Abu Dhabi airport contractors near $1.1bn finance deal

Consortium that includes Dubai's Arabtec was awarded contract in June.
NEWS, Aviation


By: Reuters

The consortium building Abu Dhabi's new airport terminal is close to securing a Dh4bn (US$1.1bn) financing deal, which will be mainly Sharia-compliant, banking sources said on Wednesday.

Turkey's TAV Insaat, Dubai's Arabtec Holding and Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company were awarded a US$2.9bn contract in June to build a mid-field terminal in the emirate.

Dubai lender Mashreq is leading the financing deal which includes First Gulf Bank, Union National Bank, Al Hilal Bank, all from Abu Dhabi, and Jordan's Arab Bank, said two banking sources close to the deal who declined to be identified.

The financing will be 80 per cent sharia-compliant with the remainder secured via a conventional loan, the sources said. The four-year contractor finance facility will see all banks provide roughly equal amounts.


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