Barclays wins Dubai foreclosure

Barclays won Dubai's first foreclosure cases yesterday, clearing the way for lenders holding $16bn (£10bn) of Dubai home loans to take action when borrowers don’t pay. Islamic lender Tamweel PJSC, the emirate’s biggest mortgage bank, estimates about three per cent of its mortgages are in default. Dubai’s property market recently turned sour after heating up in 2008, forcing the state owned Dubai World to issue an unexpected request for an extension on debt repayments.