Emaar and John Laing Homes Agree to Combine Creating a World Leading Real Estate Developer

Partnership Will Expand Emaar's Global Reach and Management Expertise and

Provide John Laing Homes With Resources to Grow in the U.S. and Beyond

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, and NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., June 1

Jun 01, 2006, 01:00 ET from Emaar Properties

/PRNewswire/ -- Emaar Properties, (DFM: EMAAR), one of the world's largest
 real estate companies, announced today that it has agreed to acquire John
 Laing Homes, the second largest privately held homebuilder in the U.S.,
 creating one of the world's leading real estate developers in residential
     The US$1.050 billion all cash transaction has been unanimously approved
 by the boards of directors of both companies and closed on June 1, 2006.
     Commenting on the transaction, Mohamed Ali Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar,
 said: "Partnering with John Laing Homes is consistent with our strategy of
 expanding our business on a global basis beyond Dubai. This agreement will
 provide Emaar with an important gateway into the U.S. real estate market."
     Mr. Alabbar added: "John Laing Homes is a highly-respected partner with
 more than 150 years of homebuilding experience, and boasts a strong and
 knowledgeable management team. Emaar will leverage John Laing's industry
 and management expertise and export it into markets around the world, while
 providing John Laing Homes with additional resources to grow."
     In addition to driving much of the commercial and residential
 development in Dubai, Emaar currently has real estate operations in more
 than 12 markets around the world, including India, Egypt, Turkey, Morocco,
 Syria, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. The company is known for its signature
 projects, including the construction of the Burj Dubai, which will be the
 tallest building in the world upon completion in 2008. With the company's
 scale and financial strength, Emaar has been a pioneer in driving growth in
 its regional real estate markets. Emaar also has an agreement with Giorgio
 Armani to develop an international chain of luxury Armani hotels and
 resorts around the globe, starting with the development of ten hotels. The
 first hotels will be built in Milan and Dubai, followed by London, New
 York, Tokyo and other major global gateway cities.
     Emaar's leadership is recognized within the industry, having been named
 by Euromoney 'Best Overall Developer in the UAE' as well as 'Best
 Residential Developer in the UAE' in 2006. Additionally, Mr. Alabbar
 received an 'Outstanding Contribution Award' from Euromoney in recognition
 of his work and foresight in the real estate sector.
     "We are very excited by this partnership," said Larry Webb, CEO of John
 Laing Homes. "John Laing Homes and Emaar have much in common, with a
 similar vision and values. Like Emaar, we strive to deliver world-class
 customer service, and we are recognized for it, being named America's Best
 Builder 2006 from Builder magazine."
     Mr. Webb added: "The combination of Emaar and John Laing Homes will
 provide us with additional financial and professional resources to expand
 beyond our traditional markets of California and Colorado. It's a strategy
 that Emaar has used successfully in driving growth in their regional real
 estate markets throughout the world, and we're looking forward to being a
 part of Emaar's vision for the future of global real estate development."
     Upon closing, John Laing Homes will be operated as a division of Emaar.
 John Laing Homes' corporate headquarters will remain in Newport Beach, CA,
 and continue to be managed by Larry Webb, who, along with the senior
 management team, have agreed to multiyear contracts.
     On April 17, 2006, Emaar filed voluntarily with the Committee on
 Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which has approved the
     About Emaar Properties PJSC:
     Emaar Properties, the Dubai-based Public Joint Stock Company and one of
 the world's largest real estate companies, is listed on the Dubai Financial
 Market and is part of the Dow Jones Arabia Titans Index.
     The company recently announced that its net profits for the first
 quarter ended 31 March 2006 reached US$413.1 million -- a significant rise
 on the US$361.0 million for the equivalent period from the prior year.
 Emaar's net profits for the year ended 31 December, 2005 climbed 180 per
 cent, to a record US$1.288 billion. The figures represent a substantial
 increase on the US$460 million for the year 2004, and reflect the
 significant growth the company has undergone since its inception in 1997.
     Currently, Emaar has several major real estate projects under various
 stages of development in Dubai including Arabian Ranches, Dubai Marina,
 Emirates Hills, The Views, The Meadows, The Springs, The Lakes and The
 Greens. The company also owns and manages the Gold and Diamond Park.
     Emaar has started construction on its most ambitious project to date,
 the US$20 billion Burj Dubai Downtown development, which comprises the Burj
 Dubai -- the tallest tower in the world when completed in 2008, The Dubai
 Mall, Burj Dubai Business Hub, The Lofts, The Old Town, The Old Town
 Island, Burj Dubai Boulevard, The Residences, Burj Views, man-made lakes,
 landscaped parks and gardens.
     The company has joint ventures and projects across the region covering
 India, Egypt, Turkey, Morocco, Bahrain, Syria, Jordan, Pakistan, Lebanon,
 Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. Major international projects include: Cairo
 Heights and Smart Village, both in Egypt; Boulder Hills, a world-class
 leisure and residential community in Hyderabad, India; multiple resort
 projects in Morocco, including Amelkis II & III and Bahiya Bay, luxury
 residential golfing communities; Eighth Gate project in Damascus, the
 city's first master planned community; and Lakeside in Istanbul, a landmark
 development for Turkey's cultural and commercial hub. In Saudi Arabia,
 Emaar is embarking on the creation of the $26.6 billion King Abdullah
 Economic City, a mixed use development covering 55 million square metres of
 greenfield land with a 35 km shoreline close to the port city of Jeddah.
     Last year the property developer announced plans to aggressively expand
 the retail sector with investments of over US$4 billion to develop
 approximately 100 malls in the larger emerging markets of the Middle East,
 North Africa (MENA) and the Indian subcontinent.
     While continuing to actively pursue expansion in its core business of
 innovative, high quality real estate development, Emaar has diversified
 into related business lines to further build value for its 59,000
 shareholders, which includes the Government of Dubai. Emaar owns and
 manages EMRILL, a joint venture with the UK-based Carillion which provides
 innovative property and facilities management services. Emaar also holds 30
 per cent equity in Dubai Bank, focused on retail and commercial banking and
 is the majority shareholder in Amlak Finance, UAE's leading Islamic home
 financing company. For further information, please visit
 http://www.emaar.com .
     About John Laing Homes:
     With a tradition of quality dating back more than 150 years, John Laing
 Homes is the second largest privately held homebuilder in the nation, with
 revenues of US$1.6 billion and 2,891 residential closings in 2005. The
 homebuilder consistently ranks among industry leaders in overall customer
 satisfaction by J.D. Power & Associates. The company has received numerous
 industry awards, including "America's Best Builder" for 2006 from Builder
 magazine, "2005 Most Admired Builder of the Year" from Big Builder
 magazine, "2004 Builder of the Year" from Professional Builder magazine,
 and "Builder of the Decade" in 2000 from independent research firm Eliant.
 The company finished 2005 with revenues of more than US$1.6 billion on
 2,891 residential closings. Based in Newport Beach, California, John Laing
 Homes concentrates its homebuilding efforts in California and Colorado. For
 more information, visit http://www.johnlainghomes.com .
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