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.


Gulf defense spending ‘to top $110bn by 2023’

Updated 15 February 2019
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Gulf defense spending ‘to top $110bn by 2023’

  • Saudi Arabia and UAE initiatives ‘driving forward industrial defense capabilities’
  • Budgets are increasing as countries pursue modernization of equipment and expansion of their current capabilities

LONDON: Defense spending by Gulf Arab states is expected to rise to more than $110 billion by 2023, driven partly by localized military initiatives by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, a report has found.

Budgets are increasing as countries pursue the modernization of equipment and expansion of their current capabilities, according to a report by analytics firm Jane’s by IHS Markit.

Military expenditure in the Gulf will increase from $82.33 billion in 2013 to an estimated $103.01 billion in 2019, and is forecast to continue trending upward to $110.86 billion in 2023.

“Falling energy revenues between 2014 and 2016 led to some major procurement projects being delayed as governments reigned in budget deficits,” said Charles Forrester, senior defense industry analyst at Jane’s.

“However, defense was generally protected from the worst of the spending cuts due to regional security concerns and budgets are now growing again.”

Major deals in the region have included Eurofighter Typhoon purchases by countries including Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Saudi Arabia is also looking to “localize” 50 percent of total government military spending in the Kingdom by 2030, and in 2017 announced the launch of the state-owned military industrial company Saudi Arabia Military Industries.

Forrester said such moves will boost the ability for Gulf countries to start exporting, rather than purely importing defense equipment.

“Within the defense sector, the establishment of Saudi Arabia Military Industries (SAMI) in 2017 and consolidation of the UAE’s defense industrial base through the creation of Emirates Defense Industries Company (EDIC) in 2014 have helped consolidate and drive forward industrial defense capabilities,” he said.

“This has happened as the countries focus on improving the quality of the defense technological work packages they undertake through offset, as well as increasing their ability to begin exporting defense equipment.”

Regional countries are also considering the use of “disruptive technologies” such as artificial intelligence in defense, Forrester said.

Meanwhile, it emerged on Friday that worldwide outlays on weapons and defense rose 1.8 percent to more than $1.67 trillion in 2018.

The US was responsible for almost half that increase, according to “The Military Balance” report released at the Munich Security Conference and quoted by Reuters.

Western powers were concerned about Russia’s upgrades of air bases and air defense systems in Crimea, the report said, but added that “China perhaps represents even more of a challenge, as it introduces yet more advanced military systems and is engaged in a strategy to improve its forces’ ability to operate at distance from the homeland.”