Dubai’s Nakheel sees 22 percent drop in profit

A photo shows a partial aerial view of the man-made Palm Jumeirah island built by Nakheel property giant off the coast of the Gulf emirate of Dubai on December 17, 2009. (AFP)
Updated 27 July 2017
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Dubai’s Nakheel sees 22 percent drop in profit

LONDON: Dubai developer Nakheel reported on Wednesday a 22 percent decline in second quarter net profit, according to Reuters calculations.
The real estate company behind Dubai mega projects such as the Palm Islands, made a profit of Dh1.16 billion ($315.8 million) in the three months to June 30, compared to Dh1.48 billion a year ago, Reuters calculations showed. The company did not provide a quarterly breakdown.
Net profit for the first six months of 2017 was Dh2.64 billion, down from the Dh2.95 billion recorded in the corresponding period of last year, the statement said.
The Dubai government-owned company said it handed over 870 land-form and built-form units to customers in the first half of the year.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Nakheel declined to reveal its total revenues but cited increased revenue from ‘non-development businesses’ — including retail, leasing, hospitality and asset management services.
Annual revenues from these segments trebled from Dh800 million ($218 million) in 2010 to Dh2.5 billion ($680 million) in 2017, the company said.
Amid a subdued Dubai real estate market, Nakheel also said it will continue its strategy of developing its cash-generating assets.
It announced a slew of major projects in the first six months of 2017. These include Deira Mall at Deira Islands, The Palm Gateway at Palm Jumeirah and its first joint hospitality venture, the 800-room RUI resort at Deira Islands.


China cancels trade talks with US as tariff threats escalate

Updated 22 September 2018
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China cancels trade talks with US as tariff threats escalate

  • A mid-level delegation was due to travel to Washington ahead of Liu’s visit, but the trip has now been abandoned
  • China added $60 billion of US products to its import tariff list as it retaliated against US duties on $200 billion of Chinese goods

SHANGHAI: China has canceled upcoming trade talks with the United States and will not send vice-premier Liu He to Washington next week, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources.
The Wall Street Journal said a mid-level delegation was due to travel to Washington ahead of Liu’s visit, but the trip has now been abandoned.
Earlier this week, China added $60 billion of US products to its import tariff list as it retaliated against US duties on $200 billion of Chinese goods set to go into effect from Sept. 24.