Mabanee says Saudi unit gets nod for $1.9 bln Riyadh shopping complex
DUBAI: A subsidiary of Kuwaiti developer Mabanee has received approval to build a 7 billion riyal ($1.9 bln) retail, residential and commercial complex in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh, the parent firm said yesterday.
Shumoul Holding Co, 55-percent owned by Mabanee, will begin work on the 1.7 million-square-meter project in the next few months, according to a statement to the Kuwait stock exchange. The Avenues Riyadh will include a shopping mall, plus residential and office units and has now been approved by the city’s authorities, the statement said.
Mabanee expects the project to be completed in 2019, but did not say how it would be funded. However, its 2014 annual report states it incurred costs of 106 million Kuwaiti dinars ($349 mln) that year to buy the land for The Avenues Riyadh and conduct some work on the scheme. Mabanee has interests in real estate, construction and investments. — Reuters