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Dubai Drydocks World default case won by US Hedge Fond in UK

Posted by 7starsdubai on March 14, 2012

 Monarch Capital US Hedge Fond  has won a judgment against Dubai’s Drydocks World for last year’s debt default, in the first high-profile case of a Dubai state company being successfully pursued overseas for its debt.

The US hedge fund, which holds $45.5m of the Dubai ship repair company’s debt, took the case to the UK high court. Last week Drydocks World said it had presented a plan to lenders to restructure $2.2bn in loans and extend repayments over five years, Financial Times reported.

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Abu Dhabi Dubai bail out 2011

Posted by 7starsdubai on December 29, 2011

Aldar announced it is selling assets to the government and receiving debt support to the tune of $4.6bn, after receiving a rescue package of $5.2bn in January. That brings the total amount of government aid in Aldar’s 2011 begging bowl to near $10bn. No wonder shareholders are so happy.

That figure is in line with the financial injection that neighbouring Dubai had to pump into the listing ship Nakheel in late 2009 as the business hub, the second largest emirate after oil rich Abu Dhabi, almost teetered over into default.

Of course, it was only the generosity of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, that allowed Dubai to pull back from the cliff’s edge, thanks to a $10bn bailout loan.

The UAE had earlier in 2009 loaned another $10bn to Dubai as the size of its $110bn debt problem came into clearer view.

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Nakheel Dubai starts Payment to Creditors

Posted by 7starsdubai on June 30, 2010

source businessweek

Nakheel PJSC began making payments to its biggest contractors as the Dubai World-owned property company seeks to alter terms on $10.5 billion of unpaid bills and loans amid falling property prices in the emirate.

Nakheel started making 40 percent cash payment to trade creditors, according to a company statement today. “The announcement marks significant progress in our recapitalization plan following on from the initial payments to trade creditors of 500,000 dirhams or less which commenced in March.”

Nakheel, the builder of palm-shaped islands off Dubai’s coast, said in March that trade creditors would be offered 100 percent recovery of their claims — 40 percent through a cash payment and 60 percent through a publicly tradable Islamic bond, paying 10 percent return annually. The Dubai government in March pledged to pump $8 billion into Nakheel and said it will take over its ownership from Dubai World after the restructuring. ….continue reading

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Dubai seeks another debt delay

Posted by 7starsdubai on May 28, 2010

Source Telegraph UK

The statement said Dubai International Capital (DIC) nd a committee of
were asking for a three month delay on “certain maturities”.

It did not give a value for the maturities in question, or for the
size of the company’s debts. But DIC had a loan coming due in June
$1.25bn (£864m).

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Creditors reject Dubai World 1 % interest offer

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 17, 2010

original source Arabian Business

Sources told Reuters that Dubai World’s 1 percent rate offer on the new debt
was rejected by creditors, who countered the offer with one at market
rate, which they estimated to be around 5 percent.
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The big next question in Dubai – Layoff at Limittless and Nakheel

Posted by 7starsdubai on March 1, 2010

original source  Blog Crane Country The National by Bradley Hope

Dubai World property developers have undergone a new round of lay-offs, as chief restructuring advisor Aiden Birkett cuts the companies down to size and reduces costs.

Limitless has laid off about 20 per cent, or 55, of its staff. It currently has 220 employees, according to former staff. The company had about 500 staff at its peak.

“Limitless has reorganised and streamlined its operations as part of its ongoing strategy to reduce costs while continuing to maximise productivity,” a spokeswoman said. “Regrettably, this has impacted jobs.”

A Nakheel spokesperson said the company “continues to readjust its current business objectives and the resources to match as part of the restructuring process”. The company has previously let go of more than 1,000 people. It had 3,500 people at its peak.

The fate of these two property developers is the next big question in Dubai. They owe billions of dirhams in debt to banks and contractors. And they have giant, unfinished projects that need new capital to ever be complete. Nakheel’s Palm Jebel Ali – which is even larger than the finished Palm Jumeirah – comes to mind.

As does the Arabian Canal, which was a planned 75km waterway through the desert outside Dubai. A short visit to the site this weekend found it completely abandoned, although the company did impressively dig several kilometres of it. (Check out the original multimedia package The National did on the canal here.) More pictures of the current state of the canal here.

Some analysts believe they will be merged together after selling off some assets to become a new Dubai developer with a new brand. Others believe that at least one of them will simply be liquidated. Another optimistic camp believes they will be restructured and continue operating. Either way, there are major changes afoot.

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Dubai-More than fith of construction projects have been put on hold or canceled

Posted by 7starsdubai on February 6, 2010

original source The National

DUBAI // As an amateur photographer and property investor, Imre Solt found himself visiting construction sites throughout Dubai to document the progress of the rising skyline of Dubai on a daily basis. Now he is lucky to find a significant change at a project once a month.

“Sometimes I don’t take any photos at all because there is no progress,” says the Hungarian-born Mr Solt, who has captured the city’s growth in what he estimates are 100,000 pictures taken from the tops of tall buildings, helicopters and even a biplane. “There are a few buildings that have made very good progress, but I think more projects are on hold than before. Sometimes, there are just a few workers there.”

The numbers bear him out. More than a fifth of construction projects in Dubai have been put on hold or cancelled in the past year, with the remainder severely delayed, said Proleads, a construction information provider. Proleads also estimates that the number of construction workers in Dubai has declined 45 per cent from the peak of the property boom in 2008 to last month, a further sign of the city’s post-boom state.The problems are not isolated to Dubai, with projects in Abu Dhabi, Ras al Khaimah and Ajman similarly stalled.

“You have this stalemate,” says Andrew Charlesworth, the head of capital markets at the property consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle. “We are not seeing any distressed sales come through. Banks are reluctant to foreclose. Buyers can’t make payments and developers can’t build.”

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Outlook in concrete- Dubai World `s obligations and Debts

Posted by 7starsdubai on December 14, 2009

original source Blogs The National by Wayne Arnold

In response to queries, I’m revisiting an earlier post: “Reports of my debt have been greatly exaggerated,” in which I posted estimates of Dubai World’s real debts after its revelation that it had $59 billion in consolidated liabilities. This terrifying number sparked some to wonder if the treadworn estimates of Dubai Inc.’s $80 billion in debts might actually be higher or that Dubai World’s debts may somehow account for half of the total.

The grand total for Dubai World and its units appears to be $36.49bn, of which $26bn is subject to restructuring.

Strictly speaking, no one knows for sure. Dubai and its subsidiary companies do not publish official debt tallies or debt repayment schedules. But thanks to the diligent work of analysts at EFG-Hermes, Deutsche Bank and Standard & Poor’s, just to name a few, here’s what we know, or at least think we know:

Dubai World has
$59.3bn in consolidated liabilities,
according to its own statements, which includes all debt and non-debt obligations at the conglomerate, its 12 subsidiaries and the 78 other units they own or control.

Of this, the group owes an estimated
$10.52bn in bonds and
$13.3bn in loans, for a total of
$23.82bn, according to Deutsche Bank.

But clearly this leaves out significant portions of the Group’s overall debts, because Dubai World has announced that the restructuring will affect $26bn in debt, $20bn at Dubai World and Limitless, and $6bn at Nakheel.

Deutsche bank has been able to track down only a portion of these.
Dubai World, it estimates, owes
$5.5bn in outstanding loans
EFG-Hermes has put the loan figure at $6.7bn.

Nakheel owes
$5.23bn in bonds and
$1.85bn in loans for a total of debt of

Limitless owes
$1.2bn in loans

That only adds up to $13.78bn, leaving $12.22bn in debt unaccounted for.

If we assume that the total debts at Dubai World, Nakheel and Limitless are $26bn and add Deutsche Bank’s estimates for the other Dubai World units, we come up with a total group debt of $36.49bn.

Here’s a schedule of maturies for the Dubai World group debts we know about:
Dec. 14: Nakheel’s $3.52bn sukuk is due, though Dubai World has said it plans to ask creditors for a six-month extension.
March 31, 2010: Limitless due to repay $1.2bn loan
May 13: Nakheel due to pay Dh3.6bn in bonds
[May14: if it wins an extension on its 12/14/09 bonds, Nakheel would have its $3.52bn sukuk to repay this day.]
June 23: Dubai World due to pay $2.1bn loan
Nov. 1: Nakheel due to pay Dh367.35mn loan
Jan. 11, 2011: Nakheel due to pay $1.2bn loan
Jan. 16, 2011: Nakheel due to pay $750mn bond
Feb. 23, 2011: DP World due to pay $6.3bn loan
Feb. 23, 2011: DP World due to pay $200mn loan
March 22, 2011: Ports Customs and Free Zones due to repay $6.8bn loan (unclear whether this is still a Dubai World liability)
April 12, 2011: DP World due to pay $400mn loan
April 12, 2011: DP World due to pay $6.8bn loan
June 20, 2011: Dubai World due to repay $450mn loan
June 24, 2011: Dubai World due to repay $1.95bn loan
July 10, 2011: Ports Customs and Free Zones due to repay $1.003bn loan
Aug. 10, 2011: Dubai Drydocks due to pay $1.7bn loan
Sept. 29, 2011: Ports & Free Zone World due to pay $150.027mn loan
Sept. 29, 2011: Ports & Free Zone World due to pay $853mn loan
Sept. 30, 2011: Dubai Drydocks due to repay $2.2bn loan
Oct. 21, 2011: Dubai Drydocks due to repay $1.7bn loan

