China to invest $3.4bn in Dubai trading facilities

DUBAI: China plans to to invest $3.4 billion in two Dubai-based trading facilities, increasing the influence of the world’s second-largest economy in the Gulf region.

The country will invest $2.4 billion in a 60-million square-feet (5.6 million square-meters) operation that will be used to store Chinese products for shipping around the world, Dubai ports group DP World said in a statement on Saturday, citing Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai.

“It will include wholesale and retail outlets that help enhance regional and international trade,” according to the statement. DP World has also signed an agreement with China to create a $1 billion project in Dubai to import, process, pack and export agricultural, marine and animal products.

The United Arab Emirates has been seeking Chinese investments, and companies from the Asian country invested $300 million in Abu Dhabi’s industrial zone in 2017. China Cosco Shipping Corp agreed in 2016 to spend $738 million on a new port in Abu Dhabi.

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