Dubai’s Atlantis “The Palm” signs $880m loan, say bankers

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Dubai’s iconic island resort, Atlantis, The Palm, has closed an $880 million syndicated loan, a $30m
increase from its original $85m target, according to banking sources.

The loan was provided by a group of seven local and international banks comprising Barclays, HSBC, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Commercial Bank of Dubai, Union National Bank and Emirates NBD, the bankers said.

As previously reported by Thomson Reuters LPC, the deal is priced at 500 basis points (bps) over LIBOR.

Proceeds will be used to refinance a $700m, 12-year term loan that was signed in July 2005 and priced at 160 bps over LIBOR. That loan backed the construction of the luxury hotel resort and aquatic theme park.

Atlantis, The Palm, opened in 2008 as a joint venture between Kerzner International Holdings and UAE holding company Istithmar.

Luxury hotel chain Jumeirah Group, part of Dubai Holding, is also in the market for a six-year $1.4 billion loan, priced at 275 bps.

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