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Emirates Airlines debt touches 9,9 Billion US Dollar

Posted by 7starsdubai on December 13, 2009

original source Zawya from GulfNews
Friday, Dec 11, 2009

Dubai Emirates airline’s gross debt stood at $9.9 billion (Dh36.3 billion) while its net debt as of yesterday rose to $8.2 billion (Dh30 billion) as it raised a further $1.13 billion (Dh4.1 billion) to finance six Airbus A380s, out of 53 ordered.

“At present we have 141 aircraft in our fleet and another 151 on order. Gross debt is $9.9 billion and net debt is $8.2 billion. Our debt is paid over a long term,” President Tim Clark told Gulf News yesterday.

Emirates, the largest Arab carrier, yesterday said it has raised $1.13 billion (Dh4.1 billion) for Airbus A380 deliveries, in what is perceived to be a very difficult credit condition where loans are hard to come by.


“Reflecting the airline’s robust delivery schedule, Emirates will receive the first of these aircraft early next week, with a second arriving in late December and the remaining four A380s due for handover in 2010,” the airline said in an e-mailed statement.

These six aircraft will form part of the 53 Airbus A380 aircraft that Emirates currently has on firm order. Prices of A380s start from $275 million, depending on specifications and deal size.

The carrier’s current order book is worth $58 billion in book value. The company has a cash flow of $3 billion — enough to fund future acquisitions, Maurice Flanagan, Emirates Group Vice-Chairman, told Gulf News recently, as the airline expects more than 20 per cent growth in profits in the current financial year ending March 2010.

The financing for these six aircraft was arranged and funded under two separate finance agreements. The first agreement, covering three A380s, has been undertaken with Citibank, backed by a guarantee from the European Export Credit Agencies.

A second financing agreement has been arranged through Doric Asset Finance and covers the remaining three A380 aircraft.

Clark said: “Emirates remains in a secure financial position despite the global financial crisis. We have never encountered difficulties in obtaining finance for our aircraft acquisition programme, with both international and regional banks comfortable with our financial stability.

“As one of the world’s most profitable airlines, Emirates has always honoured its financial commitments and we continue to progress with our rigorous fleet and network expansion plans.”

Emirates will deploy the A380s on the Seoul route from December 14. Emirates will also receive its seventh A380 this month, scheduled to service the Dubai-Paris route three times a week from Dec-ember 29, becoming daily from January 17, 2010.

Although global credit conditions remain tight, the global aviation industry remains on growth mode.

The International Air Transport Association reported scheduled traffic results for October 2009 showing improving conditions.

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Emaar Dubai – no economic sense in merging with Dubai Holding

Posted by 7starsdubai on December 11, 2009

original source Financial Times

Dubai Holding, the conglomerate owned by the emirate’s ruler, received a blow yesterday when Emaar Properties blocked a proposed merger with its real estate arms. Emaar’s decision appeared to be a bid to protect itself from the continuing fallout of Dubai’s debt problems.

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Dubai`s finance chief blamed the media for spreading “blind panic”

Posted by 7starsdubai on December 11, 2009

original source maktoob

DUBAI – Dubai’s finance chief blamed the media on Thursday for spreading “blind panic” about the emirate’s financial problems as it struggles to deal with more than $80 billion of government and corporate debt.

In a speech to the Dubai School of Government, Abdulrahman Al Saleh, director of Dubai’s Department of Finance, said the emirate’s debt problems were a “hiccup-damaging for Dubai’s credibility and lacking broader significance of exaggerated media campaigns.”

Al Saleh accused the international press of creating “blind panic” about Dubai’s economic troubles after it asked bankers to freeze $26 billion worth of debt owed by one of its largest government owned companies, Dubai World.

Dubai’s benchmark stock index has fallen about 30% since the government shocked investors by seeking a standstill on Dubai World’s debt late last month.

