Five Holdings chairman and CEO Kabir Mulchandani Five Holdings chairman and CEO Kabir Mulchandani

Dubai-based real estate development and hospitality group Five Holdings, previously known as Skai Holdings, has launched an AED 2.1bn (US $570m) real estate investment trust (REIT), reportedly the region's first hospitality focused REIT and the largest to date.

The REIT, to be regulated by the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) and Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA), will include Five Holdings' AED 4.3bn ($1.17bn) Viceroy Dubai Palm Jumeirah, and all future projects subject to compliance with regulatory requirements. 

In addition to the Viceroy Dubai Palm Jumeirah, Five REIT is expected to include its AED 1.28bn ($349m) Viceroy Dubai Jumeirah Village, which is now 40% complete and on track to open in Q3 of 2018. Additional projects will be added as they are announced or acquired.

REITs issue securities in the form of shares that invest in income generating real estate including mortgages and may be traded like a stock when offered to the public. REITs allow investors to have an underlying stake in real estate, which in turn allows them to diversify their exposures and investments, as well as benefitting from long-term capital appreciation.

Five Holdings chairman and CEO Kabir Mulchandani said in a statement: "Real estate is major contributor to the UAE economy and Five Holdings continuously looks at new ways to innovate and ensure that our investors have more avenues to investing their money. Owning units in a REIT instead of holding the title to a physical asset means investors will be able to buy and sell at a lower cost and with more flexibility. Investors will be able to monetise faster in a public offer by owning units within a REIT as opposed to a physical asset."

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"The launch of Five REIT demonstrates our commitment to ensuring our investors continue to share in the success of Five and its entrepreneurial approach to real estate development, hospitality, restructuring and investment. In addition to the Five Holdings' owned areas of the Viceroy Dubai Palm Jumeirah, around 60 investors have committed to contribute their property into the REIT, which we expect will continue to grow as we add more real estate into the portfolio," added Dhananjai Cadambi, CEO, Five Capital Limited.

Five Holdings also unveiled its new corporate identity - previously known as Skai Holdings, the firm’s new name and philosophy is based on the five elements.