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Dubai's Emicool signs $216m Islamic loan

Dubai Investments and Union Properties JV sign loan with banks including Mashreq

Dubai's Emicool signs $216m Islamic loan
Dubai Investments and Union Properties JV sign loan with banks including Mashreq.

Dubai-based Emirates District Cooling (Emicool), a joint venture between Dubai Investments and Union Properties, signed a AED793m (US$216m) Islamic loan guaranteed by both parents, a statement said on Sunday.

Structured in a sharia-compliant manner, the facility runs for ten years, according to the statement from Mashreq, one of the banks providing finance.

The cash will be used to refinance a AED668m bridge loan and other facilities raised with banks on an individual basis, which funded construction of cooling plants in the Motor City and Dubai Investment Park areas of the emirate.

The facility will "help realise our long-term expansion goals such as investing in infrastructure", Abdul Aziz Bin Yagub Alserkal, chairman of Emicool, said in the statement.

The seven banks which participated in the original bridge loan signed up to the new transaction, the Mashreq statement said, although it didn't name the other banks.

Dubai's district cooling companies provide air conditioning using a central production point to feed chilled air into areas and buildings, as opposed to using separate conditioning units in individual rooms, which would be much more expensive.

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MJA 7 years ago

Good. Maybe just now that they have some money they'll stop overcharging for their chilled water and abysmal service -ha!
Honestly, one of the worst organizations to deal with. I don't know a single person in DIP/ Green Community that disagrees. They have manipulated their way into our pockets by promising lower rates than conventional air conditioning and then raising their rates indiscriminately and without explanation. I could go on and on.