DXB Entertainments losses jump over fourfold to Dh485m

Dubai: DXB Entertainments, the Dubai-listed company behind Dubai Parks and Resorts, reported on Tuesday Dh484.8 million in losses in 2016, more than fourfold the Dh111 million losses recorded in 2015.The rise in losses comes amid a jump in costs, with general,...

DXB Entertainments losses jump over fourfold to Dh485m

Dubai: DXB Entertainments, the Dubai-listed company behind Dubai Parks and Resorts, reported on Tuesday Dh484.8 million in losses in 2016, more than fourfold the Dh111 million losses recorded in 2015.

The rise in losses comes amid a jump in costs, with general, marketing, and selling expenses up by more than fourfold in 2016 to reach Dh589 million, as the company in 2016 was the in the midst of promoting and opening different phases of its theme parks

In a statement posted to the Dubai bourse, the company said the losses reflect pre-opening expenses, and that by the end of 2017, DXB Entertainments will be in a “good position to deliver stable revenue and visitor numbers.”

“The last quarter of 2016 was a challenging one as the company shifted focus from construction to operations. The last elements of the destination were in the final stages of delivery with various milestones overlapping and small slippages causing impact on targets,” Raed Al Nuaimi, DXB Entertainments chief executive officer, said in a statement.

He said that the figures for 2016 were reflective of the “ramp-up of the business,” with the next quarters expected to be “more reflective of attendance levels and in-park spending habits.”

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