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The Report: Abu Dhabi 2019

  • ID: 4806832
  • Company Profile
  • Region: United Arab Emirates
  • 312 Pages
  • Oxford Business Group
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Abu Dhabi's Economy has Remained Resilient, Despite the Sudden Drop in Oil Prices in 2014 the Market Grew by 9.5% in 2017


  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
  • Abu Dhabi Ports
  • Agthia Group
  • Aldar
  • Emirates Global Aluminium
  • Etisalat Group
  • MORE

Despite lower external demand and a sharp drop in oil prices from mid-2014, Abu Dhabi’s economy has remained resilient, growing by 9.5% in 2017. The emirate is working to consolidate government spending and reshape the economy through a decreased reliance on oil and gas, investing in areas such as research and development, technologically advanced manufacturing and other high value-added industries that are not necessarily labour intensive.

The drive to diversify has resulted in higher levels of focus on both non-conventional hydrocarbons and downstream capacity, as well as in increased participation from an increasing selection of global partners. Centred on the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, the emirate has made important strides towards securing its growth plans amid global and regional risks, and ensuring wealth for future generations.

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  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
  • Abu Dhabi Ports
  • Agthia Group
  • Aldar
  • Emirates Global Aluminium
  • Etisalat Group
  • MORE

Pushing ahead: The past 50 years have brought change and prosperity to the emirate and the country as a whole
Interview: Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs
Here to help: The country is expanding its foreign assistance in the form of international development and humanitarian aid
Interview: Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Chairman, Department of Community Development
Higher focus: Financial incentives for students and collaboration with foreign universities will boost regional innovation
Viewpoint: Emmanuel Macron, President of France

Strategic spending: Return to budget surplus anticipated as public consolidation efforts continue
Interview: Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Al Dhafra Region
On the rise: A surge of investment and diversification is benefitting Al Dhafra’s local economy
Interview: Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Group CEO and Managing Director, Mubadala Investment Company
Floats and mergers: Increased investment opportunities and consolidation efforts bolster fiscal policy
Interview: Saif Mohamed Al Hajeri, Chairman, Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development
Tax liabilities: Impacts of the trend towards lower corporate tax rates in developed and developing economies

Upward exchange: Diversification efforts and growing financial services offerings support a wide-ranging investment portfolio
Interview: Mohamed Thani Murshed Al Rumaithi, Chairperson, Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce
Interview: Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Chairman, Abu Dhabi Global Market
On the market: A strong regulatory framework and diverse set of stakeholders support a new centre for financial investment and innovation

Growing together: Liquidity is strong as a trend towards consolidation begins to gain momentum across the sector
Interview: Abdulhamid Mohammed Saeed, Group CEO, First Abu Dhabi Bank
Fintech revolution: Technological solutions and innovation are driving the evolution of the sector landscape

Facing the future: Regulatory reform, sovereign bond issuance, and new product offerings support expansion
Trailblazer: The sale of a share in the government-owned oil company lays new ground for diversification of the bourse and supports fiscal consolidation

Regulating success: Islamic financial services providers continue to grow at faster rates than their conventional counterparts
Interview: Khamis Mohamed Buharoon, Acting CEO and Vice-Chairman, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
Expert advice: A panel of scholars has been created to oversee sharia-compliant products and services, and improve segment standardisation

Expanding coverage: Regulatory reform, sound market fundamentals, and growing public awareness are expected to sustain healthy maturation
Reassuring trend: New reinsurance programmes are bolstering coverage against natural disasters in emerging markets

Step change: The emirate is investing in new partnerships and downstream development
Interview: Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State; and Group CEO, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company
Interview: Awaidha Murshed Al Marar, Chairman, Department of Energy
Breaking new ground: ADNOC launches first competitive exploration tender
Beneath the waves: Through new partnerships in offshore concessions, the emirate is deepening ties with key markets
A strategic priority: ADNOC taps unconventional and sour gas reserves to meet security targets
Adding value: Petrochemicals are integral to downstream development plans
In-country opportunities: New rules to unlock greater value from hydrocarbons investment and strengthen local supply chains

Reusing resources: Developing nuclear energy, water, and electricity capacity
Interview: Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, Masdar
Stepping up desalination: Segment becomes most lucrative in the emirate for investors
A new baseline: Major plant nears completion after heavy investment in the nuclear segment

Secure investment: Domestic and foreign activity strengthens local industries, while cybersecurity comes into focus
Interview: Maktoum Ali Al Sharifi, DirectorGeneral, Abu Dhabi
Police Taking aim: The consolidation and expansion of the local defence industry is driving global reach
Sky high: Public and private initiatives drive the creation of a sustainable aerospace industry

