Consortium signs $457 million credit facility
KUWAIT – November 21, 2017 – Agility, UPAC, and NREC, the consortium behind Abu Dhabi’s Reem Mall, a retail, leisure and entertainment destination, announced today that financing for the $1.2 billion project is now complete, by signing the largest real estate asset based facility in the United Arab Emirates in 2017.
“The business climate in Abu Dhabi is one of the things that makes it so attractive to investors. The speed with which Abu Dhabi authorities completed the formalities to proceed with Reem Mall is a great example of efficiency in action,” said Tarek Sultan, CEO, Agility. “The Agility group is making a significant investment in Abu Dhabi because we strongly believe in the Reem Mall project and in Abu Dhabi’s growth prospects.”
Reem Mall, located on Abu Dhabi’s Reem Island, will offer 2 million sq. ft. of leasable area (2.9 million sq. ft. of floor area) comprising 450 stores housing local and international brands, including 85 food and beverage outlets. It will feature education-oriented anchors and family-focused entertainment, including Snow Park Abu Dhabi, a destination attraction.
The project is being developed by Al Farwaniya Property Developments, a partnership between Agility, Agility affiliate United Projects for Aviation Services Company (UPAC), and National Real Estate Company (NREC). Together, the companies bring a sound financial base, deep experience in asset management and commercial real estate development, and a track record of successful mall operations.
To complete the financing, Al Farwaniya signed an agreement for a $457 million senior credit facility. The seven-year credit facility is provided by regional and international banks: Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB), Gulf Bank Kuwait, Noor Bank, and Standard Chartered Bank. The facility is subject to final conditions, and is expected to be completed shortly.
Faisal Sultan, Chairman of NREC, said: “Reem Mall is moving forward in an exciting way. It is one of the most significant leisure and retail developments ever undertaken in Abu Dhabi. We look forward to the day it opens its doors to its residents and visitors.”
The Reem Mall site is located in the Najmat District on Reem Island, the residential and commercial master development by Reem Developers. Reem Island is expected to have a population of 200,000 residents at completion.
About Reem Mall
Reem Mall is Abu Dhabi’s major new retail, leisure, dining and entertainment destination. The Reem Mall project will comprise 450 stores, including 85 F&B outlets and a range of family-focused entertainment offerings including Snow Park Abu Dhabi by Majid Al Futtaim.
For more information please visit the website: www.reemmall.ae
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Established in Kuwait in 1973, NREC is a publicly listed real estate and investment company with a presence in the Middle East and North Africa. Over the years, NREC has grown into one of the largest real estate companies in the region with assets exceeding US$ 1.8 billion. Headquartered in Kuwait, NREC has subsidiaries and developments across the MENA region, including the UAE, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, and Libya. NREC’s portfolio of projects (completed or under development) includes offices, mixed use centers, industrial parks, residential communities and super-regional malls. In addition to a strong track record in property development, NREC brings experience and required knowledge in property management of commercial complexes and shopping centers.
For more information please visit the website: http://www.nrec.com.kw/
Established in 2000, publicly listed on Boursa Kuwait, and headquartered in Kuwait, UPAC is a leading commercial real estate and facilities management company with a specialization in Build Operate Transfer (BOT) initiatives. Its services cover project management and consultancy, real estate development as well as property and facilities management. UPAC manages over 24,000 sqm of commercial space at the Kuwait International Airport, Sheikh Saad Terminal and other prominent locations within the country.
For more information please visit the website: www.upac.com.kw
About Reem Developers
Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, Reem Developers is one of the key developers in the capital, contributing to the city’s cosmopolitan skyline in alignment with the Abu Dhabi 2030 vision. A subsidiary and real estate arm of the prestigious Reem Investments, Reem Developers delivers immaculate quality projects, leaving a mark on the city with creative, efficient and functional design. With a diverse portfolio of successful projects, Rawdhat, Najmat and Nalaya villas are a few that have redefined vibrant living and tranquil bliss in one setting. A blend of natural beauty and modern innovation, these projects rise to the forefront with their conceptual essence, highlighting the distinguished standard Reem Developers produces.
Najmat, a 165 hectare Manhattan-like township covers 20% of Reem Island. Najmat will be home to residential and commercial towers and will also feature a marina, canal, waterfront promenades, hotels, shopping malls, schools, healthcare facilities, mosques, parks and ample open spaces. The first two of three infrastructure phases are complete and development is currently underway.
Agility brings efficiency to supply chains in some of the globe’s most challenging environments, offering unmatched personal service, a global footprint and customized capabilities in developed and developing economies alike. Agility is one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics. It is a publicly traded company with over $5 billion in revenue and more than 22,000 employees in 500 offices across 100 countries. Agility’s core commercial business, Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), provides supply chain solutions to meet traditional and complex customer needs. GIL offers air, ocean and road freight forwarding, warehousing, distribution, and specialized services in project logistics, fairs and events, and chemicals. Agility’s Infrastructure group of companies manages industrial real estate and offers logistics-related services, including e-government customs optimization and consulting, waste management and recycling, aviation and ground-handling services, support to governments and ministries of defense, remote infrastructure and life support.