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Nakheel reports 3.5% decline in 9-months net profits to Dh3.86 billion

Nakheel, developer of the world’s first palm-shaped islands, reported a 3.5 percent decline in its net profits of Dh3.86 billion for the first nine months of 2018, down from Dh4 billion recorded in in the corresponding period last year.


Year-to-date property handovers total 588 units, the company said, adding that while residential development remains its core business, the focus on expanding its hospitality, retail and leasing divisions continues. Annual revenue from these sectors is now Dh2.6 billion – almost 40 per cent of the total – and continues to grow as new projects are delivered.


Last month, Nakheel announced two new residential projects – Dragon Towers and Jumeirah Park Homes – for sale, adding a significant number of units to its development pipeline, which will be reflected in future profit figures as the projects are delivered.


The Dh713 million Dragon Towers broke ground last month and is due for completion in 2021, while construction of 147 four-bedroom homes with private pools at the high-end Jumeirah Park community is due to begin in early 2019.


So far this year, Nakheel has announced contracts worth Dh7 billion for a diverse range of infrastructure, residential, retail and hospitality projects, including Deira Mall, Nad Al Sheba Mall, the main bridge connecting Deira Islands and mainland Dubai, the RIU and Centara joint venture resorts at Deira Islands, PALM360, and the newly launched Dragon Towers.