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.


Saudi Arabia’s SABIC and NCB sign deal to finance small businesses

The National Commercial Bank struck the agreement with SABIC. (Reuters)
Updated 19 November 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s SABIC and NCB sign deal to finance small businesses

  • The move will help develop local industries through financing and refinancing entrepreneurs

LONDON: The National Commercial Bank (NCB) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) to help boost the financing of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

The move will help develop local industries through financing and refinancing entrepreneurs, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported.

The agreement will enable entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to obtain support and funding from NCB at preferential rates.

In addition, NCB will provide other services, including training and educational and awareness courses.

NCB, also known as Al-Ahli Bank, recently organized three workshops geared toward SMEs, covering areas such as credit approvals, financing and trade.