Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) has arranged $800 million in loans and revolving credit to fund “general corporate purposes.” The fresh capital, available on a three-year term, has come from a group of banks including Citibank, Deutsche Bank, Emirates Bank International, Lloyds TSB Bank and Noor Islamic Bank.
Dubai plans investments totaling $82 billion in aerospace over the next 10 years in support of its aim to become the world’s aviation and logistics hub.
In Dubai, the temperature never gets anywhere close to freezing but that hasn’t stopped the Arabian Gulf state from building an artificial ski slope. As the emirate has sought to re-invent itself as a center for tourism and commerce to ensure its economic future as oil revenues dwindle, projects like this have earned it a reputation for money-no-object spending. So why shouldn’t it add an aerospace industry to its wish list?
Dubai investment firm Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) at press time was in “active discussions” with Washington, D.C.-based private-equity firm Carlyle Group to acquire its Standard Aero company and Landmark Aviation, particularly its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) businesses. According to sources familiar with the process, DAE is expected to pay more than $1.5 billion for the two firms.
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise is in “active discussions” with Washington, D.C.-Carlyle Group to acquire Landmark Aviation, and in particular its MRO businesses. At press time a definitive agreement was pending, but no timetable was given.