December 28, 2016 / 8:44 AM / 3 years ago

Dubai's Meydan Group secures $272 mln funding from banks

DUBAI, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Dubai-based developer Meydan has secured 1 billion dirhams ($272 million) in Islamic financing from banks to fund projects in Dubai, according to a joint statement from the firm and the lead bank on the financing.

Meydan is involved in several projects in the emirate, including a scheme on the banks of the Dubai Water Canal, a 3-kilometre stretch of waterway between Dubai’s Business Bay and the coast, and a real estate development next to its Meydan Racecourse, home of the Dubai World Cup horse race.

The funding will go towards those projects and future schemes, the statement said.

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) acted as the sole bookrunner and mandated lead arranger on the facility, with Dubai Islamic Bank and Al Hilal Bank mandated lead arrangers for the financing, which matures in December 2018.

Meydan has been an active borrower in recent months. The company was talking to banks about a 600 million dirham syndicated loan, Reuters reported earlier this month.

In March, it signed a deal to obtain $476 million of financing from Qatar National Bank (QNB) and QNB’s United Arab Emirates affiliate Commercial Bank International to support investment in new projects.

It also obtained 1 billion dirhams of Islamic financing in June, comprising a 700 million dirham sukuk issue and a 300 million dirham term facility, both maturing in 2024. ADIB acted as the sole coordinator and structuring bank for the financing, as well as a joint lead manager and bookrunner for the sukuk. ($1 = 3.6726 UAE dirham) (Reporting By Tom Arnold; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)

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