Abu Dhabi developer Aldar acquires TDIC’s real estate assets worth 3.7 billion dirhams

Aldar’s agreement with Tourism Development & Investment Company to acquire 3.7 billion dirhams worth of prime real assets is one of the largest property acquisitions in the UAE’s history. (Courtesy Aldar)
Updated 07 May 2018
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Abu Dhabi developer Aldar acquires TDIC’s real estate assets worth 3.7 billion dirhams

DUBAI: Abu Dhabi developer Aldar on Monday said it has signed an agreement with Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) to acquire 3.7 billion dirhams worth of its prime real assets, one of the largest property acquisitions in the UAE’s history.
The transaction will be fully complete by the end of June, subject to fulfilment of certain conditions, the company said in a disclosure to the Abu Dhabi stock exchange.
The 14 assets acquired from TDIC, mostly focus on the emirate’s tourism-cultural destination Saadiyat Island, range from hospitality, retail, residential, education and infrastructure as well as a selection of prime land plots and projects currently being developed. The more notable acquisitions include the Eastern Mangroves complex, Saadiyat Island district cooling assets, Cranleigh School Abu Dhabi and Westin Golf & Spa.
“Acquiring assets on Saadiyat Island presents Aldar with an unprecedented opportunity to add significant value to its portfolio. The opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi has demonstrated the government’s commitment to make Saadiyat Island one of the most sought-after destinations in the world,” Talal Al Dhiyebi, Chief Executive Officer of Aldar Properties, said in a statement to the bourse.
“We believe this landmark acquisition will further advance Abu Dhabi’s real estate sector and accelerate the development of Saadiyat Island, taking it to the next level. This is a very exciting time for the market, and as its leading player, we’re well placed to take advantage, with the injection of these new assets.”
The land and projects under development that to be taken over will form part of Aldar’s development destination strategy, the developer said, while collectively the acquired assets should deliver ‘an incremental net operating income of approximately 120 dirhams million to Aldar’s asset management portfolio on an annualized basis.’
The gross development value of the projects under development on Saadiyat Island is 2.5 billion dirhams. The land located on Saadiyat Island that is being acquired, which is infrastructure enabled, has approximately 1.1 million square meters of gross floor area.


Siemens CEO pushes plans to boost Iraqi power infrastructure

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Siemens CEO pushes plans to boost Iraqi power infrastructure

FRANKFURT: Siemens said its boss Joe Kaeser met Iraq’s prime minister on Sunday to discuss a proposal by the German company to expand the Middle East nation’s power production.
The German engineering group said it was proposing a deal to add 11 gigawatt (GW) of capacity over four years, saying this would boost the country’s capacity by nearly 50 percent.
It did not give a value, but such a contract would be worth several billion euros based on previous comparable deals.
Iraq has a wide gap between electricity consumption and supply. Peak demand in the summer, when people turn on air conditioners due to high temperatures, is about 21 GW, far exceeding the 13 GW the grid is currently provides, experts say.
Kaeser said in a statement after meeting Prime Minister Al-Abadi that they had “discussed the comprehensive Siemens roadmap to build a better future for the Iraqi people.”
“In Egypt, we have done the same and successfully built up the power infrastructure in record time with the highest efficiency,” he said.
In 2015, Siemens signed an 8 billion euro ($9.4 billion) deal with Egypt to supply gas and wind power plants to add 16.4 gigawatts of capacity to the country’s power grid, marking the group’s single biggest order.
The proposal for Iraq, first pitched in February, would include cutting Iraq’s energy losses, introducing smart grids, expanding transmission grids, upgrading existing plants and adding new capacity.
The group would also help the government secure funding from international commercial banks and export credit agencies with German government support, creating thousands of jobs in Iraq.
Siemens would donate a $60 million grant for software for Iraqi universities, it said.