UAE announces $8.7 billion housing plan for citizens -Dubai Ruler’s tweet

General view of Dubai's cranes at a construction site in Dubai, UAE December 18, 2018. (Reuters)
Updated 25 February 2019
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UAE announces $8.7 billion housing plan for citizens -Dubai Ruler’s tweet

  • The plan will see 34,000 units built for nationals within the next six years, Sheikh Mohammed said

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates plans to build tens of thousands of housing units for its local population for which the government has allocated 32 billion dirhams ($8.7 billion), according to a plan announced by the country’s vice president and prime minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum on Monday.
The plan will see 34,000 units built for nationals within the next six years, Sheikh Mohammed, who is also Dubai’s ruler, said in a Tweet.
The income limit for beneficiaries of housing grants was raised to 15,000 from 10,000 dirhams per month, and the maximum value for housing loans was raised to 1.2 million dirhams from 800,000, he said.
($1 = 3.6729 UAE dirham)


Paris Air Show: After Boeing showstopper, Airbus seeks order bounce

Updated 19 June 2019
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Paris Air Show: After Boeing showstopper, Airbus seeks order bounce

  • British Airways owner IAG signs letter of intent to buy 200 of its 737 MAX jets
  • Airbus is looking for up to 200 orders for the A321XLR, which is designed to open up new routes

PARIS: Airbus, reeling from the potential loss of a major customer for its best-selling A320neo as British Airways owner IAG placed a lifeline order for the grounded 737 MAX, prepared to hit back with more orders for its A321XLR on Wednesday.
The planemaker has been negotiating with US airlines investor Bill Franke whose Indigo Partners has also been known to place orders for multiple airlines within its portfolio and could reel it in for the Paris Air Show, industry sources said.
Airbus declined to comment.
After weathering intense scrutiny over safety and its public image, Boeing won a vote of confidence on Tuesday as IAG signed a letter of intent to buy 200 of its 737 MAX jets that have been grounded since March after two deadly crashes.
The surprise order lifted the energy of a previously subdued Paris Airshow, where the talk had been of the possible end of the aerospace cycle, given the issues at both Boeing and Airbus as well as geopolitical and trade tensions around the world.
Australia’s Qantas Airways said on Tuesday it would order 10 Airbus new A321XLR jets and convert a further 26 from existing orders already on the Airbus books.
Airbus is also in talks with leasing company GECAS and has been trying to secure an eye-catching order for the A321XLR from American Airlines, though the world’s largest carrier does not typically make announcements at air shows.
Airbus is looking for up to 200 orders for the A321XLR, which is designed to open up new routes.