Dubai completes funding for Dubai Metro’s Route 2020 extension project

The Roads and Transport Authority said that tunneling on the Route 2020 Project is progressing at a steady pace with more than 50 percent of the excavation work already completed. (Roads and Transport Authority)
Updated 22 March 2018

Dubai completes funding for Dubai Metro’s Route 2020 extension project

DUBAI: The government has completed the 9 billion-dirham financing exercise to complete the construction of the Dubai Metro’s Route 2020 extension project, the emirate’s Department of Finance said on Thursday.
The transaction consists of a 17-year billion dirham loan guaranteed by the French export credit agency Bpifrance Assurance Export and the Spanish export credit agency Compañía Española de Seguros de Crédito a la Exportación, with 14-year amortizations to start in 2020, and a 10-year conventional facility of 4 billion dirhams, with payments over six years to start in 2022.
The five-stage Route 2020 project, which will cost 10.6 billion dirhams, will extend the existing Dubai Metro Red Line to the Expo 2020 site and will have seven stations in between.
“The encouraging response received for this financing, illustrates the strong confidence of international banks in Dubai’s economy … we have been able to achieve long-term financing at competitive rates while at the same time allowing us to manage our budget proactively and in a fiscally responsible manner,” Abdulrahman Saleh Al Saleh, DoF director general, said in a statement.
Banco Santander, First Abu Dhabi Bank, HSBC Middle East Limited, Intesa Sanpaolo and Standard Chartered Bank acted as mandated lead arrangers and the facility providers for the financing.
The contract for the design and build for the project was awarded by Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority to a consortium of Alstom Transport, Acciona Infraestructuras and Gulermak.

Saudi Arabia has lion’s share of regional philanthropy

Updated 26 April 2018

Saudi Arabia has lion’s share of regional philanthropy

  • Kingdom is home to three quarters of region's foundations
  • Combined asets of global foundations is $1.5 trillion

Nearly three quarters of philanthropic foundations in the Middle East are concentrated in Saudi Arabia, according to a new report.

The study, conducted by researchers at Harvard Kennedy School’s Hauser Institute with funding from Swiss bank UBS, also found that resources were highly concentrated in certain areas with education the most popular area for investment globally.

That trend was best illustrated in the Kingdom, where education ranked first among the target areas of local foundations.

While the combined assets of the world’s foundations are estimated at close to $1.5 trillion, half have no paid staff and small budgets of under $1 million. In fact, 90 percent of identified foundations have assets of less than $10 million, according to the Global Philanthropy Report. 

Developed over three years with inputs from twenty research teams across nineteen countries and Hong Kong, the report highlights the magnitude of global philanthropic investment.

A rapidly growing number of philanthropists are establishing foundations and institutions to focus, practice, and amplify these investments, said the report.

In recent years, philanthropy has witnessed a major shift. Wealthy individuals, families, and corporations are looking to give more, to give more strategically, and to increase the impact of their social investments.

Organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have become increasingly high profile — but at the same time, some governments, including India and China, have sought to limit the spread of cross-border philanthropy in certain sectors.

As the world is falling well short of raising the $ 5-7 trillion of annual investment needed to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, UBS sees the report findings as a call for philanthropists to work together to scale their impact.

Understanding this need for collaboration, UBS has established a global community where philanthropists can work together to drive sustainable impact.

Established in 2015 and with over 400 members, the Global Philanthropists Community hosted by UBS is the world’s largest private network exclusively for philanthropists and social investors, facilitating collaboration and sharing of best practices.

Josef Stadler, head of ultra high net worth wealth, UBS Global Management, said: “This report takes a much-needed step toward understanding global philanthropy so that, collectively, we might shape a more strategic and collaborative future, with philanthropists leading the way toward solving the great challenges of our time.”

This week Saudi Arabia said it would provide an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid in Syria, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.

The UAE also this week said it had contributed $192 million to a housing project in Afghanistan through the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development.