UAE-based Danube Properties enters south Indian market

Rizwan Sajan, Sunny Leone and Atif Rahman during the inauguration.
Updated 09 September 2019
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UAE-based Danube Properties enters south Indian market

Danube Properties, a UAE-based real estate developer, has launched its operations in the south Indian state of Kerala by opening its sales and marketing office in Kochi. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Rizwan Sajan, founder and chairman of Danube Group; Atif Rahman, director and partner of Danube Properties; Bollywood actress Sunny Leone, and other senior management of the company. 

This is the developer’s third marketing and sales office in India — after it launched operations in Mumbai in 2016 and Delhi in 2017. 

India is one of the UAE’s strongest economic partners. In 2018, Indian investors had accumulated 31 foreign direct investment (FDI) projects launched in Dubai with a total of 3.71 billion dirhams ($1 billion) in capital. This makes India the second largest investor in Dubai in terms of FDI capital and the fourth largest in terms of projects during the first nine months of the year. 

“Indian nationals — including the non-resident Indians (NRIs) living in Gulf countries — are a major source of investment in Dubai’s real estate. Their growing purchasing power is helping developers to sell properties and complete projects and that is the reason of the launch of our sales and marketing office in Kochi. We want to come closer to our target audience and provide the best assured deal,” Sajan said.

He added: “The UAE is a good place for real estate investment ... We at Danube Properties offer up to 15 percent return on investment. As a developer we not only deliver good homes for end users but also provide the highest rental yield for the investors.”

Danube Properties director Rahman said: “We have a well-balanced portfolio of property buyers of 93 nationalities. A large number of our buyers come from outside the UAE — including China, India, Europe and Africa. A large number of families from Kerala live in the UAE and the Gulf countries. Their presence has over the decades strengthened the bond between the two countries.”

He added: “Our office and our people will help develop a strong network with investors from Kerala and help them own their second home in the UAE through Danube Properties.” 


OOCL joins shipping lines at King Abdullah Port

Updated 17 September 2019

OOCL joins shipping lines at King Abdullah Port

OOCL, a Hong Kong-based shipping company, has joined the group of international companies transporting cargo and delivering maritime shipping services to and from King Abdullah Port. This comes with the company’s official launch of operations in the port located in King Abdullah Economic City and the subsequent arrival of containers to the berths.

The move aims at enhancing the trade movement of imports and exports in the Kingdom.

“The addition of OOCL to the list of leading international shipping companies operating in King Abdullah Port is a testament to the trust of key players in the maritime shipping industry, as the port enjoys a strategic location on one of the most important international maritime shipping lanes as well as integrated infrastructure and logistics services,” a press release said.

The port is located near the Industrial Valley, the Bonded and Re-export Zone, and major Saudi cities such as Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah, which together constitute the main commercial center in the Kingdom. King Abdullah Port also enjoys close proximity to Madinat Yanbu’ Al-Sina’iyah, which is witnessing a massive trade movement in the field of petrochemicals, and it is linked to a road network that facilitates the process of transporting goods by land to and from ships to Riyadh, Dammam, and other cities in the Arabian Gulf.

Officially inaugurated last February by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, King Abdullah Port was ranked the second fastest-growing port in the world in 2018 by Alphaliner, a global specialist in data analysis of maritime transport, port capabilities, and the future development of vessels and global maritime routes. The port’s throughput increased from 1.7 million TEU in 2017 to 2.3 million TEU in 2018.

Run by the Ports Development Company, King Abdullah Port is the region’s first port to be fully owned, developed and operated by the private sector. It has been listed as the fastest-growing container port and one of the world’s 100 largest ports after less than four years of operation. Ten of the largest shipping lines work at the port to offer integrated services to importers and exporters. The port’s development plan is proceeding at a steady pace with a clear vision to become one of the world’s leading ports, utilizing its advanced facilities and proximity to the Bonded and Re-export Zone and the logistics park.

With state-of-the-art processing facilities, the world’s deepest 18-meter water berths, expanding roll-on/roll-off operations, and a fully integrated Port Community System, King Abdullah Port is capable of receiving today’s diverse mega cargo ships, fulfilling the growing needs of the young and fast-growing population of the Kingdom and the region.