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 UAE Investor to finance $120 million hotel project in Antigua

eig SharjahUAE Investor Sheikh Tariq Bin Faisal Al Qassimi has signed an agreement to invest $120 million in a tourism project at Antigua.

The property will be located on a 36-acre beachfront site, the government said, five acres of which will be developed into a national park facility.

Sheikh Tariq Bin Faisal Al Qassimi is chairman of the Emirates Investment Group (EIG), a Sharjah-based private sector investment group. EIG has a number of real estate projects in its portfolio including the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Singapore, Emirates Financial Towers in Dubai International Financial Center and Enshaa, a UAE-based real estate firm with investments in Pakistan, Australia and the UAE.

Emirates Investment Group is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SIN32.

More details follows from the Caribbean Journal

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 Middle East Investors acquired Australian Patinack Farm for $100 million

cibolaA consortium of investors from the Middle East, led by Cibola Capital, has acquired Australian Patinack Farm for $100 million.

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the current owner Nathan Tinkler has invested more than $500 million in the operation of this racing and breeding operation since its inception in 2007. (Patinack Farm comprises of three properties including a 3,300 acre breeding facility, a 1,000 acre training facility and 950 acres of undeveloped horse country and a bloodstock of close to 600 horses)

To see listing and contact emails of investors and family offices from the Middle East, check our 2014 edition of Middle East Investors Directory

More details follows from The Sydney Morning Herald and their release

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 Fajr Capital and consortium acquired NPS for more than $500 million

fajr-nps2.jpgA consortium of investors led by Dubai-based investment firm Fajr Capital has acquired the oilfield services company National Petroleum Services (NPS).

The transaction, which is expected to close in the second quarter of 2014, is valued "in excess of $500 million", Reuters is reporting. Fajr Capital is based in Dubai and have among its shareholders Abu Dhabi Investment Council, Government of Brunei, Malaysia's Khazanah Nasional and Saudi Alsubeaei Family Office.

Fajr Capital is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SINMA16.

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 Berlusconi family seeking Middle East investor for AC Milan

ac milanAC Milan co-chief executive Barbara Berlusconi, daughter of Silvio Berlusconi, said she would travel to the Middle East to seek investors for the club.

The family of former Italian premier is considering selling a stake of up to 30 percent in AC Milan. Some other Italy clubs are already controlled by foreign investors: Indonesian business tycoon Erick Thohir and partners bought a majority stake in Inter Milan last November. Fellow Italian club AS Roma is controlled by an American investment group.

To see listing and contact emails of investors and family offices from the Middle East, check our 2014 edition of Middle East Investors Directory

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 Middle East investors of Arlington invested $450 million in UK student accommodation

arlington.jpgA group of family offices from the Middle East, led by Arlington Investors, completed a $450 million acquisition of a portfolio of eight student accommodation sites in the UK.

This acquisition is the first transaction of Arlington Investors, an investment company established in London in 2013, representing a group of family offices from the Middle East. (The investment comprises eight student accommodation sites in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Newport and Nottingham and is a 50/50 equity partnership with Campus Living Villages). The investors are advised by Arlington Advisors founded by George Shweiry.

To see listing and contact emails of investors and family offices from the Middle East, check our recently updated Middle East Investors Directory

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 Middle East investors eye Italy's $8 billion jewelry industry

italy arab investorItaly's $8 billion jewelry industry is drawing interest from Middle East investors, with one deal to be announced very soon - Reuters is reporting.

"We've seen acquisitions in recent years of companies like Pomellato and Bulgari and it's not over. We should see something very soon from a Middle East player," says Corrado Facco, managing director of VicenzaORO fair, one of the world's top gold jewelry fairs. "A lot of foreigners are looking and we've had a series of offers", Italy's famous jeweler Roberto Coin told Reuters.

(And if Italian jewelry industry is not enough, Middle East investors can, meanwhile, acquire Italian football clubs; Cagliari is close to being taken over by a Qatar investment group for around $100 million)

To see listing and contact emails of investors from the Middle East, check our recently updated Middle East Investors Directory

More details from Reuters here.




 Middle East investor eye National Basketball Association franchises

nba-middleeast-investor.jpgAn unnamed Middle East investor has approached NBA commissioner last month to buy one of four NBA franchises - Financial Times is reporting.

No deal has been reached so far, but the NBA commissioner David Stern says the takeover of some of the 30 NBA franchises by overseas investors is inevitable. (It is estimated that LA Lakers and the New York Knicks are worth more than $1 billion, and the NBA is expected to generate $5.5 billion in revenues this season.)

To see listing and contact emails of investors from the Middle East, check our Middle East Investors Directory

More details from Financial Times here.




 Middle East investors drive European commercial property market

arab-commercial-realestate.jpgMiddle East investors are the major drivers of increased activity in the European commercial real estate market, twice of all Far East investors combined - the global consultancy firm CBRE reports.

In the first half of 2013, investors from the Middle East have increased investment activity, accounting for 21 percent of cross-border transactions, almost twice the 11 percents of far east investors. Half of the total comes from the region’s sovereign wealth funds. Transactions from Middle Eastern buyers show a strong bias towards London (nearly 50 percent of the total) and offices.

To see listing and contact emails of real estate investors from the Middle East, check our Middle East Investors Directory

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