Orascom, Bombardier to build $1.5 billion monorail in Egypt

Updated 04 May 2015
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Orascom, Bombardier to build $1.5 billion monorail in Egypt

CAIRO: Canada’s Bombardier Inc. and Egypt’s Orascom Construction and Arab Contractors will build a $1.5 billion monorail near Cairo, Egypt’s housing minister said.
The 52km project is set to be completed by mid-2018 with funding from a 14-year loan, Mostafa Madbouly said in a statement, without saying who was providing the funds.
The train will connect the Cairo metro system, which is being expanded, to areas west of the capital including 6th of October City and Sheikh Zayed.
Cairo, a centuries-old metropolis where more than 20 million people reside, has suffered for years from crumbling infrastructure and neglect.
Improved public transport could help reduce congestion in streets where commuters compete with commercial traffic, three-wheeled tuk-tuks and donkey carts.
The move comes weeks after the government announced a project to build a new capital southeast of Cairo, a proposal that has received mixed reviews.
Madbouly said technical and financial offers for the rail project had been approved, but Reuters could not immediately reach the companies to confirm the details.
Orascom, an engineering and building business, is controlled by Egypt’s prominent Sawiris family.
It announced plans late last year to build a $3 billion coal-fired power station on the Red Sea coast in a joint venture with Abu Dhabi state fund International Petroleum Investment Co. (IPIC).
According to The Cairo Post, the housing ministry has published a concept design of the train, in which the Mall of Arabia Shopping Center, situated in 6 of October City, appears in the background.
The project aims to serve residential neighborhoods the industrial city.
Although it is classified as part of Giza governorate, 6 of October City is located in the desert far from downtown Cairo and active districts; 17 km from the Giza Pyramids and 32 Km from downtown Cairo.
The monorail project would include 17 stations grouped into two phases; 12 in the first phase and five in the second one.
The monorail project will be implemented by an Egyptian-Canadian coalition, whose technical and financial bid was selected by the Ministry of Housing.


Emirates NBD Q2 profit surges 30 pct as net interest income rises

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Emirates NBD Q2 profit surges 30 pct as net interest income rises

  • Banks in the United Arab Emirates are expected to benefit this year as economic growth recovers and investment in infrastructure picks up
  • Emirates NBD expanded its international operations in May by agreeing to buy Turkey’s Denizbank from Russia’s state-owned Sberbank for $3.2 billion

DUBAI: Emirates NBD (ENBD), Dubai’s largest lender, posted a 30 percent rise in second-quarter net profit on Wednesday, boosted by a climb in net interest income and a drop in provisions to cover bad loans.

The bank made a net profit of 2.63 billion dirhams ($716.1 million) in the three months to June 30, it said in a statement, compared with 2.02 billion dirhams in the corresponding period of 2017.

That was ahead of two analysts’ forecasts. SICO Bahrain forecast the bank would make a net profit for the quarter of 2.31 billion dirhams, while EFG Hermes expected a profit of 2.14 billion dirhams.

Banks in the United Arab Emirates are expected to benefit this year as economic growth recovers and investment in infrastructure picks up ahead of Dubai’s hosting of the World Expo in 2020.

Emirates NBD, 55.6-percent owned by state fund Investment Corp, was boosted by a 20 percent rise in net interest income to 3.25 billion dirhams compared with the same period a year earlier. — Reuters

That helped offset a 3 percent dip in non-interest income to 1.10 billion dirhams as income from investment securities dropped.

Reflecting improved economic conditions, provisions for bad loans eased by 49 percent to 315 million dirhams.

With existing overseas operations in several countries including Egypt, India, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Britain, Indonesia and China, Emirates NBD expanded its international operations in May by agreeing to buy Turkey’s Denizbank from Russia’s state-owned Sberbank for $3.2 billion.

The bank said a 21 percent increase in costs during the quarter was due to higher staff and IT costs related to its digital and technology transformation, as well as higher costs related to international branch expansion.

The bank’s loan and deposit portfolio increased marginally at the end of June. Loans rose by 4 percent to 316.4 billion dirhams, while deposits increased by 3 percent 335 billion dirhams.