Ras Al Khaimah Ceramics, the world’s biggest maker of ceramic tiles, is producing bidets, sinks and bathtubs at a maximum capacity in the United Arab Emirates even as Dubai’s construction boom falters, an official said.
Commercial Bank of Qatar QSC, the Persian Gulf state’s second-biggest lender, and the National Bank of Ras Al-Khaimah PSC are raising a combined $1.25 billion from the sale of five-year bonds as they seek funds to expand.
Ras Al Khaimah’s ruling family is in talks to sell a stake valued at as much as $391 million in Ras Al Khaimah Ceramics, the world’s biggest maker of ceramic tiles, according to four people familiar with the matter.
Dubai’s DFM General Index gained 2.2 percent to 1,466.84, the highest since Sept. 21, at the 2 p.m. close in the emirate. Abu Dhabi’s ADX General Index increased less than 0.1 percent. Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul All Share Index advanced for a tenth day, the longest winning streak since September 2009.
Air Arabia, the only listed airline in the United Arab Emirates, will begin flights on May 6 from a new hub in the sheikdom of Ras Al Khaimah after local carrier RAK Airways suspended operations earlier this year.
Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven sheikhdoms that make up the United Arab Emirates, plans to sell a so-called benchmark bond and has hired two banks to manage the transaction, two bankers familiar with the plan said.