Aabar's stake in Arabtec stabilises, says Dubai bourse

Aabar cut the stake to 18.85% from 21.57%, fuelling a 30% plunge in Arabtec's stock price last week

The stake which Abu Dhabi state fund Aabar Investments holds in Dubai builderArabtec has stabilised after falling sharply last week, according to a statement from the Dubai bourse.

Between June 8 and 11, Aabar cut the stake to 18.85 percent from 21.57 percent; its selling fuelled a 30 percent plunge in Arabtec's stock price as investors worried that the commitment of a major shareholder in the firm was waning. Aabar has declined to comment on its strategy.

In a brief statement on Sunday, Dubai Financial Market said the stake had now risen slightly to 18.94 percent. It did not elaborate.

In a separate statement, Arabtec said its board would meet on June 18 to discuss the company's projects, among other issues.

Four of Arabtec's nine board members are associated with Aabar and Aabar's parent firm International Petroleum Investment Co, including Arabtec chairman Khadem Abdulla al-Qubaisi. The board meeting will take place at IPIC headquarters in Abu Dhabi.

Aabar is the second largest shareholder in Arabtec after Arabtec's chief executive Hasan Ismaik. In late May,Arabtec said Ismaik had raised his stake to 21.46 percent from 8.03 percent; on Sunday, bourse data showed his stake had risen further to 28.85 percent.

Shares in Arabtec, one of the most heavily traded stocks in Dubai, plunged their daily limit of 10 percent on Sunday, helping to drag the main market index down 4.7 percent.

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