Aabar Signs $2bn China Property Deal

Under the agreement, China State Construction develop real estate projects in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi sovereign investment fund Aabar has signed a $2 billion construction deal with China State Construction Engineering Corp to develop real estate projects in the emirate, reported Reuters.

While China State Construction will undertake the construction of hotels, office buildings and high-end residential buildings in Abu Dhabi, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China will provide the funding to Aabar, China State Construction said in a statement to the Shanghai stock exchange.

Although Abu Dhabi’s property market is still faced with over supply, government-funded housing projects are on the rise.

Aabar, which owns a 10.45 per cent stake in Dubai builder Arabtec, recently awarded the developer a Dhs222 million ($60.44 million) construction contract to build a residential development in Abu Dhabi.

Arabtec said the contract to build a tower of 229 apartments would take 22 months to complete.

Abu Dhabi property developer Aldar, whose Q1 net profit rose more than 152 per cent year-on-year, said that around Dh2.2 billion of its revenues were made up of sales contracts with the Abu Dhabi government and related entities.

Its rival Soruh also said that revenue from national housing projects generated Dhs62 million in gross profit during the first quarter of the year.