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Emaar Malls Group wins ICAEW Middle East Accountancy & Finance Excellence Award

Dubai, UAE; December 11, 2014: Emaar Malls (DFM: EMAARMALLS) has won the ICAEW Middle East Accountancy & Finance Excellence Award in the “Corporate Deal of the Year” category.

Recognition follows the successful IPO and listing of the malls & retail business of Emaar Properties

The recognition follows the successful IPO and listing of the shopping malls and retail subsidiary of global property developer Emaar Properties. The Emaar Malls IPO had recorded total orders of over AED 172 billion (US$ 46.8 billion) and following its listing on the Dubai Financial Market gained in value of over 12 per cent at peak trading. Currently, Emaar Malls has a market capitalisation of over AED 38.78 billion as of December 9, 2014. 

At an award ceremony organised under the patronage of HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development for UAE, Yazan Mohamad Al Nasser, CFO of Emaar Malls received the honour.

Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, said: “Emaar Properties was one of the first companies to be listed on the Dubai Financial Market, and with Emaar Malls Group we set another milestone with a truly international IPO by a Dubai-based company through a book-building process, the first of its kind undertaken by a company in the UAE.  By providing clear and transparent financial guidelines, we gained the trust of international and regional investors, enabling us to record one of the most successful IPOs in the region this year.”

Commenting on the awards, Michael Armstrong FCA, ICAEW Regional Director for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA), said: “A solid accountancy profession is fundamental to the economic success of every nation. While talented finance professionals play a vital role in the success of businesses, their hard work can sometimes be overlooked. It gives us great pleasure to celebrate the region’s best talent in the accountancy and finance profession who demonstrate the highest professional and ethical standards.”

Funds raised through the IPO of Emaar Malls Group are now being distributed as a special cash dividend for shareholders underlining Emaar’s commitment to value creation.  This year, Emaar is distributing AED 17.12 billion (US$ 4.66 billion) in dividends to shareholders including the Special Cash Dividend of AED 9 billion (US$ 2.45 billion). This is about 250 per cent of the par value of Emaar’s shares, demonstrating the strong value creation by Emaar.

Emaar Malls recorded a total revenue of AED 1.908 billion (US$ 519 million) during the first nine months of 2014. The growth in malls business was underlined by its flagship asset, The Dubai Mall, which welcomed over 58 million visitors, in the first nine months of 2014 and over 75 million visitors in 2013. 

The only dedicated awards programme for accountancy and finance professionals in the region, the Middle East Accountancy & Finance Excellence Awards are organised by ICAEW – a world leader in the accountancy and finance profession with over 142,000 members across the globe. A judging panel chaired by Edward Quinlan, retired EY UAE Country Partner and comprising nine of the region’s most respected industry professionals, chose the winners. 

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