Read also: They still dont get it ….guardian uk

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Dubai Schulden Albtraum-Szenario – Dubai World – Nakheel – Dewa

Posted by 7starsdubai on December 10, 2009

original source Handelsblatt Germany

“Viele Kreditverträge haben eine Klausel über reziproken Verzug: Wenn ein Gläubiger in einem Fall zahlungsunfähig wird, kann er bei all seinen anderen Kredit-Verpflichtungen ebenfalls in die Zahlungsunfähigkeit abrutschen”, sagte Jawad Ali von der Anwaltskanzlei King & Spalding. Im Klartext: Sollte Nakheel seine Außenstände nicht begleichen, muss die Mutter Dubai World einkalkulieren, dass alle Gläubiger plötzlich ihre Ansprüche geltend machen.

Die Details hingen von der Formulierung des jeweiligen Vertrags ab. “Das ist ein Albtraum-Szenario, das Dubai World mit dem Schulden-Moratorium verhindern möchte”, so Ali.

read the full article Auf Dubai rollt nächste Schuldenlawine zu (bei Handelsblatt.com am 10.12.2009 veröffentlicht)

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Debt problems for Dubai may swell

Posted by 7starsdubai on December 8, 2009

original source Bloomberg

Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) — Debt restructuring by Dubai state-run companies may almost double to $46.7 billion as more of the emirate’s businesses could need help making payments, Morgan Stanley said.

Dubai Holding LLC, Dubai Holding Commercial Operations Group LLC, Borse Dubai Ltd. and Dubai Sukuk Center Ltd. may join Dubai World in restructuring debt, Morgan Stanley analysts Mohamed W. Jaber and Paolo Batori wrote in a report. Government- controlled Dubai World said last week that it’s in talks to renegotiate $26 billion of loans.

It’s likely that other state companies will “announce debt restructuring plans over the near term,” Jaber and Batori wrote. “We believe that a haircut on the external debt at risk in the area of 40-50 percent is necessary to have a notable long-term favorable impact on public debt dynamics.”

Islamic bonds issued by Nakheel PJSC, Dubai World’s property unit, that mature Dec. 14 fell to 51.5 cents on the dollar from 53 cents yesterday, heading for the lowest closing price on record, according to Citigroup Inc. prices.

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Dubai Index slumps again

Posted by 7starsdubai on December 8, 2009

original source Bloomberg
Dec. 8 , 2009 — Dubai shares tumbled, erasing almost all of this year’s gains, on investor concern that Dubai World is struggling to restructure debt.

Emaar Properties PJSC, the United Arab Emirates’ biggest real-estate developer, slumped 9.8 percent and Emirates NBD PJSC retreated to the lowest since Sept. 3. The DFM General Index plunged 6.1 percent to 1,638.05. The measure, which closed at the lowest since July 13, has tumbled 22 percent since Dubai said on Nov. 25 that it was seeking a “standstill” agreement on Dubai World’s debt.

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Dubai Holding seen at risk

Posted by 7starsdubai on December 4, 2009

original source Zawya / Financial TimesThursday, Dec 03, 2009
Thursday, Dec 03, 2009

Thursday, Dec 03, 2009

With Dubai World cut adrift from implicit government support, there are concerns about potential defaults by other state-related entities. The name mentioned most by bankers and investors in the region is that of Dubai Holding, the personal investment vehicle of the ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.

“Dubai’s actions have introduced the risk that restructuring of other corporates could follow,” Barclays Capital said in a report this week. “We would focus on those with weak fundamentals and upcoming maturities and we view Dubai Holding as being most at risk.”

Dubai Holding’s Commercial Operations Group’s debt was yesterday downgraded to below investment grade by Standard & Poor’s, the ratings agency, along with four other government related companies. The cost of insuring $10m (€6.7m, £6m) for five years against default ballooned to $1.1435m a year on Tuesday, making it the riskiest Dubai corporate bond according to the market.

A Dubai Holding spokesman yesterday said: “I am very doubtful that we will face any problems paying the debt. Dubai Holding is confident that it is on track with all payments.”

Formed in 2004, its investment arms led the emirate’s international buying spree to recycle funds generated by developing swaths of Dubai desert. The group leveraged profits to build debts of $10bn, with maturities in 2010 of $2bn, according to Barclays Capital.

Bankers say because of its connection to the ruler the conglomerate enjoys stronger political standing than Dubai World

It appears to have a stronger financial position. Analysts say it has a greater ability to service its debts thanks to a number of cash-generating businesses. It is believed to have received cash injections from the government in recent months. The company has never confirmed this.

Still, bankers say its investment arms, Dubai International Capital and Dubai Group could face more financial problems than its commercial wing, which spans hospitality, business parks and real estate. “Dubai Holding is not going to acknowledge problems right now. But there is a contagion effect in every Dubai entity , this is just the beginning,” a senior banker said.

