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 Qatar investors to buy InterContinental Paris Le Grand for $442 million

qatarholding-hotel.jpgConstellation Hotels Holding, part of the Qatar Holding investment group, has made a $442 million offer to buy the InterContinental Paris Le Grand.

The Hotel, which is located in the heart of Paris overlooking the Opera House, has 470 guest rooms, including 70 suites. It first opened in 1862 and has operated under the InterContinental brand since 1982. IHG would retain a 30 year management contract on the Hotel.

Qatar Holding is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SIN1408.

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 Middle East private equity firm has big plans for US real estate in DC

rbg-full.jpgRitz Banc Group, a private equity firm based in Washington DC and backed by Middle East investors, has acquired a two-building office portfolio in Washington DC and is on the hunt for other deals in the region - The Washington Business Journal is reporting.

Ritz Banc Group is co-founded by Nasr El Hage Jr and is backed by investors from family offices in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Lebanon. (The sale price is not disclosed but an affiliate of the firm seems to be listed in public records as buyer of one of the buildings for $18.3 million a couple of days ago).

To see listing and contact emails of investors and family offices from the Middle East, check our 2014 edition of Middle East Investors Directory

More details in The Washington Business Journal here

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 UAE Investor to finance $120 million hotel project in Antigua

eig SharjahUAE Investor Sheikh Tariq Bin Faisal Al Qassimi has signed an agreement to invest $120 million in a tourism project at Antigua.

The property will be located on a 36-acre beachfront site, the government said, five acres of which will be developed into a national park facility.

Sheikh Tariq Bin Faisal Al Qassimi is chairman of the Emirates Investment Group (EIG), a Sharjah-based private sector investment group. EIG has a number of real estate projects in its portfolio including the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Singapore, Emirates Financial Towers in Dubai International Financial Center and Enshaa, a UAE-based real estate firm with investments in Pakistan, Australia and the UAE.

Emirates Investment Group is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SIN32.

More details follows from the Caribbean Journal

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 Middle East investors to spend $180 billion in global real estate over next decade

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CBRE Group, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is reporting that Middle Eastern investors are expected to spend $180 billion in commercial real estate markets outside of their own region over the next decade.

Just in 2013, the commercial real estate investments of Middle East investors has been $13 billion, $5 billion of which by non-SWF and individual investors. At the moment their investment appetite is focused on Europe, but the share of investment in America is increasing - CBRE research shows. (You can listen to an interview with a CBRE head of research here. Also check recent DubaiBeat.com news on Katara Hospitaly which acquired five luxury European hotels here.)

To see listing and contact emails of investors from the Middle East, check our recently updated Middle East Investors Directory

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 Middle East Investors acquired Australian Patinack Farm for $100 million

cibolaA consortium of investors from the Middle East, led by Cibola Capital, has acquired Australian Patinack Farm for $100 million.

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the current owner Nathan Tinkler has invested more than $500 million in the operation of this racing and breeding operation since its inception in 2007. (Patinack Farm comprises of three properties including a 3,300 acre breeding facility, a 1,000 acre training facility and 950 acres of undeveloped horse country and a bloodstock of close to 600 horses)

To see listing and contact emails of investors and family offices from the Middle East, check our 2014 edition of Middle East Investors Directory

More details follows from The Sydney Morning Herald and their release

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 Katara Hospitaly acquired five luxury European hotels

katara-hos.jpgKatara Hospitaly, a Qatari hospitality and investment holding, is acquiring joint control of a group of luxury hotels in five European cities including the Carlton InterContinental in Cannes, Amstel InterContinental in Amsterdam and three hotels in Frankfurt, Madrid and Rome - Bloomberg is reporting.

Katara Hospitality, previously known as Qatar National Hotels, is a hospitality owner, manager and developer. They are partners of brands like The Ritz-Carlton, Sheraton, Raffles, Marriott, Mövenpick and The Bürgenstock Selection, while also developing their own Merweb business hotel brand.

Katara Hospitaly is a subsidiary of Qatar Investment Authority which is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code BD44.

More details follows from Bloomberg

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 GFH Capital acquires American curriculum private school for $34 million

gfhcapital.jpgGFH Capital, the Dubai-based owner of Leeds United football club, has acquired an American curriculum private school in Dubai for $34 million.

GFH Capital is a subsidiary of Bahrain-based Gulf Finance House and was formerly known as Injazat Capital, one of the Middle East’s foremost private equity investors. (The school is not named, but currently serves a base of nearly 1,300 students and has registered in 20 per cent growth in student numbers over the past four years)

GFH Capital is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SIJ62.

More details follows from Gulf News

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 Fajr Capital and consortium acquired NPS for more than $500 million

fajr-nps2.jpgA consortium of investors led by Dubai-based investment firm Fajr Capital has acquired the oilfield services company National Petroleum Services (NPS).

The transaction, which is expected to close in the second quarter of 2014, is valued "in excess of $500 million", Reuters is reporting. Fajr Capital is based in Dubai and have among its shareholders Abu Dhabi Investment Council, Government of Brunei, Malaysia's Khazanah Nasional and Saudi Alsubeaei Family Office.

Fajr Capital is listed in the Middle East Investors Directory with the code SINMA16.

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