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Nakheel asks for trading halt, markets fall 8.0%

business Updated: Nov 30, 2009 23:22 IST
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Emirates leading property developer, Nakheel on Monday asked for suspension in trading of all its (Sukuks) Islamic bonds as Dubai's and its neighbouring Abu Dhabi stock exchange went into a free fall dropping more than seven per cent on opening.

The shares in the debt ridden Dubai World conglomerate, of which Nakheel forms a part dropped more than 15 per cent.

Even other construction and finance companies in Dubai and other parts of the Emirates plunged by the maximum limit of 10 per cent as the stock market crashed by 7.9 per cent.

But contrary to trends in the Gulf, Asian shares rebounded in morning trading after heavy sell-off in global equities last week. The shares recovered on early reports that UAE Central Bank had moved to bolster its banking sector to calm fears over Dubai's debt problems.

The Dubai market was trading at 1,942.62 points dropping nearly 150.54 points from Wednesday close while Abu Dhabi also reacted negatively dropping 8.09 per cent to 2,674.79 points.