By Hadeel Al Sayegh and Davide Barbuscia
DUBAI, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Just over six years ago, Dubai-listed Arabtec Holding ARTC.DU had investors eating out of its hands.
At a lavish shareholder meeting at Abu Dhabi’s St. Regis Hotel, the contractor that helped build the world’s tallest skyscraper, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, outlined plans for listings in London, Hong Kong and New York.
Those plans never materialised. After capital injections between 2013 and 2017, management changes, layoffs and rounds of restructurings, Arabtec’s shareholders, which include Abu Dhabi state fund Mubadala, decided last week that the Gulf’s largest listed contractor should file for insolvency.
Arabtec had around $2.75 billion in total liabilities at the end of June, including almost $500 million in bank borrowing.
The liquidation, likely to lead to further layoffs in a company which had a 40,000 strong workforce at the end of last year, marks the end of