Aabar on the world stage

Aabar has invested significantly in Virgin Galactic which unveils its new SpaceShipTwo spacecraft at the Mojave Spaceport on December 7, 2009 near Mojave, California. The eight-person VSS Enterprise, named after the Star Trek ship of the same name, is the first of a series of space-planes for customers of Virgin Galactic who have paid around $200,000 for a suborbital flight into space. (Getty Images)
Aabar Investments chief Khadem Al Qubaisi with his Businessman Of the Year award at the Arabiaan Business awards night in Dubai in December 2009. (ITP Images)
Aabar Investments invested in Brawn GP last year which has become Mercedes GP for the 2010 Formula 1 season. Here, British manager Ross Brawn, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, German driver Nico Rosberg, German seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, Mercedes motor sports director German Norbert Haug and British manager Nick Fry pose during the presentation of the new Mercedes GP Petronas Formula 1 team on January 25, 2010. (Getty Images)
Having retired in 2006, Michael Schumacher broke his three-year hiatus to sign a three-year contract to race for Mercedes GP, the F1 team part owned by Abu Dhabi's Aabar Investments. (Getty Images)
Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG, in which Aabar Investments took a nine percent stake, looks on as he poses in front of the Daimler logo during the company's annual press conference on February 18, 2010 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Getty Images)
Dubai's Burj Khalifa tower, built by Arabtec which is currently in talks with Aabar Investments over the Abu Dhabi firm taking a 70 percent stake in the construction firm. The world's tallest skyscraper is lit by laser lights during its opening ceremony on January 4, 2010. (Getty Images)