Istithmar World


Investments & Financial Services

Ideas. Inquiry. Integrity

Istithmar is an alternative investment house based in the United Arab Emirates. It is 100% owned by Dubai World, which is in turn wholly owned by the Government of Dubai. Istithmar was established in 2003 with the key mission of earning exceptional returns for its investors while maintaining due regard for risk.

Istithmar, which means investment in Arabic, applies global expertise with local insights to coordinate the appraisal and implementation of various opportunities. Istithmar’s ‘I’ investment philosophy is based around three core principles -- Ideas, Inquiry & Integrity -- sets the foundation for the firm which has a broad portfolio of highly successful companies in markets from North America to Europe to Asia to the Middle East.

Istithmar’s investment portfolio comprises over 50 successful companies with premium assets within financial services, consumer, industrial and real estate sectors, in addition to investing in hedge funds, listed equities and alternative investment projects. The company’s equity investment exceeds US$ 2.6 billion across markets ranging from North America to the Far East.

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Istithmar World Capital

Istithmar World Capital is a private equity and alternative investment house. In the period since its inception, Istithmar World Capital has invested in over 35 companies with total capital deployed in excess of US$ 3.5 billion. Istithmar World Capital has successfully established itself as a major investment firm with a diverse portfolio of successful companies in three broad industry sectors - Consumer, Financial Services and Industrial. The geographic scope of the current portfolio includes North America, Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Istithmar World Capital has been recognized for its success with various prestigious awards from leading industry publications such as Banker Middle East and Euromoney.

Investment Portfolio

• Arcapita
• Bumrungrad Hospital Public Company Ltd
.• Cirque du Soleil
 • Education Media & • Publishing Group (EMPG) / • EMPG International Ltd (EMPGI)
• ESPA International


Istithmar World Ventures

Istithmar World Ventures was formed in late 2007 as the venture and growth capital investment firm of Istithmar World, the investing arm of Dubai World. We aim to invest in rapidly growing businesses, primarily operating in dynamic, knowledge-based industries.

The firm has unique access to the expertise, global network and proprietary investment opportunities of Dubai World, a diversified holding company owned by the Government of Dubai.

Istithmar World Ventures follows a disciplined, return-oriented investment approach. We focus on two distinct yet complementary investment styles: Investing directly in late-stage venture and growth companies, and Investing indirectly by sponsoring specialized equity funds.

Investment Portfolio

• Forsa
• Imdaad
• Tejari
• Nakheel Travel
• Dubai World Security
• World View Communications

Istithmar World Aviation Holdings

Istithmar World Aviation Holdings invests in fast-growing sectors of the aviation and aerospace industries including airlines, airports, support services, suppliers, manufacturing, engineering, and financing. The firm has substantial investments in Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) which is rapidly becoming a leading force in aircraft maintenance and leasing, IWA Executive Jets, a commercial executive jet operation, and Daallo Airlines (the national airlines of Djibouti). With its noteworthy investments, the firm is geared to play an important part in securing Dubai’s position as the leading global hub for aviation and aviation-centered ventures.

Investment Portfolio

• DAE (Dubai Aerospace Enterprise)

• IWA Executive Jets

• Daallo Airlines