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Thursday, November 25, 2010

UAE property developer files for bankruptcy

DUBAI: Al Murjan Real Estate, developer of a US$3 billion (US$1 = RM3.13) housing project in the United Arab Emirates, has filed for bankruptcy after running into financial difficulties, the Financial Times reported yesterday.

The company filed for insolvency in the emirate of Sharjah and two liquidators have been appointed, the FT reported, citing documents it had obtained, and cited lawyers saying that it was the first court-mandated bankruptcy of a distressed property project in the emirates.

Property buyers would likely find it difficult to recover downpayments they made on homes in the 8,000 home White Bay development, which Al Murjan had started to build in another emirate, Umm al-Quwain, the newspaper said.

As property prices plummeted some 60 per cent since peaking in 2008, more than half of buyers had not maintained payments, the FT reported.

By Reuters

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