The government-owned investment company behind Dubai's rapid development drive has asked its creditors for a six-month delay on repaying its debts.
Dubai World, which has total debts of $59bn (£35bn), is asking creditors if it can postpone its forthcoming payments until May next year.
Dubai World has also appointed global accountancy group Deloitte to help with its financial restructuring.
The company has been hit hard by the global credit crunch and recession.
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