Dubai International Capital is believed to be looking to sell assets but has enough money ringfenced by the holding company to keep afloat its buy-out businesses in Europe and the Middle East, according to those familiar with the company. These people say its public equities portfolio, which includes stakes in EADS, Sony and ICICI Bank in India, may be sold. DIC is also winding down its emerging markets private equity unit, Middle East venture capital portfolio and interests in other private equity funds.

Dubai HoldingDubai ‘s commercial arm includes profitable businesses, such as flagship hotels company Jumeirah Group. The group has slimmed down faster than the troubled Dubai World conglomerate. DICand Dubai Group, for example, have merged their back-office operations and Dubai Holdings’ developers have merged and been folded into Dubai ‘s leading developer, Emaar Properties, much to the alarm of minority shareholders who fear dilution and say they are being forced to bail out other companies.

The restructuring already under way at Dubai Holding is so deep that analysts are raising the possibility that, like Dubai World
, it could be broken up and its best businesses – notably Jumeirah – moved into other parts of Dubai Inc., such as Investment Corporation of Dubai , which is emerging as the emirate’s “good bank” of assets.

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Nakheel and its parent will be a test case for Dubai

Posted by 7starsdubai on December 3, 2009

original source Business Standard

Dubai World’s guarantee to bondholders could prove worthless. The emirate’s holding company, which is seeking a six-month standstill from creditors, pledged to repay a $3.5 billion Islamic bond issued by its now troubled property subsidiary Nakheel. Yet with local creditors effectively calling the shots, foreign lenders might find enforcing that guarantee impossible.

Nakheel has asked for trading in all three of its listed Islamic bonds to be suspended. Only the first, which was issued in 2006 and is due to mature December 14, was guaranteed by parent Dubai World. The liability on the subsequent two bonds, which have a total face value of $1.7 billion and mature in 2010 and 2011, appears to be limited to Nakheel itself.

The Dubai property developer’s 2008 accounts show $41.5 billion of assets and $17.5 billion of liabilities — a net asset value of $24 billion. But real estate prices in the emirate have fallen around 50 per cent in 2009.

That means Nakheel, which funded some of the emirate’s most outlandish projects, could easily now have a negative equity value of $5.5 billion.

The equity value at parent Dubai World, which had liabilities of $59 billion at the end of 2008, is also likely to be negative. Its portfolio of 10 companies looks mostly troubled. However, Dubai World does hold 77 per cent of publicly-listed ports operator DP World. That was worth $5.1 billion on November 25, just before Dubai World announced its intention to restructure.

Nakheel’s foreign creditors shouldn’t get excited about their recovery prospects.

To get a lawsuit against Dubai World off the ground, 75 per cent of Nakheel’s bondholders have to agree. But the majority of creditors are local banks, which are likely to accede to any request to roll over Nakheel’s debt — even if the capital structure remains unsustainable, according to one ratings analyst. And even if local lenders joined in, Dubai’s law might not support a claim that forced the sale of the assets of government-related entities.

Lawyers agree the restructuring of Nakheel and its parent will be a test case. That makes Dubai World’s guarantee look less than solid.

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Dubai Stock Market Slumps – Black Monday 30 November 2009

Posted by 7starsdubai on November 30, 2009

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Dubai debt tops global headlines

Posted by 7starsdubai on November 30, 2009

Dubai property market set to see further price falls
Arabian Business 29 November 2009 

Dubai’s property market is likely to face further price falls and increased concerns over the availability of finance after the emirate said it would delay debt payment issued by two of its flagship firms, analysts said.
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Dubai World refuses assets sale – paper

Dubai World has refused to offload assets at fire-sale prices to repay obligations, forcing it to seek a debt standstill, a newspaper report on Sunday quoted an unnamed source at the government-controlled firm as saying.   read the full article..

The National

Central Bank to back country`s lenders

The UAE Central Bank has pledged support for lenders in the UAE and made emergency funds available to avert any liquidity shortage that might occur as a result of the proposed restructuring of Dubai World.

Banks in Abu Dhabi and Dubai are expected to disclose their exposure to Dubai World’s estimated US$24.27 billion (Dh89.14bn) bonds and bank debt amid a global search for creditors.    read the full story


UAE moves to counter Dubai fallout but markets wary

DUBAI (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates offered banks emergency support on Sunday, the first steps to ease fears that a looming debt default by two of Dubai’s flagship firms could derail the global economic recovery.

But the move to inject liquidity into Dubai’s banks by the central bank of the Gulf Arab state, together with promises by neighboring city-state Abu Dhabi to provide selective support to Dubai companies was seen as by analysts as the bare minimum.

