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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 March 2019

Tawazun Economic Council fund buys 30% stake in Sharjah boat-maker Al Marakeb

Privately-held company to boost production capacity amid surge in Arabian Gulf demand

An Al Marakeb vessel at Idex. Tawazun has bought a stake in the Sharjah firm. Victor Besa / The National
An Al Marakeb vessel at Idex. Tawazun has bought a stake in the Sharjah firm. Victor Besa / The National

Tawazun Economic Council, the body tasked with developing the UAE’s domestic defence industry, agreed to buy a stake in Sharjah-based Al Marakeb Boats Manufacturing as the country pushes to grow its local military companies.

Tawazun’s recently launched Defence and Security Development Fund signed an agreement to buy 30 per cent of the boat builder, it said on Tuesday. The value of the purchase was not disclosed.

The investment will back Al Marakeb’s latest project to develop a multi-tasked armoured boat that is expected to be handed over within the next two years and to develop intellectual property rights for unmanned boat systems, said Abdulla Naser Al Jaabari, chief officer of the Defence and Security Development Fund.

The investment is part of Tawazun’s Dh2.5 billion Defence and Security Development Fund announced last week.

The UAE, a major defence buyer, is seeking to build a homegrown defence industry as part of a strategy to grow local military companies, diversify the economy from oil and create jobs.

Updated: February 19, 2019 04:08 PM

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