DAMAC Properties reports net profit of AED 1.6 billion for the first half of 2017 and booked sales of AED 4 billion

Monday 14 August 2017
Hussain Sajwani, Chairman of DAMAC Properties
Dubai - MENA Herald:

DAMAC Properties Dubai Co. PJSC (DFM: DAMAC) (“DAMAC” or the “Company”), a leading property developer in the Middle East, today announced its first-half 2017 financial results, reporting total revenue of AED 3.5 billion and net profit of AED 1.6 billion.

As of 30 June 2017, DAMAC’s booked sales for H1 stood at AED 4 billion, and delivered 1,071 units in DAMAC Hills, Dubai. Total cash and bank balances stood at AED 8.6 billion, while earnings per share for H1 came to AED 0.26. Gross debt stood at AED 5.4 billion as at 30 June 2017.

“The property market in Dubai continues to demonstrate further stabilization, and our medium to long term outlook remains positive as DAMAC continues to develop innovative products that appeal to both end users and investors,” said Hussain Sajwani, Chairman of DAMAC Properties. “DAMAC’s strong H1 sales performance can be attributed to continued demand for a number of our projects including AYKON City, DAMAC Hills and AKOYA Oxygen.”

An additional 1,071 units were delivered at its DAMAC Hills master development in H1 2017, bringing the total number of delivered units there to over 3,100.  In February, DAMAC celebrated its flagship golf development with the opening of the Trump International Golf Club Dubai, the first of its kind in the Middle East, offering world-class golfing on an 18-hole championship course and exquisite leisure, dining and entertainment experiences.

Construction continues on circa 5,000 villas at its Akoya Oxygen master community in Dubailand, with a further 1,300 villas scheduled to begin construction in September 2017. Akoya Oxygen includes contemporary residential properties of various sizes surrounding an 18-hole championship golf course, along with an organic produce market, hydroponic café, luxury wellness centre, outdoor yoga enclave and retail outlets featuring well-known brands.

Construction is almost complete on the DAMAC Towers by Paramount Hotels & Resorts, a four-tower, 250-meter high development consisting over 2,000 units, and includes a luxury hotel and serviced branded residences in Business Bay. Progress on the award-winning DAMAC Heights, an 86-floor tower with uninterrupted views of the sea and Palm Jumeirah is also nearing completion.

“Thanks to Dubai’s visionary leadership and the government’s successful efforts in attracting investors and visitors, Dubai continues to show economic growth in spite of the turbulence seen in 2016 with the drop in oil prices and sluggish global trade. GDP growth continues to remain positive at 2.85 percent in 2016 and Dubai remains one of the most popular destinations for global travellers, attracting over 8 million visitors in H1 2017, compared to 7.3 million for the same period last year, according to DTCM,” said Sajwani.  “This growth also reflects on Dubai’s real estate sector which according the Dubai Land Department, saw property transactions in H1 2017 of AED 132 billion, a sizable gain over AED 113 billion during H1 2016.  We are optimistic that the sector will continue to sustain this growth through the remainder of the year.”

“We would like to thank everyone who has made the first six months of 2017 a success, especially our employees and business partners for their tremendous effort and commitment,” added Sajwani.

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