His Excellency Dr. Osama Albar the Mayor of Holy Makkah and Chairman of Board of Directors of Bawabat Makkah Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Al Balad Al Ameen (which is the real estate development and investment arm of the Makkah Municipality), has signed an agreement with Swicorp, a CMA licensed investment bank, to jointly launch the Bawabat Makkah 1st Real Estate Development Fund.
Eng. Essam Kalthoum, Managing Director of Bawabat Makkah Company, revealed that Bawabat Makkah 1st Real Estate Development Fund involves the development of a 1.5 Million sqm site which is located inside the Bawabat Makkah area between Makkah-Jeddah highway and Al Lith Highway. Expected to be launched by the second quarter of 2014, this SAR 1.0 Billion Fund will be aimed principally, after securing required CMA approval, at the retail investors to allow the public to participate in an attractive real estate development opportunity.
Mr. Kamel Lazaar, Founder and Chairman of Swicorp, added: "Swicorp is honored to take the role of Fund Management for Bawabat Makkah 1st Real Estate Development Fund and contribute to the development process for city of Makkah. We are confident that with our experience and expertise in asset management and real estate financing, we will be able to successfully launch and execute this Fund together with Bawabat Makkah Company. We hope that this Fund will be the start of a long term mutually beneficial relationship between both parties. We firmly believe that this fund will be a great addition to the range of products and funds that Swicorp carefully select to provide to its clients in order to help them achieving their objectives".
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