Dubai’s Arabtec signs $136 million Cairo building contract

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Dubai’s Arabtec signed a Dh500 million ($136 million) contract to build a 23-storey hotel and residential complex in Cairo, the major construction firm said on Sunday.

The Nile Towers, to be built in the Maadi suburb of south Cairo, will include a Hilton Hotel with 256 guest rooms and suites plus other facilities, Arabtec said in a statement. An adjacent tower would contain 114 luxury residential apartments.

Arabtec and its joint venture partner SIAC Industrial Construction & Engineering Co. were initially awarded the contract in July last year by developer Saudi Egyptian Construction Co.

The Dubai builder has gradually shifted its focus from its home territory since Dubai’s real estate market collapse in 2009, and has focused on new markets such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.

Arabtec said last week that it would raise $650 million through a rights issue before the end of June to help fund its expansion. It replaced its chief executive last month in a shake-up led by Abu Dhabi state fund Aabar, its top shareholder, which has been tightening its grip on the group.

The company said Nile Towers was its third project since it entered the Egyptian market. It has a Dh174 million contract from Dubai developer Emaar Properties to build the Al Marassi villa project on the coast at Alexandria, and a contract to build a 726-apartment residential development on a cliff top at the town of Sokhna.

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