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Thursday, 27 May 2010

Can Europe learn from Dubai? | beyondbrics | FT.com


Dubai World’s chairman has declared victory. At the opening of a Mars confectionary factory yesterday, Sultan bin Sulayem said Europe could learn from the emirate’s experience in restructuring its debts, estimated by the IMF to total $109bn.

“From experience, I know we should be confident that the worst is over,” he said. “Not a single bank is in danger, not a single company is going to be losing.”

But companies owed billions of dollars by Nakheel, the troubled development arm of Dubai World, may raise their eyebrows at the optimistic outlook.