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Dubai Financial Crisis – Actual News Dubai Debt Problems

Posted by 7starsdubai on November 29, 2009


Telegraph UK 29 November 2009

Abu Dhabi will not race to Dubai`s rescue

Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai is under mounting pressure to explain the emirate’s debt problems, after Abu Dhabi indicated that it will not write a blank cheque to bail out its neighbour.
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From Bloomberg 29. November 2009
Samsung C & T stops Dubai Bridge Work as Nakheel halts payments

Wall Street Journal 29.November 2009
DUBAI (Zawya Dow Jones)–Debt-laden Dubai World’s unit Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority, or Jafza, faces on Monday a coupon payment on a 7.5 billion U.A.E dirham ($2.04 billion) Islamic bond in the first key test of whether it will default.

The Islamic bond, or sukuk, was issued in November 2007 through a Cayman Islands-registered company called JAFZ Sukuk Limited and pays 130 basis points over the six-month Emirates Interbank Offered Rate, according to Zawya.com.

The coming coupon payment is estimated to be between AED125 million and AED135 million, according to analyst calculations.

Spokespersons for Dubai World declined to comment on the payment Saturday, a holiday in the U.A.E. The Jafza sukuk is the first payment due for a Dubai government-related entity since the restructuring announcement Wednesday, which sent global markets and banks into a panic before the weekend.

Dubai World’s request for a standstill will include a key $3.52 billion bond owned by Nakheel, the developer behind Dubai’s palm-shaped islands, that matures on Dec. 14.

Payments on the sukuk are made semi-annually, on May 27 and Nov. 27. Bankers said that payment is due on Monday, since Nov. 27 fell on a weekend in the U.A.E.

Barclays Capital, Deutsche Bank, Dubai Islamic Bank, and Lehman Brothers acted as joint lead managers and joint bookrunners, according to the bond prospectus. The sukuk is due November 2012.

Jafza operates a free trade zone and industrial parks in the port town of Jebel Ali, outside of the city of Dubai, and is a unit of Economic Zones World, or EZW. EZW is operated by Dubai World.

S&P and Moody’s downgraded Jafza and other Dubai government related-entities Wednesday, after Dubai World said it would restructure and ask for a standstill on all debts until at least May 2010. S&P placed Jafza on creditwatch with negative implications. Moody’s downgraded its issuer and debt ratings to Ba1 from Baa1.

Seoul officials meet to cope with Dubai debt crisis 29. November 2009

South Korea’s financial authorities were to convene a meeting later on Sunday to gauge the fallout from the Dubai debt crisis and discuss countermeasures to stave off any possible impact on the nation’s financial markets, officials said…… read more

Telegraph UK 29. November 2009

Tim Clark, president of Emirates Group, has said the Dubai business community is “shocked” by the financial crisis.

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Telegraph UK 29. November 2009

Dubai an Emirate in crisis

…..Dubai is in trouble. We already knew that, long before the announcement last week that it wanted to delay payments on billions of dollars of debts owed by its Dubai World (DW) state holding company. But the trouble caused by a collapse in the property market put the city on a par with other states around the globe. This announcement was of a different order. It damaged the credibility of the city’s government and, by extension, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as a whole. ….
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