By Alexandra Hudson
Fate of merger between troubled cos has been under review for 11 months.
UAE central bank governor Sultan Nasser al-Suweidi said on Monday it would take some time to look at Islamic mortgage lenders
and see what kind of institution they wish to form.
The fate of a merger between the two troubled companies, hit by the Dubai property price slump, has been under review by a federal government committee since November, when the UAE announced it would merge the firms with two other state-controlled banks.
had applied for a joint banking licence to the central bank, Suweidi said in an interview with Reuters the committee was looking at the institutions, their requirements and what kind of financial institution they wanted to establish.
"When they decide, their request will be presented to the board of directors of the central bank and the right decision will be taken. But first this will take some time. Things cannot happen overnight," he said on the sidelines of the IMF/World Bank conference in Istanbul.
Separately the UAE managing director of
, Ahmed al-Matrooshi, said in an interview on Monday that the government should settle the issue in order to stimulate the property sector.
"One issue the government should finalise is
because the property market will not work if there are no finance companies," he said.
Officials have been saying since March that a decision on how to restructure them would be made soon. (Reuters)
If it's not confusing then it most certainly is mind boggling to read the series of speculations from the media (Al Khaleej report of Oct 4) and the repeated statements from the Federal Government's spokespeople regarding the fate of the two lenders Amlak and Tamweel. Surely I were a gambler I would not put my money on any statement since it seems only Allah Almighty has the answer for such dilemma!! The issue of the merger is almost a year old and the two companies have survived for this long without interference from the Government (as far as we know!) - as such, why not pump some needed funds into them and call it a day. The prices of properties in Dubai are nose diving with many investors tempted to buy but no one to finance. How can anyone imagine a speedy recovery for the sector if that mystery continues to unravel?!