Crossroads of the world: Numerous projects in the pipeline aim to solidify Abu Dhabi’s position as a major transit hub
Interview: Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO, Abu Dhabi Ports
Ongoing overhaul: Road upgrades to provide major nationwide arteries and ease congestion
Ship to shore: Ports continue to play a key role in broader economic development goals
Skybound: Rapid expansion of global aviation industry propels investment

Rebuilding momentum: Regulatory reforms and broader product offerings are expected to support market recovery
Interview: Talal Al Dhiyebi, CEO, Aldar
Stronger together: Turning to joint venture deals to shore up the broader real estate market
Going global: Public and private actors look internationally for a fresh wave of investment
Interview: Falah Al Ahbabi, Chairman, Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities
Pipeline projects: Ambitious medium- and longterm plans are set to boost the industry
Sustainable urbanisation: As urban populations undergo rapid growth around the globe, planners are striving to create efficient spaces

Diversification drive: Tapping new industries to drive competitiveness and non-oil growth
Interview: Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, CEO, Senaat
Interdependent industries: Chemical and petrochemical firms work towards a circular economy for the plastics industry
Interview: Abdulla Jassem Kalban, Managing Director and CEO, Emirates Global Aluminium
Sino-Emirati ties: Partnerships between China and Abu Dhabi in infrastructure continue
Build up: New investors coming to the market offer more opportunities for diversification
Into high gear: Economies around the world are preparing for the next industrial revolution

Knowledge-driven growth: Demographic trends are helping private schools expand
Interview: Jameela Salem Al Muhairi, Minister of State for General Education
Firm foundations: Federal spending will remain high to achieve the aims of a five-year strategy
Standing out: Private higher education Institutions to boost enrolment in the face of challenging market conditions

Preventive approach: New developments shore up offerings, with a focus on chronic disease
Interview: Sheikh Abdulla bin Mohammed Al Hamed, Chairman, Department of Health
Interview: Dr. Gareth Goodier, Group CEO, Abu Dhabi Health Services Company

Fully booked: New attractions and hotels should promote further growth as the sector matures
Interview: Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi
Healthy movement: Cross-sector collaboration opens doors to an expanding segment
Interview: Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi
Riding the wave: A growing variety of attractions and new port facilities are solidifying the emirate’s status as a cruise destination
Travel partner: Leveraging unique offerings and tailored services to attract Chinese visitors

A natural focus: Conserving natural resources and protecting public health are key aims
Interview: Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, SecretaryGeneral, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi
Wellspring of life: Efforts to promote the use of recycled water aim to ease pressure on groundwater reserves

18. ICT
Code for growth: The new knowledge economy benefits from commitment to structural change
Interview: Rauda Al Saadi, Director-General, Abu Dhabi Smart Solutions, and Services Authority
Interview: Saleh Abdullah Al Abdooli, CEO, Etisalat Group
Seeds of innovation: Interest in start-ups surges as regulations loosen and free zones develop
Building blocks: Blockchain technology could revolutionise global trade and provide opportunities for the developing world

Rising star: The media free zone is fostering artists, filmmakers, and influencers
Interview: Maryam Eid AlMheiri, CEO, Media Zone Authority – Abu Dhabi and twofour54

Maturing marketplace: Players add to the mall supply while adjusting to industry trends
Interview: Tariq Ahmed Saeed Al Wahedi, CEO, Agthia Group

Diverse selection: Public bodies are stepping up awareness, research, and food standards
Interview: Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of State for Food Security
On the menu: Pursuing short-term strategies and long-term innovation for food security
Seeking sustainability: Digital and precision farming practices are poised to bolster global agriculture resiliency

22. TAX
Better at the edges: Global best practices and a business-friendly tax jurisdiction
Viewpoint: Mark Schofield, Partner, PwC Middle East Tax & Legal Services Leader

Inward investment: Guidelines for setting up a company and carrying out business

Rest and relaxation: Hotel options in the emirate
Listings: Helpful public and private entities
Facts for visitors: Information for new arrivals

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  • Abu Dhabi Health Services Company
  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
  • Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)
  • Abu Dhabi Ports
  • Abu Dhabi Smart Solutions, and Services Authority
  • Agthia Group
  • Aldar
  • Emirates Global Aluminium
  • Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi
  • Etisalat Group
  • First Abu Dhabi Bank
  • Masdar
  • Media Zone Authority
  • Mubadala Investment Company
  • Senaat
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