A new UAE tech company, Dubai Tower, has filed for bankruptcy protection in Dubai after a string of financial woes, including a $2bn debt crisis, the largest in the UAE.
Dubai Tower was founded in 2016 and is a subsidiary of Dubai Technology Group (DIT), which owns the Dubai International Airport and other buildings in the capital.
Dubayla Tower, a subsidiary in Dubai’s largest real estate company, DIT Holdings, was also sold to DIT Group in October, which has been struggling to make ends meet since the bankruptcy filing.
Dubrais Tower was once Dubai’s tallest building, but has fallen to a lowly second spot on the list of the world’s tallest buildings, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
In December, the company was listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market, which was down by more than half since its listing on June 24.
The collapse of Dubai Tower came amid the collapse of other Dubai-based tech firms including TechStar.
Dubya Tower was purchased by DIT for $2.5bn in 2015, according the Dubai Business Times.DIT owns a number of Dubai-related companies including Dubai Tourism and DTA, which is part of the state-owned Dubai World Expo, the Dubai Municipality, the government’s public procurement department, and Dubai Bank.
The company is also the owner of Dubai’s first mobile data hub, the Abu Dhabi Mobile Communications Network.
Dubaya Tower, which had its name changed in 2018, also is a part of Dubai International Airlines, which provides services to airlines in the Emirates.
The Dubai Tourism & Travel Authority, a government body responsible for tourism in the emirate, said the company had not been able to meet its debts and was in “severe financial difficulties”.
“The company has been facing severe financial difficulties due to the continued reduction of the value of the assets and the inability to obtain necessary financing,” it said.
“The financial situation is now considered to be very severe and a decision has been taken to take action against the company,” it added.
The group is one of the largest tech companies in the world and is the subject of a recent investigation by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) for allegedly breaching the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by accepting bribes and other illegal activity.
The group also faces investigations in the UK, Germany, Singapore, Australia and Canada.
In November, Dubai’s Tourism Authority also said the city’s hotel industry had suffered a sharp drop in business due to a “severe reduction in the number of hotel rooms available to international visitors”.DETT Holdings had been a major player in the Dubai hotel industry, owning hotels in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
In December, DPT Holdings said it was seeking to raise funds for its future, with an IPO scheduled for 2018.
In February 2018, Dubai Tourism Authority and DPT Group also announced they were teaming up to launch a new hotel chain, Dubai International Hotel.