Dubai: Burj Khalifa developer shares flop on market debut


The property developer behind the world’s tallest tower has come again all the way down to earth with a bump.

Shares in Emaar Growth, which constructed Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, have fallen almost 5% since they began buying and selling on Wednesday, hit by nervousness amongst traders over regional instability and its impression on actual property markets.

Dubai’s greatest IPO in years raised $1.three billion when the shares had been priced on Nov. 2.

Then got here the information of a shock anti-corruption sweep in neighboring Saudi Arabia that included the arrests of dozens of princes, officers and high-profile businessmen, together with international investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

The Dubai inventory market — essentially the most lively within the Gulf area after Saudi Arabia — posted losses for 4 straight days following the arrests and has fallen about 5% for the reason that begin of November.

Buyers have additionally been shaken by rising stress between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Saudi officers described a failed missile assault on Riyadh airport by Iran-backed rebels in Yemen on Nov. four as an act of battle by Tehran.

Related: Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton: Luxury hotel or detention center for Saudi royals?

“Though the basics of the corporate stay stable, the regional geopolitical uncertainty brought on weak investor sentiment in direction of the UAE inventory market on the whole,” stated Tariq Qaqish, managing director at Menacorp asset administration in Dubai.

“The IPO timing was not in favor of Emaar Growth,” he added.

The developer’s mum or dad firm — Emaar Properties — has additionally seen its shares lose 5% for the reason that begin of the month, regardless of sturdy earnings.

Emaar Growth is behind the Burj Khalifa, in addition to Dubai Marina and different properties within the United Arab Emirates.

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Emaar Properties, which runs Dubai Mall — essentially the most visited mall on the earth — in addition to 17 lodges, reported third quarter internet revenue of 1.51 billion dirhams ($411 million), up 32% from the identical interval final yr.

Regardless of the sturdy numbers, some consultants are warning of the dangers of a “bubble” in Dubai actual property.

JLL, an actual property advisor and funding agency, has flagged the rising risks of “a possible oversupply” as builders plan future tasks based mostly on gross sales achieved by providing monetary incentives.

“Beneficiant fee phrases and assured hire intervals, though enticing to traders, might lead to a future ‘actual property bubble’,” it stated in a report final month.

CNNMoney (Dubai) First revealed November 23, 2017: 11:35 AM ET





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