Aabar on the world stage

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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)