UAE Markets: Weekly Summary

Dubai achieves its AED 2t non-oil foreign trade target a year early, IHC announces a AED 32.75b net profit, Emaar Properties' net profits jump 70%, Multiply Group's profits drop 98%, Abu Dhabi eyes AED 80.66b Egyptian land deal, and an AED 9b Chinese private equity firm launches in the UAE.

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Dubai achieves its AED 2t non-oil foreign trade target a year early, IHC announces a AED 32.75b net profit, Emaar Properties' net profits jump 70%, Multiply Group's profits drop 98%, Abu Dhabi eyes AED 80.66b Egyptian land deal, and an AED 9b Chinese private equity firm launches in the UAE.

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*As of Feb 12, 2024 - 5:45 AM

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A roundup of the biggest deals in the UAE this week.


  • Dubai’s non-oil foreign trade reached AED 2t target one year before deadline  (GTY)

  • CMC Capital Partners, a Chinese private equity firm overseeing over AED 9.18b, opened an Abu Dhabi office (BBG)

  • Mubadala's Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners is bringing fund managers to Abu Dhabi's international financial centre (BBG)


  • Multiply Group's 2023 net profit dramatically fell by -98.18% to AED 337.8m from AED 18.56b in 2022 attributed to 'unrealized fair value changes due to market volatility' (ADX)

  • International Holding Company reported consolidated net profit of AED 32.75b in 2023 compared to AED 32.57b in 2022 (ADX)

  • Emaar Properties 2023 net profit surged 70%, reaching AED 11.63b, an increase from AED 6.83b in 2022 (DFM)

  • Dubai Electricity & Water Authority reported 2023 net profit of AED 7.93b versus AED 8.05b in 2022 and a cash dividend of 6.2 fils per share (DFM)

  • Aldar Properties net profit for 2023 surged 40% to AED 4.4b driven by full-year sales of AED 27.9b and a push on international expansion last year  (ADX)

  • Emaar Development's net profit surged by 74.02%, reaching AED 6.63bn in 2023, up from AED 3.81b in 2022 (DFM)

  • Salik net profit decreased by -18.05%, dropping to AED 1.09b in 2023 from AED 1.33b in 2022 (ADX)

  • ADNOC Distribution's net profit slightly declined by -3.70%, totaling AED 2.6b in 2023 compared to AED 2.7b in 2022 (ADX)

  • Dana Gas reported 2023 net profit fell 12.1% year on year to AED 586m as a result of lower natural gas prices (ADX)

  • Presight reported a 5.1% year on year net profit increase to AED 570.1m versus AED 543m in 2022 (ADX)

  • Abu Dhabi Aviation's net profit grew by 19.09%, rising to AED 407.39m in 2023 from AED 342.1m in 2022 (ADX)

  • Yahsat's attributable profit increased by 68.05%, amounting to AED 405m in 2023, up from AED 241m in 2022 (ADX)

  • Dubai Taxi Company's net profit surged 53.88%, reaching AED 345.3m in 2023, up from AED 224.4m the year before (DFM)

  • RAK Ceramics's attributable profit decreased -3.93%, settling at AED 290.9m in 2023 compared to AED 302.8m in 2022 (ADX)

  • United Arab Bank's net profit grew 64.71%, reaching AED 255.3m in 2023, up from AED 155m in 2022 (ADX)

  • BHM Capital's net profits soared 101% to AED 31.54m in 2023, up from AED 15.68m in 2022 (DFM)

  • Bayanat's net profit increased 14.86% to AED 232.37m in 2023 from AED 202.3m in 2022 (ADX)

  • Al Wathba National Insurance reported an impressive 534% increase in net profit to AED 179.98m in 2023 from AED 28.4m in 2022 (ADX)

  • Aramex reported a 22% decline in year on year 2023 net profit of AED 128.4m versus AED 165.4m in 2022 (DFM)

  • Emirates Insurance's net profit climbed 128.14% to AED 127.3m in 2023 from AED 55.8m in 2022 (ADX)

  • Fujairah Building Industries reported a modest 3.87% net profit increase to AED 17.97m in 2023 from AED 17.3m in 2022 (ADX)

