The Board of the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD) generated record revenues of 121.1 billion dirhams and record net profits of 14.8 billion dirhams during H1 2022, dwarfing last year’s first-half earnings. All business segments of ICD, the principal investment arm of the Government of Dubai, contributed to this outstanding achievement.
The ICD revealed its consolidated financial results for H1 2022 during a meeting chaired by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, Chairman of ICD, and in the presence of Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Vice-Chairman of ICD.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum attributed the exceptional performance to the vision and encouragement of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai one of the primary champions of global economic growth. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed said: “The 61 percent growth in ICD’s revenues and a more than ten times increase in its profits during the first half of 2022, despite the global economic slowdown and uncertainty worldwide, reflects the resilience and robustness of Dubai’s economy and the prudence of its fiscal policies. The exceptional results are a manifestation of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s vision to ensure that Dubai remains at the forefront of championing global economic recovery.”
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed added: “We are proud to record ICD’s best-ever financial performance during the first half of a year, underscoring Dubai’s position as one of the world’s most dynamic, resilient, and future-ready cities. By embracing change and innovation, Dubai offers an exceptional and exemplary model to emulate for shaping the new world economic paradigm. We will continue to foster innovation, especially in future-focused sectors, while driving efficiency and implementing confidence-boosting measures in our traditional economic pillars to set new benchmarks and enhance Dubai’s global competitiveness and status as the world’s premier business and investment hub.”
Spectacular Financial Performance
The ICD’s first-half revenues reached a record 121.1 billion dirhams, a 61 percent increase compared to the same period last year. The Group, mandated with the management of the Government of Dubai’s portfolio of commercial companies and investments, witnessed a significant surge in travel and tourism activities, reflected in the growth in Transportation and Other segments, while its Oil & Gas revenues received a sizeable boost on the back of substantially higher international oil prices.
The Group reported record first-half net profits of 14.8 billion dirhams, up more than ten times over the same period last year, with Transportation returning to profitability in a significant turnaround, Oil & Gas improving its profits by 190 percent, and the Other segment increasing by 129 percent buoyed by record earnings from aluminum production and strong fundamentals in the real estate and hospitality sectors.
The results attributable to the equity holder were net profits of 12.2 billion dirhams.
ICD’s assets resumed their growth and reached a record 1.136 trillion dirhams on the back of a much higher level of activity overall. The Group’s liabilities were up marginally to 887.5 billion dirhams, while borrowings and lease liabilities slightly declined.
The Group’s share of equity increased by 4.8 percent to 199.8 billion dirhams.