Çiğdem Toker from Sözcü daily has reached the title deed information of the three largest Arab companies, whom the spokesperson of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu has announced last week, as the biggest new owners of vast amounts of land along the Canal Istanbul line.
The names of the companies who have bought large amounts of land along the Canal Istanbul line are, Shurak Al Ajdad Real Estate Tourism Construction and Trade Co., Sulaiman Al Muhaidib and Noora Real Estate Tourism Construction and Trade Co. which are from "Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates”. Toker claims that this is an enormous real estate project.
İmamoğlu had said, "Since 2011, the land transfers have reached a total of 30 million square meters. Where does this interest in these agricultural areas come from? Except for a few initially rich local families, the first three largest companies owning the largest land here are Arab companies. We are talking about a 30 million square meters of land, let's say Beyoğlu province plus Bayrampaşa and on top of these plus Gaziosmanpaşa...”
Toker also noted the following information about these companies in her report:
1 - Shurak Al Ajdad Real Estate Tourism Construction and Trade Co. .: 125 thousand 402 square meters. The company has five title deeds and is registered with the Istanbul Trade Registry. The establishment of the company was published in the Trade Registry Gazette dated May 15, 2015. Khaled Issam Almarzouq with two Kuwaiti founder names Mohammad Mad Almarzouq.
2 - Sulaiman Al Muhaidib: 99 thousand 97 square meters (five title deeds). Al Muhaidib, one of the important investors in the Gulf Region, is the boss of the group of companies bearing his name in Saudi Arabia. Al Muhaidib loves Turkey, and have come to our country a few years ago by the invitation of Ali Ağaoğlu. He visited the Maslak 1453 project and then went to Erzurum to invest in livestock. Al Muhaidib also made investigations in Fethiye for further investments in Turkey. Saudi businessman's large amounts of real estate and energy investments in Turkey was reflected in the media a few years ago.
3 - Noora Real Estate Tourism Construction and Trade Inc. .: 79 thousand 81 square meters (2 title deeds). Ahmed Humaid Matar Altayer, the owner of the company, whose nationality is United Arab Emirates and whose address appears in Dubai: This company is registered in the Istanbul Trade Registry. The company was founded on July 7, 2017.
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