Dubai markets, which are set to open on Monday morning after a four-day holiday, are expected to fall by the maximum daily limit of 10 percent as banks, property and construction firms face investor ire over moves to restructure the Dubai economy.

The panic over Dubai`s debt problem tells us more about investors than it does about the emirate.
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Dubai Debt crisis and the Media Blackout for Sunday London Times in UAE

Posted by 7starsdubai on November 30, 2009

original sourche WallStreetJournal

DUBAI — The Sunday London Times newspaper was removed by authorities from shelves in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday amid intensive reporting of Dubai’s debt problems, an executive at the paper said.

The National Media Council ordered the paper blocked by distributors without providing a reason, an executive at the paper in Dubai told Zawya Dow Jones.

The Sunday Times edition available in the U.A.E. on Nov. 29 featured a double-page spread graphic illustrating Dubai’s ruler Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum sinking in a sea of debt. The Times wasn’t given a reason for the block, or a timeframe when it will be lifted, the executive said.

A government official in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the U.A.E., said that the picture of Sheik Mohammed, which accompanied a story entitled: The sinking of Dubai’s dream, was “offensive.”

Under the U.A.E.’s media code, publications are prohibited from criticizing the sheikdom’s rulers.

Local media and government officials have criticized international press coverage of Dubai’s debt crisis.

Markets around the world fell last week after the government requested a debt standstill for one of its biggest conglomerates.

Earlier this month Dubai’s Sheik Mohammed told reporters gathered at an investment conference in the city to “shut up” and stop criticizing the emirate and its crucial relationship with Abu Dhabi.

Dubai is struggling to deal with it debts estimated to exceed $80 billion.

The Sunday Times is part of News International, a unit of News Corp., owner of Dow Jones & Co. The Times and The Sunday Times are published in the U.A.E. through a local partner SAB Media.

Write to Andrew Critchlow at andrew.critchlow@dowjones.com

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Secenario – Why Dubai`s Debt Matters

Posted by 7starsdubai on November 28, 2009

original source Forbes from Oxford Analytica

If Abu Dhabi doesn’t mount a serious rescue operation, creditors are likely to seek legal redress against the defaulting Dubai government.

Dubai’s heavily foreign investment-dependent economy began to unravel in September 2008 following the global credit crunch. Property prices fell steeply, share prices in publicly listed companies collapsed and confidence was badly shaken in the emirate’s ability to survive the crunch. By the close of 2008, government-backed companies responsible for Dubai’s development had accrued debts of more than 80 billion dollars.

Abu Dhabi bailout.
In February this year, following Dubai’s difficulty in refinancing a $3.8 billion loan, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Central Bank, backed by Abu Dhabi, subscribed to a $10 billion bond, with interest rates set at 4%. However, earlier this month, it became apparent that Dubai would need a much bigger capital injection, especially given that its largest property developer–Nakheel, a subsidiary of Dubai World–was due to refinance a $3.5 billion Islamic sukuk bond on December 14.

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On November 24, it was announced that Abu Dhabi had provided an additional $5 billion loan:

–Significantly, insiders indicated that this loan came with strings attached, and that it was to be used to pay disgruntled foreign contractors rather than to re-finance the Nakheel debt.

–While little is known about Abu Dhabi’s reasons for these limits on its assistance, it may have been reluctant to be associated with Nakheel, a company with problems considered to be too big to solve through loans.

Sovereign default ?

Although not technically an example of a sovereign default, the request has been viewed as such. The agencies have thus downgraded most government-backed Dubai companies and entities either to below investment grade or to junk status.

The credit default swap rate on Dubai debts rose by more than 100 basis points, taking it to 434 points.
As a result, the emirate’s ability to seek additional credit on international markets has been sharply curtailed.

Political collapse ?

If Abu Dhabi does not mount a serious rescue operation, creditors are likely to seek legal redress against the defaulting Dubai government:

–In this scenario, ‘Dubai Inc.’ will be widely regarded as bankrupt and the ruling Al-Maktoum family held responsible, due to the ‘blurred lines’ between the government and the wealth of the ruling family.

–There would also be political ramifications. It would be unfeasible for Sheikh Mohammed or Sheikh Hamdan to remain in power following such a massive loss of prestige.

If, on the other hand, Abu Dhabi does agree to provide more credit, there will also be significant implications:

–It will do so only under very strict conditions, since it will be reluctant to pour money into rescuing failed projects.
–It will thus begin to dictate terms to Dubai, and almost certainly seek to centralize power in the UAE federation and rein in Dubai’s autonomy.
–However, given the political culture of the Gulf states, such moves are likely to be made discretely, in order to allow the Dubai ruling family to save some face.

