Investment Corp of Dubai (ICD), the flagship holding firm of some of the emirate’s top companies, has acquired the Atlantis hotel from a unit of Dubai World for an undisclosed sum, ICD said on Thursday.
The sale adds to a series of asset disposals by Dubai World, which had promised to sell non-core overseas assets as part of its debt-restructuring plan in 2011.
Atlantis, which sits at the head of a manmade island in the shape of a palm tree, was set up in 2008 as a joint venture between Dubai World’s Istithmar World and Kerzner International, with the former acquiring full control in April 2012.
This is Dubai World’s second disposal this year after selling British logistics warehouse developer Gazeley in June.
State-owned ICD has holdings in some of the emirate’s most high-profile brands, including Emirates airline, Emaar Properties and lender Emirates NBD.
“Our acquisition of an asset that is a major contributor to the domestic tourist industry is in line with our overall strategy to support long-term sustainable growth for Dubai,” Khalifa Al Daboos, deputy chief executive officer of ICD, said in the statement.
Istithmar World’s investment portfolio spans consumer, industrial and financial services, hotels and commercial property sectors. Among its assets are entertainment group Cirque du Soleil and the Mandarin Oriental hotel in New York.