Damac profits take a tumble in 2017 as cost of sales rises

Damac, the developer behind a Trump International golf course development in Dubai, has reported a sharp decline in profits. (REUTERS)
Updated 14 February 2018
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Damac profits take a tumble in 2017 as cost of sales rises

LONDON: Dubai developer Damac Properties recorded a 25 percent drop in profit last year amid a regional real estate slump.
The real-estate company behind the Trump International Golf Club in Dubai suffered from the rising cost of sales and a decline in margin for international projects following a tricky period for the sector.
In a statement published on the Dubai Financial Market website, the company said full-year net profit fell from 3.69 billion dirhams ($1 billion) in 2016 to 2.76 billion dirhams last year. However revenues rose by 4 percent during the same period, from7.16 billion dirhams to 7.45 billion dirhams.
The report follows a turbulent year for the Dubai property market, with a drop in demand dampening prices amid increased supply as a series of new developments came onto the market.
But the developer remains upbeat, reporting a rise in booked sales, which stood at 7.5 billion dirhams at the end of December compared to 7 billion dirhams in the previous year.
“Dubai’s property market continues to show growth as increasing demand returns to the market, and this is reflected in our booked sales. Our medium to long-term outlook remains positive, with continued local demand as well and stronger interest by international investors,” said Hussain Sajwani, chairman of Damac Properties.
He added that the emirate’s property sector was “feeling the positive effects of the emirate’s appeal and growing sophistication on the world stage. This is evident from the growing real estate sales transactions at Dubai Land Department and we are confident of the growth prospects for the sector going forward.”
So far this year, Damac has delivered 2,304 units, taking its total to 20,236 units to date. Recent completions include new units in Damac Hills, a luxury residential community in Dubai built around the Trump International Golf Club.
Construction is underway on more than 6,500 units at AKOYA Oxygen, a tree-filled community living space designed to promote living in harmony with nature. The development includes The Rainforest at AKOYA Oxygen.
The company also delivered units at new developments abroad, including its two-tower project in Saudi Arabia Damac Esclusiva and The Heights in Jordan.
Damac continued to expand its interests locally and overseas in 2017, activating 226 new brokers and conducting 524 roadshows across 42 countries.
“Our major projects in Dubai including DAMAC Hills, AKOYA Oxygen and AYKON City continue to appeal to expats and international investors alike, while our diverse product portfolio continues to attract a wide variety of buyers for our off-plan and ready properties,” Sajwani said.


UAE passenger jet makes long haul journey on locally produced biofuel

Updated 17 January 2019
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UAE passenger jet makes long haul journey on locally produced biofuel

  • The biofuel was produced from plants grown in a local saltwater ecosystem in Abu Dhabi
  • It can be refined using existing infrastructure and used with current engines and airport fueling systems

DUBAI: Etihad Airways flew the first commercial flight powered by locally produced sustainable fuel Wednesday, Emirati airlines Etihad Airways reported on their website from an announcement by the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC).

The Boeing 787, flying from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam, used biofuel produced from the oil of Salicornia plants, which are grown in the Seawater Energy and Agriculture System (SEAS), in Masdar City near the UAE capital - Abu Dhabi.

The SEAS project is the world’s first desert ecosystem made specially to produce fuel and food in saltwater.

While Etihad is not the first airline to use biofuel in its aircraft, it is the first time in the UAE for the source of the biofuel to be grown and produced in the country.

“Etihad’s flight proves SEAS is a game-changer that can substantially benefit air transport and the world,” said Vice President of strategy and market development for Boeing International Sean Schwinn.

“The research and technology being developed shows significant promise to transform coastal deserts into productive farmland supporting food security and cleaner skies.”

The biofuel can be produced using existing refinery facilities, it can be blended with regular jet fuel, and used with existing aircraft, engines and airport fueling delivery systems

Biofuels were introduced for commercial flight use in 2011.

Since then nearly 160,000 passengers have flown on flights powered by a blend of sustainable and traditional jet fuels.

The water used for the SEAS project is drawn from fish and shrimp farmeries that produce food for the UAE.

The system is expected to expand to cover 2 mln square meters over the course of the next few years.