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Abu Dhabi port operator acquires stake in Egyptian shipping firms

Gulf countries are interested in buying Egyptian assets as the country’s economy falters.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan attend a welcome ceremony at Al-Watan presidential palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 14, 2019.

The Abu Dhabi-based port operator AD Ports Group has acquired a stake in two Egyptian companies. 

AD Ports Group announced today agreements to acquire a 70% stake in International Associated Cargo Carrier B.V., which owns the Egyptian shipping company Transmar and the Egyptian cargo company TCI. AD Ports Group paid just under $140 million for the stake, according to a series of tweets. 

AD Ports Group is part of Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding, aka ADQ, which is a sovereign wealth fund of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

Why it matters: Gulf entities have shown an interest in buying Egyptian firms recently. The Egyptian government recently decided to list some state-owned companies for sale, which has attracted buyers from the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. ADQ already acquired a stake in Egypt's Commercial International Bank in April. 

Egypt is in the middle of an economic crisis marked by high inflation and food insecurity due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Egypt is receiving significant investment from the Gulf amid the crisis. Last month, Egypt and Saudi Arabia signed economic agreements worth $7.7 billion. Qatar also pledged in March to invest $5 billion in Egypt. 

Know more: Egypt also received a $500 million loan from The World Bank this week to address food security issues. 

Update: the AD Ports Group announced Sept. 14 that it completed the transactions.

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