Dubai World’s decision to delay paying its creditors is a serious miscalculation, since, by trying to restructure some of its largest debts, it has placed itself under close international scrutiny. This will make it extremely difficult for the company to acquire fresh credit, and increase the risks of further defaults. Only oil-rich Abu Dhabi is in a position to stage a financial rescue, but even if it does, Dubai is likely to emerge chastened, and to adopt a different approach towards economic development.

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Shocking – Dubai`s main investment fund seeks debt payment delay

Posted by 7starsdubai on November 25, 2009

original source BBC

The government-owned investment company behind Dubai’s rapid development drive has asked its creditors for a six-month delay on repaying its debts.

Dubai World, which has total debts of $59bn (£35bn), is asking creditors if it can postpone its forthcoming payments until May next year.

Dubai World has also appointed global accountancy group Deloitte to help with its financial restructuring.

The company has been hit hard by the global credit crunch and recession.


The Dubai government said in a statement that the request to delay debt repayments also applied to property developer Nakheel, a Dubai World subsidiary.

“It’s shocking because for the past few months the news coming out has given investors comfort that Dubai would most probably be able to meet its debt obligations,” said analyst Shakeel Sarwar, of SICO Investment Bank.

Dubai is one of the seven self-governing emirates or states that make up the United Arab Emirates.

Analysts say the Dubai government has paid the price for a flamboyant economic model centred on foreign capital and giant construction projects.

Some have speculated it is likely to turn to the more economically conservative Abu Dhabi emirate to bail it out.

The Dubai World announcement was made on the eve of the Eid al-Adha Muslim festival, which will see many government agencies and companies close in Dubai until 6 December.

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Critical test of Dubai’s credit worthiness – Dubai `s 80 Billion Dollar debt pile

Posted by 7starsdubai on October 19, 2009

original source online WallStreetJournal by Maria Abi-Habib and Stefania Bianchi

Dubai will crank up efforts this week to tackle its $80 billion debt pile with senior officials heading to Asia to meet potential investors amid reports that one of its most indebted companies has repaid a $1.2 billion bond ahead of schedule.

Top officials from Dubai’s Department of Finance will meet fixed income and Islamic investors in Hong Kong, Singapore, London, Dubai and Frankfurt starting Thursday ahead of possibly selling more debt this year, according an invitation sent to bankers and seen by Zawya Dow Jones Monday.

An external spokesman for the department said the roadshows are part of “ongoing investor communication” but bankers suspect the meetings could be an early sign that Dubai may be preparing to issue the second half of its $20 billion bond program launched in February to support its economy and embattled companies.

“This will be the first time investors hear the Dubai story from officials post-crisis,” Abdul Kadir Hussain, chief executive of Mashreq Capital told Zawya Dow Jones. “How this story is received will determine how successful Dubai will be over the next three to five years.”

At the height of the global financial crisis, the Abu Dhabi-based central bank of the United Arab Emirates supported Dubai by underwriting the first half of its planned $20 billion bond program to bail out the sheikdom’s struggling companies and economy.

Recently, Dubai officials including Omar bin Sulaiman, the head of the Dubai International Financial Center, have said they expect strong interest from private investors for the eagerly awaited second $10 billion bond.

Mohamed Alabbar, who helps oversee a committee evaluating the impact of the global credit crisis on Dubai, told CNN earlier this month that the emirate may raise the additional $10 billion by November.

The investor meetings due to start in Hong Kong on Oct. 22 are the latest sign that Dubai and its government-owned companies are trying to dig themselves out of an estimated $80 billion debt pile, most of which was incurred during the emirate’s property, tourism and logistics boom.

According to Standard & Poors, Dubai has almost $5 billion worth of debt maturing between September and the end of the year. The biggest share of this debt is held by Nakheel, a unit of government-owned Dubai World. The company has a $3.5 billion Islamic bond maturing December. The bond, which will be pumped into Dubai’s Financial Support Fund, is seen as a critical test of Dubai’s credit worthiness.

“The Financial Support Fund is in need of further resources to fulfill its mandate of supporting Dubai’s government related entities, many of which face heavy debt repayments in the coming three years,” said Farouk Soussa, head of Middle East government ratings at S&P.


