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Abraaj Capital Acquires Luxury Yacht Maker - Numarine; Summary of Gulf Nations Investment in Turkey
Istanbul, August 27 2008: Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj Capital has acquired a 50 per cent stake in Turkish luxury-yacht manufacturer Numarine, as global demand grows in the US$ 25 billion market for recreational boats.

Abraaj, the largest private equity firm in the Middle East and North Africa, will partner Numarine Chief Executive Officer Omer Malaz, who founded the company in 2002.

The investment is Abraaj’s second in Turkey and third in the marine business. Last year, it bought part of Acibadem, the only healthcare provider listed on the Istanbul exchange. Abraaj also owns stakes in Dubai-based luxury-yacht distributor ART Marine, and Gulf Marine Maintenance & Offshore Company.

"We are delighted to partner with Omer and Numarine, and believe that the company is extremely well positioned to benefit from growing demand for high quality, excellent value motor yachts," said Abraaj Managing Director Mustafa Abdel-Wadood.

Global demand for recreational boats, which grew 11.4 per cent per year between 2000 and 2006, is expected to rise further, with Turkey’s market share expanding as it matches or exceeds comparable international makers in technology and style at more competitive prices.

Demand for yachts in the Middle East, for instance, has soared in the last few years, with the region now accounting for 8 per cent of global owners, compared with almost zero a decade ago, according to the Global Order Book 2008 survey.

Numarine targets an income more than 30 million Euros by the end of 2008 and more than 40 million Euros in 2009.

Numarine will use the capital injection to expand its production facilities, as well as boost research and development, and product design.
To read more, visit Numarine's press release.

In other news the TDN posted a rather summarized update (Turkey the winner in Gulf's investment hunt) of the latest acquisitions in Turkey from the Gulf region, as Gulf-based capital investment volume has reached $30 billion. I should warn you that some of these deals go as far back as 2006, but I felt it was interesting so I am posting the highlights as well as added links for you to drill down :

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