  • Al Khaleej Investments saw its net profit decrease -64.15% to AED 1.9m in 2023, down from AED 5.3m in 2022 (ADX)

  • Palms Sports to distribute total cash dividend of AED 100m (ADX)

  • Earnings we’re watching this week: 

    • Emirate Integrated

    • Burjeel Holdings

    • Air Arabia

    • Ajman Bank

    • Rak Properties

    • Shuaa Capital

M&A / Investments:

  • Abu Dhabi is negotiating a AED 80.66b purchase of premium Mediterranean coast land in Egypt that could alleviate its foreign exchange crisis (BBG)

  • AD Ports Group’s digital arm, Maqta Gateway, has acquired a 60% equity stake in Dubai Technologies (ADP)

  • G42, an Abu Dhabi artificial intelligence group with an investment arm worth AED 36.73b, sold its stakes in Chinese companies to reassure US partners (FT)

  • Ghitha Holding invests over AED 807.8m in Turkish cargo airline MNG (ZWY)

  • Aldar will invest AED 5.14b to build commercial and hospitality properties in Abu Dhabi by 2027 (RTR)

  • Lunate and Blue Owl partnered to acquire stakes in mid-size asset managers, contributing AED 1.84b and raising AED 9.18b, respectively (BBG)

  • Invictus Investment Company to acquire majority stake in Moroccan grain trader Graderco for AED 1b (ADX)

  • Mubadala's Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners invests in Ardian’s Secondaries Fund IX (ZWY)

  • Aldar Properties co-invests AED 407.7m with Carlyle Group in European logistics and storage assets (ALD)

  • Palms Sports acquired Learn Education (ADX)


  • Dubai's AI dubbing platform CAMB.AI raised AED 14.6m in a seed funding round led by Courtside Ventures (WMD)

  • IQEQ invests AED 550.5k pre-seed funding in Iraq-based e-commerce platform Wayl (ICA)

Partnerships / Projects:

  • ADNOC Drilling to add 142 operational rigs in 2024 to support a 5m barrels per day capacity target (ZWY)

  • AD Ports Group signed a AED 550.5m concession agreement for Bulk and General Cargo operations with Karachi Port Trust (STD)

  • Joby Aviation and Dubai's Road and Transport Authority to launch flying taxi services in Dubai by 2025 (ZWY)

  • Mubadala, 2 other funds acquire 8% stake in India’s Manipal Health Enterprises (BST)

  • e& to anchor the 2Africa subsea cable, creating the UAE's largest subsea cable system landing (ETS)

  • Primera Group, a UAE-Congo joint venture, to boost hand-dug gold shipments from Congo, targeting 12-24 tons annually (BBG)

  • Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development and HYCAP Middle East to develop a hydrogen-based industrial complex (ZWY)

  • MAG appoints CECEP Techand Middle East for AED 2.8b Ritz-Carlton Residences, Dubai Creekside, construction by 2027 (ZWY)


  • Union Properties settled with Dubailand and Emirates NBD to pay AED 400m over 3 years to repurpose Motor City land for residential development (ZWY)


  • Blufire Capital, an Abu Dhabi based firm, announced a share transfer and liability assumption agreement with EVe Mobility Acquisition (SEC)

Crypto / FX: 

  • Abu Dhabi Global Market signed an MoU with the Solana Foundation to develop distributed ledger technology (CTG)

Real Estate: 

  • Indian and Chinese buyers in Dubai demand Vastu and Feng Shui-compliant homes (KJT)

  • Alphabeta Properties launched a rental auction for M77, booking all units within two weeks, with 70% choosing rent now at 60% above market value (GFN)

  • Emaar finalised designs for Dubai Square, a shopping mall in Dubai Creek Harbour (GFN)

  • Aldar awards AED 22b contracts for Abu Dhabi projects (WAM)

  • Trussardi Residences by Mira Developments sells out on launch day (E24)

  • Emirati Family Group selling AED 250m property on Palm Jumeirah, considering AED 985m in other Dubai deals (UAE)

  • A London mansion linked to bankrupt Emirati tycoon Khalifa Al Muhairi is on sale for AED 124.92m in Kensington (BBG)

  • Jumeirah Lake Towers' distressed Al Saqran tower auction sees bids increase by AED 100m in 4 hours (GFN)

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