ADIB finances Dh118.2m acquisition in UK

June 12, 2018
Growing demand from GCC investors for UK real estate

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) UK has arranged and structured a Sharia-compliant transaction to finance the acquisition of the UK based Lateral House for Dh118.2 million on behalf of an Abu Dhabi-based private banking client.

Lateral House is a modern office building providing 95,317 square feet of net lettable commercial office space, set over ground and four upper floors.

“We are increasingly seeing demand from GCC-based investors for the yield provided by regional UK commercial real estate. While London’s long-term property investment story is well-established, cities such as Leeds are growing quickly and have commercial property providing solid rates of return,” Paul Maisfield, Head of Real Estate at ADIB UK, said in a statement.

He also said they ae planning to expand their operations and range of services over the coming years to serve the growing demand for UK property from the Middle East.

ADIB was the first UAE-based bank providing Islamic financial services to be licensed to operate in the UK. It opened its office at One Hyde Park in London in May 2012.

Earlier this year, ADIB arranged a structured Islamic financing transaction to fund the acquisition of The Hub, located at the Aztec West Business Park, Bristol, for Dh159.4 million on behalf of a private Saudi Arabia-based client.

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