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UAE to pour billions into UK investments

The UAE will invest billions of dollars across the UK’s technology, infrastructure and energy transition sectors, Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala sovereign wealth fund said Thursday.

The United Arab Emirates has committed to £10 billion ($13.8 billion, 11.7 billion euros) over five years, according to a statement.

Thursday’s announcement comes during Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed’s visit to the UK.

Sheikh Mohammed, the UAE’s de facto ruler, met with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the official WAM news agency said.

Mubadala said that its investment plans would “drive a significant increase” across the three target sectors, building on an existing life sciences deal.

In March, it said it had committed an initial £800 million ($1.1 billion, 928 million euros) to UK life sciences over five years.

“Today’s expansion of our Sovereign Investment Partnership will help accelerate funding and innovation in key sectors that are foundational to economic growth of both nations,” said Mubadala chief executive Khaldoon Al Mubarak.

The fund’s statement cited the UK minister for investment, Gerry Grimstone, as saying that the move would “expand the exchange of knowledge, skills and ideas that will drive prosperity in both nations”.