Abu Dhabi United Group
The Abu Dhabi United Group for Development and Investment (ADUG), مجموعة أبوظبي الاتحاد للتنمية والاستثمار,' is a United Arab Emirates (UAE) private equity company owned by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, member of the Abu Dhabi Royal Family and Minister of Presidential Affairs for the UAE. The Group was formed as the investment vehicle for the takeover of Manchester City Football Club in 2008.
It was initially thought that Abu Dhabi United Group was a part of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, a sovereign wealth fund owned by Abu Dhabi. But Abu Dhabi United Group had denied connection to the government of Abu Dhabi. In 2011, Manchester City qualified for the Champions League and won the FA Cup. In 2012, the club won the Premier League, their first league title for forty-four years.
The Group was founded in the summer of 2008, as Sheikh Mansour looked to take over Manchester City Football Club from the former Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra and completed the deal on 1 September 2008.
The US-educated Sulaiman Al-Fahim was the public face of ADUG during the initial phase of the takeover and is often described as the "Donald Trump of Abu Dhabi". The takeover was completed on 23 September 2008. It was reported that the hierarchy were unhappy with some of Al Fahim's unrealistic statements and he was later relieved of public duties which was given to Khaldoon Al Mubarak who has been chairman of Manchester City since 2008.
ADUG also have an extensive property portfolio in the United Arab Emirates and abroad. Aside from Manchester City F.C., ADUG have amassed investments totalling nearly £1 billion in Manchester, mainly in property and higher education sectors. Masdar and Mubadala Developments, sister investment vehicles of Abu Dhabi managed by Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak also holds numerous investments which are linked to ADUG.
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