Shuaa Capital's Saudi arm aims to raise SR2bn

Million Shuaa Capital's Saudi arm raised in the first closing for its hospitality fund. (EB FILE)

Shuaa Capital's Saudi arm hopes to raise more money for its hospitality fund through a second closing in October and to make more acquisitions this year as market conditions improve, its chief executive said.

The fund, which had its first closing in 2008, aims to raise close to SR2 billion (Dh1.95bn, $533 million), said Omar Al Jaroudi, Chief Executive of Shuaa Capital Saudi Arabia.

"We did the first closing of SR410m and we are hoping for a second closing between now and October [to get] as much as we can up to SR2bn," he said.

Shuaa launched its private equity hospitality fund with an aim to acquire hotels to be managed by Rotana Hotel Management Corporation, Jaroudi said, but it only made one acquisition last year as market conditions were uncertain.

"In 2010 we have better clarity and we are going ahead with executing the plan that we have in mind," he said. In March Shuaa bought a plot of land in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah for a hotel development worth more than $130m.

"We acquired one plot of land in Jeddah and are finalising another one in Jeddah as well and we are in advanced discussions on several properties in Riyadh and Khobar," he said.


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