DUBAI, March 18 Morgan Stanley is
advising Dubai's Emaar Properties on plans to list its
shopping malls and retail business, the company said on Tuesday,
a sale expected to raise 8 to 9 billion dirhams ($2.18-$2.45
The U.S. investment bank had been appointed to help with
developing a strategy for the share listing, a spokesperson for
Dubai's largest listed developer said. But the spokesperson said
no banks had yet been chosen to manage the share sale.
A spokesman for Morgan Stanley declined to comment.
Emaar Properties chairman Mohamed Alabbar was quoted on
Tuesday in Arabian Business magazine saying that the share sale
will happen in Dubai and London.
"This will be a dual listing. We are a Dubai company so we
have to be in Dubai, but we will list in London. I would like to
do this quickly and am shooting for before Ramadan," Arabian
Business magazine quoted Alabbar as saying.
The Muslim holy month of Ramadan will start towards the end
of June this year.
In Dubai, the listing will be on Nasdaq Dubai, the smaller
of the emirate's two stock exchanges, Alabbar also said in the
Asked to comment on the report, an Emaar spokesperson said:
"Emaar is planning a proposed secondary listing of up to 25
percent of the shares of Emaar's malls business in the next one
year, depending on market conditions.
"Emaar is considering the options of various listing venues
including Dubai and London stock markets."
Emaar had first revealed its plans to list 25 percent of the
shopping malls and retail subsidiary on Saturday.
Dubai-listed Emaar's flagship mall is the Dubai Mall, one of
the largest in the world, which it says attracted more than 75
million visitors in 2013. The company also built the Burj
Khalifa in Dubai, the world's tallest building.
The listing plan shows the extent of Dubai's recovery from
its financial crisis in 2009. Emaar had talked about listing its
shopping mall operations before the crisis, but put these plans
on hold as the emirate's real estate and stock markets collapsed
In the interview, Alabbar also said Emaar was preparing for
a public offer of its wholly owned Egyptian unit, Emaar Misr,
and would consider listing other units such as its hotels
"Today I can't see other segments, but then someday we might
say should Downtown be a separate listed company?" he was quoted
as saying by Arabian Business, referring to one of Emaar's
flagship developments in Dubai.