(Bloomberg) -- Dubai-based billionaire Hussain Sajwani increased his bid to buy the rest of Damac Properties PJSC by about 8%, after a previous offer triggered a regulatory review and backlash from minority investors. 

Sajwani’s Maple Invest Co. Limited will now offer 1.40 dirhams ($0.38) per share of Damac, up from 1.30 dirhams, valuing the developer at 8.47 billion dirhams. Sajwani and his family currently hold just under 84% of the company.

Maple’s initial offer was at a discount of nearly 45% to Damac’s local listing in 2015. That bid prompted the Securities and Commodities Authority to open a review and sparked a backlash among some investors who questioned the timing of the plan just as the property market started to improve.

The shares closed unchanged at 1.25 dirhams in Dubai on Thursday.

Sajwani’s bid is the latest in a string of similar deals in the United Arab Emirates which sought to buy out minority shareholders at a discount. Emaar Properties PJSC said in March it will effectively delist one of its units for about two-thirds of its original public-offering price. Late last year, government-controlled Meraas Holding LLC proposed taking DXB Entertainments private at a 33% discount.

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