Dubai wrapping up $2.5 bln in fundraising for Metro extension

The Dubai Metro – which opened in 2009 – is set to be extended to the site of the upcoming Expo 2020 event. (File photo: AP)

Dubai hopes to finalise $2.5 billion in fundraising this year for a 15 km (9 mile) extension of its metro to the World Expo site and has already started construction, a government official told Reuters.

The project will extend Dubai Metro’s Red Line to the 2020 World Expo site.

“I hope it will be before the end of this year as we’ve started construction,” Mattar al-Tayer, chairman and director general of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority, told Reuters in an interview this week.

He said the government had already made an advance payment of $165 million (600 million dirhams) to a consortium of contractors including France’s Alstom, Spain’s Acciona and Turkey’s Gulermak. 

Raising funds 

Dubai’s Department of Finance, which is in charge of raising funds for the project, has been giving banks feedback on their bids for its financing, banking sources told Reuters separately.

The project, worth some $2.9 billion, will run up about $2.5 billion in debt. Of this, about $1.5 billion is backed by export credit agencies (ECAs) and the rest is a commercial loan, they added.

The agencies backing the financing are France’s Coface (COFACE) and Spain’s Compañía Española de Seguros de Crédito a la Exportación (CESCE), a source close to the situation said.

The commercial loan has a 10-year tenor, while the ECA-backed financing has a maturity of about 18 years, banking
sources said.

Last month about eight to ten international banks submitted bids, which included pricing indications for the financing.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47