Amlak, Tamweel to resume lending 'in weeks' - official

Dubai-based mortgage lenders to resume business as separate entities before merger.
Amlak, Tamweel to resume lending 'in weeks' - official
By Daliah Merzaban
Wed 22 Apr 2009 08:20 AM

Dubai-based Amlak and Tamweel will resume mortgage lending within weeks as separate entities before moving ahead with a likely merger, Dubai's finance chief said in remarks carried on Wednesday.

The fate of a merger of the two Islamic home finance companies has been under review by a government committee this year since the UAE announced in November it would merge the entities and halted trading in their shares.

"As far as I know, their intention is to reactivate the two companies and then work on the merger," said Nasser Al Sheikh, director-general of Dubai's Department of Finance, according to daily Emirates Business.

"The road is paved to the merger and we have a common agreement between the two boards and the two management teams, and at the end it will be the shareholders' decision."

Sheikh added the two firms could resume lending "within weeks" and that a ministerial committee was discussing the possibility of extending or restructuring the firms' debt obligations. (Reuters)

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