Qatar says focusing in on German investments

(Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

(Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

Qatar's aggressive sovereign wealth fund is focusing its investment strategy in Germany on companies selling in emerging markets as well as real estate, an executive board member of the Qatar Investment Authority has said.

The QIA, the most active Middle East sovereign wealth fund in recent years, is estimated to be worth around $200bn and has bought stakes in companies ranging from German sports car maker Porsche to Barclays.

"Our strategy here in Germany is the need to focus on companies that not only sell in Europe but sell also to emerging markets," Hussain Al Abdulla told a Qatari business and investment conference held in a hotel recently acquired by the gas-rich emirate. "Also in Germany, we are focussing on real estate."

The world's top exporter of liquefied natural gas has a lot of spare cash to invest. Recent figures showed a budget surplus of $26bn in the second quarter of fiscal year 2012-13, or 54 percent of GDP for the period.

Abdulla said real estate prices in Europe's powerhouse economy were well below prices in 1993 during the bubble after reunification, making it a good opportunity to invest.

The QIA fund started focusing on commodities after the financial crisis and looks at real estate like it does commodities, Abdulla said. The QIA has invested billions of dollars in high-end property in Europe, especially London, where it owns assets including the Shard skyscraper.

Abdulla said it believed commodity prices would always rise in the long run because the world population was on the rise, fueling demand for natural resources.

He added that the economic atmosphere in crisis-stricken Europe was difficult for foreign investors at the moment, but Qatar would do its best to invest in the region.

Related:
Join the Discussion

Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

Please post responsibly. Commenter Rules

  • No comments yet, be the first!

All comments are subject to approval before appearing

Further reading

Features & Analysis
Why banking in the Gulf will never be the same again

Why banking in the Gulf will never be the same again

New technologies are emerging in banking and finance at a rapid...

How Gulf SWFs have thrown funding lifeline to tech ventures

How Gulf SWFs have thrown funding lifeline to tech ventures

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states have ploughed money into hot...

Saudi Arabia signals new investment strategies in $3.5bn Uber deal

Saudi Arabia signals new investment strategies in $3.5bn Uber deal

Deal makes the Public Investment Fund a player in the technology...

Most Popular
Most Discussed
sponsoredTracking