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Dubai’s Emaar earns profits in first half of 2016

The property developer credits 40 percent of its profits to its shopping malls, hospitality and leisure businesses

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Emaar Properties (EP), the developer of the world’s tallest building, has announced net profits of $674 million and revenue of $1.97 billion for the first half of 2016.

EP says profits for the first half of the year are up 12 percent on the same period last year, and revenue is 11 percent higher.

The property developer, which is partly owned by the Dubai government, said Sunday 40 percent of its revenue between January and June was generated by its shopping malls, hospitality and leisure businesses.

Emaar Properties owns a majority stake in Emaar Malls Group, which manages the Middle East’s largest shopping center, The Dubai Mall.

EP is currently developing the Dubai Opera House and an observation tower that will be higher than the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper.