National Bank of Abu Dhabi launches real estate fund

Fund will be launched with US$27.23m in seed capital, alongside Gulf Investment
National Bank of Abu Dhabi launches real estate fund
By Reuters
Sun 22 Apr 2012 04:36 PM

National Bank of Abu Dhabi has launched a real estate fund in partnership with a Kuwaiti firm to seek investment opportunities in the UAE's property sector, the lender said on Sunday.

NBAD, the UAE's top bank by market capitalisation, has teamed up with Kuwaiti firm Gulf Investment Corp for the venture, which it plans to convert to a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the future.

"In the future, it is our intention to bring this fund to an initial public offering, thereby creating what we expect to the region's first REIT," Mahmood al-Aradi, senior general manager of NBAD's financial markets division said in a statement.

The fund will focus on high-quality income generating properties in the UAE where property prices have fallen sharply since the 2008 global financial crisis.

It will be launched with a seed capital of AED100m (US$27.23m) with NBAD and Gulf Investment pooling in AED50m each.

The parties expect to start raising money for the fund soon, Aradi told reporters in Dubai.

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