi.

The verdict Even by the normal standards of Test cricket in the UAE, this has been slow going. Pakistan’s run-rate of 2.38 per over is the lowest they have managed in a Test match in this country. With just 14 wickets having fallen in three days so far, it is difficult to see 26 dropping to bring about a result over the next two.

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David White might be new to the country, but he has clearly already built up an affinity with the place.

After the UAE shocked Pakistan in the semi-final of the Under 19 Asia Cup last month, White was hugged on the field by Aayan Khan, the team’s captain.

White suggests that was more a sign of Aayan’s amiability than anything else. But he believes the young all-rounder, who was part of the winning Gulf Giants team last year, is just the sort of player the country should be seeking to produce via the ILT20.

“He is a delightful young man,” White said. “He played in the competition last year at 17, and look at his development from there till now, and where he is representing the UAE.

“He was influential in the U19 team which beat Pakistan. He is the perfect example of what we are all trying to achieve here.

“It is about the development of players who are going to represent the UAE and go on to help make UAE a force in world cricket.” 

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Equestrian

Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi, Abdullah Al Marri, Omar Al Marzooqi, Salem Al Suwaidi, and Ali Al Karbi (four to be selected).

Judo
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Cycling
Safia Al Sayegh (women's road race).

Swimming

Men: Yousef Rashid Al Matroushi (100m freestyle); women: Maha Abdullah Al Shehi (200m freestyle).

Athletics

Maryam Mohammed Al Farsi (women's 100 metres).

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Date started: March 2016

Founder: Hasib Khan

Based: Dubai

Employees: 40

Amount raised (to date): $3.25m – $750,000 seed funding in 2017 and a Seed+ round of $2.5m last year. Raised $1.3m from Eureeca investors in January 2021 as part of a Series A round with a $5m target.

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