Nakheel nets funding for Jumeirah Golf Estates

Nakheel will receive 'significant' funds from Dubai government to complete delayed golf project
Nakheel nets funding for Jumeirah Golf Estates
Jumeirah Golf Estates saw work suspended on two of its four golf courses in 2009
By Shane McGinley
Mon 13 Jun 2011 05:11 PM

Nakheel, the indebted real estate arm of state-owned Dubai
World, will receive funds from Dubai to complete the delayed Jumeirah Golf
Estates project, the company said Monday.

“The government of Dubai has committed to providing
significant financial support to Jumeirah Golf Estates… our contractors have
recommenced work at the development,” the company said in an emailed statement.

Jumeirah Golf Estates, home to the Dubai World Championship,
saw work suspended on two of its four golf courses in 2009 following
difficulties over contractor payments.

The 306-home real estate development was launched by Dubai
World subsidiary LeisureCorp and is scheduled for completion in 2012.

Leisurecorp’s activities were merged with those of Nakheel
in June last year.

Nakheel said Friday it had won near-unanimous approval from
financing banks for its plan to restructure $10.9bn in debt.

Company CEO Chris O'Donnell left Nakheel last week “after
completing his contract terms,” the developer said.

Nakheel was one of the biggest casualties of Dubai’s real
estate downturn, which saw prices halve from their 2008-peak and almost half of
developments in the emirate cancelled.

The developer's inability to meet its debt obligations, in
the wake of a property collapse and the global credit crunch, helped trigger
Dubai's debt crisis in 2009.

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