UAE to invest billions of pounds in UK

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Sheikh Mohammed and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson discuss bilateral and economic relations. AFP
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  • The focus of investment will be on the UK's technology, infrastructure and energy transition sectors
  • Mubadala's investment plans is likely to 'drive a significant increase' across the three target sectors

The UAE will invest billions of dollars across the UK’s technology, infrastructure and energy transition sectors, Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala sovereign wealth fund said Thursday.

The United Arab Emirates has committed to £10 billion ($13.8 billion, 11.7 billion euros) over five years, according to a statement.

Sheikh Mohammed met UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson at 10 Downing Street on Thursday. AFP

Thursday’s announcement comes during Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s visit to the UK.

Sheikh Mohammed met UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson at 10 Downing Street on an official visit to the United Kingdom.

Mubadala said that its investment plans would “drive a significant increase” across the three target sectors, building on an existing life sciences deal.

In March, it said it had committed an initial £800 million ($1.1 billion, 928 million euros) to UK life sciences over five years.

“Today’s expansion of our Sovereign Investment Partnership will help accelerate funding and innovation in key sectors that are foundational to economic growth of both nations,” said Mubadala chief executive Khaldoon Al Mubarak.

The fund’s statement cited the UK minister for investment, Gerry Grimstone, as saying that the move would “expand the exchange of knowledge, skills and ideas that will drive prosperity in both nations”.

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