DUBAI Dec 10 Dubai Investments, part
owned by sovereign wealth fund Investment Corp of Dubai, plans
to close a 1.1 billion dirham ($299.52 million) loan by Dec.
31, its chief executive said on Saturday.
United Arab Emirates banks First Gulf Bank (FGB)
and Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank have been mandated for
the loan, Khalid Bin Kalban told reporters in Dubai.
The loan will be used to build a residential project in
Dubai's Mirdif neighbourhood located near the world's busiest
airport for international travel, Dubai International.
Bin Kalban said the company would not take the entire loan,
which is to be delivered in tranches, if off-plan sales of the
project meet expectations. Sales launched on Saturday.
He also said there are plans to list 30 per cent of
Dubai-based Emirates District Cooling (Emicool), a joint venture
between Dubai Investments and Union Properties, on the Dubai
bourse next year.
Bin Kalban is also chairman of Union Properties.
The listing, expected to raise $200 million, would only go
ahead if market conditions improved, he said, adding that plans
to list this year were cancelled.
Dubai Investments is also planning to build and operate
business parks in Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Angola.
A joint-venture project to build a business park valued at
600 million dirhams in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, is expected to
break ground in the next month, Bin Kalban said.
A similar project is planned for the Angolan capital Luanda
and Morocco's Tangier, he said.
Dubai Investments will go into Angola on its own, whilst
would consider a joint venture in Morocco, Bin Kalban said.
The three projects would be similar to a 23 square kilometre
business park the company owns and operates in Dubai.
($1 = 3.6726 UAE dirham)
(Reporting by Alexander Cornwell)