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Dubai Stocks Advance on Emaar, Du Earnings as Qatar Declines

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July 30 (Bloomberg) -- Dubai stocks gained the most in almost a month after profits at Emaar Properties PJSC and Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co. rose, boosting confidence in the emirate’s economic recovery.

Emaar, developer of the world’s tallest skyscraper, rallied to the highest level April 2011 after the company said quarterly profit more than doubled, beating estimates. Emirates Integrated, the second-biggest United Arab Emirates phone company known as Du, advanced to the highest level since April after second-quarter net income climbed 57 percent. The DFM General Index surged 1.9 percent, the most since July 3, to 1,537.89 at the close in the emirate. The Bloomberg GCC 200 Index rose 0.3 percent, while Qatar’s QE Index slipped 0.1 percent.

“Investors are positive on growth in Emaar and Du’s profits,” said Nabil Farhat, a partner at Abu Dhabi-based Al Fajer Securities. “The recent figures solidify that Dubai’s recovery as a whole is real and is expected to continue its upward movement in the future.”

Emaar, also the owner of the world’s largest shopping mall in Dubai and the stock with the biggest weighting on Dubai’s index, said yesterday net income climbed to 614 million dirhams ($167 million) from 250 million dirhams a year earlier. The shares climbed 4 percent to 3.37 dirhams, extending their gain this year to 31 percent, compared with 14 percent for Dubai’s DFM General Index.

Economic Recovery

“The real estate market in Dubai is turning around,” Chairman Mohammed Alabbar said in the statement. “Emaar’s financial results for the first half of the year reflects the growing strength of Dubai’s economy.” Like most of its peers in the U.A.E., Emaar saw earnings drop after Dubai’s property market collapsed at the end of 2008 and caused residential values to fall by 60 percent or more.

Du, which competes in the U.A.E. with Emirates Telecommunications Corp., said net income after the 50 percent royalty payment to the government climbed to 325.5 million dirhams from 207.2 million dirhams a year earlier. The shares rose 1.3 percent to 3.22 dirhams, the highest since April 25.

About 141 million shares were traded in Dubai today, compared with the 12-month daily average of 139 million shares.

Elsewhere in the Persian Gulf, Abu Dhabi’s ADX General Index rose 0.4 percent and Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul All Share Index gained 0.8 percent. Bahrain’s BB All Share Index tumbled 1 percent and Kuwait’s Stock Exchange Price Index fell 0.4 percent. Oman’s MSM30 Index declined 0.2 percent.

To contact the reporter on this story: Zahra Hankir in Dubai at zhankir@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Maedler at cmaedler@bloomberg.net

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