A report Monday in Middle East Economic Digest said Nakheel had repaid a 4.4 billion U.A.E. dirham ($1.2 billion) securitized bond issued in January, one month ahead of the scheduled repayment deadline of Nov. 15.
The repayment made on Oct. 15 will come as a comfort to many investors in Nakheel, and especially those concerned about Nakheel’s December sukuk. A Nakheel spokesperson declined to comment when contacted by Zawya Dow Jones Monday.
Nakheel’s bond repayment came on the same day that government-owned conglomerate Dubai World announced that it completed a major restructuring.

The move will help the firm save $800 million over the next three years and ease a small part of the near $60 billion of liabilities on its books. The term liability refers to a company’s legal debts or obligations arising from its business operations.

Earlier this month, Dubai Holding, a conglomerate controlled by the emirate’s ruler, paid back in full a $300 million loan belonging to its Sama property unit. There are also signs that Dubai is repaying some of its outstanding bills to construction contractors.

On Monday, U.K. Trade Minister Mervyn Davies said that debts owed to British contractors in Dubai have reduced, but payments remain outstanding.

“I think it has improved, but it’s been a sensitive issue, and it is important that Dubai companies pay their debts,” he said.

The U.K.-based Association for Consultancy and Engineering, which represents about 800 British construction firms, said in May it was tracking approximately GBP400 million in unpaid fees for building in the emirate.

(Natasha Brereton in London contributed to this story.)

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Nakheel Dubai Government controlled developer presses buyers for cash

Posted by 7starsdubai on August 21, 2009

source The National    20. August 2009

Nakheel is asking investors using credit transfers for property purchases to top up their payments with cash, as it seeks to raise funds ahead of a mid-December due date for a Dh3.5 billion (US$953 million) bond.

According to brokers, the Dubai Government-controlled developer allows investors in delayed projects to sell their downpayments to other investors who have already invested in other Nakheel developments.

But now the company is no longer allowing customers to use credit transfers alone to fund instalments, and is demanding that part of the payments are made in cash, brokers say.

“For example, when a buyer has Dh1m to pay, Nakheel would say you need to pay 30 per cent in cash, which makes Dh300,000,” said one broker, Farid Ahmad Hussein.

“They will accept a credit transfer of Dh700,000 from somebody else. The investor can get this Dh700,000 maybe at 40 per cent discount now in the market from another investor. In total he has saved Dh280,000.”

Nakheel needs to pay back a Dh3.5bn bond on December 14, in what is being seen by international lenders and rating agencies as a litmus test of the Dubai Government’s willingness to support its affiliated companies facing financial difficulties.

So called “credit consolidations” were triggered by the collapse in property prices last autumn, which saw scores of developments either cancelled or delayed and effectively ended the “off-plan” property market.

Investors in stalled projects have been able to sell their downpayments, usually at a loss, to other customers of the same developer, and then those downpayments can be used on continuing projects. These credits can only be transferred between buyers that have already made downpayments and are not available on the secondary market.

Developers facilitate the transfer of credit between investors in different projects to generate funds needed to complete some developments, while also making it easier for them to abandon others. External brokers help to match buyers.

Unlike other developers, Nakheel requires the transfer of ownership between investors to be completed before credit is moved between properties.

“Investors in projects that have been deferred have the option of consolidation if they own other properties within the Nakheel portfolio. The advantage to the investor is that Nakheel is able to hand over property to the owner sooner than it might on a deferred project and help investors reduce their financial exposure,” Nakheel said in a statement. The developer declined to comment on whether cash payments were also required to complete property consolidations.

Nakheel has shortened the time it takes to complete such transactions to about a month, from three or four months previously, according to brokers.

Nakheel, the developer of The Palm Dubai, has spent billions of dirhams on projects that are still under construction, while adding further offshore island developments including The World and The Universe.

But development on such a massive scale has come at a high price for the company, which is now struggling to repay debts accumulated during the six-year building boom.

The trade in credit notes on stalled projects is helping revive activity in the property sector, according to Rajesh Sony, a director of Bluechip Real Estate. The firm, he said, generates 90 per cent of its turnover from matching buyers and sellers of credits.

“This is a win-win situation between the developer and investors. If all the investors of one project transfer the money elsewhere, the developer may call off the project without having to refund the money to investors. At the same time, investors can get out of the market without losing all the money, and other investors in ongoing projects can pay their instalments at a cheaper rate,” he said.

The exchange of Nakheel credit, or consolidations, began in February on projects that include the Dh4.4bn Dubai Promenade, and the Dh2.9bn Trump Tower, the centrepiece of Dubai’s original Palm Island development, according to Mohammad Mujtaba Vakil, a broker from Linkage Real Estate.

He said that while cash components were not requested on earlier transfers, Nakheel now “would not accept anything less than 30 per cent”.

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